Immigrants Account for All Job Gains Since 2000: Native-Born Workers’ Employment Has Fallen

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, July 3, 2013

Immigrants—both legal and illegal—have accounted for all of the job gains in the U.S. labor market since 2000, according to a report that highlights the stiff competition for jobs in a tight economy as Congress debates adding more workers to the mix.

The Center for Immigration Studies report, which is being released Wednesday, says 22.4 million immigrants of working age held jobs at the beginning of this year, up 5.3 million over the total in 2000. But native-born workers with jobs dropped 1.3 million over that same period, from 114.8 million to 113.5 million.

Meanwhile, the number of Americans who aren’t in the labor force at all has jumped by almost 13 million to reach 48.6 million—a finding the report’s authors say signals profound changes in the American job market and challenges conventional wisdom that immigration is good for the economy.

“The last 13 years, or even the last five years, make clear that large-scale immigration can go hand-in-hand with weak job growth and declining rates of work among the native-born,” the authors, Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler, say in their report. “Given the employment situation in the country, the dramatic increases in legal immigration contemplated by the Gang of Eight immigration bill seem out of touch with the realities of the U.S. labor market.”

Whether immigrants compete for jobs is a heated topic—though the Senate all but ignored it during the chamber’s debate on its bill to legalize most illegal immigrants and create opportunities for new immigrants and temporary workers to enter the U.S.

The outlines of those programs are coming into view. The Congressional Budget Office calculated that boosts in immigration and guest-worker programs would add about 12 million new people to the U.S. in 2023, in addition to millions of illegal immigrants who would gain legal status and work permits.

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While the debate rages outside Congress, it was muted in the Senate where the chamber cleared its bill on a 68-32 vote last week.

In 2006 and 2007, the previous two times the Senate debated a broad immigration bill, the competition between native-born and immigrants was a major focus — and helped sink the 2007 effort when Democrats pushed an amendment cutting the guest-worker program in half.

Mr. Nowrasteh said this time around, that debate was transferred to closed-door negotiations — chiefly a deal between the AFL-CIO and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on how to construct the future immigration and guest-worker parts of the bill.

With those two advocacy groups’ blessing, there was little dissent on the issue.

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  • The__Bobster

    Whether immigrants compete for jobs is a heated topic—though the Senate all but ignored it during the chamber’s debate on its bill to legalize most illegal immigrants and create opportunities for new immigrants and temporary workers to enter the U.S.
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    For open borders traitors, the solution to every problem is more immigrants.

    • George

      Whereas for closed border patriots, the solution is drone-launched Sidewinders and a big fence.
      The Predator Drones and Sidewinders are made by real Americans. So we increase demand for their product (increasing jobs) and decrease the flood of filth.
      Shall we call it the ‘Detonation Deterrent’? The ‘Sidewinder Surprise’? The ‘Mexicant Mashup’?

    • MawellAxel

      This is population replacement, no doubt about it.

  • The__Bobster

    But native-born workers with jobs dropped 1.3 million over that same period, from 114.8 million to 113.5 million
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    Meanwhile, the potential number of native-born workers increased over that time period.

    Immigration only benefits the immigrants themselves….and a few select employers. Typical Americans get screwed by it.

    • JohnEngelman

      Immigration benefits nearly all employers by increasing the number of job applicants. As the number goes up, the wages go down, so profits go up.

  • bigone4u

    Specific case: Universities love foreign born PHD professors because they work for less, they OBEY their masters, they are Cultural Marxists, and they disempower white persons. Many white PhDs have not been able to find tenured professorships for the last 30 years at least. University administrators view this as doing their part to destroy “white privilege.”

    • Romulus

      When we had the numerical majority, the term “white priveledge ” was non existent. I recall from previous posts that you taught at priceton,yes? If so,are you familiar with kenneth s. Deffeyes?

      • bigone4u

        Princeton would never allow me to darken it’s doorstep. I believe one-third of the faculty in the Ivy League are Jewish, so perhaps someone should coin a term, “Jewish privilege.” I worked for an Hispanic-run university that keeps it’s rating very near the bottom of the Forbes rankings. That low ranking is in spite of a decent faculty, but because of affirmative action run amuk. As to Deffeyes, I am familiar with the peak oil hypothesis.

        • Romulus

          There was an excellent book I purchased from Amazon entitled “Jewish supremacism” as well as the equally enlightening “the host and the parasite” you might enjoy over the holiday. Insofar as peak oil goes, im an engineer in the beltway(soon to be moving) and I can tell you that the research is valid. The social consequences are completely transparent at this point. How we transition into a more diverse,less stable society,is as yet undetermined.

