Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll proves that the American public is increasingly fed up with the high levels of immigration flooding our job market and our nation. By nearly a 2-1 margin, Americans now want less immigration rather than more: 41 percent would like to see a decrease in immigration, while only 22 percent want to see immigration increase.
Among the 22 percent who want to expand immigration are Democrats who view illegal immigrants as a way of expanding their party's political base. But that shortsighted political motivation is certainly not good for our country, and it is devastating for the dwindling job opportunities available to Americans.
In 2000, 114.8 million Americans who were born in the United States had jobs here. Nearly a decade and a half later, in 2014, that total had decreased to 114.7 million, and millions of Americans have been unemployed for many years.
Millions of new jobs were created during that same period in the United States, but immigrant workers soaked up all that job growth. There was a net gain of 5.7 million in jobs during those 14 years, from 17.1 million in 2000 to 22.8 million in 2014, but the overall net effect was that 100 percent of the job growth went to immigrants and 0 percent to workers born in the U.S.
Steven A. Camarota is research director for the Center for Immigration Studies and the lead author of this startling report. His investigation proves that there are now 58 million Americans born in our country who do not have jobs and that 34 percent of working-age Americans are without work, a number far higher than in 2000 when the number of out-of-work Americans born here was 26 percent.
Despite the scandal of so few jobs for Americans, the legislation pushed by Democrats for so-called immigration reform would vastly expand job opportunities for immigrants at the expense of American-born workers. The Senate's misguided Gang of Eight bill would sharply increase the numbers of legal and illegal immigrants in our country, far above the 40 million who are already here, plus adding an incentive for many more to illegally enter our nation.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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