4 myths about immigration reform destroyed by new labor study

If there’s any improvement in the job market right now, it’s going to immigrants, legal and illegal. You’re a native-born American? Tough luck.

According to an analysis by the Center for Immigration Studies, using the “household survey” collected by the Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor known as the Current Population Survey (CPS), all net employment growth in the United States since 2000 has gone to immigrants, legal and illegal.

Since the first quarter of 2000, there have been 5.7 million more workers with new jobs who were immigrants, legal and illegal.

Further, because the native-born population grew significantly, but the number working actually fell, there were 17 million more working-age native-born Americans not working in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000.

The report completely destroys four myths about how wonderful increasing the immigrant population will be, which should put a nail in the coffin for the Schumer-Rubio bill (S.744) (oops, sorry Marco) and similar House measures:

1. There is a general labor shortage. False. There has been a long-term decline in employment for native-born Americans across age and education levels.

2. Immigration increases employment for native-born Americans. No it doesn’t. See above.

3. Immigration increases job opportunities for natives. Hardly. Over 17 million immigrants arrived in the last 14 years, but employment for native-born Americans has deteriorated significantly.

4. Immigrants do the jobs Americans won’t. The report found only six occupations that were majority immigrant (legal and illegal) but they account for only 1 percent of the total U.S. workforce. “Many jobs often thought to be overwhelmingly immigrant are in fact majority native-born. For example, 51 percent of maids and housekeepers are U.S.-born, as are 63 percent of butchers and meat processors. It is also the case that 64 percent of grounds maintenance workers are U.S.-born, as are 66 percent of construction laborers and 73 percent of janitors.”

So why is the Chamber of Commerce – working alongside establishment Republicans – so eager to pass some sort of immigration reform?

Because generally it’s cheaper for business. The report posits:

The Summer Work Travel Program (part of the J-1 visa program) allows employers to hire temporary workers without having to make the Social Security and Medicare payments that employers would be required to make on behalf of native-born workers. Another example of the way the immigration system makes foreign workers more attractive to employers is that those who enter under the H1-B visa program cannot change companies easily, making them more captive to their employers. 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.

Immigrants may also be more mobile. By coming to this country, immigrants almost always see substantial improvement in their standard of living, no matter where in the United States they settle. This may make them more willing to move wherever there is job growth in the United States. Natives, on the other hand, may need significant wage incentives to move, which, because of the availability of immigrant labor, businesses are unwilling to offer. All of these factors, and perhaps others, likely explain why so much of the limited employment growth in the last 14 years has gone to foreign-born workers.

We don’t need to worry about shipping jobs overseas if we just ship all the overseas workers HERE. And that’s exactly what appears to be happening.

Hate to be xenophobic here, but exactly when will our American government start looking out for its own American citizens?

Read the full report here.


  1. I agree, Mr. West, except for #4. I DO believe they will do the jobs that Americans refuse to do, esp. the ones who are on welfare and would rather collect a check for doing nothing. Then there are the ones who think those certain jobs are beneath them.

    • Go back to Bill Clinton’s Welfare Reform Law, when the people who had been collecting Welfare paast the 2 year and 5 year time limits were removed from the Welfare Rolls they took those jobs and realized the had to work their way out of them.

      • But he was the President so it is “His Law”. Too many people forget that this Law was instrumental in Balancing the Budget.

      • Bristol has never been the leader of the nation, Grampa. Geez Santa, you’re a senior citizen with the mind of a 10 year old, and not even a bright one…

      • So, Bristol is a nothing, right ????

        We agree,,,, Funny, you didn’t make your childish rules up before I posted…

      • Yep, the Contract with America,written by Newt Gingrich, then Speaker of The House. You can have an opinion, but you don’t get to have your own facts…

      • So a bitter,washed up old geezer who’s “job” is playing Santa and collecting SSI is bad-mouthing Newt Gingrich? That’s freakin hilarious…

      • You’ve run a business outta business, right ??

        How “bright” !?? So, WE’RE supporting your lazy azz ???

        That’s freakin hilarious…

        LMAO !

      • Nope, my HVAC business was doing fine until I was underbid every time by a competitor who hired illegals. I see you’re a retired mail carrier, so I think we are supporting your lard butt, grampa. Thanks for all the stolen gift cards, late letters, and other peoples mail I got over the years! And what a proud organization that earned its own verb “going postal.”

      • Why Andy Wood, because you’re willing to libel folks ?? Pretty
        amusing, you’ve become a stalker & are trying to damage a
        professional reputation … Like you ever had one, son….


        Get a life & job, because I want you to miss work, when I sue you !!

        You called me a pedo, that calls for proof, putz ….


