Steven Camarota writes at the Center for Immigration Studies:
Excerpt: Despite an abysmal jobs picture, Census Bureau data collected in 2010 show that the decade just completed may have been the highest for immigration in our nationâ€™s history, with more than 13 million new immigrants (legal and illegal) arriving. What happened during the last decade in terms of employment of native-born Americans is astounding. Even though native-born Americans accounted for the overwhelming majority of growth in the adult working-age population (18 to 65), all of the net gain in employment went to immigrants. Something like that might not be too surprising over a short period like a quarter or even a year. But it is remarkable that over a 10-year period (2000 to 2010) all the net increase in jobs went to immigrants.
I've covered this ground before a little differently. I think we need to ask ourselves just what is happening to the American born workforce-and the American people as a whole.
Camarota makes the point that immigrants often benefit greatly from immigration. What he fails to look at is just how much wealthy owners of property in America also benefit-which I think is far greater than any benefit to immigrants themselves. We also need to look carefully at the impact of a high immigration/high borrowing US economy on the global economy as a whole-and ask ourselves whether massive US immigration is really a benefit or a problem for the world as a whole.