In recent years, the claim that immigrants take jobs from Americans has become a central flashpoint in the national immigration debate. To provide greater clarity on this issue, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Project commissioned a study over whether increases in immigration impact the employment rates of American workers. The study found that increases in foreign workers correspond with a rise in the employment rates of native-born workers, suggesting that immigration benefits American workers across the country.
BPC held a live webcast with the report’s authors on June 18 to look at the study’s design, results, and its implications for the development of immigration policy in the future.
Research Associate, Berkeley Population Center, University of California, Berkeley
Lecturer in Sociology, University of California, Berkeley