Do you think the Crackdowns will Lead to Severe Labor Shortages?
Immigration crackdown will be disastrous, experts predict
Hundreds of thousands of workers will lose their jobs as a result of the federal government's crackdown on companies that employ illegal immigrants, business lobbyists predict.
This will lead to severe labor shortages in some industries and eventually weaken the overall economy, they contend.
"It's a disaster for us," says Craig Silvertooth, a lobbyist for the National Roofing Contractors Association.
The new regulation, combined with the stiffer penalties, will lead to widespread layoffs and discrimination against Hispanic workers, business lobbyists predict.
"People are going to get scared," says Laura Reiff, an immigration attorney at Greenberg Traurig's McLean, Va., office and co-chair of the Essential Worker Immigration Coalition.
Many workers will just walk off the job when they are told there is a problem with their Social Security number, she adds.
"It's going to have a dramatic impact on the workforce," Reiff says.
That's just what many anti-immigration groups are looking for.