Nearly 1 in 10 California Workers Are in Country Illegally, Study Finds

Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, September 3, 2014

A report released Wednesday by researchers at USC found that immigrants who are in California illegally make up nearly 10% of the state’s workforce and contribute $130 billion annually to its gross domestic product.

The study, which was conducted in conjunction with the California Immigrant Policy Center, was based on census data and other statistics, including data from the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security. It looked at a variety of ways the estimated 2.6 million immigrants living in California without permission participate in state life.

Among the study’s findings:

  • Immigrants who are in California illegally make up 38% of the agriculture industry and 14% of the construction industry statewide.
  • Half of the immigrants in the state illegally have been here for at least 10 years.
  • Roughly 58% do not have health insurance.
  • Nearly three in four live in households that include U.S. citizens.


But those who call for stricter enforcement of existing immigration laws say assessments of immigrants’ share of the GDP does not account for the large cost governments incur in providing schools and other services to immigrants here without permission.

Steven Camarota, of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors stricter restrictions on immigration, also said that bigger economies are not necessarily better.

“A bigger economy doesn’t mean the people are richer,” he said.


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  • mobilebay

    Only one in ten? You could have fooled me.

    • A Freespeechzone

      These are government statistics….and to serve the interests of the California Immigrant Policy Center.

      The percentage of illegals working—taking jobs from Americans, is significantly higher than 10%; anyone that believes that manipulated figure plays right into the hands of the illegal supporters.

  • There’s GDP, there’s GDP per capita and there’s marginal GDP contribution per capita. I bet the latter statistic, if it is measurable at all, is very low among California’s illegal alien population. On top of the questionable nature of what is considered “domestic product” these days.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Domestic product probably includes drunk driving, prostitution, The knock out game , and shoplifting.

      • Who Me?

        Remove knock-out game and insert “undocumented pharmacist” in there. Hispanics really aren’t represented in knock-out games to any appreciable degree.

  • Bossman

    Nearly three in four live in households that include U.S. citizens. This means that these so-called illegal aliens are already half American.

    • Whitetrashgang

      No it means they have hostages, or are running a prostitution ring.

    • Bossman, it means that once a Mexican gets his legalization papers, old cousin Juan and his brood of sprogs come up to States. Once Mexicans establish a beach head in an area they colonize. That’s why they must be drive out at once.

      • Bossman

        That is the way most immigrants from all over the world came to America.

    • The “American citizens” are anchor babies they plopped out.

      All paid for by YT of course

    • mobilebay

      I believe we have an example of convoluted thinking here.

      • Bossman

        No! It is not convoluted thinking. Someone who entered unlawfully and then marries a U.S. citizen or has U.S. citizen children is culturally speaking, already half American.

        • mobilebay

          Okay, Bossman, I’m packing my bags and will sneak into Sweden to see if I’ll suddenly become tall and blond. Wow! Why didn’t I know about this before now. I wouldn’t have wasted time being short and having red hair (thanks, Clairol).

    • journey

      So what’s your point? America of old is gone as your “half American” increases. America will also probably be re-named, happy now?

    • ZB01

      “Half American” makes as much sense as “a little pregnant”. Either you are…or you are not…

  • Economic considerations are secondary when your way of life is at stake. I’d pay extra for a head of lettuce if the cost went up because the mestizos were sent home.

    The white elites want their cheap labor and their cheap Mamacita whores in their skin tight capris, platforms, big dangling earrings, the rest of us be damned. That’s all you need to know about illegals.

    • JInSanD

      Former Az. Congressman J.D. Hayworth wrote “Whatever It Takes.” He claimed it only costs 17 cents in labor to bring a head of lettuce to your table. In other words, if you doubled the pay of everyone involved your head of lettuce would cost $1.67 instead of a $1.50. So much for the claims that we need illiterate, peasant parasites or else lettuce will cost $9 a head.

      • toldev

        Deporting the illegals probably wouldn’t even make a dimes worth of difference in the price of a head of lettuce. Lettuce, like most other crops, can be mechanically harvested. It is just that many farmers have decided that it is cheaper to pay illegals a few bucks an hour rather than invest a quarter million in a mechanical harvester.

        • Mergatroyd

          And, it would be far safer to eat. I’d rather have lettuce picked by a machine than a brain worm or Hep A-carrying illegal who relieves himself in the field.

          I understand Australia leads the way in mechanized picking of fruits and vegetables due to labor shortages.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      The cost of lettuce would probably go down because you wouldn’t have to pay so much for income and sales tax to pay for the welfare and medical benefits of illegals,


      • toldev

        That is a good point. It only makes sense economically for farmer to hire illegals because of all of the socialism in this country. If that hypothetical lettuce farmer had to pay for the government services his illegal immigrant employees used, he would consider that quarter million dollar mechanical harvester to be quite the bargain.

    • Bossman

      If those cheap Mamacita whores look like Jennifer Lopez, Sofia Vergara or Kim Kardashian, then that’s okay with me.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Just like the Feds with their 30-year lie that there are “only” 10-12 illegal in the entire U.S., I believe the LA Times is lying and that illegals make up 10% of the workforce is a huge underestimate.

    Eric Holder’s Justice Department just fined an American business $20,000 because it forced an immigrant employee to prove that he was legally living in the United States.

    https //advocacytoaction com/campaign aspx?id=1070&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1070&et=

    According to the LA times and LA’s Mayor Garcetti, illegal immigrants pay their “fair share” of taxes and are a net asset to the economy, not a drain.

    Illegal immigration continues to cost County taxpayers nearly $2 billion dollars a year and siphons resources away from vital municipal services for residents and legal immigrants.

    —-Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.

