"Two-thirds of those who have found employment under President Obama are immigrants, both legal and illegal, according to an analysis that suggests immigration has soaked up a large portion of what little job growth there has been over the past three years.
The Center for Immigration Studies is releasing the study Thursday morning, a day ahead of the final Labor Department unemployment report of the campaign season, which is expected to show a sluggish job market more than three years into the economic recovery."
While the border control crowd will, correctly, focus on the fact that illegal immigrants were included in these numbers, that is missing some of the point as legal immigrants were also included. Legal immigrants tend to be very mobile, and, particularly in an era of stricter controls on some (read legal) immigration, tend to be highly educated and highly employable. However, those facts will likely do little for those who focus on illegal immigration.
Just which portions of that 2/3s number is comprised of legal vs. illegal immigrants is one thing I would like to know. I would also like to know what kind of jobs these gains represent. Short of those data points, as well as some other which I am sure would come to mind following additional reflection, I am just not sure what to make of the statistics above. That all people should be so thoughtful...