Migrants taking jobs from blue-collar American men

by ian


The Center for Immigration Studies has recently pointed out that most new jobs are going to immigrants, both legal and illegal, as opposed to American-born citizens.

But what’s especially concerning is the amount of American men without jobs. The research showed that while employment for men without college degrees had steadily declined before 2019, those numbers are even lower now. Why is that?

Steven Camarota, director of research at CIS, says that “all the recent net job growth has gone to immigrants.” While it’s hard to know exactly how many illegal immigrants are included in this year’s data, Camarota says about 1.7 million workers are not U.S. citizens.

Reportedly, low-skill jobs like the ones migrants can acquire negatively affect American men without college degrees. According to CIS data, about 75% of men without college degrees are currently in the labor force, compared to 76% before the pandemic. Now this may seem like a minor difference, but it’s a significant decline compared to the early 2000s when the number of employed men without degrees was at 80%, and in the 1960s, when it was 90%.

Camarota argues that if migrants get jobs over U.S. citizens, it will provide even less of an incentive to get American men back on their feet and into the workforce.