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Trump is in stiff competition with the media for confusing and muddling immigration issues. Now he pretends that he will deal with a major problem which has stripped Americans of their jobs; left educated Americans jobless, but he just wants a study about how to give the best-paid jobs to immigrants. Why? In part, because Trump $20 million mega-donor Sheldon Adelson wants H1Bs, for reasons which aren’t clear. Some have suggested that it has to do with union busting of Adelson’s casino workers. No study is needed because H1B Visas aren’t needed. H1B isn’t for especially talented immigrants – that is O visas. Temporary farm work has a Visa program too that is separate, so when the media implies that illegal workers are needed for farm-work, this too is a lie. Furthermore, Trump’s Attorney General has already made a “study”, but one that proposes employing Americans first, rather than Trump’s new proposal of giving high paying, high level jobs to foreigners and apparently saving low level ones for Americans.
How is it pro-American to give the best jobs to immigrants, as Trump just proposed? Americans desperately need living wage jobs. This is more Trump treachery to pretend he cares for the working class when he clearly doesn’t give a rats ass. It’s nothing but confuse and deceive. However, if it weren’t for the refusal of previous administrations, and the US Congress, to address both the offshoring of jobs and the dumping of foreign workers upon the country to lower wages and take the few remaining jobs, then Trump wouldn’t be President.
Furthermore, over 1 million people PER YEAR have been let into the USA permanently for decades – mostly for no reason – less than 10% have been refugees. H1B has only added to this immigration excess and has blocked the system so that Americans have difficulty getting their spouses in – a process which was quick and almost automatic until H1B came along. Since 1970, the US population has ballooned by almost 60%: from 203,211,926 in 1970 to 324,700,000 in 2017, mostly due to immigration, since the birth rate of non-immigrants has been around replacement or less for some time. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demography_of_the_United_States Population growth is the only real reason that the economy must grow. At some point it is unsustainable. How many more extinct species; how much loss of farmland and forest; how much more lowering of quality of life before it is decided that enough is enough? Due to human longevity, the population will still grow for some time, even if all immigration is cut off. http://www.fairus.org/issue/the-united-states-is-already-overpopulated http://cis.org
As a point of comparison, during the entire Great Famine (Great Hunger) from 1845 to 1852, i.e. 7 years, only 1 million of the Irish emigrated from Ireland, i.e. an average of 142,857 per year, and not all to the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Ireland) There were also 23 million Americans in 1850, compared to almost 325 million today. Immigration isn’t about a percentage of population, but rather quality of life and environmental carrying capacity. It’s not if the people are nice or not – there are good and bad in all groups. Rather it’s about quantity.
Historic immigration is totally incomparable to the massive immigration of today. Comparing the one million immigrants who come to the US per year to the 900 Jewish people turned away on a boat during the period of the Holocaust is the epitome of sheer and utter nonsense. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MS_St._Louis For decades the US has allowed in 100 times as many as refugees, including inadequately vetted refugees from the former Soviet Union, some only because they claimed to have a Jewish grandparent. This lack of vetting let in many new Russian mobsters. In an earlier generation, Mobster Meyer Lansky came to America as a refugee-victim of pograms in the old Russian Empire. Carlos Marcello was an illegal immigrant. But, we aren’t even talking about that. We are talking about people being let in simply to lower wages and rob Americans of jobs. The US appears to now favor immigrants from countries without democratic traditions and with high levels of bribery and corruption over its own people. An accident?
And, Trump’s solution is to do a study about how to let foreigners only take better paying jobs!
“(b) In order to promote the proper functioning of the H-1B visa program, the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Homeland Security shall, as soon as practicable, suggest reforms to help ensure that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition beneficiaries.” https://www.whitehouse. gov/the-press-office/2017/04/18/presidential-executive-order-buy-american-and-hire-american. Note that he’s also left himself that big loophole so favored by the US Nuclear Regulatory Authority: “as soon as practicable“. Trump’s Attorney General already did a study. But, its premise is that Americans should be employed first, not that H-1B visas should only be for the highest paid or allegedly most-skilled, as Trump just proposed. Trump wants Americans to be impoverished serfs like the old Russian Empire. Here’s a pre-existing study by his AG so he doesn’t have to waste more time and money: https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160225084212/http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf.
