Biden Oversees Record Immigration Surge as Job Rates Lag

The US foreign-born population has reached a record 51.6 million, a 5.1 million increase since 2022, with only 46% of recent immigrants employed. A report by the Center for Immigration Studies raises concerns about the economic impact of this surge in immigration on the US workforce and economy.

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Bijay Laxmi
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Biden Oversees Record Immigration Surge as Job Rates Lag

Biden Oversees Record Immigration Surge as Job Rates Lag

The United States has experienced an unprecedented surge in immigration under President Joe Biden, with the foreign-born population reaching a record high of 51.6 million as of March 2024, accounting for 15.6% of the total U.S. population. This marks the largest two-year increase in American history, with the foreign-born population growing by 5.1 million since March 2022.

Despite the record influx, a report by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) reveals that only 46% of immigrants who arrived since 2022 are employed, challenging the notion that immigration is critical to the U.S. economy.

Why this matters: The economic and social implications of this surge in immigration have far-reaching consequences for the U.S. workforce and economy, potentially affecting the livelihoods of millions of Americans. As the debate over immigration policies continues, understanding the impact of these policies on job rates and the broader economy is crucial for informed decision-making.

The CIS report authors, Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler, state, "Immigration clearly adds workers to the country, but it just as clearly adds non-workers who need to be supported by the labor of others." They note that many immigrants are out of the labor force entirely, including the elderly, children, and caregivers.

The report highlights the issue of illegal immigration, with a 10% unemployment rate among non-college-educated immigrants from Latin America, a population that overlaps heavily with illegal immigrants. It also raises concerns about whether America can successfully incorporate and assimilate all the immigrants already here, let alone millions more in the future.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) suggests that while the economy grows faster with more people, the average worker is slightly worse off due to increased competition for jobs. Those at higher economic rungs tend to benefit from higher immigration levels, while those on lower rungs, who are more likely to compete with less-educated newcomers, end up worse off.

The Biden administration has faced criticism for its immigration policies, including the "CHNV parole" policy and the "CBP One mobile app," which have been accused of facilitating the entry of inadmissible aliens and illegal migrants. As the debate over immigration continues, the CIS report provides a sobering perspective on the economic realities of the current surge in foreign-born residents under President Biden's watch.

Key Takeaways

  • US foreign-born population reaches record 51.6 million, 15.6% of total population.
  • Only 46% of immigrants who arrived since 2022 are employed, challenging economic benefits.
  • Many immigrants are non-workers, including elderly, children, and caregivers, relying on others' labor.
  • Illegal immigration and low-skilled workers may worsen job competition, hurting lower-income Americans.
  • Biden administration's policies face criticism for facilitating illegal immigration and negatively impacting the economy.