The Impact of Illegal Immigration on the Wages and Employment Opportunities of Black Workers (ePub eBook)

The Impact of Illegal Immigration on the Wages and Employment Opportunities of Black Workers
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In the midst of public debate over immigration reform, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights voted to examine the possible effects of illegal immigration on particularly vulnerable segments of the U.S. working population, specifically low-skill black workers.  Since the April 4, 2008, briefing, the severe economic downturn has affected workers in general, and – if unemployment rates are any indication – has had an even more severe impact on low-skill workers.

To help air important aspects of the debate, the Commission invited experts who have published and spoken on this issue to weigh the relative effects of factors that influence black low-skill workers’ wages, job gains or losses and report conclusions to the Commission.  The speakers discussed factors that included the economic costs to this particular group, fiscal costs to taxpayers of social services for low-skill workers, competing skill levels of affected workers, the economic gains of the U.S. economy as a whole from flexible, low-cost labor and what constitutes a fair comparison between legal and illegal workers and their job opportunities.

A snapshot of some of the issues that the panelists addressed in response to Commissioners’ questions are presented below: 

  • The importance of other factors contributing to low-skill black unemployment;
  • Possible discrimination resulting from the use of ethnic networks;
  • Benefits and costs to the U.S. economy from illegal immigration;
  • The sharp differences between the employment opportunities of low-skill black men and low-skill black women;
  • And more …

The Commission selected balanced panels that included:

  • Harry Holzer, professor of public policy at Georgetown University;
  • Gordon H. Hanson, professor of economics at the University of California- San Diego;
  • Julie Hotchkiss, research economist and policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta;
  • Vernon Briggs, professor emeritus of labor economics at Cornell University;
  • Gerald Jaynes, professor of economics and African American Studies at Yale University;
  • Richard Nadler, president of Americas Majority Foundation;
  • Carol Swain, professor of political science and law at Vanderbilt University; and
  • Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, DC.

Policymakers, civil rights advocates, organizations working with illegal immigrants, businesses employing illegal immigrant and/or black workers, and economic/job market analysts should have a copy of this publication.  In addition, students, professors and organizations involved with immigration, African-American studies, illegal immigration and employment, and the economy and effects of illegal immigration on the economy and work opportunities for African Americans will find great value in this publication.

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Commission on Civil Rights
2010: 88 p.
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  • Briefing Report
  • Illegal Immigration
  • Wages
  • Employment
  • Black Workers
  • African Americans
  • Impact of Illegal Immigration on the Wages and Employment Opportunities of Black Workers
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