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Report: American Born Workers Struggle To Compete With Immigrants
Washington Free Beacon ^ | June 27 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 06/27/2014 5:37:41 AM PDT by PoloSec

The number of U.S.-born workers has steadily decreased since 2000, causing the labor force participation rate to reach its lowest rate since records have been maintained, according to a new report.

The Center for Immigration Studies released a study to mark the one-year anniversary of the passage of the Senate Gang of Eight immigration bill on Friday, discrediting the notion that adding millions more workers through comprehensive immigration reform is necessary due to a coming labor shortage.

Analyzing statistics from the Census Bureau, the report found that native-born U.S. citizens have struggled to compete with both illegal and legal immigrants for more than a decade.

“The findings show that employment growth has been weak over the last 14 years and has not kept pace with population growth and new immigration,” the report said. “Among the working-age (16 to 65), what employment growth there has been has entirely gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).”

“This is truly remarkable because natives accounted for two-thirds of overall population growth among the working-age population,” it said.

According to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, there are 17 million fewer working-age natives with a job than there were in 2000. That year there were 131.9 million people in the working age population who were employed. The number has only grown by 5.6 million since, despite the addition of 25.7 million workers due to population growth.

“In short, natives accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the number of potential workers, but none of the growth in the number of actual workers,” the report said.

The labor force participation rate for working-age natives also shows a “steady deterioration,” declining from 77.1 percent in 2000 to 71.5 percent today.

“Among working-age natives, labor force participation is the lowest it has been since the CPS began identifying immigrants and natives in 1994,” the report said.

Immigrants have fared much better, as a “disproportionate share of employment growth went to immigrants” since 2000.

“All of the net increase in employment went to immigrants in the last 14 years partly because, even before the Great Recession, immigrants were gaining a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth,” the report said.

According to the Census Bureau data, the number of employed immigrants has risen by 5.7 million since 2000.

Prior to the recession between 2000 and 2007, the number of natives holding a job increased 2.9 percent while the number of immigrants with jobs increased 28.7 percent.

Furthermore, since the jobs recovery began in 2010, 43 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants, the report said.

“The findings in this report are shocking, and represent a dramatic indictment of immigration policy in Washington D.C.,” Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) said in a statement. “This report also underscores the economic catastrophe that would have ensued had the Gang of Eight’s legislation, passed in the Senate one year ago today, been moved through the House and signed into law.”

Young American-born citizens have especially felt the impact of unemployment.

“Among young natives 16 to 24 years old the share holding a job was 12.4 percentage points lower in 2014 than it was in 2000,” the report said.

8.7 million native college graduates, 17 million with some college, and 25.3 million with only a high school diploma are not working.

“[Y]oung people, particularly the less educated, have not found jobs over the last 14 years,” the report said.

The Center for Immigration Studies points to a variety of factors for why immigrants have done better in the U.S. job market than native-born Americans, including government programs that incentivize the hiring of legal and illegal immigrants.

The report references the Summer Work Travel Program, which allows employers to hire temporary workers without having to pay into Social Security and Medicare. The H1-B visa program also does not allow immigrants to change jobs easily, allowing employers to take advantage of the program.

“Immigrants may also be more willing to work off the books, for lower pay, or endure worse working conditions than natives, causing employers to prefer them as workers,” the report said.

While noting that the Gang of Eight bill would make the employment situation worse for Americans, the report adds that the current system is impeding job growth.

“[G]iven that the labor force participation for natives shows an almost uninterrupted 14-year decline, it seems unlikely that labor force participation will ever return to the 2007 or 2000 level, particularly if immigration stays at its current level,” the report said.

“There is no doubt that a long, sustained period of high immigration, combined with increased automation and the offshoring of jobs, has produced a loose, low-wage labor market,” Sessions said. “In spite of this, the president continues to champion legislation that would place further substantial downward pressure on wages.”

“The sensible, conservative, fair thing to do after 40 years of record immigration is to slow down a bit, allow assimilation to occur, allow wages to rise, and to help workers of all backgrounds rise together into the middle class,” he said.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens

1 posted on 06/27/2014 5:37:41 AM PDT by PoloSec
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To: PoloSec

The Chamber of Commerce & WSJ will just whip out the ‘immigrants as scapegoats’ canard and rub salt in the wound.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: PoloSec

The American born workers are disadvantaged by things like having to follow laws and stuff like that.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 5:47:07 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: PoloSec
All of the teases at Drudge:

Obama working with 'Homeland Security' for executive action on immigration...
'Not bluffing'...
Zuckerberg launches 'day of action' for amnesty...
REVERSES POLICY: 'Don't Send Your Children Unaccompanied'...
SWINE FLU FEAR SWEEPS CENTER IN SAN ANTONIO...
Feds Look to Ship Influx to NY Facility...
Abandoned WALMART?
Backlog of 360,000 cases...
MOTHER: GET ACROSS, YOU STAY...
'Your Children Can go to School'...
'Cheat Sheet' Found...
NYC sets up 'public defender' office to fight deportations...
90% of illegals skip court appearances...
Senators demand Obama 'personally' push back...
Dems block measure to stop illegals from getting jobs, benefits in USA...
UPDATE: NY to Issue ID Cards...
GOP Chairman Blames Obama's Lack of Enforcement for Killing Reform...
Border agents' new jobs: Food prep, laundry service...
Group Calls On Americans To Mail 'Gently Used Underwear' To Obama, Boehner...

