Deportation halt may swamp state jobs
June 19, 2012
The Obama administration’s announcement Friday easing deportation of children and young adult immigrants will soon flood the already-stressed job market in California with new employment seekers. (Contra Costa Times))
As many as 350,000 of those affected by the directive are in California; an additional million nationwide will benefit from the deportation hiatus and subsequent relaxation of work permit applications.
Overall impact on California’s economy and employment remains a mystery to researchers, because nothing like this has ever happened before. But there is evidence that competition for scarce jobs will jeopardize the chances of native-born Americans without college degrees, according to Steven Camarota, research director of the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., which seeks to reduce immigration.
“The benefit to the illegal immigrant himself might be significant,” Camarota said. “But that raises other concerns. Unemployment is so bad at the bottom end of the labor market.”
And well-paying jobs – out of reach for illegal workers because of background checks — are now accessible to a larger pool of people.
Statewide unemployment was 10.8 percent in May.
Questions about the new policy? Call hot lines for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at 800-375-5283 or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at 888-351-4024 during business hours or send an email to EROPublicAdvocate@ice.dhs.gov.