National Data: Right In Time For Obamnesty Debate, December Jobs Data Shows Immigrant Displacement Of American Workers Still At Record Levels

Article author: 
Edwin S. Rubenstein
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11 January 2015
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Our American Future
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Capping the best year for the job market since the recession began eight years ago, employers added 252,000 jobs in December 2014. It was the eleventh month in a row that employment rose more than 200,000—the longest such streak since 1995. Of course, thanks mainly to immigration, U.S. population is considerably larger now than it was in 1995. So in percentage terms this job figure is not remarkable.

But for native-born Americans, the headline-grabbing job performance of recent years is a cruel joke. All of the net gains in jobs since 2007 have gone to legal and illegal immigrants. Which means that fewer native-born Americans are working today than were at the end of 2007.

...we have tracking been tracking this immigrant displacement of American workers every month since 1994. Our findings have been recently confirmed by a new report [PDF] from the Center for Immigration Studies...

Once again there is this extraordinary differential between foreign-born and native-born population growth. From December 2013 to December 2014 the foreign-born population of working age grew by 1.42 million, or by 3.7%, the comparable native-born American population rose by 867,000—a gain of just 0.4%.

Extrapolating these growth rates we find that the foreign-born population of working-age will double in about 19.5 years. It will take 180 years for the native-born population to match that. By then, of course, immigrants will dominate the U.S. workforce.

More troubling still is the gap between the foreign-born working-age population growth (reported by BLS to be 1.42 million over the past 12 months) and the number of immigrants of all ages admitted legally, which has been running at about 1 million per year according to Homeland Security data.

Obvious implication: A strong U.S. job market is drawing illegals into country...

What’s obviously needed is an immigration moratorium. But a bipartisan coalition in Congress, and the president, are blindly committed to efforts to increase the level of legal immigration, such as Senate Bill 744 that passed that chamber last year.

It doesn’t look like this will end well.