Fox News just caught up to The Center for Immigration Studies report which the Sentinel detailed in June. All the abysmal growth in jobs went to immigrants, legal and illegal. All of it! Though the jobs were often low-level jobs, there is no doubt immigrants are favored by employers.
The fact that most of the new jobs were low-level is the more serious issue.
The Obamacare incentive to hire immigrants doesn’t help. Employers don’t have to pay the $3000 fine if they hire illegals.
The number of jobs fell by 1.5 million since 2007 but the number of immigrants working increased by 2 million according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The new report from The Bureau of Labor Statistics verified the previous report by The Center for Immigration Studies.
In 2013, the jobless rate for American citizens was 7.5% and it was 6.9% for foreigners.
American workers have a bad reputation, some of it deserved and some of it fostered by greedy companies and politicians. Companies don’t want to pay American workers higher salaries and they don’t want to deal with their union demands.
This trend began before the year 2000.
For the last 14 years, the net increase in employment went to immigrants because they have been steadily gaining in jobs relative to population growth. Also, natives suffered greater losses during the recession.
Findings from The Center for Immigration Studies report included the following: legal and illegal immigrants holding a job increased 5.7 million while declining 127,000 for natives from 2000 to 2014; in the first quarter of 2000, there were 114.8 million working-age natives holding a job and in 2014 there were 114.7 million; the native-born population grew significantly but the number working fell by 17 million in the same time period; immigrants have made gains across the labor market, including middle-skilled and higher-skilled jobs.
Since the job recovery began in 2010, forty-three percent of employment growth went to immigrants. Natives holding jobs went from 74% in 2000 to 71% in 2007 to 66% today.
Why the Schumer-Rubio amnesty bill and a similar House bill to increase foreign workers in the country are at all necessary remains a mystery.
We should all be glad the foreigners want to work, are getting jobs, and are not living on the dole, but where are the jobs for citizens?
What happens when all these illegals – who are still pouring into the country – get their work permits?
We are on a wrong track for America.