Panel: Immigration and Less-Educated American Workers

By CIS on September 19, 2016

The decreasing labor-force participation rates and total hours worked by U.S.-born workers continues to impact the strength of the U.S. economy and to challenge policymakers. The Center for Immigration Studies hosted a panel discussion on Monday, September 26, focusing on low-skill Americans dropping out of the labor force, and the role mass immigration may play in the trend.

Unemployment and immigration are two central issues in the presidential campaign, and this panel will examine both from the perspective of labor-force participation. The high non-working rate of Americans is at a critical level; combining those not in the labor force who are of working age and all those unemployed shows 55.4 million working-age, native-born Americans without jobs in the first quarter of 2016.




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, presented his recent publication, “Immigrants Replace Low-Skill U.S.-born in the Workforce.”

Murray is a political scientist and the 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.