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Vernon M. Briggs Jr., PhD Biography

Emeritus Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"

“Three steps must be taken: Employer sanctions – which were advertised as being the ‘centerpiece’ of the strategies to combat illegal immigration when they were enacted in 1986 – must be made to work. A requirement to verify social security numbers (as recommended by CIR) must be made mandatory immediately while steps be initiated to establish a national counterfeit proof worker identification system are put into place. The card would not have to be carried with someone but only be produced at those times when one applied for a job or for some government benefit. Enforcement must become a reality. Fines for violations of the employer sanctions system must be increased and used routinely. The same for criminal penalties for repeat offenders. By both deed and national publicity, the message must be made clear to the public that illegal immigrants will not work in the United States. Those apprehended will be fined too (if employed) and deported. More worksite inspectors and border patrol personnel hired and deployed and more detention facilities added. There must be no amnesties given for those who have illegally entered the United States to work. There have been seven amnesties since 1986 when the first such amnesty was given. Another was even pending in the U.S. Senate on the infamous day of September 11, 2001 when terrorists attacked in New York City and Washington, DC. It was abandoned in the wake of those attacks because background checks as required of legal immigrants were never done for those who entered illegally.”

“Real Immigration Reform: The Path to Credibility – Before the Subcommittee on Immigration of the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives,” Center for Immigration Studies, May 3, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Individuals with advanced degrees in fields relevant to immigration. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to immigration.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Emeritus Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 2006 – present
  • Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 1978-2006
  • Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 1974-1978
  • Visiting Lecturer, Institute for Employment and Training, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1972-1981
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Labor and Industrial Relations, Graduate School of Labor and Industrial Relations, Michigan State University, 1969
  • Associate Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 1968-1974
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Texas at Austin, 1964-1968
  • Assistant Instructor of Economics, Michigan State University, 1961-1964
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant of Economics, Michigan State University, 1960-1961
  • Member, American Economic Association
  • Member, Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • Member, Association of Borderland Scholars
  • Member, Association for Evolutionary Economics
  • PhD, Economics, Michigan State University
  • MA, Economics, Michigan State University
  • BS, Economics, University of Maryland
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Quoted in:
  1. Does Illegal Immigration Disadvantage American Workers?