      • LMAO !

        Look at the flailing fool stalker… Gee, I wonder why your business died. Can’t be the loose nut, BEHIND THE WHEEL !!!


        Save your money, stalker, when I lost a dime, YOU lose a $$$$~

      • So, a yard service “man” who failed & flailed about criticizes age ???

        Tell your mommy, you hate her….

      • Again, liking your own comments is akin to being somewhat of a psychopath. And the only yard I mow is my own, grampa.

      • So a bitter,washed up old geezer whose “job” doesn’t exist is blathering ??

        Get an education…

      • I can’t imagine, making claims you cannot prove,stalking, & libeling people.

        Guess, losing your business & manhood was too much, huh little “man” ?

        Now, use more hate speech Andy Wood, the kind that CPS will take interest in…..

      • Do you even believe this comment?? Obama has done nothing but blame Bush since day one, but this law was Clinton’s because “he was the president.” Liberal ignorance is simply astounding.

      • I was wondering when someone was going to throw the BS flag on the liberals comment. Well done.

      • Because Clinton ACTUALLY was trying to help the POOR get off of Welfare and out of Poverty. Why would anyone want to overturn that? Wait Pelosi and Reid did to strengthen the Democrats voting base.

      • Relax. I was being specious . I knew one of these fools would come up with some crazy crap to throw at you.

      • Wrong, the only ones bill and Hillary were interested in were themselves. They scammed our government and the American citizens.

  2. Okay, where are they getting these statistics? My grandson was in a school that was I would say; ‘shipped in or bused over’ to this school, all hispanic. (Government program). Spanish speaking I might add. In this area of town I might add that was very prominent still is somewhat. They work at the McDonald’s, restaurants, in this area of town. And guess what you can’t understand a word they are saying when they take your orders’…kind of sad. I will add they are hard working people….

    • They are not just flipping burgers or mowing lawns anymore. Alot of them are going to Tech and Community Colleges at a reduced rate (Thanks Uncle Sam!) and will soon be gunning for YOUR job.

  3. Another way to look at it is the laws of supply and demand. Supply(workers) goes up, and demand(# of jobs) stays the same Cost(wages) will do down, period.

  4. I lost my business because of a competitor who hired illegals. Eight Americans who had good pay and benefits are now unemployed because of the BS immigration policy.

    • My condolences. Personally I think what happened to you is part of obamas grand strategy. But I’m paranoid.

      • Yep, the competition hired illegals with lower pay and ZERO benefits. I had better pay and full benefits. Of course he could underbid me every time. As far as Robin Hood, there is no competition in the Pedophile Santa and SSI gig, huh?

      • Robin Hood (AKA Pat Costello of Seattle), the loser who “likes” his own comments. Retired mailman (there’s a go-getter!) and a fat lard-ass who now dresses up as Santa. Complete mental midget.

      • Andy (NO) Wood- Mt Vernon AKA- the 12 year old furnace filter changer, with no point, life, or success… Just jealous, I guess !!!

        LMAO !

        Libel is great, thanks for guaranteeing my pay rate !!!!


      • Hahaha! Yeah, we all know when immigration is called, they send in the “Immigration SWAT team” and cart off all the illegals. Pat Costello, you are so mind-numbingly stupid it is beyond comprehension…

      • Andy (NO) Wood = Dog Crap- Mt Vernon Wa AKA- the 12 year old furnace filter changer, with no point, life, or success… Just jealous, I guess !!!

        Opened a business + lost the business = Wood “sucksess”.

        LMAO !

        Libel is great, thanks for guaranteeing my pay rate !!!!


      • So, you did nothing to help yourself & consider whining here a “solution” ??

        cAndy Azz Wood you are so mind-numbingly stupid(comma)it is beyond comprehension….

      • So not only is Pat Costello, the 31-year retired lard-ass mail man an expert on immigration enforcement, he is also the punctuation police. Thank God for hardened arteries…

      • Does it suck to close a business & be a moron ?

        You’re my PRO, there cAndy…

        Thank God(comma) for excuses & lazy unemployment takers…

      • Nope, not paranoid at all. Their inaction speaks for itself. I believe the main motive is a new wave of democrat voters, but there is probably way more sinister motives behind it.

    • It was the greedy business that did the hiring over Americans. Not the gov. Plus, plenty of Amer business get work visas to hire foreign workers.

      • If you are any type of skilled labor, be wary of the army of green cards about to be coming your way. They will work for way less than you and could give a rip about health care because they get it for free at any emergency room or urgent care clinic. I used to think it wouldn’t happen to me, so be forewarned. Find a job that requires citizenship or a security clearance, all others are open game. Sad but true.

