CIS and Pew Hispanic Center: Double standard in action.
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On Thursday, the ever-industrious Center for Immigration Studies released a powerful new study The Impact of New Immigrants on Young Native-Born Workers 2000 -2005, having as is normal pre-released advance copies to the media.

The study found that young native-born workers are being seriously hurt by immigration:

Over the 2000-2005 period, immigration levels remained very high and roughly half of new immigrant workers were illegal. This report finds that the arrival of new immigrants (legal and illegal) in a state results in a decline in employment among young native-born workers in that state. Our findings indicate that young native-born workers are being displaced in the labor market by the arrival of new immigrants.

• Between 2000 and 2005, 4.1 million immigrant workers arrived from abroad, accounting for 86 percent of the net increase in the total number of employed persons (16 and older), the highest share ever recorded in the United States. • Of the 4.1 million new immigrant workers, between 1.4 and 2.7 million are estimated to be illegal immigrants. This means that illegal immigrants accounted for up to 56 percent of the net increase in civilian employment in the United States over the past five years… • It appears that employers are substituting new immigrant workers for young native-born workers. The estimated sizes of these displacement effects were frequently quite large. • The increased hiring of new immigrant workers also has been accompanied by important changes in the structure of labor markets and employer-employee relationships. Fewer new workers, especially private-sector wage and salary workers, are ending up on the formal payrolls of employers, where they would be covered by unemployment insurance, health insurance, and worker protections. [ emphasis]

(The last point is well illustrated in an article based on the study but amplified by original reporting at the website Think and Ask.)

In other words, this study completely contradicts the tendentious and puerile publication from the Pew Hispanic Center last month which was so immediately and widely acclaimed in the MSM.

No doubt this is why, as of Saturday evening, virtually no coverage could be found via Google News. An honorable exception is the New York Times: Illegal Workers Supplant U.S. Ones, Report Says by Julia Preston September 22, 2006, which however was masked by a sob story on the front page by the same writer on the problems of California fruit farmers inconvenienced by a faltering in the influx of immigrant workers this year.

Maybe the other media juggernauts are looking for their own immigration-boosting stories to “balance” their coverage.

But I hope the CIS is not holding its breath.

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