    Since the last amnesty illegal aliens have killed over 100,000 people and most of the deaths were caused by people you (Obama) view as no threat to public safety. Your solution, ‘Welcome to America’!’

    In my family’s case, Roberto Galo entered the country illegally in 1999. He hit and killed our son Drew, a law student on his way home after class. Galo tried to make a last second left hand turn and collided with Drew. Had he stopped Drew would have been fine but for a few bumps and bruises. Instead Galo accelerated running over Drew’s body. Drew’s helmet had come off and wedged under Galo’s tire forcing him to back up driving over Drew’s body a second time. Then in an attempt to flee, drove over his body a third time, only stopping because a brave man stood in front of Galo’s car. By that point it probably didn’t matter but Galo’s rear tire was on my son’s abdomen and five men had to lift the car off his body.

    — Excerpt from Don Rosenberg’s Letter to Obama.

    http //unlicensedtokill org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Dear-President-Obama-Illegal-Immigration1 pdf

    • journey

      The illegals are straining all the resources in CA. The court system is severely being hampered due to low funds. In certain ways, the court system dug their own demise due to the behavior of the last Presiding Supreme Court Judge. CA Supreme Court used to the best of this nation.

  • journey

    “A bigger economy doesn’t mean the people are richer” but for the elites, yes. Lower wages at both ends of the scale by importing “workers” from third world countries.

  • MoMo

    Yes but they are probably fluent in a foreign language which is becoming a necessity in California.


  • ViktorNN

    California’s GDP is about $2 trillion a year – thus, illegals contribute less than 10% of CA’s GDP.

    And yet they make up 10% of the workforce (probably more).

    This is the problem with importing low IQ, uneducable, semi-moronic Mexicans. They aren’t productive. In fact, they’re a drag on the economy. Dead weight.

    • Mergatroyd

      This is the problem with importing low IQ, uneducable, semi-moronic Mexicans. They aren’t productive. In fact, they’re a drag on the economy. Dead weight.
      I wouldn’t say that’s the problem, Victor, I’d say that is the goal, the prime directive.

      It’s a tactic to destroy White America.

  • Mergatroyd

    This tactic sounds familiar… a 60s leftist theory from marxist radicals at Columbia, designed speficially to destroy whitey by flooding his homeland with destitute, welfare-in-perpetuity 3rd world dregs.

    Could it be Cloward-Piven?

    The Cloward–Piven strategy is a political strategy outlined in 1966 by American sociologists and political activists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven that called for overloading the U.S. public welfare system in order to precipitate a crisis that would lead to a replacement of the welfare system with a national system of ‘a guaranteed annual income and thus an end to poverty.’

    The Soviets tried the same thing, everybody’s equal (except those in charge) and look how great that turned out for the average White Christian Russian.

  • none of your business

    In some counties hispanics seem to be 99 percent of construction trades. The only area where the White skilled trade unions are still going strong is the Bay Area. South of San Jose to the border construction is all hispanic. Maybe the contractors sneak in qualified electricians at night so EEOC monitors can’t see them. But anyone who lives in California can tell you the White construction workers have disappeared except in the Bay Area.

  • none of your business

    Bossman • 2 days ago
    “Nearly three in four live in households that include U.S. citizens.” Usually it means someone dropped an anchor baby who is unfortunately a citizen and gets all sorts of welfare. That is why illegals dominate section 8 and other govt housing. They get it through the kids who were born in America. Even the viciously anti White LASlimes brags that govt housing is about 70 percent ILLEGAL immigrants.

  • none of your business

    I think the construction industry is not 14 percent hispanic but 14 percent White and 86 percent hispanic.

  • none of your business

    Conservatives are all up in arms about the proposed $15.00 an hour for fast food workers. I think it is a great idea to punish those employers who hired the hispanic illegals in the first place.
    Remember, those jobs were originally designed for teen agers, college students, guys just out of the military, between jobs. Minimum wage was fine because the kids lived at home
    and their wages were spending money. When I lived in Germany I remember that a lot of the American military wives and kids worked in the fast food places on the bases which brought in spending and clothes money for the kids and the wives earnings went for clothes and vacations etc.

    But then the fast food owners decided to replace those American teenagers who left for adult careers after a few years leaving openings for the 16 year olds coming up and hire adult illegal hispanics for lifetime careers.

    What did they expect? That a 35 year old woman with 3 kids and no husband would be able to support herself the kids and the car she needs to get to work on minimum wage?
    The only reason all those adults with families to support were able to work minimum wage was the American White taxpayer. Those legal and illegal hispanic fast food workers are all on some sort of welfare be it section 8, food stamps, free school lunch and breakfast including summer vacation, WIC, free day care and after school care, all the welfare goodies that White taxpayers pay for.

    1st Conclusion is: White taxpayers have been paying for rent, food, clothes, transport and the necessities of life for fast food workers while their wages are sent back to messico or C. America.
    2nd Conclusion is: fast food franchises have managed to have the taxpayer pay their employees wages since the franchises got rid of American teen agers and loaded their illegal and legal hispanic unto the welfare rolls.

    I truly hope the $15.00 laws go into effect and the fast food franchises have to pay adult living wage to their employees. The fast food franchises had a good deal with American teens who were content with minimum wage. But the fast food franchises practiced severe racial discrimination against American teens by hiring adult illegal hispanics.

    I hope a lot of them go out of business. I care not a whit if the price of their garbage rises.I refuse to eat that garbage not because I never eat hamburger but because I try not to patronize businesses that don’t hire Whites.

    That is one way to classify fast food places. They are places that discriminate against Whites and it is true of most food businesses from planting to picking to processing to bringing the plate to the customer.

    $15.00 is a way to punish those who ethnically cleansed fast food of Whites and replaced them with illegal hispanics on welfare.