The bipartisan immigration reform bill now before Congress works against the interests of all Americans and will be "disastrous" if passed, according to Dr. Carol Swain, a political science and law professor at Vanderbilt University.
"There are so many things wrong about that particular piece of legislation," Swain told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"I find it very problematic that we're bringing into the bill additional low-skilled workers to compete with American workers at a time when unemployment is astronomical.
"People who have a high school education or less . . . are out there trying to get employment or trying to survive on two or three jobs."
Swain, who is author of "Be the People," signed a letter of opposition to the bill this week after carefully studying the bill and identifying major problems with it.
"We talk about the 11 to 12 million people who are undocumented in the country — [but] we have no idea how many are here," she said.
"Under the bill, the ones that are here that can come out of the shadows . . . they could bring in their relatives, even relatives that have been deported . . . Most of them have less than a high school education. They're going to be poor. Even working three jobs, they're still going to qualify for entitlement programs that are not funded well enough to support American workers."
She compared the bill's possible consequences to the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, in which three million undocumented immigrants were granted legal status.
"It was disastrous. It quadrupled the number of people that were in the country undocumented. This bill is far worse than 1986," Swain said.
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