MANCHESTER, New Hampshire—A whopping 71% of new jobs in New Hampshire since 2000 have gone to foreign immigrant workers—both those who are here illegally and legally—a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) found.
Natives accounted for 65% of the growth in population, but 71% of employment growth went to immigrants…
“Job growth in New Hampshire has not been very strong,” Steven Camarota, CIS’s research director and the report’s co-author, said in a statement accompanying its release. “The situation for natives without a college education has been particular bad. Thus, it is surprising that many of New Hampshire’s politicians supported the Gang of Eight bill, which would give work authorization to illegal immigrants and dramatically increase the number of foreign workers allowed into the country in the future.”
One particular politician in the state who supported the “Gang of Eight” bill, which would have hurt even more New Hampshire jobs than current immigration policy does, is incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). Shaheen voted for the immigration bill and regularly defends it on the campaign trail, despite the fact that the data that CIS found shows New Hampshire’s citizens are struggling, and illegal and legal immigrants are taking many of the state’s new jobs.
The study, which relies on government data from entities such as the U.S. Census Bureau, found that through 2000 to the first half of 2014, immigrants both legal and illegal took 21,000 new jobs in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, during the same time frame, native-born U.S. citizens in New Hampshire got only 8,700 new jobs.
But despite the 71% increase in jobs to foreign workers in the state, the percentage of U.S. citizens born in New Hampshire during that time frame increased 65%—something CIS says is “striking.”
“While difficult to measure, our best estimate is that perhaps one-third (7,000) of the increase in immigrant employment since 2000 in the state was among illegal immigrants,” the report says.
Because of this increase in foreign labor thanks to policies like the ones Shaheen supports, CIS says, many more Granite State citizens aren’t working.
“In the first half of this year, 75 percent of working-age natives in the Granite State held a job,” CIS wrote. “As recently as 2000, 79 percent of working-age natives were working. Because the native working-age population in New Hampshire grew significantly, but the share working actually fell, there were nearly 41,000 more working-age natives not working in the first half of 2014 than in 2000—a 25 percent increase.”
The report states that more than 200,000 working-age American citizens from New Hampshire are not working because of these immigration policies.
“The supply of potential workers in New Hampshire is very large: In the first half of 2014, 205,000 working-age natives of all education levels were not working (unemployed or entirely out of the labor market) as were 16,000 working-age immigrants,” the report found. “Of working-age natives not working, the overwhelming majority (170,000) do not have a college education. Prior research indicates that the vast majority of illegal immigrants also do not have a college education, and therefore mostly compete with less-educated natives for jobs.”
The report argues that because of “the long-term decline in employment for natives in New Hampshire and the large number of working-age natives not working,” it is clear “that there is no general labor shortage in the state—especially among the less educated.”
“Thus it is very difficult to justify the large increases in foreign workers (skilled and unskilled) allowed into the country in a bill like S.744, which many of the state’s politicians support,” the report found.
In contrast to Shaheen’s stance on immigration, former Sen. Scott Brown has pledged in debates and on the campaign trail that he will fight for jobs to go to American workers and New Hampshire citizens over illegal immigrants.
“When you’re looking at that bill, what it also does is it immediately gives an opportunity for the president to authorize upwards of 11 million people to get jobs,” Brown said when talking about the Senate immigration bill in last Tuesday’s debate. “I want to fight for jobs for New Hampshire. Here’s another thing about immigration: I voted to secure the border on two occasions. I voted to send troops to the border. We need to absolutely secure the border. The president, through his executive order—what he’s proposing to do is actively expand the definition of refugee to somebody who’s here [illegally] to work.”
Brown hit the economic angle again in last Thursday’s debate.
“She [Shaheen] voted for a bill that would have given the president the authority to legalize about 11 million people, give them the ability to work and take away jobs from people in this country,” Brown said. “I’m going to be working for the people of New Hampshire so they can get jobs. It’s a real problem. The way to stop it is he’s preparing right now to legalize additional people who are not entitled to those benefits. We need to deal with the funding issues regarding that.”
Shaheen’s vote for the Senate immigration bill isn’t the only way she’s helping push immigration policies that aid imported foreign workers in getting jobs over New Hampshire citizens. Her support for the president’s planned executive amnesty—in which the president plans to issue, right after the election, work permits and legal status to millions of illegal aliens in America—is going to help them take jobs away from Americans in places like New Hampshire.
Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus on the other hand has promised that if Republicans take the Senate, Republicans will stop Obama from doing this.
“While I can’t speak for the legislature, I’m very confident we will stop that,” Priebus said Monday, while calling Obama’s planned actions “un-American.”
“We will do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen: Defunding, going to court, injunction,” Priebus said. “You name it. It’s wrong. It’s illegal. And for so many reasons, and just the basic fabric of this country, we can’t allow it to happen and we won’t let it happen. I don’t know how to be any stronger than that. I’m telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will.”
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