      • Since when is flipping burgers or waiting tables “skilled labor”? Well, maybe it is in your world, moron…

      • LMAO !

        Who’s talking about burgers, low class clown ??

        How about replacing furnace filters ???

        Oh sorry, too close to home-o ???

      • Coming from the obese clown who delivered mail for 31 years, haha! I would venture to say waiting tables requires considerably more skill than making sure that letter with the numbers on it get put in the box with the numbers on it. And you ass hats in the post office even screw that up on a reguar basis. Only a loser like you could equate an HVAC business owner with a “filter changer.” Pat Costello you are exhibit #1 of a pathetic, bitter old retired government worker.

      • Bitter word salad, from a “man” that closed down ???

        Poor cAndy, blame anyone, but yourself…..

        What HVAC business, again ??? Oh right, you used to be impotent.


      • Tell me again, you have a life …. or brain!


        So, does your dog get jealous of all the time you spend with me ?

        At least, she has the fairy princess kid, right ?

  5. Short answer? Never. All of these immigrants are going to be part of the lefts exspansion of their base, their attempt to disenfranchise native born American voters. I would not be surprised, (my paranoia rising to the surface here), to see some kind of attempt by the left to afford voting rights to non-citizens. I must stop here because the more I think of that empty suit in the White House the closer to the surface my vast vocabulary of invective gets.

  6. Excuse me, West, but the Center for Immigration Studies promotes immigration control and stricter laws. It doesn’t sound very fair and balanced. Also, you may want to ask Marco Rubio why his immigration package doesn’t call for the repeal of the immigration sweetheart deal the Cubans get. Automatic citizenship after a year and free bennies right away.

      • Yes I know. I decided not to use it bec I knew one of these fools would ( for some crazy misguided reason ) call me racist.

      • Libtards love to default to the race card when they run out of anything intellectual to say.

      • Are you sure you want to put that in writing? You conservative friends may think you are going soft.

      • Sometimes the cops come when I run down the street naked and screaming about the Nazi’s taking over.

      • I do that to annoy folks who care…..

        Works really well….


        Exciting “life” you lead, when paint dries do you clap ?

      • Why capitalize mommy, got issues ???

        HAHAHAHAH ! Writing “yawn” on the web is old & weak, just like responding to old comments…

      • The only thing stale is your 5XL tighty whitey’s, Santa Claus. Heard the army may be interested in your Fruit-of-the Looms for emergency parachutes. As far as old and weak, it’s in the dictionary under Pat M. Costello of Seattle, freakshow Santa.

      • I heard you’re into poor guesses & moronic comments…

        Ever work ??? Oh right, you “guessed” you could run a “business” ??


      • Speaking of ugly, that wife of yours… Whoa. She fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down. I was actually surprised that an old, obese loser like you is actually married. Hey ugly is better than nothing, right Patsy? Snuggling at the Costello residence must be quite a sight. Bag of Cheetos, box of Ho Ho’s, Jabba the Hut straddling Mrs Claus on the hide-a bed.
        Ewwww, bad mental picture….

      • Yours’ is the possessive….


        Imagine you expecting intelligence outta your jeans / genes….

        HILARIOUS !!!!

        I kinda liked your wife……. HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAH !

      • Center For New Community……………libtard activists……………is the vile petri dish that spun off Imagine2050, the other libtard activist group.

  7. Impeach obuma, then start sending the illegals back to mexico.
    Arrest and jail anyone who hires an illegal immigrant.
    Since they are not US citizens they do not have constitutional rights, no hearings required to send them back to mexico. We can save a lot of money on courts and lawyers…………….

  8. The study said a major factor in the changes in the labor force is the decline of native-born who are dropping out altogether, having given up looking for work. Well yeh, the majority of jobs left after mass lay-offs are minimum paying, unskilled positions. Guess who employers are hiring, if as a skilled worker, you put on your application $12 hr.

  9. Here is my answer, for every illegal alien we allow into the country for a job we deport one able bodied welfare recipient. AAAANNDD I’m out..

  10. A business news program announced that almost 80% of the new jobs created are part time/low wage jobs. No one can support themselves or raise a family on this type of job. Illegal immigrants don’t care, they get enough side benefits from the US government that they make out very well. Just thank Obama and Obamacare for the 30 hour loophole that lets employers escape the oppressive costs of employee insurance by skipping over part time workers….

  11. I presume, Mr. West, that you’re unaware of the Center for Immigration Studies being a white supremacist organization.

      • So they’re white supremacist because the the far left SPLC says so? LOL! The SPLC will label any group that doesn’t fit it’s Marxist agenda as a racist or hate group, even family advocacy groups.

