2003 September 21 Sunday
Immigration Increasing Supply Of Least Skilled Workers

Rich Lowry reports on the skill levels of recent immigrants.

The dynamic at work is simple: supply and demand. Immigration floods the country with unskilled workers, as most new arrivals come from Mexico and other poor countries in Latin America. According to Steven Camarota of the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies, immigration increased the supply of people without a high-school education during the past decade by 21 percent. It increased the supply of all other workers only by roughly 4 percent.

That's an astounding figure. The United States has one of the most developed economies in the world. The automation and export of factory jobs is continuing to cause lots of long-time factory workers to lose their jobs with no prospect of getting jobs that pay as well. Salaries paid to less skilled workers are dropping because the demand for less skilled work is declining while the supply of less skilled workers is increasing. In the face of this trend it makes not the slightest bit of sense to bring in millions of workers who have less than a high school education. Some have gotten no farther than grade school. Current American immigration policy is ridiculously stupid.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 September 21 05:34 PM  Immigration Brain Drain

Bob Badour said at September 21, 2003 6:44 PM:

Don't hold back, Randall. Tell us what you really think!

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