        • George

          Point of grammar, bigone4u: ‘it’s’ is the contraction of ‘it is’. Its is the possessive. As in ‘Its owner refused to accept the 13th Amendment and kept it working on the plantation’.
          A very small thing, perhaps, but it’s a pet peeve of mine akin to fingernails on a chalkboard or an uncompleted fence along the Rio Grande…or a paper cut.
          As always, good Sir, I have the Honour to be your most humble and obn’t servant…

          • bigone4u

            Thanks for the heads up. I try to be careful with it’s vs. its, but once in a while I get it wrong. It doesn’t so much annoy me that I get it wrong, but it prompts me to wonder if I’m devolving into someone stupid:-) At my age you never know if Alzheimer’s is about to hit.

          • Nathanwartooth

            It’s because English is a really stupidly designed language.

            But because it has more rules and exceptions than a game of Magic: The Gathering, lower IQ people really have a problem with it.

            They can’t write it or speak it worth a damn.

          • David Ashton

            Try Hungarian or Japanese.
            The rules for the apostrophe are truly simple, but teacher textbooks make a real confusion of them.
            English spelling is a heritage whereby the old forms are preserved, though the pronunciation has changed over years, not the other way round.

          • Sick of it

            It wasn’t designed so much as thrown together from a mishmash of languages. I can understand why foreigners may have difficulty learning all of the nuances of English.

          • David Ashton

            Do they?

          • Sick of it

            Yes…the liberals consider nonsense pidgin English to be just as good as proper English, but it is not. I’m not sure how many foreign people you’ve been around from various backgrounds, but in my experience they generally do not have a good grasp on English. I knew a Chinese girl who could make perfect scores on English tests and yet you could not understand what she was saying half of the time. It was not an accent issue.

          • David Ashton

            I have come across liberals who claim there is nothing special to celebrate about English, which in fact has the advantage of synonyms providing nuances of meaning greater than other Indo-European languages. Its grammar is simpler and relatively gender-free than most. As for mish-mash, I would refer (again) to Simeon Potter’s excellent short book “Our Language”.
            Foreigners, especially Europeans and Hindus, I have met in Britain (my homeland) and overseas have spoken English well, but I agree that is a personal experience, and mass-immigration into our Anglosphere from Timbuctoo to the Kalahari of course has unleashed on us families who can scarcely speak our wonderful tongue at all – in “England” the latest official figures show over a million schoolchildren with another mother-tongue, up by 250,000 in the last five years alone, nearly 3 in 10 primary pupils belonging to ethnic minorities. In nearly 10 % of homes nobody speaks English as a main language.

          • Sick of it

            By mish-mash I’m only pointing to the fact that English came from a variety of Germanic languages – and perhaps others? – all sorted together. But that was probably because, unlike the Asians for instance, we did not all speak the language following genocide of rival groups. We intermarried, although I will admit many Norman noblemen stayed apart from the Saxons as much as possible, rather than achieving conquest through extermination.

          • WR_the_realist

            I had to plus that one up just for the comparison to Magic: The Gathering.

        • anarchyst

          Please be careful —pointing out the “foibles” of those of the “tribe” may get your post removed by the (sometimes) hypersensitive “moderator” at Amren.
          The TRUTH is no defense . . .

  • sbuffalonative

    I’ve also read that there are provisions in the bill that reward hiring immigrants over natives.

    • WR_the_realist

      Yes, More precisely, the illegal immigrants don’t qualify for Obamacare. Sounds good, right? But this means that companies that hire them don’t have to provide them with health care insurance, and neither do they have to pay the $3000 Obamacare penalty per employee that they’d have to pay if they hired a citizen without providing health care insurance. So it is $3000 cheaper per year to hire an illegal immigrant under that bill. You just couldn’t come up with a worse bill if you tried.

  • Spartacus

    So… What you mean is that the capitalists are gonna hire people who work for smaller wages and have no legal rights to speak of, over people who would like some minimal living conditions. What a surprise !

    • Sick of it

      Capitalists? The big companies are pro-socialism, as it makes them more money and eliminates the competition. Government + Corporations = Fascism.

  • I go out of my way to remind the under 25, unemployed or underemployed white democrats that “THIS is what you wet your pants over when Obama won.”

    These clueless white protestors, who picket Amren conferences, are the same morons who keep calling me a bigoted racist, and will be glad “when your kind finally die out”. I can’t feel sorry for them, for they deserve what they get.

    • Jefferson

      According to Gallup, Hussein Obama currently has a 35 percent approval rating among Whites.

      That 35 percent right there, those are the type of Whites who protest outside of Amren conferences.

