According to the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, immigration officials by the year 2025 could be approving an estimated 10.5 million green cards that would allow immigrant workers and foreign students to live and work in the U.S. This number totals up to more than the population for the states of New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina according to the right-wing site Breitbart News, which exclusively obtained the senate report.
Officials are allowed to grant approximately 1 million new Legal Permanent Resident status cards – known as green cards – every year. Statistics from the Department of Homeland Security shows that 5.25 million immigrants were granted permanent resident status in the last five years. Recent polling, meanwhile, shows that a majority of U.S. citizens would like for lawmakers to reduce that number drastically.
Critics of U.S. immigration policies have said visa programs have allowed for corporations to substitute lesser-skilled and lower-paid foreigners for unemployed Americans. This has enraged people who oppose mass immigration to the U.S. Visa programs since the 1950a have accounted for the overwhelming majority of immigration to the country for workers and students, including refugees and people who are seeking political asylum.
“The last four decades have witnessed a dramatic change in the wage and employment structure in the United States,” says Eric Gould, an economics professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., according to Breitbart News. “The overall evidence suggests that the manufacturing and immigration trends have hollowed out the overall demand for middle-skilled workers in all sectors, while increasing the supply of workers in lower-skilled jobs. Both phenomena are producing downward pressure on the relative wages of workers at the low end of the income distribution.”
Critics have also blasted green cards for allowing immigrants to claim government benefits such as work authorization, federal welfare programs and Social Security and Medicare benefits. They believe that these benefits should only be granted to U.S. citizens.