Pictured: A GOP primary voter. (by Steve Rhodes)

The Secessionist is going to have some splainin’ to do at tonight’s Republican debate in the wake of this study.

  • Of jobs created in Texas since 2007, 81 percent were taken by newly arrived immigrant workers (legal and illegal).
  • In terms of numbers, between the second quarter of 2007, right before the recession began, and the second quarter of 2011, total employment in Texas increased by 279,000. Of this, 225,000 jobs went to immigrants (legal and illegal) who arrived in the United States in 2007 or later.
  • Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. Thus government data show that more than three-fourths of net job growth in Texas were taken by newly arrived non-citizens (legal and illegal).
  • Of newly arrived immigrants who took jobs in Texas since 2007, we estimate that 50 percent (113,000) were illegal immigrants. Thus, about 40 percent of all the job growth in Texas since 2007 went to newly arrived illegal immigrants and 40 percent went to newly arrived legal immigrants.

So almost half of all the “Texas Miracle” jobs went to undocumented immigrants. That should really play well with Teabaggers.

Looking at the data, David Frum concludes,

There was no Texas miracle…

This explains, in part, the Secessionist’s fairly reasonable stance towards immigration.

Oh, and PS — the Texas unemployment rate just hit a 24-year high.