The United States immigration system needs to be comprehensively reformed. Previous attempts at immigration reform have focused on benefiting immigrants and businesses in the United States, but not the American worker. By utilizing foreign labor, the United States has increased income inequality and exacerbated the problem of stagnant wages in the United States. There is a tremendous need for the government to address the economic situation that it has created. This work highlights immigration’s negative impact on native workers and advocates for immigration reform that benefits native workers. This paper is divided into four sections. First, it will give a historical overview of the U.S. immigration system. Second, it will introduce the policy problem. Third, it will outline a new framing for immigration policy. Finally, it will elucidate new goals for immigration policy and recommend new policies based upon them. Based on this analysis, it is recommended that the U.S. craft an immigration policy that phases out the need for dependence on foreign labor. However, the immediate solution likely is to create a policy that strictly enforces the law on illegal immigration and maintains current immigration quotas.
Millar, Gabriel J.
"Immigration Reform for the American Worker,"
Pepperdine Policy Review: Vol. 14, Article 7.
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