How do we put 2 million non violent felons and 8 million illegal residents to work? This isn't about the unemployment problem. This is about the unemployables problem. If they're working off the books, they can still collect benefits (sometimes) or deal drugs on the side, or otherwise fatten their income stream by criminal activities.. so this presently unemployable fraction needs a SPECIFIC answer, that doesn't allow tax evasion, part time drug sales, welfare fraud, or other anti-social behavior. Railroads. I say hire 'em all to rebuild railroads coast to coast. Public works projects, bridges, train stations, train engines, boxcars to passenger sleepers. It'll have some fraud and waste, but it'll build railroads and nothing else is doing it. And it'd take people off welfare who you'ld throw off anyway, and out of prisons where they cost 100$ a day to feed and house. Build railroads for 5 years and get either citizenship or a pardon. Don't have anybody doing it but illegals and non-violent felons.