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Report sheds light on immigration and the labor market

August 18, 2009 by  

Report sheds light on immigration and the labor market Although supporters of immigration say aliens do work that Americans do not want to do, new studies have shown this may not be the case.

Two reports from the Center for Immigration Studies looked at the concentration of immigrants across 465 occupations and examined the broader measure of unemployment (U-6) which also includes people who would like to work but have not looked for a job recently as well as those working part-time who want full-time work.

The first study found that among the 465 occupations, only four are majority immigrant. Moreover, many jobs which are traditionally thought of as being carried out mainly by immigrants are in fact dominated by native-born Americans.

For example, a total of 55 percent of maids and housekeepers are native-born, as are 65 percent of construction workers, 71 percent of porters, bellhops and concierges as well as 75 percent of janitors.

The second report has found that while the rate of unemployment for native-born Americans with less than a high school education is 20.8 percent, the U-6 measure is 33.2 percent. For those who have only high school education the unemployment rate is 18.5 percent, and U-6 is 30.3 percent.

Meanwhile, the Federation for American Immigration Reform has criticized the government for insufficient commitment to E-Verify, after a recent Department of Homeland Security announcement that federal contractors would only be required to check the work authorization of new employees.

An executive order signed by President Bush last year would have required that federal contractors verify all employees, but has been delayed by the new administration.
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  • sfix4013

    The illegal aliens will take the best job they can get, just as you and I would. During a recent agonizingly slow trip on the DAN RYAN expressway in Chicago it appeared to me that a great majority of the construction workers repairing that highway were of Hispanic origin. These jobs pat quite well.

  • sfix4013

    The illegal aliens will take the best job they can get, just as you and I would. During a recent agonizingly slow trip on the DAN RYAN expressway in Chicago it appeared to me that a great majority of the construction workers repairing that highway were of Hispanic origin. These jobs pay quite well.

  • Wayne Rowett

    Those who say illegals take only jobs that no one wants say that because they want to keep them here for the low pay the illegals accept. Ask Pelosi how many she has on her payroll. It might surprise you. Regardless of what the government says, they want to make the criminals legal to get their vote.

    • Michelle

      You are absolutely correct Wayne Well Said!!!!!!!!!!

    • Patricia Henson

      Wayne Rowett Reply, You are correct Wayne. The president plans on getting around it by giving all of the criminals amnesty. During Obamas visit to Mexico a couple of weeks ago he promised Mexican President Calderon that there was legislation being drawn up to give the illegals amnesty and that the legislation would be ready for vote and had enough votes to pass by early 2010. I don’t understand why we want to reward them for breaking the law but that is exactly what Obama plans to do. If you and I broke the law we would go to prison but for some reason we will reward them with citizenship plus free healthcare that all of us taxpayers will pay for. Bend over because we are all fixing to get the hose.

      • Dolores Fleming

        The reason Obama wants to give illegal imigrants amnesty is because he wants there vote so he can get a second term.its also the reason he choose Sotomayor for the supreme court.By the way the supreum court knows Obama is not a natural born citizen of the united states but says that they will do nothing about it.Did you also know that the white men in this country are fighting the Blacks saying no way in hell will a black man rule over them.Hillary has said that she is going to fight Obam and get our country back.”Hooray”

