December 1, 2006
New Report on Mexican Workers
The Wall Street Journal Online reporrts that one in seven Mexican workers, or 14% of the Mexican labor force, was in the U.S. in 2005, and that number probably has increased in the past year. A new report of the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington research group comes to this conclusion and also said those workers sent home $20 billion in remittances in 2005, equal to almost 3% of Mexico’s gross domestic product. The report describes the typical Mexican worker as a male under age 45 who is far likelier to be in the labor force than are U.S.-born men or even other foreign-born residents. Almost one-third of Mexican-immigrant workers were in service industries and almost one-quarter were in construction in 2005. Mexicans accounted for 5% of the U.S. labor force. The report also highlights a concern about the fast-growing Mexican workforce: Its generally low education level, which means that most Mexican immigrants are stuck in low-skilled, low-paying jobs. Only 5.8% of Mexican workers had a bachelor’s degree compared to 33% of U.S.-born workers. Click here for the link.
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"The report also highlights a concern about the fast-growing Mexican workforce: Its generally low education level, which means that most Mexican immigrants are stuck in low-skilled, low-paying jobs."
Why feel concern? Isn't this the America that the advocacy groups are fighting so hard to develope, an underclass of low skilled workers to do the dirty work? If you had any concern for these people you'd be criticizing Mexico and trying to address the root cause of poverty in that sad country. Instead, you'd rather support the corrupt Mexican government's status quo and draw off those who have most at stake in making changes. You people are no better than a mother who destroys a child by acquiescing to his every wishes in the misguided belief that you are helping it. I've begun to think that immigration lawyers countenence illegal immigration because it makes them so much money, and they could care less about the conditions that motivate it.
Posted by: Horace | Dec 1, 2006 5:57:49 AM