Americans were never told that they have to compete with foreigners for jobs – whether less, equally or more qualified. It’s a no-brainer why so many are saddled with student debt. Jobs have gone to less qualified foreigners, as well as equally or more qualified. H1B immigrants may work harder and/or for less because it is dual intent – they can apply for their green cards and then their citizenship. Subsequently, they can piggy-back in their entire extended family; sometimes entire villages: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-2A_Visa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_visa This explains what looks like a bizarre fact – that Holtec’s Kris Singh is from the same village in India as Nikki Haley’s father, and they arrived at around the same time – just in time to benefit from the change in immigration law, which allowed them in, and affirmative action meant to help African Americans.
H1B immigrants not only steal jobs in technical fields but academic jobs in the social sciences and humanities where there have long been an excess of Ph.Ds.
“For the 180,000 or so openings annually, U.S. colleges and universities supply 500,000 graduates. More than twice as many people graduate in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] fields as jobs are available in America for them to take… The U.S. Census Bureau reports that three-fourths of Americans with STEM degrees—science, technology, engineering, mathematics—don’t have jobs in STEM fields.” In 2011 it was estimated that 372,516 people with H1B visas entered the U.S. labor market with an estimated 134,000-228,000 for IT employment. 600,000 are estimated to be employed at any one time. This is above and beyond the over 1 million per year who are allowed to legally immigrate to the US [We aren’t talking refugees but people who just want to move to the US and are allowed under US rules which make no sense, even as foreign spouses of US citizens now have trouble getting their spouses in, probably because the system is overwhelmed by other migrants with no reason or need to migrate]. It is unclear if these figures include relatives who are subsequently brought in. (See US Senate testimony, 2014, further below.) H1B visas are dual intent, meaning that people can apply for a green card while employed on H1B and fairly quickly become citizens. Then they will no longer count among the H1B immigrants.
Microsoft is the biggest proponent of economic migrant worker visas (as well as a major pusher of new, death dealing, nuclear reactors). https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000000115&year=2015&spec=IMM https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/clientissues_spec.php?id=D000000115&year=2015&spec=IMM
Trump mega-donor (over $20 million), casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, has also pushed for more migrant worker visas.
Trump’s own mother was allowed to immigrate from the UK as a servant to the US in 1930 when US unemployment was rapidly rising after the 1929 stock market crash and was already almost 10%. After the 1929 stock market crash, servants wouldn’t have been in demand. She had siblings already there, so appears to have piggy-backed in. Trump’s own mother shows that US immigration policy has been inappropriate for a very long time. Letting her and others in during the Great Depression was no help to America, only to Britain, from whence she came.
Without shutting down the H1B and other non-refugee legal immigration, supposed support for women in STEM fields is bogus. This is all the more true as women must compete with immigrants under poorly written affirmative action policies which were supposed to help African Americans and women, but instead have benefitted people like India born and educated Holtec owner Kris Singh, who claimed minority status to benefit from affirmative action preference in government contracting. Probably as a result, he now has close to the monopoly on high level nuclear waste storage systems, which he makes shoddily (1/2 inch canisters), while refusing to let the US government lawyers know his manufacturing costs so that they can assess what the taxpayer should owe for waste storage. He allegedly had the TVA bribed to use his nuclear waste system, as well. Nikki Haley’s father, who has roots in the same village as Kris Singh, also came in the same period. The 1965 Immmigration law works against the interests of African Americans, Latinos, as well as white Americans. By error, or design, it has undermined the intent of affirmative action. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965
This has been done before. As observed by Dr. Martin Luther King at ca 23 minutes, the US freed the slaves in 1865 but left them penniless; mostly illiterate; didn’t give them land, all while giving out lands in the west, stolen from the American Indians, for free to (mostly new) European immigrants: http://youtu.be/RMLyhshxQc8 (Even Dr. King fails to mention the American Indians, the most forgotten of all, from whom the land was grabbed.) The new immigrants were helped by religious charities, government policies, and probably extended family in Europe who later migrated. The Trump family participated in this western moving land-grab. In the east, people generally had generally had to buy land from the government.
Whereas, according to the US State Department over 3 million refugees have been allowed to stay in the US since 1975 (over 45 years), ONE MILLION IMMIGRANTS OR MORE PER YEAR are allowed in for no logical reason. LESS THAN 10% OF IMMIGRANTS HAVE BEEN REFUGEES. According to the 2014 Senate testimony, found further below, “The United States let in 40 million new immigrants legal and illegal—since 1970.” So, less than 10% of US immigrants have been refugees.
