According to a new study, two-thirds of the jobs obtained across the U.S. have gone to legal and illegal immigrants since Barack Obama has taken office. The study was conducted by The Center for Immigration Studies and is based on U.S. Census Bureau results. Since the first quarter of 2009, the number of immigrants finding jobs has grown by two million, from 21.2 million to 23.2 million, while the native-born Americans have only found one million more, growing to 119.9 million.
One reason may be that new immigrants are more mobile, not having a hometown to which they are attached. Another reason is that agriculture and high-tech industries have been hiring more. A third reason may be that natives can more easily file for unemployment benefits.
Meanwhile, in October, the City Council of Los Angeles okayed services cards for illegal immigrants which gave illegal immigrants access to banks and library services. Ira Melman of the Federation of Immigration Reform fought the measure, saying:
“It’s making it easier for people to violate federal immigration laws and easier for people to take jobs that should be going to unemployed Americans, What they’re also doing is very recklessly ratifying false identities. They have no idea who the people are when they come forward.”