Immigration Reform Advocates Hit The Hill With Studies

Eager to revive House GOP interest in immigration reform before the August congressional recess, advocates for reform put out a slew of new studies Thursday.

One posits that the short supply of H-1B temporary workers negatively affects tech job creation and wage growth for American workers, even those without college degrees.

The study from the Partnership for a New American Economy, an advocacy group that is for comprehensive immigration reform, looked at cities that suffered the biggest “H-1B shock,” the authors’ term for the opportunity costs of restrictions on the H-1B lotteries.

In 2007 and 2008, New York, northern New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Chicago were some of the cities that missed out on a tech industry growth spurt because of the visa restrictions, according to the study. The negative effect on San Jose and San Francisco in those years was smaller.

Another study by the National Foundation for American Policy says that immigrants are increasingly playing key roles in science and engineering. Another paper by the same organization breaks down the differences between the Senate immigration bill, which passed last year, and the House bill.

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