Fact check: Biden claims to help ‘forgotten’ people and places

CLAIM: In his State of the Union speech, President Joe Biden asserted that: “My economic plan is about investing in places and people that have been forgotten.”

The verdict: It is mostly false.

His written speech declared:

My economic plan focuses on investing in forgotten places and people. Amid the economic upheaval of the past four decades too many people have been left behind or treated like they’re invisible. Maybe that’s you watching at home. The jobs you lost are still there. You wonder if there is still a way for your family to move forward without having to leave. I get it. That’s why we’re building an economy where no one is left behind. We made the right choices in the last 2 years and jobs are back. This blueprint is for blue-collar workers to help rebuild America. It will make a difference in your life. [Emphasis added.]

The largely false conclusion is that the money does help some Americans. Biden used the opportunity in his speech to highlight a law that will help create computer chip factories across Ohio.

Biden has spent billions of dollars for other projects, such as construction projects.

Joe Biden, President, speaks about the January Jobs Report in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, White House Complex, Friday February 3, 2023 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta. File).

But much money and many jobs are being knowingly diverted from sidelined Americans by Biden’s massive inflow of migrant workers:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which showed an enormous spike in the number of male migrant workers last week, reported a significant increase. Routine annual “adjustments increased the estimated size of … the civilian labor force by 871,000, employment by 810,000, and unemployment by 60,000,” the bureau reported on February 3. The report also noted that just 1.6 percent of the new workers are women, and at least 33 percent are Latino, reflecting the administration’s policy of welcoming myriad young job-seeking male migrants.

According to the BLS, only a few Americans were left out of the workforce during this month.

The January figure of those not working and looking for a job showed a decrease in employment from December. This group was not considered unemployed as they did not look for employment during the previous 4 weeks or weren’t available to accept a job.

Americans’ wages fell — after inflation — amid the massive wave of government spending: “In January, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 10 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $33.03. Over the past 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 4.4 percent.”

After crossing the border from Mexico, immigrants walk alongside the U.S./Mexico barrier to wait for processing by U.S. Border Patrol. They crossed the border in Yuma, Arizona on December 30, 2022. (Photo taken by Qian Weizhong/VCG via Getty Images.

Biden, along with his pro-migration deputies, have brought at least 3 million immigrants into the U.S. labour market since early 2021. This is in addition to a flood of temporary and legal workers.

The massive inflows of migrants reduce the opportunities for job creation and provide decent wages to Americans living in the heartland.

The New York TimesInadvertently, I described some of its geographic skew.

“The fact that we were able to onboard a high number of refugees has greatly helped our overall staffing position, and our existing employee morale, because they’re not working so many hours of overtime,”Matthew Bray from Amcor PLC, Wisconsin spoke for the newspaper.

Australian-owned business hired 75 Afghans and Congolese immigrants for jobs in Oshkosh (Wisconsin), despite the fact that two thirds of Wisconsin residents are currently employed.

The workforce participation rate in the state has declined from a peak of 74 percent in 1997 to just 65 percent in late 2022.

Companies are less likely to spend on labor-saving and wage-boosting technologies due to the inflow of migrants. For example, Wisconsin companies also have the ability to buy or rent industrial robots that would allow American workers to do more work and earn more wages each day.

Many migrants cluster on the coast, in jobs created by coastal investors far away from the heartland. They are more interested to take advantage of the many busloads and compliant migrants than proud and outspoken Americans.

A 2021 survey of 1,021 DACA immigrants showed that 50% lived in California or Texas. Sixty-six percent of DACA migrants held professional licenses and earned less than $47,000 per year. An even more thorough 2017 survey revealed that only a minority of workers were in white-collar positions, while most worked in blue-collar, lower-income sectors.

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