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The skewed priorities of Noel Sheppard (Newsbusters, declining labor force) - 02/01/13

In the unlikely event that Matt Drudge linked to a post here, rest assured that I'd take advantage of those tens to hundreds of thousands of visitors to promote pro-American immigration policies.

Noel Sheppard of NewsBusters has different priorities.

What "Young Invincibles" dare not tell you (youth joblessness, Campaign for Young America, Rory O’Sullivan, Alistair Johnston) - 07/10/12

It's an indisputable fact that hundreds of thousands or millions of illegal aliens are doing jobs that unemployed young people could be doing.

So, it's a bit curious that a new report on youth joblessness by the "Young Invincibles" (part of the left-leaning Campaign for Young Americans, "CYA") doesn't mention that. We're talking about hundreds of thousands or millions of potential jobs, yet there's only one brief mention of immigration in their report.

US cities with highest unemployment have something in common. What is it? - 06/28/12

Per the Associated Press, these were the U.S. cities with the highest unemployment in May, 2012:

Support high immigration? Explain these shocking charts (labor force participation rates by age, gender, ethnicity) - 10/13/11

Here's a challenge for supporters and enablers of massive or illegal immigration: explain these shocking charts.

The charts (from the Department of Labor's BLS, [1]) show the labor force participation rate for various ethnicities, genders, and ages, with steady drops for most groups and especially for men, blacks, and youths. Note that the rates for Asians and white women has held mostly steady over the past decade.

Wall Street Journal, Ed Morrissey ignore immigration impact on teen unemployment - 07/01/11

The Wall Street Journal posts [1] and Ed Morrissey of HotAir hypes [2] an editorial blaming the minimum wage for very high teen unemployment (see this).

Over a million immigrants got U.S. jobs 2008-2010 (legal and illegal) - 01/20/11

Reuters reports (link):

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.

This is something I've been highlighting for over two years; see the entries on the unemployment and Obama immigration pages.

And, the problem is bipartisan: neither the Democrats nor the Republicans are willing to step up immigration enforcement and reduce legal immigration in order to free up jobs for Americans (something that, due to unemployment payments, would have a net financial benefit). The supposed opposition to the corrupt establishment, the tea parties, have largely ignored immigration. That's despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that it's the area where the establishment is weakest. The teapartiers are too selfish and self-centered to care about the plight of their unemployed fellow citizens, but if they weren't a bogus movement they'd at least use this issue to make the Democrats look bad.

The way to solve this issue is the same it's always been: embarrass and discredit those who support massive or illegal immigration even as millions of Americans are unemployed. See my nearly two year old open letter to the Center for American Progress for a specific example, and see the question authority page for a very effective technique to discredit those who support massive/illegal immigration.

Pew: native-born lose jobs even as foreign-born gain jobs - 11/01/10

From Pew Hispanic [1]:

In the year following the official end of the Great Recession in June 2009, foreign-born workers gained 656,000 jobs while native-born workers lost 1.2 million, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor data by the Pew Hispanic Center.

As a result, the unemployment rate for immigrant workers fell 0.6 percentage points during this period (from 9.3% to 8.7%) while for native-born workers it rose 0.5 percentage points (from 9.2% to 9.7%).

There's more at [1], including how immigrants - especially Latinos - saw their wages fall. Most importantly, there's this:

Over the two-year period from 2008 to 2010, second quarter to second quarter, foreign-born workers have lost 400,000 jobs and native-born workers have lost 5.7 million jobs.

Note that they aren't breaking immigrants/foreign-born down by status; however, a good number of those are in fact illegal aliens. Certainly, there's to an extent a difference between the job categories that illegal aliens fill and the native-born fill, and a company might have more of a need for the 300th fruit picker than another company has for the 300th accountant. However, many of those jobs that the foreign-born are doing could have been done by Americans instead, and with a net gain to the economy; see this.

If you don't like the statistics above, follow the plan.

[1] pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=129

U.S. unemployment rate: 9.6%. Mexican unemployment rate: 5.5%. Who's to blame. - 10/11/10

Via this, the unemployment rate in Mexico was 5.5% (July 2010). As of August 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.6%.