Ant to top it all off:

PELOSI TO GREET NEW ARRIVALS AT BORDER

4 posted on 06/27/2014 5:50:48 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: PoloSec

U.S. workers are disadvantaged by having to pay income taxes to this lousy federal government instead of getting paid in cash that is tax-free. Illegals can work cheaper and still make money that way. The taxpaying citizens pay for the education, medication, and incarceration of the illegals. That’s how it works in Texas.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 5:54:38 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: PoloSec

George Soros always said that the USA was the biggest obstacle to his global dictatorial Utopia.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 6:15:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: skeeter

I am told in Boston skilled nurses aids who once commanded 16 to 20 per hour are being replaced by immigrants at 13 dollars an hour.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 6:22:55 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: txrefugee
American workers are being replaced by LEGAL and illegal immigrants.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 6:32:05 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar
We need to stop looking at immigrants - legal and illegal - as if they are some sort of heaven sent resource.

In a just, reasonable world there'd be a moratorium - one generation at least - to allow integration of those who have arrived legally over the past decades. Illegals would go straight back home.

The benefits to this country would be immense.

But we no longer live in a reasonable world.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 7:04:48 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: txrefugee
Illegals can work cheaper and still make money that way.

If all foreign nationals in the USA were to become legal many would probably be fired.

If someone working at a company 10 years under the table starts working as a statutory employee wouldn't the employer be liable for back payroll and other taxes?

10 posted on 06/27/2014 7:11:45 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: skeeter

Exactly. This is when the special interests of the open borders lobby takes over the government on both sides of the aisle. They have been sold to the highest bidder.

It is finally at the breaking point. The government no longer works for the middle class citizen taxpayer whatsoever.

This country is being destroyed right before our eyes by feckless politicians only concerned with power and their bank accounts.


11 posted on 06/27/2014 7:13:56 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: PoloSec
“There is no doubt that a long, sustained period of high immigration, combined with increased automation and the offshoring of jobs, has produced a loose, low-wage labor market,” Sessions said. “In spite of this, the president continues to champion legislation that would place further substantial downward pressure on wages.”
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That is because the Kenyan Squatter is looking long term, not short term. The left will have their permanent underclass that will forever get government benefits (collected from those who actually work and funneled to those who vote for them). They will control all three branches of government for the foreseeable future. They will then set the minimum wage at whatever they want it to be. Their argument is that such will create an increased middle class. But we know that it will lead to runaway inflation and further destruction of the middle class. That is the goal of the community organizer who hates the United States of America.

12 posted on 06/27/2014 7:15:53 AM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: PoloSec

In the engineering world probably 20% of all workers are foreign with many projects outsourced overseas. Wanna know why the quality of so many products sucks and no American kid really wants to enter college as an engineer?


13 posted on 06/27/2014 7:17:53 AM PDT by CodeToad (Arm Up! They Are!)
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To: PoloSec

This is exactly why I’ve changed my mind on minimum wage laws.

American low-skill workers desperately need them to compete in the new low-skill labor market that is rigged against Americans

It’s actually more attractive for an employer to hire an illegal alien, because they’ll work off the books and for less money.

What kind of moron who failed Eccon 101 asserts that this is “just the free market in action?”

In a true free market, everyone would work “off the books.” But only Americans are hamstrung by government rules and taxes that cost money. So it’s NOT a free market. There’s a black labor market that pits those in the country illegally who pay no taxes against Americans.

And the American will be underbid for the job every time.

Since the government refuses to do its job and enforce immigration law, the only protection American motel maids and burger flippers have is a government that will enforce a minimum wage.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 7:28:58 AM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: PoloSec

The Democrats and Establishment GOP hate traditional Middle-class Americans that demand things like accountability, liberty, prosperity, and firearms. They mean to do us in.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 7:31:31 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: doug from upland
We have just had the two largest decades in legal immigration in American history. Since 1990, almost 30 million LEGAL immigrants have entered this country. These huge legal immigration numbers started long before Obama. It was Bush 41 who more than doubled annual legal immigration limits.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Statistical Yearbook, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services Average 195,000 per year from 1921-1970

16 posted on 06/27/2014 7:31:32 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Blue Ink
It’s actually more attractive for an employer to hire an illegal alien, because they’ll work off the books and for less money.

We have 22 million immigrants in the workforce with an estimated 8 million of them being illegal aliens. By increasing the supply of labor between 1980 and 2000, immigration reduced the average annual earnings of native-born men by an estimated $1,700 or roughly 4 percent. Among natives without a high school education, who roughly correspond to the poorest tenth of the workforce, the estimated impact was even larger, reducing their wages by 7.4 percent. The reduction in earnings occurs regardless of whether the immigrants are legal or illegal, permanent or temporary. It is the presence of additional workers that reduces wages, not their legal status.

