Immigration Enforcement

Works! Worker Displacement Down!

National Data, By Edwin S. Rubenstein

Works! Worker Displacement Down!

For several years we have tracked a destructive, albeit seemingly inevitable, trend: the displacement of native workers by immigrants. The government’s employment figures tell the story. Since the start of the Bush Administration (January 2001) through December 2007

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National employment rose by 8.433 million (+6.1 percent)

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Hispanic employment rose by 4.4 million (+27.3 percent)

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Non-Hispanic employment rose by 4.0 million (+3.3 percent)

Bottom line: Over the past seven years Hispanic employment (the best available proxy for immigrant workers) grew more than 8-times faster than native (non-Hispanic) employment.

Since late summer, however, the roles have been reversed. From August through December 2007 Hispanics either gained jobs at lower rates, or lost jobs at greater rates, than non-Hispanics. Over this period:

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National employment rose by 458,000 (+0.3 percent)

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Hispanic employment fell by 61,000 (-0.3 percent)

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non-Hispanic employment rose by 519,000 (+0.4 percent)

The past four months marked the longest stretch of declining native displacement in seven years—as seen in our VDAWDI graphic:

Obviously, four months do not (necessarily) a trend make. The sharp contraction in residential construction, a sector notoriously dependent on illegal alien workers, undoubtedly played a role. A housing recovery could send VDAWDI back to record levels.

But 2007 was also a year in which the federal government ramped up enforcement efforts. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made 4,940 workplace arrests [Worksite Enforcement fact sheet, ICE] last year, a 13 percent increase from 2006. (In 2002 only 510 such arrests were made.)

Although fewer than 100 of the arrestees were employers, ICE obtained more than $30 million in fines, restitutions, and civil judgments against them in just the first three quarters of FY2007. (In FY2005 these fines totaled a laughable $6,500.)

Equally relevant, ICE fugitive operations teams arrested 30,408 criminal aliens in fiscal 2007. That’s nearly double the 15,462 arrests made in 2006, and a whopping 15-times the 1,901 arrested in 2003.

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January 18, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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