The Center for Immigration Studies released a report early Friday saying that according to government data, the net number of jobs created between 2000 to 2014 all went to immigrants, not people born in the United States.
The CIS report found that over the last 14 years, people who were born in the United States held 114.8 million jobs in 2000, and held 114.7 million jobs in 2014, a drop of 127,000.
But it’s an entirely different picture for immigrants — 5.7 million more jobs were held by immigrants in the U.S. in 2014 compared to 2000.
“All of the net increase in employment went to immigrants in the last 14 years partly because, even before the Great Recession, immigrants were gaining a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth,” the report found. “In addition, natives’ losses were somewhat greater during the recession and immigrants have recovered more quickly from it.”
The report drew three conclusions that support the Republican position that the government needs to start enforcing immigration laws. First, it concluded that the long-term decline in jobs for U.S.-born people shows there is no labor shortage.
A labor shortage is the “primary argument” for supporting the Senate-passed comprehensive immigration bill, the report said.
Second, CIS found that the decline in work for U.S.-born people is “consistent with research showing that immigration reduces employment for natives.”
And last, it said the evidence shows it’s very hard to argue that increased immigration helps create jobs for those born in the U.S.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) reacted to the report by saying its findings are “shocking,” and are an “indictment of immigration policy in Washington DC.” Sessions has warned that amnesty-style programs and easing back on enforcement is lowering wages for Americans, and said the report proves his point.
“There is no doubt that a long, sustained period of high immigration, combined with increased automation and the offshoring of jobs, has produced a loose, low-wage labor market,” Sessions said. “In spite of this, the president continues to champion legislation that would place further substantial downward pressure on wages.”
Sessions said despite this evidence, the Obama administration continues to push for more relaxed immigration rules.
“This report also underscores the economic catastrophe that would have ensued had the Gang of Eight’s legislation, passed in the Senate one year ago today, been moved through the House and signed into law,” Sessions said. “Not only did the Gang of Eight plan provide amnesty to illegal workers… but it surged the rate of new low-skilled immigration at a time of low wages and high unemployment.”
Sessions said the U.S. already allows 1 million immigrants into the country each year who can apply for citizenship, long with 1.4 million guest workers, relatives and students.
“The sensible, conservative, fair thing to do after 40 years of record immigration is to slow down a bit, allow assimilation to occur, allow wages to rise, and to help workers of all backgrounds rise together into the middle class,” he said.
Read the full CIS report here: