The CBO actually said the opposite. And the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta spokeswoman Jean Tate said flatly this week the bank “has not studied the impact of any particular legislation.”
Sessions’ office cited a 2008 paper by two of the bank’s researchers, which said illegal immigrants’ “limited employment and grievance opportunities” allow employers to exploit them, which drives industry-wide wages downward. Furthermore, the paper recommends “changing the legal status of undocumented workers. Extending to all immigrants the same employee rights afforded documented workers would eliminate a primary source of the measured downward wage pressure in industries that hire undocumented workers.”
Opponents of immigration reform are running low on data that supports the status quo. As Congress moves toward an agreeable bill, let’s hope lawmakers see this as a problem worth solving.