I think that illegal immigrants do take jobs away from native workers, especially out here in the Bay Area. I'm unemployed, but I shouldn't have to be. I'm from the area. I was born here and I can't get a job here.
Gonzalez has spent his adult life working labor-intensive jobs -- the so-called "jobs American's won't do" -- but he has found those jobs impossible to come by as more and more immigrants enter the country.
Sadly, the results of the Pew Hispanic study back up Gonzalez's assertions. Since June 2009, the end of the "Great Recession," foreign-born workers (both legal and illegal) have gained 656,000 jobs. At the same time, 1.2 million native-born workers have lost jobs during this period of recovery.
The study also points out that Hispanic Americans, such as Javier Gonzalez, are losing out on jobs to non-native Hispanic workers. Hispanic immigrants gained nearly 100,000 construction jobs from 2009 to 2010, but native-born Hispanic Americans lost 133,000 of those very same jobs.
Click here to read more about this study.
Updated: Fri, Oct 29th 2010 @ 1:42pm EDT