House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) criticized the proposed RAISE Act, claiming that its provision to cut legal immigration by half would aggravate an alleged shortage of American workers. Ryan is commonly a spokesman for the Republican Party’s cheap labor interests.
The congressman’s claim about a labor shortage is oblivious to the fact that the U.S. is now on the brink of a major revolution in automation. Some studies indicate that almost half the jobs done by people in recent years will be done by machines and computers in the near-future. In that situation, finding jobs for native-born Americans will be a leading challenge.