Illegal Immigrants Outnumber Unemployed Americans
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States totaled 11.3 million in 2014, outnumbering the 9.6 million Americans who were unemployed in the same year, according to data from Pew Research Center and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
“The new unauthorized immigrant total includes people who cross the border illegally as well as those who arrive with legal visas and remain in the U.S. after their visas expire.”
Of those 11.3 illegal immigrants, 8.1 million are participating in the labor force. (“Illegal Immigrants Outnumber Unemployed Americans”)
Yes, Illegal immigrants cause huge unemployment in America
That’s simply a fact. It’s not even really arguable. It’s math. Not only do the illegal immigrants outnumber the unemployed citizens of this country, but the number of illegals who are employed is almost equal to the number of legal citizens who are unemployed.
One can raise the tired argument that Americans won’t take those jobs, and that’s partially true; but the part that goes unstated every time that deceptive argument is raised is that most of those jobs pay so miserably low because the government has turned a blind eye toward illegal aliens holding those jobs for more than five decades. As a result of that perennial supply of extremely-cheap-and-ready labor, wages for those jobs have been suppressed for decades.
So, as I’ve said in other articles, the only way Americans can compete with cheap, imported labor for those jobs is if they are willing to live with other families in the same tin shacks those aliens live in. Most Americans don’t feel they should have to live in a third-world civilization within their own country in order to hold a job, especially when that situation only exists because our politicians (both parties) turn a blind eye to the immigrants who are supplying the cheap labor and causing this impoverished situation for Americans.
The article above goes on to say,
“Last year, President Barack Obama took executive action to expand an existing program and establish a new one that would offer work permits and deportation relief to an estimated 5 million unauthorized immigrants,” according to Pew.
That’s a lot of labor displacement! It also begs the question, Why would you give work permits to people you KNOW are illegal immigrants?
Solution to illegal immigrants crossing the border is easy
While both Republicans and Democrats maintain that it is difficult to police the borders, the lie is given to that statement by the very fact that the Obama administration knows who millions of these illegal immigrants are and is bending over backward to try to find ways to allow them to stay within the U.S. It’s also a straw-man argument because policing the border is not the solution anyway.
The fact is, that it makes no different if you are Democrat or a Republican. Both parties serve the big money that lobbies for cheap labor. Illegal immigrants will work for even less than legal immigrants, so turning a blind eye to the illegal ones is apparently preferable. Thus, Obama refuses to enforce immigration law and is being taken to court by 26 states because of it.
As I’ve said in previous articles, if either party really wanted to enforce existing immigration laws, it wouldn’t talk about building a wall at the border. The solution is far simpler. It’s just that neither party has the political will to put the solution into law or to enforce it because both parties want cheap labor, in spite of what turning a blind eye to so many illegal aliens, who are only here for the jobs, does to tear the social fabric of America.
The easy solution is to put in jail anyone caught employing an illegal alien. I guarantee you that people would start paying a lot more attention to the paperwork. Now, I’m not saying that people should have to vet the paperwork to know its legitimate, but they should be required to have copies of it on file. If they cannot produce copies of the right paperwork to prove this employee is legally allowed to work in the U.S., then a fine for the first offense, jail for the second.
The jobs would dry up in a hurry and so would the Rio Grand border crossing. Illegal immigrants are coming here primarily to get American jobs. Very, very few are political refugees (which is the type of immigration we should allow). Almost all are are coming solely for jobs. So, if the jobs dry up, so does most of the illegal border traffic.
You won’t find many politicians willing to try that answer because they don’t want a solution.
It is not just illegal immigrants who are consuming all the jobs
Here are two charts that explain why both parties — in service to big business — want more legalized immigration as their answer to reducing the number of illegal immigrants:
You might argue that, just because foreign workers have gained more jobs throughout the Great Recession than native-born workers, this doesn’t mean foreign-born workers are taking the jobs native-born workers once held. So, here’s another chart to clarify:
How can it be that native-born workers lost jobs during a period in which foreign-born workers added jobs? It looks like some of the jobs being lost by native-born workers are being taken by foreign-born workers who will work cheaper. Can you come up with a better explanation as to why native-born workers lost so many jobs in a month in which immigrants gained jobs?
And these two charts show just the legal immigrant workers. Why is the net job flow skewed so much in their direction? I can think of only two answers: discrimination against native-born workers or native-born workers don’t want those new jobs … probably because they pay a lot less — whereas foreign-born workers are more than willing to work that cheap. So, the jobs are migrating toward the immigrant workers.
No wonder the only politically correct answer to the problem of illegal immigrants is to make them legal. They clearly help the upper class reduce their labor costs. Thus, the poor class is growing while the middle class (well-paid laborers) is shrinking. What these graphs really show is the erosion — ultimately the demise — of the the vast and well-off middle class that made America an economic superpower. We are migrating our economy toward becoming the upper class and their serfs.
And the more Obama refuses to enforce immigration laws, the more the following will happen:
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