Confronted with the worst border crisis in our nation’s history, the Biden administration and its congressional allies are trying to ram through immigration changes in the so-called “Build Back Better” reconciliation bill. It will permanently flood the labor market with cheaper foreign workers that will cripple the wages and job opportunities of Americans.
The bill accomplishes this immigration overhaul through a mass “amnesty-lite” of millions of illegal aliens as well as significant increases to permanent legal immigration for at least 10 years. Combined, Americans up and down the economic ladder will be disadvantaged as the surplus labor force pushes down wages across the board and the most vulnerable American workers will eventually end up on the sidelines because there are not enough jobs to go around.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of “Build Back Better” that includes a 10-year “amnesty-lite” in the form of work permits, Social Security numbers, eligibility for welfare benefits, and the ability to get a driver’s license to 4-5 million illegal aliens. That reflects the “modest” counterproposal after the Senate parliamentarian already nixed amnesty-premium, meaning lawful permanent resident status (green card) and a path to eventual U.S. citizenship covering 8 million illegal aliens.
The Washington Post calls it “the largest mass-legalization program for undocumented immigrants in U.S. history.”