      • Nellie McConnell

        You are right on with this and when you add Welfare and all the perks too the immigration and when the father or boyfriend works for cash, the family on Welfare and no money in taxes being paid too our government. No wonder the Mexican president wants amnesty. The illegals and some legals have section 8 housing. The government pays about half.
        In my area they sold homes too illegals, why the banks gave them loans I have no idea?? The tax payers are now paying the bill!! It doesn’t matter what we do the government is trying too take over the whole industry. I have no had too use my ‘D’ drug program ver much, This year, I have too pay for my thyroid med.
        I live in a small town north of the Mexican border in CA. We have a small ambulance and our ambulance has too transport illegals, people with no insurance. Last year the ambulance was 92,000 in the red, this is money from transporting illegals..As soon as Obama got in office we got Palmettio for a Medicare billing company, they did not pay medicare bills for a year. This put two of my doctors out of business. This almost caused our ambulance too have too file bankruptcy. This ambulance covers an 800 square miles of territory in Imperial and San Diego County. We don’t need the hassle of Obama care and illegals., Jan Brewer is and has the right too stop what the federal government has not done. I read the federal and the AZ laws and she is right on and not over stepping the federal laws.
        When you read the Mexican laws on immigration it is very clear you better have enough money too take care of yourself if you want too live in Mexico. THEY GIVE NOTHING TOO ANYONE THAT MOVES THERE FROM U.S.A. YOU BETTER HAVE DOCUMENTS AND A PASSPORT AND INSURANCE.
        The Mexican produce is putting our farmers out of business. I am boycotting Mexican and Chinese products and food. LOOK FOR AMERICAN PRODUCTS. NOW THE FED GOV WANTS TOO TAX THE BUSINESSES MORE.
        GOD BLESS AMERICAN! IF WE DON’T STOP THIS ABUSE OF FEDERAL POWER GRAB, WE WILL BE ANOTHER CUBA.

    • Nellie

      I live in a farm area and what we are subject too here is the farm workers work for cash and the family is on Welfare and the government is not doing anything about this abuse! They come here too have the babies and they get on Welfare! Two ways of them getting around this, they don’t know who the father is so they have 6 kids the tax payers are paying for.,
      They come from Mexico and rent a house for one family and there is 4 or 5 families living in one home. This is not fare to the homeowner,
      we also had builders who sold homes too these illegals and now the whole track is empty and most of the homes are trashed and stripped. MORE TAX DOLLARS! THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NEVER HAVE BALED OUT THE BANKS ON THIS! THIS HAPPENED IN 70 AND AGAIN IN 90 WHEN IS OUR GOVERNMENT GOING TOO LEARN. REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT IS A GOOD WEB PAGE FOR IMMIGRANTS AND WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH OUR GOV ALLOWING ILLEGALS TOO COME HERE AND TAKE JOBS FROM AMERICAN PEOPLE. MANY OF THE PEOPLE ON WELFARE ARE ABLE TOO WORK AND WON’T BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE TOO.

  • ChristyB

    We had our cable company, BrightHouse, put in cable for us at our home about 2 years ago. The entire group of men working on digging and laying cable did not speak English. Just last year we had BrightHouse again lay cable for our business, and again, the crew spoke no English. I knew no less than a dozen out of work construction workers who would have given anything for some work at that time.

    Just this week I witnessed 2 large roofing jobs being worked by all hispanic crews, in a County with over 10% unemployment. I cannot believe the left is still using that old line about illegals doing work Americans will not do – HOGWASH!

    • Nellie McConnell

      As Amerians we can demand that anyone that works or a company send someone that speaks English, you hava a right too ask for green cards and call Border Patrol, look for the contractors license and see if he has employees and is paying workers state insurance. The reason our hospitals are full of illegals, they get hurt on a job they can’t tell the hospital it is a work injury, the tax payers get stuck with the bill and insurance or W.C. doesn’t pay. These people work for cash.
      I had a contractor doing some water damage at my house, 9 employees, only two spoke English. He had no state workers insurance. They stole over 10,000 dollars in tools. I took him too court because of the bad job they did on the finish. He got 5000 out of 21,000. Contractors license board did a over view of my inspection and agreed on every item of complaint, but they did’t check his WC insurance. They didn’t check his employees too see if they were legal.,
      Our federal laws are very strict! the federal gov just isn’t using them! Jan Brewer is and will use the Federal laws and she will have other states follow her,
      The Mexican President has no right too come here and bash our laws. I am backing AZ governor in any way I can. My friends who are in a group that has worked on illegal laws for years went too AZ this last weekend. They backed AZ laws. Nighingale is running in CA and has a good chance of winning.

      AZ boycotting L.A!
      Someone put up a bill board in AZ on I-10.

