In its on-going series on the employment picture in various US states, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) this past week released its finding from New Hampshire. See also reports on Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia.
Readers here know that New Hampshire is being inundated with refugees and for several years now the mayor of Manchester has begged for a moratorium on further resettlement, but to no avail.
If (if?) the contractors have slowed the flow to that city they have found other places such as newly “welcoming” Nashua (see our post here late last month) to send them because, once they have set up shop in a state, they have investments in office space and staff they want to protect and thus need the federal cash to keep operations running in high gear.
And, as they bring in the family members of the original “seed community” they want to place them near to their relatives.
Dover, NH, another pocket of resistance!
Also, if you are a new reader, you might be interested to see that the contractors attempted to move into Dover and some other smaller cities this year, but were thwarted when elected officials there had the good sense to ask for a plan from the federally contracted agencies that would be dropping-off the refugees. See posts on Dover, here.
Here is the latest finding from CIS. 71% of the increase in the number of working-age people holding jobs went to immigrants!
The Gang of Eight immigration bill (S.744) passed last June would have roughly doubled the number of new foreign workers allowed into the country, as well as legalized illegal immigrants. Both of New Hampshire’s senators voted for it. An analysis of government data by the Center for Immigration Studies shows that since 2000, 71 percent of the net increase in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job in New Hampshire has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal) — even though the native-born accounted for 65 percent of population growth among the working-age. As a result, the share of natives holding a job in the state has declined significantly. The decline in employment has been felt primarily by natives without a college education.
Two conclusions from the state’s employment situation:
~First, the long-term decline in employment for natives in New Hampshire and the large number of working-age natives not working clearly indicates that there is no general labor shortage in the state — especially among the less educated. Thus it is very difficult to justify the large increases in foreign workers (skilled and unskilled) allowed into the country in a bill like S.744, which many of the state’s politicians support.
~Second, New Hampshire’s working-age immigrant population grew 70 percent from 2000 to 2014. Yet the number of working-age natives working in 2014 was only slightly above the number in 2000 and the share with a job actually fell. This undermines the argument that immigration on balance increases job opportunities for natives.
By the way, NH Senator Jeanne Shaheen voted for S.744 (amnesty) and she could have lifted a finger to help the mayor of Manchester but apparently did nothing. I can guarantee you that if Senator Shaheen had publicly gone to bat for the Manchester mayor in his wish for a moratorium, he would have gotten it.