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Economy and Border Crackdown Hits Immigrants Hard

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The current worldwide economic crisis along with a recent surge in more emphatic border enforcement is directly affecting thousands of immigrants, both legal and illegal. For America, for long the premier destination for immigrants, this could be a troubling indicator of things to come for the economy.

With the national unemployment rate at record high levels, the 22 million immigrants in the United States (including about 6.5 million illegal immigrants), are finding it increasingly difficult to find or continue in their employments. According to the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies, 1.3 million illegal immigrants left the country in 2008, a reduction of 11% in the illegal immigrant population in the United States from a peak of 12.5 million in August 2007.

The increased unemployment rate among the immigrant community, 11 percent by some estimates and well above the national average, is also creating an ever increasing strain on schools and social service agencies.

Things are not a lot better for well-educated non-permanent immigrants either. Foreigners working in the United States with temporary H-1B visas have been hit by a provision in the Obama administration’s economic stimulus plan that restricts financial institutions that are recipients of bailout funds from hiring H-1B based foreign workers for two years. Some fear that similar rules will be used to further restrict H-1B visa workers from working in other industries.

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Written by MithrasLaw

March 3, 2009 at 8:27 pm

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