March 2010

China Took Austin's Jobs

Every time people complain about immigrants “stealing” our jobs, it always conjures images of rednecks from South Park wailing, “They took our joooooobs!” (Of course, depending on who’s speaking, it might sound like, “De derk de derrrr!”)

The argument, of course, has no logic, seeing as most immigrants work in jobs that Americans deem beneath them, are paid very little without benefits, and actually contribute to society more than many citizens do. In fact, along with many other myths about immigrants, this one has been proven false. The U.S. Department of Labor has reported that immigration actually stimulates the economy, and that states with high populations of immigrants have lower rates of unemployment. (So maybe the solution is to open the immigration gates for all? Hmmm…)