Many of the million plus per year are allowed to benefit from minority business set-asides generally understood as being to help African-Americans and women. This has been a creeping problem for almost 50 years, starting in academia. Someone finally worked out that the 1965 immigration law is racist – but only because it works against legal Latin American immigration. However, the true racism comes from undermining affirmative action meant for those whose had been victimized within the US – mostly descendents of slaves, along with women. But, immigrants have undermined-hijacked affirmative action.
If unemployed Americans are able to get jobs abroad, where they are often hated, unwanted, immigrants themselves, the US government expects them to file taxes in the US and report all their assets or risk large fines and going to jail. This has caused increasing numbers of Americans to renounce their citizenship and even renouncing citizenship costs a couple of thousand dollars. And, who will care for their parents who may not be healthy enough or willing to go abroad? Has any country hated its own as much as the USA does? Oh, that would be Mother Britain who forced so many into exile and won’t let them return. Those with non-British roots are welcomed by the UK, but not those with British roots. Like mother, like child. Trump hates Americans even more than Obama!
Thus, the US is letting in many people who don’t need in, and excluding those who do, including their own, while the environmental, economic, and social carrying capacity of any country is limited. Any responsibility should be to the persecuted and not to absorbing surplus population of the rest of the world – the current policy.
Whether by ignorance or malice, Trump and the media have continued to muddle distinctions between tourists, truly persecuted refugees, displaced persons who may not be persecuted, illegal migrants and legal migrants. The media is only finally beginning to admit that most people don’t want to leave their homes and families. It’s a good experience to travel and study abroad, but as Dorothy said in the “Wizard of Oz”, “There’s no place like home”.
In conjunction with Trump signing the new women in STEM law (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/255/text) some started the usual blah-blah of blaming low US educational levels for American unemployment and using Stalin’s term of “human capital”. They still fail to note that many university degrees, including BS degrees, are now just that. If you are an American holding a Ph.D. you are even more unemployable.
It is an outrageous insult to those many unemployed Americans who have student debt, wasted life years, and sometimes missed having a family, because they were being responsible citizens and trying to increase employment chances by increasing educational levels, for the talking heads to then say that they lack the requisite education to find employment. This is all the more true where their jobs have gone to foreign workers. Why do Americans have student debt? Even if they can get jobs, they rarely pay enough for essentials and certainly not debt. Up until recently, Americans have always believed in self-improvement and thought that if they just kept going back to school that their job prospects would improve, i.e. their “human capital” value would increase. The opposite has happened. Americans have seen both student assistantships and their jobs go to equally and even less qualified foreign nationals due to decades of US government policy.
It is a sick lie to say that immigration doesn’t undermine US jobs, especially when more and more have seen and worked with the person who took their job. You don’t have to look farther than these facts to know why so many swallowed Donald Trump’s lies, and continue to do so.
This problem of H1B visa workers taking American jobs has been ongoing since the Bush years in many fields, but because of the increasing importance of computers, many simply thought that they had just gone into the wrong field. It is only since it visibly impacted the IT tech workers that people started to notice. H1B is dual intent and the workers easily become US citizens. This is apparently above and beyond other non-refugee legal immigration. This problem has been largely swept under the carpet for decades. The largely Asian beneficiaries of these policies have found a solution for silencing those who lost their jobs, along with advocates of America’s unemployed – accuse them of racism. If frustrated US workers go postal against H1B workers or other new immigrants, then it’s now called a “hate crime”. But, a government giving its citizens’ jobs away to foreign nationals isn’t classified as a hate crime, and yet it is! Hillary wanted everyone to get along with those who come to steal their jobs, while Trump has scape-goated refugees and Mexicans.
What words do they have for African Americans who have gone into IT tech only to lose their jobs to foreign H1B visa holders? Do Asian H1B holders accuse African Americans of racism too? What words does anyone have for African Americans who have lost their construction work jobs to illegal Latin American migrants? It’s cheap and easy to accuse white people of racism when they object to losing jobs to foreigners but it’s not just white people who are impacted. African Americans appear the worst impacted. While McClatchy worked this out, they apparently didn’t actually read what the Trump Executive order really said, unless they think that African Americans don’t need good-paying jobs: “Black college students could benefit from Trump’s worker visa order” http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article145320174.html
Another related issue on “Made in America”: If foreign H1B visa holders work for a company owned by someone who is foreign born and they get tax breaks and pay no taxes, then “Made in America” is worthless nonsense Foreign ownership, foreign workers, tax-free but “Made in America”?
