Nope, Joe Biden, Illegal Immigrants Didn’t Build America

President Joe Biden doesn’t have an issue with illegal immigrants.

The president made it evident with his pathetic pull-back from his use of the term “illegal” during his State of the Union address.

Biden said he regretted using the offensive word but didn’t want to disrespect illegal immigrants and believes they are crucial to America’s success.

“Look, they built the country,” Biden said on MSNBC. He added that they are “the reason our economy is growing.”

Hmm…, it sounds like a president who enjoys an essentially open border instead of one who aches to shut down the border but is blocked by Republicans who won’t pass his desired legislation.

If the president is correct, should we deny ourselves the illegal labor benefits?

While it’s true that illegal immigrants work by an overwhelming margin once they arrive here, the claim by Biden that illegal immigrants, whose numbers have only drastically increased the past few years, “built the country” is a ridiculous lie and an insult to American workers both past and present.

For example, construction workers — building the country’s physical plants — were 65% native-born.

The president continues to exaggerate 

President Joe Biden also continues to exaggerate. He suggests the economy is only growing because of illegal immigrants.

However, illegal and legal immigrants have indeed made an oversized contribution to recent economic growth.

Between February 2020 and February 2024, the foreign-born employment level increased by 3.3 million, while the native-born employment level is still down by a million.

Center for Immigration Studies, Steve Camarota estimates that about half of those immigrant jobs are going to illegal immigrants.

No matter what Biden believes, this isn’t a political bragging point.

“Bidenomics — it’s been great for immigrants regardless of legal status” isn’t a slogan Biden should bet on vs. Donald Trump.

Attributing the country’s economic growth to immigrants ignores the contributions of 85% of the native-born country, with all its investment, spending, and work.

The problem runs deeper: how does the surge in immigrant labor align with the labor-force participation decline among low-skilled Americans facing direct foreign-born competition?

A report notes that native-born men without a bachelor’s degree’s labor-force participation rate was 75.6%, lower than the pre-pandemic level of 76.3% during the fourth quarter of 2019 and lower than 2006 (80.5%) and 2000 (82.6%).

By consistently adding immigrant workers with lower skill levels to the workforce, the overall GDP may increase, but it does not make the U.S. wealthier per capita—the more important metric.

According to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, greater immigration levels will increase GDP “by an average of 0.2 percentage points a year from 2024 to 2034, leaving real GDP roughly 2 percent larger in 2034 than it would be otherwise.”

On the other hand, per person real GDP “would be 0.8 percent smaller.”

President Biden gives no indication he sees any trade-offs. Who would want fewer migrants “building our country” when we can have even more?