Defining Amnesty for the Factually Impaired Reasonable people may disagree about what is the best immigration policy, including what to do about the roughly twelve million illegal aliens now in the country, but what is indisputably, unambiguously clear is that to allow millions of illegal aliens to remain in the United States in violation of current law is the very definition of amnesty.
Misrepresenting Wage Gains for 1986 Amnesty Recipients: The Center for American Progress Distorts Data to Fit Their Amnesty Agenda The presentation of the Department of Labor (DOL) survey is based on a misreading of the data because Hinojosa and others are making the argument that amnesty will raise the "wage floor" for the average illegal alien. What the DOL survey actually revealed was that the earnings of those 1986 amnesty recipients who were younger, better educated, spoke English well, were earning better than average wages before amnesty -- indicating higher levels of job skills -- and were not from Mexico, continued to outpace the earnings of those who did not fit this profile.
Flawed Claims of Improved Earnings of Amnestied Aliens Organizations such as the Center for American Progress (CAP) have mounted a campaign to convince lawmakers that amnesty for the nearly 12 million illegal alien residents is justified on economic grounds. FAIR's analysis of one of the principal research studies relied on by CAP finds that the research misunderstands or misrepresents the results of survey data obtained from beneficiaries of the 1986 amnesty. Rather than the reported finding of economic progress by the amnesty recipients, the survey data reveal economic progress for only a minority of the amnesty beneficiaries and economic slippage for the majority of beneficiaries.
Amnesty and the American Worker Unemployment is at its highest level in 27 years. Since the current recession began in 2007, the U.S. economy has lost over 8.4 million jobs, the largest drop since the Great Depression. According to February 2010 Census Bureau figures, 13.2 million native-born workers were unemployed -- not including those Americans who have been forced to work part-time, taken temporary work, or who have given up looking for work altogether. At the same time, there are an estimated 7.5 million illegal aliens in the U.S. workforce.
Amnesty and the Economy: Myths, Lies, and Obfuscation Amnesty advocates are trying to persuade the public and Members of Congress that the sagging economy and rising unemployment in 2009 should not impede adoption of an amnesty for illegal aliens because, they argue, an amnesty would help the economy. If bold, baseless assertions such as these would win the immigration debate, the debate would be over. Their argument spins a fantasyland out of partial and misleading data. Our analysis of those assertions demonstrates not only that their claims are baseless, but also that the opposite is true, i.e. an amnesty would be costly to the economy as well as further depressing job opportunities for Americans.