For how many Americans is it too late? How many waited to start families until too late, while falsely hoping that their education would help them support their family? No family; no home; student debt; unemployed and almost at retirement – who speaks or cares for these Americans? No one.
Trump, the media, and most of the politicians are confusing and misleading people on immigration. America doesn’t have an immigration problem due to refugees (where it may not be doing enough), but rather legal economic migrants. Even among refugees, people need to distinguish between those who are displaced and those fleeing persecution: political refugees, in trouble with government for their political views, religion, ethnicity, or need for other freedoms (e.g.women not wanting to veil). Permanent asylum should be uniquely for those fleeing persecution. This is, indeed, the US definition of refugee. It is not supposed to be displaced persons. Nor, is it supposed to take the human overflow created by refusal or inability of some peoples to use birth control. Having as many children as you want shouldn’t be a human right, as it impinges on the rights of others and the environment. If America didn’t let in so many non-refugee immigrants, there would be more acceptance and more room for persecuted refugees who may need to be welcomed. The role of land-grabs for resource extraction in the creation of illegal immigrants needs to be addressed, as well.
The following from the US State Department clearly lays out what a refugee is supposed to be – those fearing persecution. On the basis of this definition, Christians from the Middle East, Near East and North Africa should indeed be favored: “Since 1975, Americans have welcomed over 3 million refugees from all over the world… A refugee is someone who has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because he or she has a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.” https://www.state.gov/j/prm/ra/index.htm. This definition appears to have been expanded in many quarters, of late, to include draft-dodgers, civilians fleeing war, and other displaced persons. Brazil is apparently the only country who took a large number of people (10,000 to 20,000) in the wake of devastation from the US Civil War.
The colleagues of those bemoaning the uneducated state of Americans also were bemoaning the real problem of mechanization leading to fewer jobs. And, so, this is one more reason to only allow the truly needy asylum seekers to move to America. Anything else is a destructive pyramid scheme, at the best.
A 2015 US Senate Press Release:
“04.09.15 Durbin & Sessions Lead Bipartisan Group Of Senators In Calling For Investigation Into Abuses Within H-1B Visa Program Call To Action Comes Same Week As H-1B Visa Cap Reached
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) led a bipartisan group of ten United States Senators today in writing to three federal agencies – the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Labor – calling for an investigation into abuses within the H-1B visa program. This bipartisan group has different perspectives on immigration reform, but they are united in their belief that our immigration systems should not be exploited to facilitate the displacement of American workers. As a recent article in the LA Times highlighted, there are serious concerns that U.S. companies are using the H-1B visa program to cut wage costs by laying off American workers. Today’s letter comes two days after the annual cap for H-1B visas was reached. While some companies argue that this demand for H-1B visas demonstrates the need to increase the annual cap, the largest users of the H-1B program are foreign companies that specialize in outsourcing American jobs.
“A number of U.S. employers, including some large, well-known, publicly-traded corporations, have reportedly laid off thousands of American workers and replaced them with H-1B visa holders. To add insult to injury, many of the replaced American employees report that they have been forced to train the foreign workers who are taking their jobs,” the Senators wrote.
“We respectfully request that you investigate the unacceptable replacement of American workers by H-1B workers to ascertain whether SCE or any other U.S. companies that have engaged in this practice, or the IT consulting companies supplying those companies with H-1B workers, have violated the law.”
Today’s letter was also signed by U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), David Vitter (R-LA), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK).”
“A copy of today’s letter is copied below
April 9, 2015
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr. Attorney General U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530
The Honorable Jeh C. Johnson Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528
The Honorable Thomas E. Perez Secretary U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave. NW Washington, DC 20210
Re: Displacement of U.S. Workers by H-1B Visa Holders
Dear Attorney General Holder and Secretaries Johnson and Perez:
We are concerned about recent information that has come to light regarding the abuse of the H-1B visa program by Southern California Edison (SCE) and other employers to replace large numbers of American workers. We urge you to investigate this matter.
