Immigration and Jobs

Let’s not kid ourselves that the push by Der Fuhrer Trump has anything to do with the safety of Americans, or even that his bigotry extends for religious reasons as well.  No he hated immigration and competition long before that.

The repeated line from the populist candidates like Trump and Cruz is that immigration (legal and illegal) is working to steal American jobs.  And they’re backed up by their socialist allies that free trade is costing Americans jobs (it doesn’t set off any red flags with these people that the only economists who agree with them are ideological hacks who believe in the biggest of big governments).

And they keep repeating it.  From Trump’s typically shallow statements like “They’re taking your jobs” to Cruz’s more artful BS of

But I can tell you, for millions of Americans at home, watching this, it is a very personal economic issue, and I will say the politics of it would be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande, or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press, then we would see stories about the economic calamity that is befalling our nation.

There seems to be strong push from the socialist, the leftists and the populists to tell you that immigrants are stealing your jobs.

Luckily we have this thing called economics.  And what does economics tell us?  It tells us that competition and free trade ALWAYS CREATES JOBS.

But don’t believe me…please take a look at what the experts have to say:


Madeline Zavodny: Immigration Has No Effect on Jobs for U.S. Natives

The Impact of Immigration on Jobs and Income

H-1B workers generally fill jobs that complement native workers rather than compete against them. As a result, H-1B workers boost job growth for US native workers by enabling companies to grow more quickly. In her 2011 report, “Immigration and American Jobs,” AEI visiting scholar Madeline Zavodny shows that 100 additional H-1Bs are associated with 183 more jobs among US natives, and that a 10 percent increase in H-1B workers increased native employment by .11 percent.–High-skill immigration spurs US job growth–AEI

“Immigration Myths Debunked”

2. Low-skilled immigrants and low-skilled Americans work in different occupations that play to their different comparative advantages.–7 arguments for more low-skill immigration–AEI

Let Them In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy

When natives gain, immigrants gain.  When natives lose, immigrants lose.  If immigrant gains to employment meant a loss for natives, then immigrant net employment and native net employment would move in opposite directions.  Natives and immigrants work in the same labor market.–Immigrants Did Not Take Your Job –Cato


Higher immigration brings big benefits to immigrants and modest benefits to the economy as a whole.–Immigrants aren’t stifling the middle class–Cato


Why? The law of comparative advantage says we get more productive when we have more trading partners, and the arrival of undocumented workers with limited English skills frees up low-skill American workers who can then specialize in tasks that require better English.–Illegal Immigrants Don’t Lower Our Wages Or Take Our Jobs–Forbes

Let Them In? How Immigration Can Help the Economy – Learn Liberty

But the economic answer is that immigration is good for both the immigrants and the destination economy. Therefore immigration is a good thing.–Of Course Immigrants Take Jobs From People; But They Also Create Them For Others–Forbes

Do Immigrants Steal Jobs From Americans?

An innovative temporary worker program is a helpful tool for improving the legal means by which foreigners can fill important niches in the national workforce.–Real Immigration Reform Needs Real Temporary Worker Program–Heritage



There are problems with immigration.  The problem Cruz and Trump don’t want to deal with is what is the level illegal immigrants drain on entitlements and education spending, and the crime rate increases that some of them cause.  NOT JOBS.  Jobs is not the issue. Ever.  So the only reason they can be doing this is either because they are actually ignorant of the facts (which would mean they’re unqualified for any public office) or they are intentionally pandering even though they know better (which is worse than ignorance).

If you don’t even understand the problem you can’t solve it.  And if you focus on lies you certainly can’t fix the problem. And they don’t want to fix the problem, they just want power.

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