Adalberto Espinoza, a temporary migrant worker from Mexico, in Denver in August 2017. (Nick Cote/For The Washington Post)

I agree with the Sept. 2 editorial “Our labor debate is rife with hypocrisy.” We need to wake up to the reality of working in the United States. Immigrants (primarily Hispanic construction workers) have transformed the skylines of the nation over the past quarter-century. More important, Hispanics alone have accounted for nearly half of the nation’s employment growth over the same period.

President Trump ignores the massive job gains Latinos attained under then-President Barack Obama but takes credit for record-low U.S. Latino unemployment. Latino unemployment fell from a high of 13 percent in 2009 to a low of 5.8 percent when Mr. Obama left office. Under Mr. Trump, it has gone from 5.8 percent to 4.2 percent.

From 2000 to 2016, Latinos accounted for 65 percent of all new workers added to the U.S. economy. However, during the first two years of the Trump administration, Latinos accounted for only 41 percent of all new workers added to the U.S. economy, with that percentage continuing to dwindle. 

Alejandro Becerra, Silver Spring

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