Oregon’s unemployed should not have to compete for jobs with 1.7 million undocumented foreign nationals
January 4, 2013
By David Olen Cross
President Barack Obama’s deferred deportation order on some 1.7 million undocumented foreign nationals (illegal aliens) between the ages of 16 and 30, in conjunction with issuing them Social Security numbers and work permits, shows a clear view of a President in complete willful disregard for America’s 11.7 million unemployed citizens; 7.9 percent of the civilian labor force.
The consequences of President Obama’s actions, the addition of 1.7 million illegal aliens into the nation’s civilian labor force (workers ages 16 years and older), could push unemployment up in the country by 14.5 percent.
An evaluation of the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, News Release from November 20, 2012 titled “Regional and State Employment and Unemployment — October” revealed only 11 states had a higher unemployment rate than Oregon’s 8.6 percent: California, 10.1 percent; Connecticut, 9.0 percent; Georgia, 8.7 percent; Illinois, 8.8 percent; Michigan, 9.1 percent; Mississippi, 8.9 percent; Nevada, 11.5 percent; New Jersey, 9.7 percent; New York, 8.7 percent; North Carolina, 9.3 percent; and Rode Island, 10.4 percent.
In Oregon there were 159,439 citizens unemployed in October.
October unemployment numbers for Oregon’s three most populous counties were the following: Multnomah had 30,467 — 19.1 percent of the state’s unemployed; Washington had 19,870 — 12.5 percent of the state’s unemployed; and Clackamas had 15,010 — 9.4 percent of the state’s unemployed.
Beyond the three preceding metro counties, 28 of 36 Oregon counties — 77.8 percent of the states counties — in October had a higher unemployment rate than the national average of 7.9 percent: Baker, 9.8 percent; Columbia, 9.2 percent; Coos, 10.4 percent; Crook, 13.5 percent; Curry, 11.5 percent; Deschutes, 10.9 percent; Douglas, 11.9 percent; Gilliam, 8.5 percent; Grant, 13.6 percent; Harney, 12.4 percent; Jackson, 10.6 percent; Jefferson, 12.2 percent; Josephine, 11.9 percent; Klamath, 11.4 percent; Lake, 12.6 percent; Lane, 8.4 percent; Lincoln, 9.0 percent; Linn, 11.0 percent; Malheur, 9.9 percent; Marion, 9.4 percent; Morrow, 8.8 percent; Polk, 8.3 percent; Sherman, 8.6 percent; Tillamook, 8.3 percent; Umatilla, 8.2 percent; Union, 8.8 percent; Wallowa, 10.0 percent; and Yamhill, 8.3 percent.
A stark reality, 14 of the 28 preceding Oregon counties have double digit unemployment.
As recently as July, an analysis done by the Employment Policy Institute (EPI), a nonprofit Washington D.C. based research organization that focuses on job growth, indicated that Oregon ranked third in the nation with teen unemployment for ages 16 to 24 at 30.3 percent.
What President Obama’s deferred deportation order means to Oregon’s unemployed is up to 16,600 illegal aliens are being permitted to enter the state’s work force during the worst recession since the “Great Depression”.
According to a PEW Hispanic Center report dated February 1, 2011 titled “Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010” in Oregon there were an estimated 110,000 unauthorized workers.
The addition of 16,600 illegal aliens into state’s civilian labor force could increase unemployment in Oregon by 10.4 percent.
The state’s elected officials like Governor John Kitzhaber should not cooperate with the Obama administration by allowing thousands of illegal aliens to enter the state’s workforce. Governor Kitzhaber can put a stop to many of these illegal aliens working in the state by not changing state law that currently requires legal presence in the country to obtain an Oregon Drivers License. Kitzhaber should know that Obama’s deferred deportation order doesn’t constitute legal presence for those persons illegally in the country.
Oregon’s 159,439 unemployed legal U.S. citizens should contact President Obama in the White House and communicate to the President unemployed American’s should never have to compete for scarce jobs with illegal aliens no matter what age they are or what demographic group they represent.
David Olen Cross of Salem (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes on the subjects of immigration and foreign national crime.