The analysis Ms. Tucker presents in her piece, “Research shows immigrants don’t take jobs from Americans”, is pretty sound. In general, growth in population is necessary for the maintenance and growth in gross domestic product, the measure of a nation’s output.
Creating an environment where millions of legal immigrants are made to feel unwelcome and eventually go home does nothing positive for our economy.
The problem with today’s economy is that we have structural unemployment. There is a severe mismatch of current skill sets with the skill sets that are currently needed. In addition, technology has created efficiencies in production such that labor is being let go. The people being let go are not prepared for changes in the economy.
The new economy needs workers with different and, in some cases, advanced skills. These undocumented immigrants don’t have those skills. Americans are in a better position to receive the training necessary to compete for jobs in the new economic eco-system. There is no squeezing out of Americans for low-wage jobs because Americans do not want them.