Thursday, June 21, 2007

Economic Quarrels over Immigration: The White House releases a study claiming that immigration adds a "surplus" to the economy, and economist George Borjas responds, saying that "the net gains from immigration are closely related to the wage losses suffered by natives."
This present immigration bill has also caused some divides in organized labor; the AFL-CIO came out against the present bill yesterday, opposing the "guest worker plan" in the bill, while the SEIU supports the bill and the guest worker plan.
UPDATE: CIS releases a study claiming that, in Georgia, native-born workers have falling levels of employment. Some details:
  • Between 2000 and 2006 the share of less-educated native-born adults (ages 18 to 64) in Georgia holding a job declined from 71 percent to 66 percent. (Less-educated is defined as having no education beyond high school.)

  • Had employment rates for natives been the same in 2006 as they were in 2000, then 186,000 more less-educated native-born adults and teenagers would have been working. The number of less-educated immigrants holding a job increased by 218,000.

  • Less-educated blacks in Georgia have seen a somewhat larger decline in employment, from 66 percent holding a job in 2000 to just 60 percent in 2006.

  • There are nearly 800,000 less-educated native-born adults in Georgia not working. There are likely between 250,000 and 350,000 less-educated illegal aliens holding jobs in the state.

  • Wages and salary for less-educated adults in Georgia have stagnated. Over the entire six-year time period of the study, real annual wages for less-educated adults grew by just 1 percent. If there was a labor shortage, wages should be rising fast.

  • Native-born teenagers (15 to 17 years of age) have also seen a dramatic decline in employment. Between 2000 and 2006 the share of native-born teenagers holding a job declined from 22 percent to 11 percent in the state.

  • There are about 300,000 native-born teenagers not working in Georgia.

  • Immigrants (legal and illegal) increased their share of all less-educated workers in Georgia, from 7 percent in 2000 to 19 percent by 2006. Other research indicates that at least half of this growth was from illegal immigrants.