American teen employment has dropped 20 percent from the late 1980s, in part because more and more immigrants have flooded into the market to displace native-born kids from jobs in percentages far higher than on adults, according to the Federal Reserve.
“The displacement effect of immigration on the employment of younger persons is much larger than on the employment of prime-age adults,” said the September 2014 report, “Labor Force Participation: Recent Developments and Future Prospects.”
The Fed report is the second to blame immigrants for taking jobs “native” teens would normally fill and come as new media reports show teen employment down this year.
“It’s frustratingly common: The mainstream media discusses a social problem obviously impacted by immigration — overcrowding, low wages, increasing poverty, etc. — but assiduously avoids any mention of immigration. To much of the media, using the word immigration in the context of any social problem has become a taboo.”