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Immigration Policies Enforced by Joe Biden Punish America’s Working Poor

President Joe Biden encourages as many illegal immigrants as possible to enter the United States, but by enabling this behavior he ultimately hurts the citizens and legal immigrants who survive among the nation’s working poor.

This according to an analysis that the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published Monday. Author Andrew R. Arthur, the CIS’ Resident Fellow in Law and Policy, warned inflation has already “eaten a full month of workers’ yearly paychecks.”

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“More than 1.3 million illegal entrants at the Southwest border have been released since Biden took office, a figure that doesn’t include nearly 900,000 others who successfully evaded apprehension at the border and made their way illegally into the interior (‘got-aways’). While hundreds of thousands of those 2.2 million aliens are children, the vast majority are working-age adults, most of whom have little education and few job skills,” Arthur wrote.

“They are, or will be, in direct competition with the most disadvantaged American workers (citizens and legal immigrants) for jobs. So even though inflation will likely create a rise in wages for working Americans, the influx of new workers will be a drag on any increase, all while added inflation will eat away at any gains.”

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CPA Practice Advisor reported this month that 48 percent of workers got a pay raise this past year while 21 percent found a higher paying job — but those gains aren’t offsetting rising consumer prices.

“Just 2 in 5 workers (or 39 percent) who received a pay raise or found a better-paying job say their income has either kept pace or risen faster than consumer prices,” CPA Practice Advisor reported. 

“Half of these same workers say their income fell behind.”

Arthur said “the only way that lower-class American workers will get ahead is if the labor pool stays constant or shrinks, but thanks to the border that’s not happening.”

According to its website, CIS is the nation’s only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.

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