CIS: Most New Jobs Going to Immigrants

By:  R. Cort Kirkwood
11/05/2012
       
CIS: Most New Jobs Going to Immigrants

The addition of 171,000 jobs in October according to Friday's employment report is moderately good news for President Obama in the final days before the election. But the jobs picture might not be such good news for Americans, the Center for Immigration Studies reported last week.

The addition of 171,000 jobs in October according to Friday's employment report is moderately good news for President Obama in the final days before the election. But the jobs picture might not be such good news for Americans, the Center for Immigration Studies reported last week.

According to Steven Camarota and Karen Zeigler, well more than 50 percent of new jobs went to immigrants during the Obama presidency, leaving Americans out in the cold without work.

That’s because immigrants are still pouring into the country, CIS reported, at a rate of more than a one million annually.

The Numbers
The employment picture for Americans is grim. “Since President Obama took office, 67 percent of employment growth has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal),” CIS reported.

As well,

• There were 1.94 million more immigrants (legal and illegal) working in the third quarter of 2012 than at the start of 2009, when the president took office. This compares to a 938,000 increase for natives over the same time period.

• Most of the immigrant growth in employment was the result of new immigration, rather than immigrants already in the country taking jobs. Some 1.6 million new immigrant workers arrived from abroad since the start of 2009 — we estimate 70 to 90 percent entered legally.

• Immigrants made employment gains across the labor market. In occupations where immigrant gains were the largest, there were 2.2 million unemployed natives.

In Obama’s defense, CIS noted that a “large share” of new jobs were going to immigrants before he took the oath of office. Yet Obama has worked to give jobs to immigrants who are here illegally. The key policy in that regard came down just this year, when Obama offered amnesty to “young” illegal aliens and said they could apply to work in the country legally. Border-jumping Mexicans and others showed up in lines more than a mile long in some cases. About 1.7 million illegals are eligible for the amnesty, the New York Times reported. That declaration from Obama, which for all intents and purposes declared the failed DREAM Act law, followed a series of statements and two major policy mandates that ended deportations of illegals who met DREAM criteria. Beyond that, as CIS noted, the Obama Administration declared legal war on Arizona for trying to control the flow of illegals across its border.

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