Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Immigrants account for record-breaking percentage of US labor force: report; Illegal immigration hurts the poor — even if Dems deny it

Immigrants account for record-breaking percentage of US labor force: report
Foreign-born workers made up 18.1% of the US labor force in 2022 — the most in 27 years of recordkeeping, according to a report from the Department of Labor.
Immigrants’ record share of the US labor force in 2022 was up from 2021, when people born outside the US made up 17.4% of the American workforce. It’s the highest level on record since 1996, according to the Department of Labor’s annual report on foreign-born workers released last week, which surveyed about 60,000 households monthly.
The number of foreign- and native-born people age 16 and up in the workforce totaled more than 164 million in 2022, according to the Thursday report. Of them, 29.8 million were immigrants, either working or actively seeking jobs — a 6.3% increase from the 1.8 million foreign-born workers in the US workforce in 2021.
“Hispanics continued to account for nearly one-half of the foreign-born labor force in 2022, and Asians accounted for one-quarter,” the report said, although it didn’t clarify foreign-born workers’ country of origin.
The documents also showed that foreign-born workers were responsible for the majority of growth — 6% — of America’s labor force last year, while native-born workers only accounted for 1%.
The report concluded that immigrants over age 16 are more likely to participate in the labor force than their US-born counterparts. In 2022, 65.9% of foreign-born workers were more likely to be employed or looking for jobs in the American labor market, compared to 61.5% of native workers. --->READ MORE HERE
Illegal immigration hurts the poor — even if Dems deny it:
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle: “You’re sending 1,500 troops to the border. People on the left criticize and say it’s inhumane. People on the right say you’re not putting American priorities first. And employers around this country are saying we need more workers; this is an economic issue.”
President Biden: “Bingo. . . . We need these farm workers.”
Even before the end of pandemic-era border restrictions scheduled for Thursday, the present scale of illegal immigration is nothing short of astonishing.
From the time President Biden took office in January of 2021 through the end of last month, there were 5.1 million “encounters” at the southern border, with a minimum of 2 million migrants released into the country.
If you ask Biden or liberal activists, however, it doesn’t matter. We “need” workers, they claim, in varying degrees of offensiveness. The president told MSNBC last week that we “need these farmworkers.” “Immigrants pick the food we eat … clean our homes,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said in April.
Of course, to Biden’s argument, there is already an unlimited guest worker program for agriculture.
But more broadly, those who insist we “need” immigrant workers are displaying a callous disregard for the poorest and least educated American workers.
Employers always claim they need more immigrant workers because recruiting those already here would involve raising wages and benefits — something businesses obviously prefer not to do.
But it is surprising that so many progressive Democrats want wages to remain low, despite their party’s traditional support for American labor. --->READ MORE HERE
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