Undocumented Immigrants Don't Steal Jobs
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
August 16, 2012 10:51 AM | 2635 views | 7 7 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

WSJ: Labor Economist "Found That Higher Levels Of Immigration Coincided With Lower Levels Of Unemployment." Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason L. Riley wrote of suggestions that "immigrant labor harms the job prospects of Americans":

But if immigrants, legal or illegal, displace U.S. workers, why was there less unemployment in the U.S. during the Clinton and Bush administrations, when we had higher levels of immigration, than we have today, when net migration from Mexico is zero?

Nor is this a new phenomenon. The labor economist Richard Vedder of Ohio University looked at the relationship between immigration and U.S. unemployment throughout the 20th century and found that higher levels of immigration coincided with lower levels of unemployment.

Immigrants to the U.S. not only seek jobs but also increase demand for goods and services, thus providing incentives for businesses to invest in capital, expand operations and hire more workers. Moreover, the immigrants who come here typically aren't replicas of Americans in terms of their education level and skills. They are concentrated at the high end and low end of the skills spectrum and are much more likely to be competing with other immigrants for jobs than to be displacing natives in the workplace.

Federal Reserve Bank Of San Francisco: "There Is No Evidence" That Immigrants' Positive Effects On The Economy Comes "At The Expense Of Jobs For Workers Born In The United States." From a 2010 San Francisco Fed letter highlighting research on the long-term effects of immigration on employment:

Immigration in recent decades has significantly increased the presence of foreign-born workers in the United States. The impact of these immigrants on the U.S. economy is hotly debated. Some stories in the popular press suggest that immigrants diminish the job opportunities of workers born in the United States. Others portray immigrants as filling essential jobs that are shunned by other workers. Economists who have analyzed local labor markets have mostly failed to find large effects of immigrants on employment and wages of U.S.-born workers.


[T]here is no evidence that immigrants crowd out U.S.-born workers in either the short or long run. Data on U.S.-born worker employment imply small effects, with estimates never statistically different from zero.

[Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, 8/30/10]

Economic Policy Institute: "There Is Broad Agreement Among Academic Economists That [Immigration] Has A Small But Positive Impact" On Wages Overall. A February 2010 paper from the Economic Policy Institute details how an influx of workers creates demand for goods and services, creating more jobs and provides a net positive effect on the economy:

In the ongoing debate over immigration policy in the United States, the impact of immigrants on the wages of native-born workers has been a central point of disagreement. There is broad agreement among academic economists on one point: that immigration has a small but positive impact on the wages of native-born workers overall. Although new immigrant workers add to the labor supply, they also consume goods and services, creating more jobs. In other words, as the labor force expands (as it is always doing, due to both native population growth and immigration), the economy adjusts and expands with it, and average wages are not hurt. [Economic Policy Institute, 2/4/10]

Economists Francesco D'Amuri And Giovanni Peri: "There Is Hardly Any Evidence That Immigrant Workers Have A Negative Effect On The Wages Of Native Workers ... Or That They Crowd-Out Other Jobs In The US." Peri and D'Amuri wrote in 2010 that immigrants do not have a negative effect on wages, nor do they crowd-out jobs:

Despite popular belief, often based on anecdotes and bodged analysis, there is hardly any evidence that immigrant workers have a negative effect on the wages of native workers (see for instance Card 2009 and Glitz 2007) or that they crowd-out other jobs in the US (Card and Di Nardo 2000) or Europe. On the contrary, some authors emphasize the existence of a potentially positive effect of immigrants on the demand for native workers.


[W]e analyse the net impact of immigration on natives' employment and we confirm previous results that did not find any significant effect. Moreover, natives' skill upgrading due to immigration could account for a 0.6% increase in average wages of natives in the 2008-2020 period, according to our simulations combining results of the empirical analysis with long-term demographic projections for Europe.

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August 18, 2012
This just in:

Harry Reid told me that Lib in Cobb is really Kevin Foley.
Lib in Cobb
August 17, 2012
Devlin: So, as it stands you don't have any information of your own to post as a resource, but you direct us to read Robert's post.

You have nothing unique, do you and you can't do your own research. Still drooling on yourself!

Typical for one of sheep in the "whistle nut flock".
Devlin Adams
August 16, 2012
Lib, if there was anything of substance to Foley's repeating of La Raza propaganda, I would be glad to post a rebuttal.

As it is, all you need do is look at the rising number of Americans unemployed, and I do not mean the 8.3%, who still are on the records. I mean the thousands who have exhausted unemployment benefits and are no longer counted, and the thousands who juss gave up. Comparing conditions today to those of the pre-Clinton or the Clinton era, before Clinton and then Bush invited all the unemployable Mexics to jump the border, is not factual debate. It is skewed logic. Read Robert Johnson's reply.
Lib in Cobb
August 16, 2012
@Devli: Instead of just criticizing the information, please post your information from reliable sources which will counter what Kevin has found.

Robert Johnson
August 16, 2012
This is quite amusing. I think D.A. King has pushed Kevin Foley over the edge. He is now posting outtakes from open borders advocates financed "studies" in an attempt to make Americans believe what he says instead of their own eyes. Foley: Google "Legal Workers Line Up for Restaurant Jobs After Sheriff Joe Raids " and watch the short news video.

How dishonset is Kevin Foley? He overlooked telling all 11 of his readers (if you count Lib in Cobb as a reader) that the WSJ's Jason Riley was writing in his book."Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders"

More from the Wall St. Journal that Foley "forgot"

"Reformist Mexican President Vicente Fox raises eyebrows with his suggestion that over a decade or two Nafta should evolve into something like the European Union, with open borders for not only goods and investment but also people. He can rest assured that there is one voice north of the Rio Grande that supports his vision. To wit, this newspaper."-"Indeed, during the immigration debate of 1984 we suggested an ultimate goal to guide passing policies a constitutional amendment: "There shall be -- open borders."

A stumbling, but amusing try Foley.You should admit that you know nothing about illegal immigration and just keep repeating the points you get from the Democrat emails each day.

"We don’t have a plethora of manufacturing jobs anymore, we don’t suffer from under-population and we no longer need unskilled immigrants. We have 73 million adult Americans with only a high school education, and that’s more than enough unskilled labor. With cheap immigrant labor flooding the market, millions of Americans are unemployed, and many have despaired about finding work.

Massive immigration has disastrous consequences for America’s most vulnerable: the unemployed, partially employed, working poor, recent legal immigrants, African Americans and elderly working populations. Legalization will sanction and perpetuate this assault on struggling Americans by flooding the workforce with more cheap labor.

A study by the American Academy of Sciences found that the cheap labor of illegal aliens and poor immigrants caused a 44 percent decrease in wages among the poorest Americans from 1980 to 1994."

Foley, even the craziest lefties like the discarded AJC editor Cynthia Tucker admit that illegals lower wages - but, she said, "only by about 50 cents an hour..."

Devlin Adams
August 16, 2012
Well, lookey here! More cut and paste journalism, using irrelevant data to support a flawed statement, from the clown prince of liberal misinformation, Mr. Kevin Foley.

Kevin and Lib, please understand that the plural of baloney is still baloney, not fact. No matter how well you dress it up, a monkey in silks is still a monkey.
Lib in Cobb
August 16, 2012
Kevin you are treading on very thin ice here by posting the facts. The "whistle nuts" are not going to like this.

Great article, thank you.
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