February 11, 2015

Two Immigrants for Every Job Created

For the last 14 years, the United States has invited two immigrants into the country for every job created. That’s according to the Center for Immigration Studies, which released a study that concluded 18 million immigrants have entered the country since 2000, but only 9.3 million jobs were created in the same time period. Most of these jobs came before the Great Recession, as only two million jobs have been created since then. “The key question for policymakers is whether it makes sense to allow in this number of legal immigrants and tolerate this level of illegal immigration when long-term job growth has not come close to matching these numbers,” write CIS researchers Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler. “Moreover, this record immigration has occurred at a time when job growth has not even kept pace with natural population increase, let alone new immigration.” It’s not that immigration is a problem – after all American wouldn’t be the Great Melting Pot if it wasn’t for immigrants – but it’s the Obama administration’s insistence that immigration must be prized before all other things and at the expense of American workers. More…

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