Study: Immigrants Taking Jobs Away From Americans

The latest study released by US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showed that over the last six months, foreign-born workers have surpassed American workers in terms of job growth. 

Data collected last February 2018 showed that immigrants out-performed natural born American workers. 

A year later, data revealed that on a year-to-year comparison, the rate of labor participation of native-born Americans didn’t increase at all while immigrant workers delivered 1.22 percent increase.

In addition to that, the number of foreign workers in the civilian labor force increased more than five times the number of new American workers who are currently part of the workforce. 

The latest BLS data showed a half-year trend where immigrants have been consistent in exhibiting higher levels of job growth over Americans.

In January 2019, foreign workers registered four times the job growth and four times the civilian labor force growth of their American counterpart.

A big chunk of working Americans now faces the possibility of losing their jobs, employment opportunities and wage suppression. 

The Wall Street Journal reported that employers who rely on foreign-worker permits are renewing their fight to lift limits on H-2B visas and to raise the cap of foreigners allowed to work in the US.

Breitbart Texas reported that the “H-2B Workforce Coalition is lobbying hard to expand the H-2B visa program, which would potentially allow 264 000 foreign workers into the US.”

The Economic Policy Institute (EPI) believes the influx of foreigners has become a huge obstacle to older, unemployed American workers because of a weak job market, low wages and deteriorating working conditions.

While many young Americans who used to qualify for low skilled jobs easily are now part of the unemployed sector, according the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. For those between the ages of 16 to 19-years-old, the unemployment rate is 13.7 percent, which is much higher than the national unemployment rate.

Lobbyists countered the EPI’s claim and said that there is a labor shortage in the U.S but the EPI has found no evidence to support that.

In fact, wage data showed that in the low-skilled job market there has been no growth because of too much immigration.

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