Liberal Voices on Immigration and U.S. Workers
In this interview by CIS, the organization reveals two interviews highlighting liberal voices concerned about immigration’s impact on the American worker and income inequality.
In this interview by CIS, the organization reveals two interviews highlighting liberal voices concerned about immigration’s impact on the American worker and income inequality. As the debate on immigration reform intensifies in the Senate and the House, these videos make clear that immigration reform is not a liberal vs. conservative issue but rather one that sets the elite against the public.
The first set of videos feature Dr. Vernon Briggs, Emeritus Professor of Labor Economics at Cornell University, who has been studying immigration’s impact on American workers and the labor market since the 1960s. Noting that there is a disproportionate flow of immigrant workers, particularly illegal immigrants, into the less-skilled segment of the labor market, Dr. Briggs comments, “if [this were] happening in upper-income jobs it wouldn’t be tolerated for a minute.”
The second set features Frank Morris, the former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and former Dean of Graduate Studies at Morgan State University. In lamenting the long history of America giving preferential treatment to immigrants over African-Americans, Mr. Morris states, “nobody really speaks for many of the grassroot, poor, less-educated working class Americans.”