Abstract: While there has been some attention paid by immigration researchers to the record numbers of immigrants residing in the United States, little attention has been paid to quantifying the adverse economic impacts to American citizens. A preliminary model is offered in this article that is consistent with observed economic trends. The economic losses of approximately $10 trillion to American knowledge workers are a consequence of workforce gluts.
The legislative history of these changes is reviewed. Planned changes to the business model of American colleges and universities could dramatically increase the economic losses to American citizens. The article concludes with some relevant observations of recent American history and some policy suggestions.