Unemployed Americans competing with immigrant labor for jobs

Here is a story, thanks to Blulitespecial, from the Wall Street Journal about how Americans are now competing for work—any kind of work—with immigrants.   Although the article is mostly focused on Hispanic immigrants, we have been reporting regularly about the difficulty refugees are having finding jobs in the present economy.   Here is one of many posts I’ve written on the subject lately.

According to Miriam Jordan at the Wall Street Journal:

LOS ANGELES — A year ago, a day-laborer center adjacent to a Home Depot here teemed with Latin American immigrants who showed up and found a sure day’s work painting, gardening or hauling.

These days, more than immigrants are packing the Hollywood Community Job Center: Unemployed Americans are joining them. There’s little work for anybody.

“Everybody is coming to look for work,” says Rene Jemio, outreach coordinator for the hiring hall. “It’s not just your average immigrant anymore; it’s African-Americans and whites, too.”

For the first time in a decade, unskilled immigrants are competing with Americans for work. And evidence is emerging that tens of thousands of Hispanic immigrants are withdrawing from the labor market as U.S. workers crowd them out of potential jobs. At least some of the foreigners are returning home.

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