A new report from the Center for Immigration Studies shows that an astounding number of jobs added in the U.S. go to immigrants, legal and illegal, rather than workers born in the U.S. This flies in the face of those who claim that immigration is an economic boon to native-born Americans:
The CIS report found that over the last 14 years, people who were born in the United States held 114.8 million jobs in 2000, and held 114.7 million jobs in 2014, a drop of 127,000.
But it’s an entirely different picture for immigrants — 5.7 million more jobs were held by immigrants in the U.S. in 2014 compared to 2000.
Immigration advocates often say that immigrants don't supplant jobs for Americans, that they do jobs Americans won't, but if that were the case, there would be more jobs for both groups, instead of a loss for native-born Americans.
“All of the net increase in employment went to immigrants in the last 14 years partly because, even before the Great Recession, immigrants were gaining a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth,” the report found. “In addition, natives’ losses were somewhat greater during the recession and immigrants have recovered more quickly from it.”
Now, there are all sorts of complicated reasons why this would be the case - immigrants are more willing to relocate to places where there are more jobs, they take lower wage jobs which are more in abundance in a weak economy, and they also have much fewer unemployment insurance options, so they're more likely to pursue jobs than native-born citizens who can rely on social services.
Even so, as many advocate for “comprehensive immigration reform,” America should ask themselves this question:
If native-born Americans are already losing out to (in many cases) illegal immigrants in the hunt for jobs, why shouldn't we expect it to get worse with an amnesty bill that rewards illegal immigrants crossing our border?