Monday, December 30, 2013

More Immigration Means More Jobs for Americans Immigrants are 13% of the U.S. population, but they make up nearly 20% of the owners of small businesses.

A Wall Street Journal report.


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Wrong, wrong, wrong! The author of this opinion piece is either grossly misinformed or an instrument of the US Chamber of Commerce (in their ongoing efforts to crush wages and the middle class).

What kind of jobs are we talking about? Landscaping? Restaurants? Domestic services? Most of the immigrants we admit have few skills and little education, so the businesses they would start aren't going to be the type whose wages would equal those lost when manufacturers moved their operations overseas. We also know that these small businesses usually hire family members and other immigrants first.

We've already tried increasing immigration to increase jobs. According to Census data, 13.9 million immigrants arrived in the 2000-2010 decade, making it the highest decade of immigration in U.S. history.

The Center for Immigration Studies states that from 2000-2013 all of the net employment gains went to immigrant workers (Camarota, Ziegler "Immigrant Gains and Native Losses In the Job Market, 2000 to 2013" July 2013): the number of natives working actually fell by 1.3 million while the overall size of the working-age (16 to 65) native population increased by 16.4 million. Over the same time period, the number of immigrants working (legal and illegal) increased by 5.3 million.

Bottom line: Mass immigration primarily means more employment for immigrants.

Posted by: Sven Joyce | Dec 31, 2013 4:07:36 PM

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