We need to focus more on legal immigration. We bring in 1.1 million legal permanent immigrants a year and have been since 1990. If we had a shortage of labor, wages would be going up, not down. We need a drastic reduction in LEGAL IMMIGRATION.

17 posted on 06/27/2014 7:38:34 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kabar

We need a drastic reduction in LEGAL IMMIGRATION.

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We need a drastic reduction in ALL IMMIGRATION.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 7:40:10 AM PDT by Chickensoup (Leftist totalitarian fascism is on the move.)
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To: skeeter
I agree. Unfortunately, too many people don't seem to understand that this is a problem that is caused predominantly by legal immigration. They focus on illegal aliens but fail to understand that bringing in 1.1 million primarily low skilled, uneducated legal immigrants a year is the more pernicious problem. Legal immigration is a controllable variable. We need to cut these numbers drastically. There is no correlation between our job needs and our legal immigration numbers.


19 posted on 06/27/2014 7:45:14 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Chickensoup

Agree. I don’t consider illegal aliens to be immigrants. They are lawbreakers and should be deported.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 7:46:26 AM PDT by kabar
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To: PoloSec

Immigrants are not only replacing native born Americans in the job market, where I live in the Southwest, ability to speak Spanish is increasingly required to land a job.

I hear complaints about this on local talk radio every day, especially when it comes to construction jobs. No Spanish = No Job.

Dry wallers say that they used to get $17/ hour and now can’t even find jobs that now pay $10/hour. Reason? No Spanish.


21 posted on 06/27/2014 8:53:26 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: txrefugee

It works that way in California too. Illegals work under the table almost everywhere for cash - but collect all kinds of welfare benefits for themselves and, especially their children. So they get to keep the cash AND collect the benefits too.

It is unsustainable as more and more productive citizens flee the state and there are fewer to fleece. Meanwhile, immigrants, legal and illegal continue to pour into the state, welcomed by lavish benefits and sanctuary cities and a pro-illegal immigrant government.

We’ve stopped eating out because of illegals cooking in kitchens with unsanitary personal habits. I think brain worm, chagas, TB, etc. is a lot more widespread than the fedgov is telling us.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 9:01:00 AM PDT by Bon of Babble (The dogs bark; the caravan moves on!)
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To: Bushbacker1

Liberals and abortion... liberals should be directly replaced one for one by illegals.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 9:06:10 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: Bushbacker1

Liberals and abortion... liberals should be directly replaced one for one by illegals.


24 posted on 06/27/2014 9:06:11 AM PDT by lavaroise (A well regulated gun being necessary to the state, the rights of the militia shall not be infringed)
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To: kabar

It’s both illegal and legal immigrants that drive down American wages. But mostly illegal.

Because illegals can work ONLY off the books. The black market labor economy where I live, Los Angeles, is officially bigger than the legal, tax paying economy. We crossed that Rubicon about ten years ago. That stat was quickly buried by open borders advocates.

And also? The “8 million” estimate for illegals in this country is laughable. There’s good evidence based on California public school enrollment figures (”what language is spoken at home?”), that the number of illegal immigrants is 11 million in California alone.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 9:30:31 AM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Blue Ink
"It’s actually more attractive for an employer to hire an illegal alien, because they’ll work off the books and for less money."

Not for long they wont.

That's why it's soooo important to keep the "immigration reform" chatter going loud enough to be heard from way south of the border. Gotta keep the new arrivals coming that will be willing to take less money.

26 posted on 06/27/2014 9:44:44 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: Blue Ink
It’s both illegal and legal immigrants that drive down American wages. But mostly illegal.<

There are twice the number of legal immigrants in the workforce than illegal.

Because illegals can work ONLY off the books. The black market labor economy where I live, Los Angeles, is officially bigger than the legal, tax paying economy. We crossed that Rubicon about ten years ago. That stat was quickly buried by open borders advocates.

Most illegals work off the books, but many of them use stolen or fraudulent SSNs and work "legally." We spend over $4 billion a year on EITCs for illegal aliens. Even the IRS IG identified the problem. And many of these illegal aliens are collecting welfare benefits thru their US born children.

And also? The “8 million” estimate for illegals in this country is laughable. There’s good evidence based on California public school enrollment figures (”what language is spoken at home?”), that the number of illegal immigrants is 11 million in California alone.

Agree. The 8 million are official USG figures along with the claim that there are 11.5 million illegal aliens total. We don't know how many are here, which makes this legalization push even the more dangerous. In 1986 the USG estimated that 1 million would apply for amnesty. The true number turned out to be 2.7 million.

Obama's backdoor amnesty for Dreamers is a major reason why these unaccompanied "children" are flooding the border. When you reward something, you get more of it. Imagine the tsunami of illegal aliens that will come into this country once Congress gives even a sniff that an amnesty is on the way. It will make the current situation at the border look like a trickle compared to the numbers that will come in not only thru the border but also those flying in on visas who intend to stay. An amnesty will destroy this country with the stroke of a pen. And I define amnesty as any legislation that allows the lawbreakers to stay and work here. Citizenship is just the cherry on top.

27 posted on 06/27/2014 11:59:10 AM PDT by kabar
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