In the third quarter of 2008, 71.3% of Latino immigrant workers were either employed or actively seeking work, compared with 72.4% in the same quarter a year earlier, according to a new study by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization. The 1.1-percentage-point drop "marks a substantial decrease in the labor-market participation of Latino immigrants," says Rakesh Kochhar, the Pew economist who prepared the report.
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.
Who emigrates to a country that shares none of their values, heritage, etc? People looking to make some quick cash because their country failed. Instead of staying home and fixing problems, they're passing those problems on to you, in exchange for cheap labor.
Now that the economy's gone south, they're in gyrations about what to do: stay or go? The easy money is gone. Maybe that was all they were here for, the easy money. They're probably invited in because this society is already awash in parasites and dysfunctional people of all stripes.