The Texas job-creation fraud
Gov. Perry’s main claim to political fame has been Texas’ impressive record of adding many jobs to its economy during these years of national recession. But as the Center for Immigration Studies brings out, the overwhelming majority of these jobs went to recent immigrants and illegal aliens—indeed, 40 percent of the jobs were taken by illegal aliens. And this despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of the growth of Texas’ working-age population during these years consisted of native born. “As a result,” the report says, “the share of working-age natives in Texas holding a job has declined in a manner very similar to the nation a whole.”
Thus what has been touted as a great American success story, even as the “Texas miracle,” in reality represents the ongoing occupation of our second largest state by low-wage Mexicans, many of them illegal aliens. The Second Mexican War continues, and we are losing it. We will continue to lose it, until the American people demand of their political leaders that Hispanic and other Third-World immigration be drastically reduced. At present, legal immigration, as distinct from the illegal alien invasion, is not even on the radar screen of American public opinion. Conservatives have for many years excluded legal immigration from criticism and discussion, with their mindless slogan that “legal immigration is good, only illegal immigration is bad.” To give blanket approval to all legal immigration, regardless of its size and composition, is a classic example of the Hegelian Mambo by which conservatives, in the very act of opposing some aspect of liberalism (“illegal immigration must be stopped”), keep adopting ever more liberal positions (“legal immigration is an unqualified good”).
Here is the introduction of the CIS report:
Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) has pointed to job growth in Texas during the current economic downturn as one of his main accomplishments. But analysis of Current Population Survey (CPS) data collected by the Census Bureau show that immigrants (legal and illegal) have been the primary beneficiaries of this growth since 2007, not native-born workers. This is true even though the native-born accounted for the vast majority of growth in the working-age population (age 16 to 65) in Texas. Thus, they should have received the lion’s share of the increase in employment. As a result, the share of working-age natives in Texas holding a job has declined in a manner very similar to the nation a whole.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at September 24, 2011 10:54 AM | Send