Most people recognize that there are disparities of unemployment by region or education. Florida and the other “sand states” are particularly hard hit. But VDare did an interesting review of unemployment differences between native-born and immigrant workers, and this revealed a serious disparity in unemployment that tilted in favor of the newcomers.
Why might this be?
The folks at the WSJ would suggest this is because immigrants are harder working, more “real” Americans than the lazy welfare cases that are born here. But is that all of it? Could it be immigrants don’t want things like insurance or are more willing to walk away from mortgages or have less compunction about paying taxes, nor do they care as much if companies’ adhere to safety protocols? (By way of illustration, I once observed a Mexican construction worker welding without any eye protection whatsoever.) And could it be companies like to hire people that are “living in the shadows” because they are more easily exploited?
Here’s Ed Rubenstein’s numbers:
Over the past 12 months:
- Foreign-born employment rose by 1.7%, or more than eight-times native born job growth (0.2%)
- The immigrant unemployment rate declined by 4.2%, while the rate for natives declined only 2.1%—half as much.
- The share of the native-born working age population that is actually workingdeclined for natives; the share of the immigrant working age population that is actually working rose.
- Perhaps most indicative of future trends: the foreign born population 16 and over (i.e., of working age) rose by 1.6%, nearly double the 0.7% increase for natives.
America’s people, habits, and demographics are all being transformed, and so is our workforce. These changes benefit a small number of rich business owners and the immigrants themselves, while burdening native-born Americans with lower wages, higher crime, a less solvent state, worse schools, and a weakening of the American character.
America’s Constitution makes no promise to the world or to immigrants or to anyone other than its citizens and their progeny, as it was made to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” But the false consciousness of America as an “immigrant nation” and the willful blindness to the facts by decision-makers and the American people has blinded large swaths of the country too the harm that mass, Third World immigration does to our country’s health and prosperity. While the more dramatic cases of immigration policy failure are those of terrorist Muslim interlopers, the larger numbers (and problems) come from Latin America. Here the consequence of that is undeniably harmful American worker displacement.