      • Get your head out of your arse lefty and do some research.


        Who We Are

        Imagine 2050 was launched in 2008 by the staff of Center for New Community. Since then its contributors have included activists, immigrants, artists and students who are invested in a future nation that embodies a multiracial democracy. We publish original content several times a week with a special emphasis on the people, organizations, and discussions that are shaping our democracy and national identity. By the year 2050, one out of five Americans will be foreign born. Latino and Asian communities will increase significantly. There will be no clear racial or ethnic majority.

        We will become a nation of minorities. Today’s perceptions of foreignness will challenge how Americans identify themselves over the coming decades. In light of these challenges, Imagine 2050 is committed to igniting candid conversations around race, immigration, environment, and American identity.

        What a group of lowlifes and anarchists.

      • Pointless & moronic ???

        You call that a smack down ?

        Pulling hair next, cAndy ?


      • Shut up Jabba the Hut, go get a cholesterol check. Better yet, don’t. The world seriously needs your gene pool to dry up…

      • Poor baby, uncle T.O.M. visiting ???

        Don’t blame everyone, son…..

        I can call you son, since you clearly are enamored with the details of my life & you’ve failed in yours’…


      • Actually, I’m just enjoying calling your dumb, liberal ass out. You are a fraud Pat Costello, and quite a pathetic one.

      • Fraud ???

        Tell us about how you ran a “business”…into the ground ??


        You spend hours embarrassing yourself, because you’re a bitter failure, cAndy No Wood…

        I pity YOU !! Even your facebook “friends” say you’re an AZZ !



      • Why do all baggers live in cartoon land ??? You know, if you were more man, I wouldn’t have to help with your “home work” !!!


  12. Secure the border like the DMZ Korea. Deport all illegals, shoot them if they try to cross again. Arm Border patrol with Stinger missiles to shoot down invading aircraft from Mexico.

  13. I don’t know what sickness our citizen’s minds have acquired that the leftists among us try to impugn the good Mr. West. I believe in him and hope sincerely he can be trusted.

  14. The regime has officially gone full criminal. It needs to be stopped or dismantled before it destroys what little remains of this country!

  15. Isn’t it simply amazing how these folks invade our Nation, violate our laws and then demonstrate in our cities demanding we accept them and their way of life their language as our language and showing no loyalty to the US and then telling US that they are the Future of our Country, when they can’t even fix the country they came from.

  16. Solving the illegal immigrant problem is very easy. All you need is for Congress to be willing to do the following:

    1) The U.S. Constitution currently classifies any child born in U.S. territory as automatically being a U.S. citizen regardless of the citizenship of the child’s parents. That must be changed.

    Congress needs to reclassify the status of a child born in U.S. territory as follows:

    Any child born in U.S. territory will not be classified as a U.S. citizen unless at least one of its parents is already a U.S. citizen. An exception will be made as follows:

    If a child born in U.S. territory later gives birth to a child also born in the U.S. territory, the child of the latter birth will be classified as a U.S. citizen.

    2) Any non-citizen migrant crossing any U.S. border at a proper checkpoint who desires to live in the U.S. will be given a work visa with no expiration date. That work visa will have a proper ID to allow for U.S. taxes to be withheld by the employer.

    Should that migrant need to drive in the U.S., that migrant will be allowed to apply for a U.S. drivers license in the same manner as any U.S. citizen, with one exception: The drivers license the migrant worker receives must clearly be labeled that the migrant worker is not a U.S. citizen as in: “Not a U.S. Citizen”.

    3) After establishing #1 and #2 above, there will be no excuse for anyone to cross the U.S. / Mexico border illegally (unless they are either criminals or that they have done so accidentally.) All legitimate crossings will be done at proper checkpoints. Migrant workers will no longer even ‘try’ to cross the border illegally.

    The above will make it much easier for Americans to monitor the borders for illegal drug trafficking, ect..

  17. We need to look to some of the European countries for immigration laws. Most require that a parent be a citizen, you marry a citizen, or come to the country because you provide a specialized skill that is needed in the country. In this case you must work and reside in the country for a specified period of time before you APPLY for citizenship.

  18. Mass deportation of all illegals and their anchor babies, stop giving birth certificates to anchor babies if the parent cannot prove they are citizens, finish Bush’s wall except build two walls 10 feet high and 10 feet wide with electricity and barbwire running through, and give all American citizens a shoot to kill for all illegals. Now that is immigration reform.

  19. I wonder how many employers just want to sweep things under the rug and keep it quiet when it comes to how much hiring immigrants (legal and/or illegal) cost them when they make mistakes from not understanding our language, or how to read and write in english, among other things unique to American culture.


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