The Los Angeles Times today features a piece titled “Loss of mid-wage jobs hampers state growth
.” Turns out that along with California’s sanctuary city policies and its huge numbers of illegal aliens, came years of declining wages for low and middle-class workers. And now, as I have been warning for some time, "there’s a glut of low- and middle-wage job seekers: former executive assistants, manufacturing technicians, insurance agents and more.” The concern among some economists is that formerly mid-wage workers will move into the “working poor” category. While automation is one cause for the jobs’ disappearing, it’s certainly not the only cause. California is home to the nation’s largest illegal immigrant population. Another startling revelation is that almost half of the jobs created from 2010 to 2020 will be of the lowering paying variety. To understand just how poorly California is doing on the wages front, consider this: "Last year, average wages in Los Angeles County declined 1.9% — tying Jefferson, Ala., for 302nd place out of 334 large counties nationwide. San Francisco ranked 19th with a 3% increase.”
So, the obvious question is, why on earth would we allow people here illegally to take jobs and opportunities from Americans already struggling mightily American dreams?