The overall unemployment rate in the U.S. in February was a low 3.5 percent. By April, with the coming of the Wuhan virus, it had jumped to a breathtaking 14.7, the highest recorded since the Great Depression. By August, it was down to a still-high 8.4 percent but currently seems to be headed in the right direction.
Those are overall rates. There are activist groups within this country that focus instead on the unemployment rates for illegal aliens. Those are foreign nationals who have taken up residence in this country on their own, with no authority, and are each legally subject to deportation at any time. No one knows how many of them there are. The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) estimates 14.3 million as of 2019. Whatever the number, the activists are saying up to 30 percent of them are out of work and they need assistance.
What’s wrong with this picture? Apologists for illegal migrants often cite the need for workers willing to do the jobs Americans aren’t willing to do. Even if that were true–which it isn’t–if those jobs don’t exist, where is the rationale for permitting illegals to remain here?
Yet groups like UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative not only demand that the illegals stay, they want them to be subsidized while they wait for jobs to reappear that can be snatched up at abnormally low wages.
The Initiative has published a report titled “Undocumented During Covid-19,” which complains that “between February and April of 2020, undocumented workers lost almost 25% of their income.” This they say is much higher than that experienced by other demographic groups. For that reason, they are asking that the government provide checks to illegals to make up for income it is illegal for them to have in the first place.
The Democrat party agrees. The so-called HEROES act, passed by the House of Representatives in May but stalled in the Senate, would provide for $1200 checks to illegals.
There is something seriously out of whack in this country, when we admit huge number of foreigners to illegally enter and remain and then, when their jobs go bust, pay them to stay until the jobs return!
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