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
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
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
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