There are many believers that immigration reform allows illegal immigrants and undocumented workers to gain citizenship to easily, become part of the legal workforce to easily, and in too large of numbers. Jeff Sessions of USA Today argues that while cheap labor is good, it goes against loyalty to already American citizens. He sees this as a social issue that is too lenient in favoring immigrants over citizens that have been in this country (and unemployed for years). Sessions mentions that the rise in unskilled immigrant workers being able to work legally in the United States, with so many of them in a short amount of time, is costly to our economy and working America. When a company is not attracting workers they raise wages; so with so many immigrants coming in to work low wage jobs, unemployment will still rise, wages will drop, this will soon effect taxpayers in the long run, and immigrants will take jobs that were previously made for already unemployed Americans, most without high school diplomas, to start filling up.
Loyalty to American citizens is an important aspect that Congress needs to keep in mind with immigration reform.
But reforms for immigrants do not have that many negative effects like Sessions describes. Immigrants actually, if anything, have positive effects on lesser skilled Americans and wages. Immigrants often do not compete with American workers but instead complement them. They too are spending money to help stimulate the economy, create business demand, and even are becoming entrepreneurs who hire American citizens creating even more jobs for them. By legalizing workers, they are able to make more money, meaning they pay more taxes and have more money to stimulate into the economy. Providing legal status for that many immigrants to work exponentially raises how many jobs will be created, the rise of wages, and the rise of the overall GDP.
Sessions, J. Sessions: Immigration plan bad for U.S. workers. USA Today. (2013). Retrieved http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2013/09/04/jeff-session-immigration-reform/2759519/