Economist: Americans won’t do some jobs
April 19, 2013 11:33 PM
Jose Quintero, Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO • Research economist John Husing called for immigration reform at a conference Friday, saying Americans simply won’t do some jobs that undocumented citizens would.

Husing referenced a personal friend who quit a landscaping job after being “worked to death” by the Hispanics on the crew.

“Everybody in the world can say that’s not true, but it’s true,” Husing added. “If you know many folks who are legal or undocumented workers in this country, they are frankly amongst the hardest working people I know.”

Husing, who specializes in the study of Southern California’s economy, was a keynote speaker at the National Higher Education Conversation on Immigration Reform session hosted by Cal State San Bernardino.

The university’s president, Tomas Morales, also spoke in support of the immigration bill currently pending in the Senate. The legislation would allow undocumented immigrants who came to the United States before Dec. 31, 2011, to apply for “provisional” legal status. They then would have to wait at least a decade for full citizenship.

“We all know that the current immigration system is not working,” Morales said.

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