Friday, September 30, 2016

Video and reaction to panel event

Our panel on Monday, titled "Immigration and Less-Educated Workers," was a success. My thanks to the whole Center for Immigration Studies staff for putting on a good show. Video of my presentation is embedded below.

CIS has the rest of the videos -- including Amy Wax, Charles Murray, and Steven Camarota -- collected here.

The panel has received an unusual amount of media attention because of Charles Murray's declaration that he no longer supports low-skill immigration. National Review, The Daily Caller, Breitbart, and several other sites reported on it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Panel event on Monday, September 26th

This Monday I'll be presenting my recent paper, "Immigrants Replace Low-Skill Natives in the Workforce," with commentary by Amy Wax and Charles Murray. Please attend. It's free, and you don't even have to register.

WHAT: Panel discussion on immigration and the crisis of labor-force dropout

WHEN: Monday, September 26, 2016, at 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Press Club, Bloomberg Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.


Richwine, an independent public policy analyst and National Review contributor, will present his recent publication, “Immigrants Replace Low-Skill Natives in the Workforce.”

Murray is a political scientist and W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He is author of, among other books, Losing Ground and Coming Apart.

Wax is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her work addresses issues in social welfare law and policy as well as the relationship of the family, the workplace, and labor markets.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New CIS report: Immigrants replace low-skill natives in the workforce

I have a new report out today for the Center for Immigration Studies. It is a numbers-heavy return to the theme of my American Conservative article from a couple of months ago. From the conclusion of the new report:
The United States has been a magnet for low-skill immigration even as low-skill natives have worked less and less. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that immigrants replace natives in the workforce. However, note the careful choice of the word replace. The results presented in this study do not prove that immigrants push out (or displace) natives. Competition from immigrants is just one of many potential explanations for declining work among low-skill natives....
Regardless of the reasons that native-born men are not working, immigration devalues the problem. Instead of searching for ways to get natives back to work...government and business leaders have brought in immigrants to do the work instead.... Immigration restriction alone may not solve the problems endemic to the American underclass, but it restores the incentive to help.
Read the whole thing here

Saturday, July 16, 2016

More on America's immigration controversy

Another satisfying interview with Stefan Molyneux posted below! We talk about welfare use, assimilation, "Schrodinger's immigrant," the problems suffered by low-skill natives, guest worker programs, and who sets the terms of debate in Washington.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Immigration is a band-aid

The American Conservative has published my new op-ed, "The Immigration Band-Aid," in which I discuss the connection between low-skill immigration and the native underclass. A sample:
It is often said that immigrants “do the jobs that Americans won’t do.” While there are no major immigrant-dominated jobs in the U.S.—even about half of drywall installers are native-born—the claim does contain a kernel of truth. For over 50 years, a growing percentage of native-born American men have dropped out of the labor force altogether. For these men, every available job is a job they won’t do. Rather than focus on reversing the trend of idleness among native men, American politicians and business leaders have bandaged the problem with immigrant labor. A steady supply of new immigrants means less need for low-skill native workers, and the idleness problem is left to fester.
Read the whole thing there. And stay tuned for more from me on this topic.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Updated blog list

I don't usually get a chance to mention my short pieces here on my site, so please check both my National Review and my Center for Immigration Studies pages regularly for new posts on those sites. They are linked on the "My Other Blog Posts" section on the right. There is some good material there that you may have been missing!