January 25th, 2011 21:56 EST
1 Million Immigrants Take U.S. Jobs
In the past two years, as unemployment remained near 10 percent, more than 1 million immigrants, of whom 35 percent were undocumented or illegal, have gotten jobs in the United States.
The basic story is that in the past two years, U.S. employers have chosen to go for cheap immigrant help, while the economy as a hole has shed millions of jobs for U.S. workers.
At the same time, providing social services is costing cash-strapped states billions of dollars to pay for a wide range of services many states can no longer afford, including welfare payments, health services and education of children, with classes often provided in Spanish.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that the cost of illegal immigration to the states stands at about $113 billion, with nearly half that amount going to education costs.
1 million immigrants land jobs in U.S. since 2008
That over one million immigrants have found employment in the U.S. since 2008 was the conclusion of a review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data conducted exclusively for Reuters by researchers at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.
"Employers have chosen to use new immigrants over native-born workers and have continued to displace large numbers of blue-collar workers and young adults without college degrees," concluded Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies.
"One of the advantages of hiring, particularly young, undocumented immigrants, is the fact that employers do not have to pay health benefits or basic payroll taxes," Sum told Reuters.
The study concluded that from 2008 to 2010, approximately 1.1 million new migrants who have entered the United States have obtained jobs, while U.S. household employment declined overall by 6.26 million during that same period of time.
The Reuters-commissioned study found immigrants were acquiring employment in traditional low-wage work associated with foreign, undocumented and especially Mexican labor: hotels and food services, retail trade, sanitation, cleaning and construction.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for all Americans without a high-school diploma in the age group under 30 is about 27 percent to 29 percent, at or near Depression areas, while unemployment in sectors such as construction is almost 21 percent.
Illegals intensify state-budget crisis
Last week, Michael Antonovich, the Los Angeles County supervisor, released new statistics showing welfare costs for the children of illegal immigrants cost the county $600 million last year, up from $570 million in 2009, as reported by Fox News.
Going beyond the cost of food stamps and welfare-style benefits through the state program CalWORKS to include the costs of public safety and health care, the total cost for illegal immigrants to Los Angeles taxpayers for 2010 was more than $1.6 billion, not including education costs.
"The problem is illegal immigration," Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell told Fox News. "Their parents evidently immigrated here in order to get on social services. We can no longer afford to be HMO to the world."
The Federation for American Immigration Reform estimates that the illegal immigrants cost California $21.8 billion a year, for all social welfare services, public safety and health costs, as well as education costs.
California is estimated to have a $25 billion budget shortfall in 2011.
California opens state universities to illegals
In November, California`s Supreme Court ruled unanimously that illegal aliens can continue attending California colleges at the cheaper in-state tuition rates, a move that threatens to expand California`s already severe budget crisis.
Right now, about 25,000 illegals are estimated to receive in-state tuition rates in California.
Last week, the California Department of Education released data indicating that for the first time Latinos now make up the majority of California`s public school students, cracking the 50 percent barrier for the first time in state history, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Even though the California Department of Education did not sort out the data to indicate what percentage of the Latinos were illegal immigrants, the report suggests the California Supreme Court decision could be costly to California taxpayers having to subsidize illegal immigrants at colleges and universities in the state.
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide if allowing illegal immigrants the lower, in-state tuition rate for college and universities violates federal law.
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