A new study released Tuesday found that maybe immigrants do take the jobs of native born Americans in California. But the data is not so cut and dry: You see, some male immigrants are more likely to be employed than U.S.-born brethren from their own ethnic groups.
The study by the by the California Immigrant Policy Center found that 84 percent of male Latino and Asian immigrants are employed while Americans with the same heritage have a 78 percent employment rate. The study, conducted with the help of USC's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, looked at data from 2005 through 2007, so it's likely that both those rates are lower (recession-fueled unemployment has hit Latino men especially hard).
Still, it's an interesting twist to the age-old argument about the effects of immigration on the American job market. The study also found that 12 percent of Latino and Asian immigrants were self-employed compared to about eight percent of their American-born counterparts of the same ethnicity.