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Reality Check

The consequences of mass immigration have become so dire for Los Angeles that even the L.A. Times has noticed it:

The looming mismatch in the skills employers need and those workers offer could jeopardize the future economic vitality of California and the nation, experts say. Los Angeles County, the largest immigrant metropolis with about 3.5 million foreign-born residents, is at the forefront of this demographic trend.

“The question is, are we going to be a 21st century city with shared prosperity, or a Third World city with an elite group on top and the majority at poverty or near poverty wages?” asked Ernesto Cortes Jr., Southwest regional director of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a leadership development organization. “Right now we’re headed toward becoming a Third World city. But we can change that.”

The solution?:

“Our vision is to create a seamless program that takes undereducated, underemployed and underskilled workers and puts them into education and job training that will connect them to career ladders that pay well and offer benefits,” said Yvonne Mariajimenez, a One LA leader. “It’s really rebuilding the middle class.”

All well and good, but it’s not going to work until you stop taking in so many “undereducated, underemployed, and underskilled workers” in the first place.


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