In light of a report that found that America’s middle class is no longer the world’s richest, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), who has been a relentless champion for the American worker in the immigration debate, blasted President Barack Obama and Congress for pushing for an “unprecedented surge in new immigration” while the middle class is getting decimated.
“We need to rescue the American middle class, not hollow it out even further,” Sessions said in a Facebook post.
Sessions noted that the New York Times report on “the shrinking American middle class underscores once again that we have a surplus – not a shortage – of labor:”
The record immigration of the last 40 years, combined with the outsourcing of American manufacturing and the automation of many jobs, has placed substantial downward pressure on wages and employment: a recent study documented that all net employment gains in the U.S. from 2000-2013 went to immigrant workers, while real wages have dropped beneath 1999 levels.
Obama and Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been pushing for a comprehensive immigration bill that the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of American workers by doubling or tripling the number of visas and dramatically increasing the number of guest workers at a time when 40% of all illegal immigrants have overstayed their visas.
As Sessions has repeatedly noted, Harvard professor George Borjas has estimated that massive immigration would cost American workers nearly $402 billion a year in lost wages, while corporations that employ and benefit from immigrant labor would gain around $437 billion in profits.
Sessions has repeatedly emphasized that America’s policies should benefit American workers as much or more than they do the “masters of the universe” that make up the so-called party of Davos and see no borders and nations.