Is Illegal Immigration Taking All the Jobs from Americans? Eh…Not So Much!

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Illegal Immigrants - Gallatin Tennessee

This picture was taken October 16th 2014 on the square of a small town in the State of Tennessee called Gallatin located in Sumner County. It depicts what appears to be Mexican immigrants being dropped off with their belongings on the side of the street, waiting for work. Rest assured, someone will pick them up and put them to work, illegally. What does this mean for you? Well, nothing if you work for a company that follows Federal labor laws – but if you work in a select number of industrial sectors that are known for hiring illegal immigrants, you might be at risk of losing your job or find it difficult to acquire a new one.

Some of you might think this is a rare occurrence, or some might think this happens more often than the mainstream media would have us believe. However, if you compare the statistics (which I’m about to show you) of how many businesses there are vs. the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S., you might be surprised and change your mind.

According to Forbes, the SBA (Small Business Administration) defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees. Over 50% of the working population works in a small business. Approximately 543,000 new businesses get started each month in the United States, but more than that shut down than start up each month. Also, nearly 50% or more small business fail within the first 5 years. So to be safe, we will approximate that 270,000 small businesses start up and succeed each month (this does not include businesses that may even fail after the projected 5 years failure estimate by the SBA). For the sake of argument, we are going to keep this focused on small businesses only since the vast majority of employers that engage in illegal hiring are small businesses.  

As stated by the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform, the Department of Homeland Security estimates that 8-12 million illegal aliens resided in the United States in December 2003. Now that number is estimated to be far greater. In addition, they estimate that 700,000 new illegals enter each year and remain in the country. Now, if we divide 700,000 by 12, we reach the conclusion that over 58,000 new illegals are entering the U.S. each month.

Now, let’s take 270,000 new small business start-ups each month (that are estimated to keep the doors open) compared with 58,000 new illegal immigrants looking for work each month, and figure out what the potential risk of lost jobs for Americans might be. There are two ways to look at this.

First, human beings must survive. Being fair to that fact, and being fair to the fact that most small businesses hire legitimate employees, only a small fraction of small businesses are guilty of employing illegals (339 companies fined in fiscal year 2011 according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Let’s assume that the majority of illegals are also morally and legally compliant to a certain extent – besides the fact that they entered here illegally. Let’s assume only 40% of them will resort to crime or government handouts to survive in the United States if they cannot find work. That means that approximately 23,200 illegal immigrants will not be able to find work and may resort to minor or major criminal activities in order to survive.

Second, let’s take the remaining 60% (34,800) of illegal immigrants who may be successful at finding work and assume that they are working for these 339 companies who were fined for hiring illegals in 2011. That roughly means that the 339 companies that hire illegal immigrants are taking away an estimated 34,800 jobs combined from law-abiding American citizens. With a current unemployment rate of 5.9% (9.3 million) as of September 2014 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that hardly seems like a staggering number – and it is not. However, it’s not fair that a single American be left out when they follow the law of the land – and those who don’t are reaping the benefits.

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