Barack Obama, Democrats, and Republicans like John McCain, Jeff Flake, Lindsay Graham, and John Boehner keep telling us how giving amnesty to 15 million or more illegal aliens and upwards of 30 million of their family members currently outside the country is going to save the economy. Billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and organizations like the US Chamber of Commerce keep insisting we can’t have a healthy economy with high employment without amnesty and an immigration policy that looks like “open borders” and rewards illegal immigration.
The good folks at the Center for Immigration Studies released a report on the first anniversary of the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill passing the Senate. It’s also the first anniversary of the death of Marco Rubio’s presidential hopes. What the report highlights is that all job growth since 2000 has gone to immigrants, both legal and illegal. All of it.
Supporters of amnesty, and supporters of much larger allowances for legal immigration, harp on the idea that there is a general labor shortage in the US. On it’s face, that is a bad joke. Were that true, we would see an increase in the Workforce Participation Rate, the percentage of people of working age population who are working. Here’s what Bloomberg has to say about that.
Even the strongest job growth in two years isn’t enough to entice more people into the labor force, one of the biggest conundrums of the U.S. economic expansion.
The share of the working-age population either employed or seeking a job declined in April for the first time this year, helping drive the unemployment rate down to 6.3 percent, the lowest since September 2008. At 62.8 percent, the so-called participation rate matches the lowest since March 1978.
We have 58 million people of working age who aren’t working, and the Friends of Amnesty are telling us we need another 45 million uneducated, unskilled, immigrants so we’ll have an appropriately sized work force. If that makes any sense to you, please stop reading now and go jump off a tall building.
Here’s what CIS highlights from the US Federal Government data:
- The total number of working-age (16 to 65) immigrants (legal and illegal) holding a job increased 5.7 million from the first quarter of 2000 to the first quarter of 2014, while declining 127,000 for natives.
- In the first quarter of 2000, there were 114.8 million working-age natives holding a job; in the first quarter of 2014 it was 114.7 million.
- Because the native-born population grew significantly, but the number working actually fell, there were 17 million more working-age natives not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000.
There’s lots more, but that should give you a good idea of the problem we have with immigration and why Americans aren’t working.
Remember these simple numbers the next time you hear some fool telling you that we need immigration, and especially amnesty for illegal aliens, in order to have a healthy economy. The only reason we need amnesty is to increase the number of Democrat voters, and a side benefit for Democrats is more people on some form of welfare.