The economic – and ultimately, human – impact of illegal immigration is not a racial issue; it is a crucial reality that must be addressed, particularly as it impacts women in the United States. In many ways, women already face an uphill battle in securing and maintaining employment as compared to men, because many private employers will avoid keeping women on during distracting and potentially productivity-affecting times of marriage or pregnancy. Having to compete with illegal immigrants, whose presence creates an artificial standard by which all Americans must compete, only makes the problem worse.
Businesses hire undocumented immigrants because, aside from the bothersome fact of being flatly illegal, it makes good business sense. Having fled their countries usually to escape poverty, they are willing to work for lower wages and fewer raises than Americans, simply for the chance to send valuable dollars back home. Being scofflaws, they have little legal protection, and cannot demand the benefits of labor laws. And they are happy to hold menial jobs for years or even decades, again for those precious dollars, neither expecting nor seeking significant advancement. American workers (and especially women), meanwhile, at a time when over 93 million people are out of a job, cannot afford this pressure.
In the United States, nearly 60 million women are not working. The good news is that the month of April saw an increase of 223,000 new jobs – the bad news, however, is that it’s estimated that most of that work went to illegal immigrants. The United States is in the process of affecting an economic recovery; factors like illegal immigrations stunt that effort and frustrate growth.
In California the state has not made significant headway against its problems that have plagued the state for years. As with most states, its finances have not stabilized after years of deficits. California’s sustainable management of its groundwater resources is disastrous. The states critical infrastructure projects continue to be deferred and there is a severe shortage of affordable housing, especially in metro areas. What is the solution to these “shovel ready jobs”.
In the current regulatory climate, companies already have it hard. Many businesses have been forced to obey expensive mandates decreed under Obamacare, strangling and butchering profits and therefore leading to reduced expansion. Wages are stagnant as a result, fewer workers can be afforded (and thus jobs created), and research and development is at a virtual standstill. As previously stated, personal success has never been easy for women; unjust, artificially challenging factors such as these exacerbate an already tough situation.