That is the conclusion of a report released earlier this week by a Washington, DC think tank that specializes in immigration research.
Here is the gist of the story from the Washington Times (emphasis mine):
Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.
The Center for Immigration Studies is releasing the study Thursday morning, a day ahead of the final Labor Department unemployment report of the campaign season, which is expected to show a sluggish job market more than three years into the economic recovery.
That slow market, combined with the immigration numbers, could explain why Mr. Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have struggled to find a winning jobs message in some of the country’s hardest-hit postindustrial regions.
“It’s extraordinary that most of the employment growth in the last four years has gone to the foreign-born, but what’s even more extraordinary is the issue has not even come up during a presidential election that is so focused on jobs,” said Steven A. Camarota, the center’s research director, who wrote the report along with demographer Karen Zeigler.
His numbers are stark: Since the first quarter of 2009, the number of immigrants of working age (16 to 65) who are employed has risen 2 million, from 21.2 million to 23.2 million. During the same time, native-born employment has risen just 1 million, to reach 119.9 million.
It’s a trend years in the making: Immigrants are working more, and native-born Americans are working less.
Read it all and note that the pro-open borders Cato Institute disagrees with the Center for Immigration Studies. See the CIS report here and decide for yourself.
Related: Those illegal youths signing up for Obama’s two year work permits are getting nervous! It took them awhile to figure out that they have now identified themselves and their families as being in the US illegally and still get no path to citizenship. See ‘DACA visa program: a Dream goes sour!’ here, hat tip: Jeff.
Get ready for Tuesday night!
NumbersUSA has identified twenty races to watch which will help determine what might happen with immigration in the next Congress. In Maryland they only highlight one race—the Bartlett v. Delaney contest in the 6th district. That is too bad because the Timmerman v. Van Hollen 8th district race is also a clearly pivotal one on immigration.
As for the Bongino v. Cardin race, once again Sobhani mucks things up. Rob Sobhani had gotten himself the “true reformer” status before Dan Bongino upgraded his questionnaire to achieve “true reformer.” See all Maryland scores here.