Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Did Trump Immigration Policies Contribute to Tight Labor Market?


Official U.S. Senate picture

As previously discussed on this blog, Census 2020 showed a slowing of U.S. population growth.  Tight immigration policies during the Trump years reduced immigration.  Although Republicans blame the availability of unemployment benefits for labor shortages, slow population growth and four years of tight immigration policies may be the primary contributors to the tight labor market that is making it difficult for employers to secure workers as the pandemic wanes and the economy reopens.

Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) blamed in part former President Donald Trump’s immigration policies for a worker shortage, not the weekly $300 unemployment checks provided by the U.S. government.  “Some of it is because Trump cut off immigration so severely,” Schumer told reporters. “We have half the number of immigrants that came in.”


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