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January 20, 2011

Not That It Matters in a 10% Unemployment Rate Economy, But 1 Million Illegals Took Jobs From American Citizens In the Past Two Years Alone


Over the past two years, as U.S. unemployment remained near double-digit levels and the economy shed jobs in the wake of the financial crisis, over a million foreign-born arrivals to America found work, many illegally.

Those are among the findings of a review of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Census Bureau data conducted exclusively for Reuters by researchers at the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.


With a national unemployment rate of 9.4 percent, domestic job creation is at the top of President Barack Obama's agenda and such findings could add to calls to tighten up on illegal immigration. But much of it is Hispanic and the growing Latino vote is a key base for Obama's Democratic Party.

Many of the new arrivals, according to employers, brought with them skills required of the building trade and found work in sectors such as construction, where jobless rates are high.

If only there were some sort of line of demarcation -- let us call this a "border" for convenience -- which we could use to distinguish between fellow citizens and the rest of the world, and give preferential treatment, such as employment opportunities, only to fellow citizens.

I know, it's silly. I'm talking like science-fiction or something.

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