Sam Stein misleads about Sharron Angle (unemployment insurance "really doesn't benefit anyone") - 09/03/10

Sam Stein of the Huffington Post offers "Sharron Angle Claims Unemployment Insurance 'Really Doesn't Benefit Anyone'" (link), a sleazy attack that shows once again that he's just a Democratic proxy and is willing to try to mislead.

In a radio interview on Wednesday, Angle said this:

"People don't want to be unemployed... They want to have real, full-time, permanent jobs with a future. That's what they want, and we need to create that climate in Washington, D.C. that encourages businesses to create those full-time, permanent jobs with a future, and all [Rep.] Shelley Berkeley and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid want to do is put a band-aid on this by extending unemployment, which really doesn't benefit anyone. What happens is of course that your skills stagnate. You become demoralized yourself, you know, feeling that I can't ever get a job, and these are not the solutions to the problem. We have real solutions, but they won't look at the real solutions."

It should be obvious that she's right about full-time jobs, and it's difficult to imagine anyone disagreeing with her full remarks considered in context. We can disagree about the way she'd create jobs, but not about the fact that having a full-time job is preferable to collecting unemployment insurance. If she were wrong, then we should just extend unemployment benefits indefinitely and everyone in the country can go on them. Obviously, that wouldn't work.

Just as obviously, she doesn't mean that unemployment insurance can't help you survive and pay your bills, although that's the impression that Sam Stein is trying to give, writing:

Until this week, it doesn't appear that she's ever argued that UI doesn't "benefit anyone." -- a rather bold proclamation that even the most doctrinaire of Republicans probably wouldn't make. It's pretty easy, after all, to find people who benefit from unemployment insurance. They're called the unemployed.

Once again, she doesn't mean it in that way. Third graders should be able to figure out what she's talking about: unemployment insurance isn't a long-term option but should just be a temporary stop-gap for the reasons she mentions in the quote. Sam Stein is intentionally trying to start a smear.

Colorado disabled one immigration status check for unemployment benefits; 900 illegal aliens flagged anyway - 08/06/10

From this:

State politicians are calling for an audit of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment after a published report implied the Department might have intentionally tried to circumvent state law in dealing with illegal immigrants.

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Don Mares insisted his office did nothing improper when it decided in January of last year to suspend a particular software program designed to flag illegal immigrants trying to obtain unemployment benefits...

At issue is a bill passed by the state legislature in 2006. HB-1023 was designed to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining certain forms of government aid. It required state agencies to try to verify status of applicants before handing over something like an unemployment check.

Mares says they had other systems in place, but contemporaneous emails have workers in his office worrying whether they were violating the law by disabling the checks. He also claims that due to their other methods they flagged 900 illegal aliens seeking benefits in the first nine months of 2009, and no one knows how many weren't flagged. That data point also contradicts claims by some advocates that illegal aliens not only don't receive public benefits, but don't even try to receive them (not that you needed additional proof to know that those advocates have problems with the truth).

Rand Paul: unemployed should accept lower wage jobs: "tough love" (ignores immigration, 5-1 job seeker ratio) - 06/19/10

Rand Paul recently said (link, [1]) something that on its face appears a bit reasonable:

"In Europe, they give about a year of unemployment. We're up to two years now in America... As bad as it sounds, ultimately we do have to sometimes accept a wage that’s less than we had at our previous job in order to get back to work and allow the economy to get started again... Nobody likes that, but it may be one of the tough love things that has to happen."

Needless to say, trained idiots like Digby take umbrage at his remarks [2]. However, as a general rule taking a lesser or part-time job - even moving to another state if necessary - is part of the American tradition and isn't something that should be discouraged.

However, one problem with Paul's remark is that there just aren't that many jobs. Per the chart at [3], the ratio of job seekers is job openings was 5 to 1 in April. It was 6.2 in November of last year, but both ratios are very high compared with the ratio over the past decade; the last peak was in September 2003 at 2.8 to 1. Given that, Paul seems to be implying that the problem is with the unemployed and not with the actual facts: there aren't enough jobs. One thing that would seem to be needed would be some way to create jobs, such as encouraging entrepreneurship. He does mention something like that on his site, in his own loony libertarian way [4]. However, perhaps he should harp on it instead of what amounts to a light version of blaming the victims.

