Wall Street Journal
June 18, 2012
Thanks to the endless television replays this weekend, just about everyone now knows that a reporter interrupted President Obama’s Rose Garden remarks Friday on his new immigration policy. Less discussed has been what the reporter said.
Why do you favor foreigners over American workers?” shouted Neil Munro of the Daily Caller website a few minutes into the president’s statement. Under the new policy, some undocumented immigrants under 30 who were brought to the U.S. as children will be allowed to work legally in the U.S.
Misperceptions of how immigrants impact U.S. labor markets are nothing new, and a national unemployment rate above 8% doesn’t help matters. Mr. Munro’s question suggested that immigrant labor harms the job prospects of Americans.