But here's the clincher: Many of the workers displaced by undocumented immigrants are also immigrants.

The difference is that the displaced workers arrived earlier. In February, the progressive Economic Policy Institute, in a report called "Immigration and Wages," wrote that newly arrived low-skilled immigrants with less than high school degrees displaced other immigrants of the same skill level — and fewer American-born workers.

Immigrants take a bigger financial hit than native-born workers when the economy tanks, and they are among the first to get jobs when the economy recovers, an October report by the Pew Hispanic Center says.

A display of buttons for sale at the June 5 pro-SB 1070 rally.
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A display of buttons for sale at the June 5 pro-SB 1070 rally.
In the eye of the hurricane: Protesters at an immigration rally.
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In the eye of the hurricane: Protesters at an immigration rally.

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Editorís note: Former New Times staff writer Terry Greene Sterling is the author of the new book Illegal: Life and Death in Arizonaís Immigration War Zone and is writer-in-residence at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Jennifer Gaie Hellum assisted with research on white-nationalist groups. Sterling's personal Web site is www.terrygreenesterling.com.

In many cases, Americans either don't want low-skilled jobs, can't physically perform them, or don't know they're available.

About half of farm workers are unauthorized immigrants, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated more than a decade ago.

This probably hasn't changed much. In September, the Associated Press reported that native-born workers weren't seeking advertised farm labor jobs: "Since January, California farmers have posted ads for 1,160 farm-worker positions open to U.S. citizens and legal residents. Only 233 people applied after being linked with the jobs through unemployment offices in California, Texas, Nevada, and Arizona."

Many economists say that by filling low-skilled jobs, immigrants improve business profits, which in turn create more jobs for higher-skilled American workers. University of California economist Giovanni Peri, for example, wrote in a recent Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Letter that immigrants expand the economy, which in turn expands job opportunities for non-immigrants.

And he's not alone.

The Brookings Institution reports that "economists have found that immigrants raise average wages for the United States as a whole."

Also, many economists say economic growth in the United States is impossible without population expansion, and since the native-born American population is older and declining in numbers, immigrants expand the population, which in turn stimulates economic growth.

This puts the United States at a "competitive advantage" compared with other developed countries that don't have enough workers to expand the economy, says Marc Rosenblum, of the Migration Policy Institute.


Bookworms

White-nationalist reads in the United States and Europe reflect anti-migrant hatred in a grim economy.

To FAIR patriarch John Tanton, The Camp of the Saints, a 1973 apocalyptic book by French novelist Jean Raspail, stimulates honest discussion.

The graphic book tells the story of the downfall of Western civilization and the decline of the European white race at the hands of immigrant invaders. The setting is southern France, where "a million poor wretches, armed only with their weakness and their numbers, overwhelmed by misery, encumbered with starving brown and black children," invade and destroy the country.

The heroes are the white nationalists who vainly defend their Western culture.

The villains, even more than the brown invaders, are foolish liberal white people who welcome the immigrants and celebrate multiculturalism, only to be raped, killed, or transported to White Female Practice Experimentation Centers by the immigrants.

Tanton's Social Contract Press now publishes the book.

"We are indebted to Jean Raspail for his insights into the human condition, and for being so many years ahead of his time," Tanton wrote in an introduction.

His publishing house has sold enough books that The Camp of the Saints is currently in its fifth printing.

Its sales soon may be eclipsed by the just-released "semi-fictional" White Apocalypse, by fledgling writer Kyle Bristow, who once invited Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies, to speak to his Young Americans for Freedom group at Michigan State University.

The novel claims whites were the first humans to set foot in America but were killed by a mass migration of (brown) "Amerindians." A heroic white "rogue anthropologist" fights to get the truth out. It's a bloody book. And it's not subtle. Mark Potok, a spokesman for the Southern Poverty Law Center, says a character modeled after him is assassinated by a sniper.

There's a new white-nationalist bestseller in Germany these days, a book called Germany Does Away With Itself, by Thilo Sarrazin. In it, "foul smelling," public-benefit-using Muslim immigrants destroy Germany by over-breeding. (Sarrazin was fired from his banking job after the book was published earlier this year.)

The German tome has escaped notice of most Americans, except for those who visit the white-nationalist American Renaissance Web site run by Jared Taylor, Tanton's associate. Germany Does Away With Itself has "an unflinchingly race-realist perspective," American Renaissance says.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced Germany Does Away With Itself, but she's no fool. Sensing the anti-immigrant mood sweeping Western Europe in difficult economic times, she later announced that multiculturalism in der vaterland was a failed experiment.

She said it even as economists warned that an immigrant workforce was the key to future growth.

But Merkel isn't alone; as the euro founders, European leaders target Muslim and Roma immigrants.

In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed to send the Roma back to Bulgaria or Romania. Sarkozy's conservative party succeeded in passing a law that banned burqas, head-to-toe cover-ups that are a fundamental expression of faith among some of the 6 million Muslims in France.

Women who wear illegal burqas must now pay a fine and take a course in values.

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