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Letting the immigrants change jobs would reduce their numbers because it would mean that they would demand market salary. Companies that prefer immigrants because they are lower salary than natives would then no longer have a reason to do so, resulting in more natives being hired.






Suppose an Indian programmer that in India gets $20K a year moves to the US where he gets $80K for a job for which the natives get $120K. Now you allow him to change jobs. There are only two possibilities:

1) There is a company that would be willing to hire him for $120K.
2) There is no a company that would be willing to hire him for $120K. In this case he either stays with his original job or moves to job which offers him a more modest salary raise.

In no case would he move back to India to the $20K salary.
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