Steven A. Camarota (CIS) sums it up this way…
A ruling class that has never seen a callous on their hands (and many may not even know what that is) tirelessly tells us that borders are bad and America will collapse unless we import more and more temporary and permanent legal foreign workers, because:
They do the jobs Americans won’t do!
Many double-breasted, silk-suit, fat-cat debs and dudes have vigorously maintained that we also even need so-called “undocumented workers” or our factories will close, farms might go bankrupt and Wall Street money-flippers could lose part of their 40% of the American economy’s GDP.
These “experts” ignore facts. Americans citizens are the majority of workers in all but six of the 474 job occupations identified by the Department of Commerce.
The majority foreign-worker job categories are:
- GRADERS AND SORTERS (AGRICULTURE)- 62%
- MISC, PERSONAL APPEARANCE – 62%
- PLASTERERS AND STUCCO MASONS – 58%
- SEWING MACHINE OPERATORS – 52%
- TAILORS, DRESSMAKERS, AND SEWERS -51%
- MISC. AGRICULTURAL WORKERS – 51%
The American citizen unemployment rate for these same jobs:
- GRADERS AND SORTERS (AGRICULTURE)- 24.2%
- MISC, PERSONAL APPEARANCE – 5.3%
- PLASTERERS AND STUCCO MASONS – 17%
- SEWING MACHINE OPERATORS – 8.4%
- TAILORS, DRESSMAKERS, AND SEWERS – 4.9%
- MISC. AGRICULTURAL WORKERS – 13.2%
The category with the largest number of foreign workers is Janitors and Building cleaners – 2,753,000 jobs with 741,000 foreign workers and 9.3% of Americans unemployed.
While some contend that most foreign workers are just here to do farm work, that’s not the case.
About 4% of undocumented and 2% of all non-citizens do U.S. farm work, and foreign labor is a large share of agricultural workers — accounting for half or more of some farm jobs.
But all agricultural workers together constitute less than 1 percent of the American work force, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS)
Foreign labor is a substantial percentage of jobs in construction, cleaning, maintenance, food service, garment manufacturing, and agricultural occupations.
At the end of this post, the 89 occupations with more than 20% imported foreign employees are listed, including: astronomers, carpenters, barbers, computer network architects, chemists, physicians and surgeons, physicists, economists, medical and life scientists, cooks, and engineers.
CIS said that “many occupations often thought to be worked overwhelmingly by foreigners (documented and not) are majority citizen:”
- Maids and housekeepers: 51 percent citizens
- Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 54 percent citizens
- Butchers and meat processors: 64 percent citizens
- Grounds maintenance workers: 66 percent citizens
- Construction laborers: 65 percent citizens
- Janitors: 73 percent citizens
In high-immigrant occupations, 54 percent of American citizens in those jobs are high school grads with no college or tech training. CIS said Americans “tend to have high unemployment (1.8 million!) in high-immigrant occupations, averaging 9.8 percent.”
At the other end of the wage scale, if you wonder why Silicon Valley fights for more visas for lower-wage foreign workers, consider that 38% of software engineers are not citizens.
The hospitals and clinics seem to have also joined the bandwagon: 28% of physicians are imported.
Sadly, Congressional bumblers need not worry about their jobs. Most are lawyers, and in that profession only 7% are not citizens.
The Press is safe as well. Just 9% of English-language reporters and correspondents are visa workers.
CIS reported that high immigration states like California will have more majority-foreigner occupations, but in low-foreign worker areas like Ohio, “the overwhelming majority of employees are natives, even in low-wage, difficult jobs, meaning that when imported labor is not present, natives do this type of work.”
The following Department of Commerce table shows job categories with more than 20% of foreign workers.
Native = United States Citizen. Immigrant = non-citizen.