“They’re taking our jobs. They’re taking our manufacturing jobs. They’re taking our money. They’re killing us,” Donald Trump said in July 2015 about Mexican immigrants.
But a new report based on U.S. Census Bureau data shows that in California, immigrants are still earning an average of $15,000 a year less than their U.S. born counterparts.
The study, which was conducted by Nerdwallet, examined a 2015 American Community Survey and learned that in 45 states around the nation, the median annual income of households led by a U.S.-born person was higher than that of households led by those born in other countries.
In California, that income difference is one of the highest in the nation: those born in the U.S. earn an average of $70,104, whereas those who were born in other countries only earn $55,039.
Wyoming saw the biggest gap: In 2015 the median annual income of households headed by an immigrant was $40,14, $19,544 less than that of households in the state headed by a U.S.-born person ($59,689).
There were five states where this theme was reversed: Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Delaware and Michigan all have an immigrant population that earns a higher average yearly wage than citizens born in the U.S. Three of those states—West Virginia, Mississippi and Michigan—all voted for Trump in 2016.
A full list of income discrepancies between the two populations, broken down on a state-by-state basis, can be found here: