Illegal labor pool and its impact on unemployment rates

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Chad Groening (

An immigration reform think tank has published a new study that shows the labor pool of illegal immigrants continues to have a negative impact on U.S. unemployment.

The Center for Immigration Studies says its study has revealed that 79 percent of illegal aliens have no more than a high school education and are in direct competition with less-educated American citizens for employment opportunities.

CIS executive director Mark Krikorian contends there is no shortage of such American-born workers able to do the kind of work done by those who are in the country illegally.


"When you look at the unemployment numbers for native-born Americans who don't have a high school diploma, they're huge," he emphasizes. "So the idea that there's no people to do the kind of relatively less-skilled jobs that illegal immigrants do is just complete baloney."

Krikorian says while admittedly there are some Americans who are unwilling to work, that does not mean the solution is to hire illegal immigrants.

"By not having to address the kind of work-ethic problems that do exist in some parts of our society, all it's doing is making it worse and kicking the can down the road," he remarks. "Immigration enables a short-term fix for, say, the owners of a restaurant who want reliable dishwashers, [but it] creates long-term problems in the future."

Krikorian admits that with the current political makeup in Washington, it is unlikely that a legislative remedy for the large immigration numbers will be possible anytime soon.

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