      Attention Illegals Immigrants
      Arizona does not welcome you, but Las Angeles love you.
      Free housing, free schools, free food, free Medical and free Hospital.
      No insurance cost, no taxes and plenty of jobs.
      TURN LEFT ON I-8 AND FOLLOW YOUR ROAD TOO PARADISE!

  • lisa taylor

    It is one of the great myths the Pro Immigration/Obama/Nepolitano forces put forth that “Americans do not want to do these jobs.” The real truth lies in the facts that the Hiltons, Mariotts, Walmart Siblings, Home Depot, Del Monte, Perdue, Higher Ups and Owners are DETERMINED to HEAVILY FUND lobbyist, TV ads, and sway journalistic repdorting to come up with huge lobby money to promote AMNESTY WITH OPEN BORDERS, so they can continue to exploit illegals using fake documents, and keep the billion dollar profits for themselves at the top– all at the expense of the average American worker who pays for the illegals services, every child their womenfolk delivers, pre and post natal care, free school lunches, welfare, and when they become elderly,social security and medicare for them. The tiny amount collected from this group in taxes and sales tax for what they buy as consumers, will never balance what they take from our pool of financial resources in services and medical care. IT’S TIME FOR MEXICO, GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR, AND ALL OTHER COUNTRIES TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN. STOP MAKING USA TAXPAYERS PAY TO BABYSIT MEXICANS WHO TAKE THE FREE RIDE/WELFARE PROGRAM — AND SEND THE MONEY BACK IN BILLIONS of dollars in remittance (VIA BANK OF AMERICA). ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

    • Earlw

      I personally know of many old friends in colorado who work as construction, concrete, drywallers, and many others, even electricians and such, all AMERICANS who made good money doing it. to see all those old friends and generations of new workers be marginalized by border-crossers here illegally just makes my blood boil. Even in my trade ( HVAC/REFRIGERATION, there they are!

      Illegals avail themselves of our education programs on our dime, and then take our jobs…I actual;ly have a newspaper clipping of a few years ago called “Que pasa?” which was gushing over how those very people were so lucky to go to school and get a trade.

      You can’t blame Jose’, blame the Mexican and American governments for the problems (and the lobbyists).

  • http://PersonalLibertyDigest Robert Broughton

    Everyone talks about how our country is going away. Why don’t we change it? We were the most powerful country in the world. We have now allowed the democratic party to spend us into oblivion. The so called president has taken over the auto industry and the banking system, he has distroyed most of our automobiles 25 or fewer years older. Where are we going to get parts for the remaining “clunkers” as they grow older? Obama would like for us to only own small foriegn built automobiles.

  • Raymond A. Edwards

    My next birthday will be my eightieth. Some of my ancesters were here to greet Lief Errickson and all the others on both sides of the family were here well before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, so I am relativly sure that I am qualified to be called a native born American. As to the so called jobs that Americans won’t do HOGWASH, I have picked both long and short staple cotton, (which most readers here don’t even know what I am talking about,) for a cent per pound. I tied brocoli, when it was done with binder twine, at five cents per crate of thirty six bunches. In fact I still own one of the heavy rubber malls that we used climb around in almond and walnut trees thumping the branches with, to shake the nuts to the ground, for a dollar an hour. It is just that Americans will not do these jobs for the rediculously low wages the cheapscates can get away with paying illegal aliens. Governer Swartsneger says that Jose cannot be blamed for Californias budget shortfall, of which about half would be eleminated, if we should stop all Cal. spending on illegal aliens. HE IS one hundred per cent RIGHT. It is he and the rest of the chuckleheads in Sacramento and Washington D.C. that allowes this to continue, who is at fault.

  • Stanley Migacz

    I went back to my hometown in SW PA a few years ago. There are virtually no Hispanics or any other recent immigrants in the county. At the motel I stayed at all employees there were of European descent. I will refer to these as “locals”. All of the gas stations and convenience stores had employees that were locals. I took my mother and sister to a Chinese restaurant. As I sat there I noticed that all of the employees were locals until I caught a glimpse of an Asian in the kitchen. My point being is that anyone who tells me the immigrants will do work that “locals” will not is just a barefaced lie.

