A recent Center for Immigration Studies report concluded that of the "the 472 civilian occupations defined by the Department of Commerce, only six are majority immigrant (legal and illegal)." In fact, the study found that "51 percent of maids and housekeepers, 63 percent of butchers and meat processors, 64 percent of grounds maintenance workers, 66 percent of construction laborers, and 73 percent of janitors employed are U.S.-born."
"The idea that immigrants only do jobs American do not want is mistaken," the report's authors concluded. "It is simply not the case that there are jobs that Americans do not do."
Lowry, who stood against the Senate's massive amnesty bill, said, "The Republican elite and the Republican establishment just doesn't get" how the illegal immigration issue resonates with American workers. He said the elites have a "simplistic view of the Latino vote" and think that they will become Republicans as soon as the GOP passes a massive amnesty bill. He pointed out, though, that after Ronald Reagan signed an amnesty bill in 1986, the GOP's share of the Latino vote went down in 1988.
An Eagle Forum analysis determined that massive amnesty now would actually be"suicide" for the conservative movement. A Univision poll found that immigration is not even at the top of concerns among Latino voters.
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