And, another problem with Paul's remark is that he's ignoring the impact of massive and illegal immigration. With a ratio of 5 to 1, we're still allowing hundreds of thousands of foreign citizens to come here legally, hundreds of thousands more than any stimulus jobs that were "saved or created". Paul isn't harping on that (if he's mentioned it at all), despite how powerful pointing that out could be. He isn't pointing out that giving legal work permits to up to 200,000 Haitians increased the labor supply especially for low-wage workers, despite the fact that pointing that out could be powerful especially combined with an explanation of how that only helped the Democratic leadership and not either country. If we blocked all immigration it wouldn't solve the unemployment problem, but reducing it to a certain extent and reducing illegal immigration as much as possible would free up jobs for Americans without impeding much job creation. While Paul isn't as bad as other libertarians when it comes to immigration, he's not using the issue to his advantage and in such a way that would help American workers.

But, what did you expect? If he could think straight he wouldn't be a libertarian in the first place.

30 Members of Congress form the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus: free up jobs through immigration enforcement - 03/19/10

From Reps. Lamar Smith, Sue Myrick and Gary Miller comes this:

...By simply enforcing immigration laws already on the books, we could create job opportunities for American citizens and immigrants who played by the rules to enter the U.S. Instead, the Obama administration has all but abandoned worksite enforcement efforts. In the past year alone, administrative arrests fell by 68 percent; the number of criminal arrests fell by 60 percent; the number of criminal indictments fell by 58 percent; and the number of criminal convictions fell by 63 percent. This is unacceptable and is an insult to unemployed and underemployed American workers.

Recognizing the direct link between unemployment and illegal immigration, we have formed the Reclaim American Jobs Caucus. Comprised of 30 members of Congress, we are dedicated to promoting policies that will help citizens and legal immigrants reclaim the eight million jobs held by illegal immigrants. Specifically, the Caucus seeks to expand use of the E-Verify system that allows employers to validate the eligibility of new hires, enforce workplace immigration laws, encourage attrition through enforcement, and oppose policies that encourage illegal immigration...

The best way to encourage immigration enforcement is to make it difficult for politicians to be on the other side, whether actively or passively. If most politicians realized that not supporting real enforcement would have an impact on their political careers the problem could be solved over time. And, the best way to get their attention is to ask politicians tough questions about immigration on video. Street protests are largely useless, even if they make some people feel better. Voting only goes so far. But, embarrassing a politician on a video that hundreds of thousands of people might see by exposing their lies or their flaws in their policies would be very effective and would send a message to the others. Please help promote the plan at the link.

List of those not calling for immigration enforcement, fewer work permits to ease unemployment - 12/03/09

One of the best ways to reduce U.S. unemployment would be to enforce our immigration laws and to reduce the number of work permits currently being granted; the latter was greater than the number of jobs "saved or created" by the stimulus plan.

Teen unemployment rate 25.5% in August 2009, highest since 1948. Can we enforce our immigration laws now? - 09/27/09

The unemployment rate among teenagers (ages 16 to 19) reached 25.5% in August 2009 (table here: bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t01.htm). That's the highest rate since 1948, the year the Department of Labor started keeping statistics.

Unemployment highest in 15 years, Bush administration won't step up immigration enforcement - 12/05/08

From this:

Coming on the heels of layoff announcements by major corporations, including AT&T, Labor Department reports released today show that employers cut 533,000 jobs in November, increasing the unemployment rate to 6.7 percent... The unemployment rate, meanwhile, hit its highest level in 15 years. The data also suggest that of the 430,000 Americans who had been working or seeking work in October and left the workforce in November, many were people who simply gave up looking for a job. If they'd had kept looking, the unemployment rate would be closer to 7 percent.

Meanwhile, radio reporter and White House correspondent Les Kinsolving yesterday asked Dana Perino this:

"Since so many American citizens have been laid off their jobs, I wanted to ask, how long before the federal government begins an unprecedented drive to apprehend and deport those law-breaking illegal aliens who hold..."

She interrupted him to say "All right, that will do it", after which Kinsolving finished his question: "…so many U.S. jobs and receive many U.S. government benefits?" Then, Perino went on to say:

"Look, you know how I feel about immigration... We've talked about it before. The president has put in strong interior enforcement measures, but we also think that we should have a compassionate side to the United States and to think about putting in place a temporary worker program so that we can help safeguard our economy, but also help those individuals.'