  • john w

    I live in southern California and the majority of workers in construction over the many years that I have been employed in it have slowly become predominately Mexican, many of which do not even speak English. When I was in high school myself and most of my friends worked in restaurants as busboys and kitchen help try finding non Mexicans there now. It is not that they do jobs others don’t want it’s that they take over those jobs and lower the wages so no one else can afford to make living doing those jobs. Not to mention unless you speak Spanish you cannot most of the time speak to your coworkers.

  • Tom Harris

    I AGREE that ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are a BIG PROBLEM in the UNITED STATES—PARTICULARLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION and SERVICE INDUSTRIES.
    Why won’t our “LAWMAKERS” do anything about the situation ?
    We need to have a revolution against ALL present congressmen, Senators, State Legislators and Governors who will vote for “amnesty” AND VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE…
    And as for the SPENDING and DEFICIT of 9 TRILLION from “president” (Dictator ?) Obama, and our MESSED UP CONGRESS AS A WHOLE (PARTICULARLY DEMOCRATS) THEY SHOULD BE “TARRED AND FEAATHERED”…
    Our US government is already SOCIALIST instead of a Republic with democratically elected Representatives—Owning the Big Three Car Companies, and most Large Banks and SPENDING THE COUNTRY TO RUIN !

  • chucky

    The thing is when you cross the border in pretty much any other country, you’re automatically an enemy, an opposing militant, a terrorist, or you are held as an illegal immigrant in a prison. In the US, the illegal’s now have equal rights as citizens, and that’s a huge slap in the face to all immigrants who actually did the paper work and took the risks involved. Then they have these people just mingling in and taking jobs because they work for 5 dollars instead of 20 dollars. There is no solution except deport all and make them apply for citizenship. You can not give amnesty because it will make America a one party system(can you say socialism comrade) Which will destroy our country as we know it. You think there is a majority now? Wait until there is a one party system where a 2/3 majority is had. Say good bye to our constitution as they can amend it any way they wish with a 2/3 majority. The U.S. right now is a haven for international criminals who broke the law in their countries of origin who come here and set up their crime networks here in our large cities. It is not just the Mexicans coming here my fellow Americans It is the Russians,Georgia republic,All former Soviet block nations,The Middle East,Africa, South America ect. As I stated above We are the ONLY country welcoming these criminals here and look around you and you will see the results of this(heartbreaking) situation we are in. It tells me that our government is not working in your or my best interest as American Citizens. The reason I state not working is because THE #1 FUNCTION OF OUR GOVERNMENT OR ANY GOVERNMENT IS TO PROTECT IT’S CITIZENS ON OUR OWN SOIL. 12 AMERICANS A DAY DIE AT THE HANDS OF AN ILLEGAL(GOOGLE IT IF YOU DO NOT BELIEVE) SINCE 9/11 THAT IS MORE CITIZENS HAVE DIED AT THEIR HANDS THEN THE TWO GULF WARS AND AFGHANISTAN COMBINED. THEY HAVE LET DOWN OUR CITIZENS LIVING ON BORDER TOWNS AND YOU AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN SHOULD SETTLE FOR NOTHING LESS THAN DEPORTATION AND PENALITIES INCREASED UP TO AND INCLUDING JAIL TIME FOR C.E.O. OF COMPANY BREAKING LAW

  • suz

    Yea here in Baltimore they are hiring them for the city. The men at Dept. of Water Works said they can hire them for less and not pay them health benifits. They are using them all over for contracts. The Chesapeak Bay Bridge had to be redone and when we were coming back over it , the hispanic’s were all sitting down like monkey see monkey do. It’s costing us double as they can’t read , or write English so they can’t carry out what their duties are. When you think of it , the gov. is exploiting them by allowing them in the country illegally. Our constitution doesn’t apply to them as they are illegelly and that’s the part our gov. doesn’t get as they themselves are breaking the law by harboring them here .

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