The state with the most illegal alien workers also has the highest unemployment

A few months ago, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said publicly that the claim that illegal aliens are working construction jobs in Nevada (17 percent of those jobs) is “absolutely without foundation.”

However, on Tuesday, The Pew Hispanic Center released a report which shows that illegal aliens make up 10 percent of Nevada’s workforce. That is up from 2009, when illegal aliens accounted for 9.4 percent of those working in the state.

It is no coincidence that Nevada also has the nation’s highest rate of unemployment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the state’s unemployment rate is now 14.5 percent.  Of course, Nevada is not the only state in which U.S. workers are being replaced illegal aliens.

In 2007, the Fiscal Policy Institute released a study revealing that there were 374,000 illegal aliens employed in New York City, accounting for 10 percent of the city’s total workforce.

A 2010 study by the Pew Hispanic Center found that while every demographic of native-born workers has lost millions of jobs during this deep recession, foreign-born workers have actually increased their employment numbers.

Since June 2009, immigrants (including illegal aliens) have gained 656,000 jobs, while U.S. born workers lost 1.2 million jobs during that same period. The Pew study found that 57 percent of those that they refer to as “immigrant” workers, were actually non-citizens.

The official national unemployment figure given monthly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics is now listed at 9.4 percent, but represents only those Americans currently receiving unemployment checks, and is not truly indicative of the dire employment situation now facing the U.S.

When we account for those who are no longer eligible for benefits as well as for those who are now only working part-time, the actual unemployment number is around 20 percent.

In 1931, the second full year of the Great Depression, the average rate of unemployment was 16.3 percent, with U.S. unemployment peaking at 25 percent in 1933. We now sit in between those two disastrous figures, with an ever-worsening economy.

    With U.S. unemployment now at depression levels, we simply can no longer tolerate an illegal alien population numbering in the tens of millions.

This problem cannot be fixed with more useless so-called Stimulus bills which do nothing more than increase the national debt.  Nor, do American workers need handouts, we simply need jobs, and those jobs will not be forthcoming as long as illegal aliens are doing them.

We must demand that our elected officials order the immediate removal of all illegal aliens, place our military along the Mexican border, vastly increase interior enforcement, and enact mandatory prison sentences for those who hire illegal aliens.

With 1 in 5 Americans out of work, we simply cannot afford to allow one job go to an illegal alien. The issue of illegal immigration is now a fight for the survival of the American family.

As I always say…For every illegal alien with a job, there is an American without one.

Dave Gibson, Immigration Reform Examiner
Dave Gibson, a former legislative aide to a state senator, has been working as a freelance writer for many years.

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