      • Homo_Occidentalis

        How many among the 35% of “whites” do you think are Egyptians, Jews, Turks, Lebanese, etc.? The few founding-stock or other European whites who still support the Soetoro regime are probably mostly females who are currently profiting from AA policies.

        • Jefferson

          How did Hussein Obama manage to win states like Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, and Iowa in last year’s presidential election ?

          Is it because most of the “Whites” in those states are Middle Easterners and Hispanics ? I don’t think so. They are mostly descendents of founding stock in those states.

          • WR_the_realist

            How did Obama win New Hampshire and Vermont? Because the Republicans offered us Romney. If the Republicans found a politician similar to Ron Paul but who was serious about cutting immigration and enforcing immigration law he’d wipe the floor with Obama. But when your only differences with the Democrats is that you are more eager to get into a war with Iran while giving billionaires more tax cuts it’s going to be real hard to get the Vermont and New Hampshire vote.

          • Jefferson

            Since when did Ron Paul take a tough stance on illegal immigration ? I have never heard of him showing support for people like Joe Arpaio and Arizona’s SB1070 law.

            Ron Paul mostly talks about abolishing the federal reserve. He never made ending mass immigration from 3rd world countries a part of his presidential platform.

          • WR_the_realist

            It’s not my fault you misread my post. I said, “similar to Ron Paul BUT who was serious about cutting immigration and enforcing immigration law.”

            Actually, Ron Paul has made it plain that he opposes illegal alien amnesty. Unfortunately his libertarian sympathies make him unwilling to take the steps that would actually stop illegal immigration, like mandating E-verify. Also, he seems to have no problem with increasing legal immigration.

          • MBlanc46

            Indeed they are. And they tend to be moderate social democrats who were more put off by Romney’s free-market radicalism than they were by Obama.

    • RebelliousTreecko

      Glad I’m not one of those kind anymore.

      I remember watching Obama get elected in 2008 while sitting in a pizza parlor, and I was content, because I assumed that he would end hatred against everyone, including White People. (at the time, I was just starting to transition from leftism to White-Nationalism)

      Of course, I wasn’t into politics at the time, so I was a bit clueless…

      • David Ashton

        Well, if you can change, so can others.

    • MawellAxel

      When obsamma won his first presidential election I was at a college. I laughed at some white kids cheering and told them. “I have a job”, you wont ever have a job now. I was right. I still have a job, They are living at home with mom and dad.

      • Job?

        Who says they actually want to work? Why work when the much better and more progressive option is to lout around all day in your parents’ basement clad only in your underroos, running church-state separation pressure groups on your iPad by day and playing MMORPGs by night?

        • Nathanwartooth

          How do I get that job? 🙂

        • Sick of it

          Sadly those of us who tried to prevent this situation from happening and who do pay attention have to suffer with the clueless, because the low information voters make up a massive voting bloc. So, one may want to work, but oh well…wrong color, etc.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Screw that. Make big ag pay real wages for workers.

    Just because it’s a farm doesn’t mean they should magically get to pay slave wages.

    The farm work they do is easily worth 15+ dollar an hour. No one would want to do it for less than that.

    • MBlanc46

      Agriculture. And meat processing. And hospitality. And construction. And all the other industries where Hispanics are becoming prevalent or majority.

  • Bossman

    In other words, they should be not much different from slaves. Slaves with no rights and wholly under the control of their employer.

  • Gunrunner1

    Look you guys, we are trying to get rid of the Whites so we can rule over the Stupid mud people. Stop getting in the way. How can we have a “One World, Agenda 21, Kumbaya World with evil Whites in it?

    This would not be happening if Whites had a Country of Our Own.

    • Sick of it

      Which is why certain groups infiltrated every single one of our countries and built up the basis for a secret socialist revolution decades ago. They didn’t want us to be able to fight back or survive. This was planned…it’s time everyone woke up and realized the obvious.

  • Bossman

    My own unscientific view on this subject is that Hispanics can cure the USA of its black problem. Hispanics are like Arabs; they know how to screw Blacks out of existence.

    • WR_the_realist

      Well combining all the problems of blacks with all the problems of Mexico’s peasant class doesn’t sound like an improvement to me. Remember just because we filled the country with Mexicans doesn’t mean we got rid of the blacks.

  • Jefferson

    Blacks and Hispanics are already united against the Whites. La Raza is politically in bed with the NAACP.

  • Sick of it

    That is truly everywhere today and sadly all too common in the South.

  • Dunnyveg

    Fascism was where the state declared war on foreign countries or minority groups. Liberalism, as was the case with communism, is where the state declares war on its own citizens. If we don’t stop this insanity, we’re going to wake up one morning to find we no longer have a country.