More immigrants could mean slightly lower wages in blue-collar jobs

Research by economics Professor Giovanni Peri is cited in the Washington Post.

With another contentious debate about immigration approaching for the new Congress, it's worth remembering that immigration doesn't benefit everyone equally. Immigrants are better off when they can come here freely, of course, and so are most people already in the country, who benefit from immigrants' skills and labor.

American researchers haven't found different results. In U.S. cities with large numbers of immigrants, like Los Angeles and Miami, one study also found that immigration decreased wages for native workers by between 1 percent and 3 percent. According to a paper by Giovanni Peri of the University of California, Davis, immigrants had in fact raised wages for less skilled native workers, although only by a sliver (0.04 percent).

"The consensus is close to zero," Peri said.

Read more in the Washington Post.