Among Republican voters, a majority of about 54 percent said they would like annual legal immigration admissions reduced from zero to 250,000 — a 75 percent reduction of immigration to the U.S.
These include 5.9 million ready-to-work Americans who are unemployed, 4.2 million Americans who are working part-time but who want full-time employment, and 1.3 million long-term Americans unemployed who are ready and able to take full-time jobs.
Extensive research by economists like George Borjas and analyst Steven Camarota has found that the country’s current annual admission of more than 1.2 million legal immigrants burdens U.S. taxpayers and America’s working and middle class while redistributing about $500 billion in wealth every year to major employers and newly arrived immigrants.
Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, has found that every one percent increase in the immigrant composition of American workers’ occupations reduces their weekly wages by about 0.5 percent.
This means the average native-born American worker today has his weekly wages reduced by perhaps 8.5 percent because of current legal immigration levels.