President Donald Trump claims that all border crossings must be stopped because those crossing bring crime and drugs and many are gang members. Studies show that both legal and undocumented migrants commit crimes at a much lower rate than Americans.
We’ve also been told that immigrants are stealing American jobs. Employers are complaining about a shortage of workers while Trump brags about an economy that has more job openings than people to fill them.
There is a simple solution to illegal immigrants entering the country for employment. Employers must be required under penalty of law to e-verify that immigrants they hire are authorized by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration to work in the United States. During the Great Recession (2008-’09), border crossing dropped precipitously, as there were no jobs to be had.
If e-verify becomes the only condition by which migrants can obtain employment in our country, the flow across the border will drop significantly. To avoid Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportations, employers must be mandated to register their current undocumented workers, making them legal to remain working in the United States.
With jobs going unfilled in the United States, there is no way that migrants are stealing jobs that Americans want.