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Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants and the Employment Picture for Less-Educated Americans

February 1, 2013
By Steven A. Camarota

In this Backgrounder, Steven Camarota notes that of the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, seven to eight million are thought to be holding a job.

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In this Backgrounder, Steven Camarota notes that of the estimated 11 to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, seven to eight million are thought to be holding a job. Rather than enforce immigration laws and encourage them to return home, President Obama and eight U.S. Senators have proposed legislation that would provide work authorization and legal status to illegal immigrants. It would also increase legal immigration further. Most research indicates that the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants have no more than a high school education. President Obama, and the so called "gang of eight", seems to believe that the kinds of jobs done by such workers are plentiful. However, data from the fourth quarter of 2012 show that the employment picture is bleak for less-educated native-born Americans, who are the most likely to compete with illegal immigrants for jobs.

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