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With jobs hard to come by as it is Americans don’t need any more added competition. Researchers estimate that over 8 million illegal immigrants currently have jobs in the U.S., with almost 3 million of these jobs being in California and Texas. If these 8 million jobs were held by American citizens, unemployment would drop dramatically. Skoble, Aeon J. "In Defense of the Huddled Masses." Freeman. Sep 2010: 17. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 19 Dec 2012. Illegal immigrants create competition for jobs, which should be good, not bad. When onecompany competes with another, they have to offer the best deals/prices, so the same method is applied to job applicants. Having more people compete for the same jobs gives them incentives to get better at the job so that they’ll get hired. If competition was eliminated, nobody would want to better themselves and the economy would fall apart. Stoddard, Ed. "Exclusive: Over a Million Immigrants Land U.S. Jobs in 2008-10." Reuters. Thomson Reuters, 20 Jan. 2011. Web. 01 Jan. 2013.While American unemployment still lingers in the double digits, over 1 million illegal immigrants landed jobs from 2008 to 2010. Researchers from Northeastern University concluded that many of these immigrants took jobs in areas such as construction, which Americans are certainly able to do, only they worked for less wages, which is why they are often more readily hired. Also, many employers often hire illegal immigrants they do not have to pay health benefits or basic payroll taxes, which is why it's so hard for Americans to find jobs.