New data compiled by the Census Bureau reports that 13.1 million immigrants, both legal and illegal, arrived in the United States in the past decade. During that period, there was an overall net decline of 1 million jobs in the nation.
According to the report Immigration and Economic Stagnation: An Examination of Trends 2000 to 2010, approximately 2.4 million new immigrants settled in the U.S. in 2008 and 2009, while 8.2 million jobs were lost during that same period. The Census Bureau concluded that — without a change in immigration policy — the level of immigration can remain high even in the face of massive job losses.
The agency reports that 12.1 million immigrants came to the United States during the 1990s, but net job growth was around 21 million during that decade.
According to FOX News, proponents of tougher immigration laws are attempting to rally support for ballot initiatives in California and Iowa. Many individuals in those states would like to see a law similar to Arizona's, which allows authorities to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally.
"We have illegal aliens working here and they are taking the jobs of American citizens," Craig Halverson, director of the group Minuteman Patriots, told the news provider.
Michael Erickson, a Tea Party activist, has drafted the Support Federal Immigration Law Act. Supporters of the initiative must collect approximately 433,000 signatures of registered California voters by April 21, 2011 in order to get the proposal on the 2012 election ballot.