U. S. Immigration Policy and Its Impact on the American Economy; Hearing Before the Committee on Education and the Workforce, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, November 16, 2005, Serial No. 109-27

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Washington DC: U. S. Government Printing Office, 2006. iii, [1], 63, [1] pages. Illustrations. Small corner crease to rear cover. In opening this hearing, the Chairman, in part, remarked that "President Bush has announced his principles for immigration reform, and Congress is expected to act on corresponding legislation in the weeks and months to come. Many of these reforms concentrate on border security and other high-profile issues that have been covered prominently by the media and debated frequently here on Capitol Hill. However, often overlooked is the impact on workers of current immigration policy and proposed immigration policy changes. Indeed, two of the more important policy discussions taking place here in Washington focus on the need for reform of our nation's immigration laws and the need for a bold approach to keep our economy and our workforce competitive at the outset of the 21st century. These two discussions happen to intersect at a very unique way, right here at the Education and Workforce Committee, and they are front and center at this hearing today. For years, this committee has focused on a 21st century competitiveness agenda. From raising the bar in our public schools to ensuring that higher education is within reach of anyone with a desire to obtain it and strengthening and streamlining our job training and retraining programs, our committee has been at the forefront with legislation designed to strengthen American competitiveness in a rapidly changing global economy. Today, we are going to view this same issue through a very different lens, and we have assembled, I believe, a diverse panel of witnesses to join us in doing so. The stakes for today's hearing has been set by some very distinct trends, both in terms of immigration, generally, and its impact on the U.S. economy, more specifically. For example, the United States Census Bureau found that in 2004, 34 million of the nation's 288 million people, that is 12 percent of the U.S. population overall, were foreign-born. This is the highest percentage in 70 years. More specific to the American workforce, one of every seven people working in our nation last year was born elsewhere. That is more than 21 million workers. Just a decade ago that number was closer to one in 10 workers. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Very good.

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