A number of U.S. employers, including some large, well-known, publicly-traded corporations, have reportedly laid off thousands of American workers and replaced them with H-1B visa holders. To add insult to injury, many of the replaced American employees report that they have been forced to train the foreign workers who are taking their jobs. This troubling practice seems to be particularly concentrated in the information technology (IT) sector, which is not surprising given that sixty five percent of H-1B petitions approved in FY 2014 were for workers in computer-related occupations. Though such reports of H-1B-driven layoffs have been circulating for years, their frequency seems to have increased dramatically in the past year alone.
In many cases it appears that the H-1B workers are not employees of the U.S. company laying off American workers, but instead are contractors employed by foreign-owned IT consulting companies. This increasingly popular business practice by U.S. companies and foreign-owned IT outsourcing firms raises several questions. For example, have the U.S. companies that have laid off American workers and replaced them with H-1B workers and/or the IT consulting contractors the companies retained engaged in prohibited citizenship status discrimination against U.S. citizens? Did the Labor Condition Applications certified by the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the petitions approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for each H-1B visa holder who replaced a U.S. worker at these companies accurately reflect the scope and location of their work? Did such labor condition applications or visa petitions show any evidence of misrepresentation or fraud by the employer-petitioners? Did the employer-petitioners maintain a true employer-employee relationship with the H-1B workers after they were placed at the U.S. client company? While media reports indicate that the H-1B visa program is the principal visa program at issue in the layoffs, were other visa programs, such as the L-1B or the B-1, also used to displace American workers at U.S. companies?
We respectfully request that you investigate the unacceptable replacement of American workers by H-1B workers to ascertain whether SCE or any other U.S. companies that have engaged in this practice, or the IT consulting companies supplying those companies with H-1B workers, have violated the law. Additionally, please notify us of any obstacles in existing law to conducting such an investigation.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.” http://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/durbin-and-sessions-lead-bipartisan-group-of-senators-in-calling-for-investigation-into-abuses-within-h-1b-visa-program
Holtec owner, India born Kris Singh, has been using H1Bs to bring in foreign workers, mostly from India but also from Europe via Canada, to make his dangerously shoddy 1/2 inch thick canisters and casks for spent nuclear fuel, and presumably for his proposed Small Modular reactors, all while gathering tax breaks. They are “Made in America”, apparently from steel made by India’s Arcelor Mittal. Holtec built his firm to almost monopoly status, at least in part, by taking advantage of minority business programs which were meant to help African Americans (and women), not people from India. He is from the same town as Nikki Haley’s father and was a large donor to her campaign.
“Minorities: All persons classified as Black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander.” http://www.genesisnphc.org/3%20Definitions%20of%20Minority%20Groups.pdf Thus 1965 immigration law appears designed to undermine affirmative action for Black Americans (and women). Prior to 1965, Latin Americans were favored over Asians for immigration. The change in law has thus led to more illegal immigration from Latin America, along with massive immigration from areas with no historic ties to the Americas. Latin Americans have been replaced by those with no historic ties to the Americas: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965.
And, while it’s both sad and not politically correct to say, illegal immigrants are also taking jobs away from poor, low skilled, Americans. For instance, in construction work. Contrary to lies heard on the media there is no job too dirty that an American is not willing to take. Sure there are some Americans who think that some jobs are beneath them, but garbage workers in more than one state pleading that the trucks not be mechanized because of job losses proves that some Americans don’t mind getting their hands dirty. And, increasingly immigrants in both the US and Europe take the dirty jobs and simply collect their salary and simply don’t do the job. Some still do a great job, but not all. It’s a patent lie that all immigrants are hard workers and all Americans are lazy.
When reading the following recall that Sheldon Anderson gave over $20 million in support of President Trump. Why does he want H1B immigrant labor? To work in his casinos? Doing what?
“US Senator Remarks on Tech Layoffs and How the H-1B Visa Displaces American Workers:
“A senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor yesterday on the announced Microsoft layoffs and the displacement of American workers by the H-1B guest worker visa.
“Madam President, three of our greatest `masters of the universe’—as I like to refer to them—have joined in an op-ed in the New York Times just last week to share their wisdom from on high and to tell us in Congress how to do our business and to conduct immigration reform they think should be pleasing to them. I am sure other super billionaires would be glad to join with these three super billionaires and could agree on legislation that would be acceptable to them.
Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino magnate and Republican supporter; Warren Buffett, the master investor; and Bill Gates, the master founder of Microsoft computer systems, all super billionaires, apparently aren’t happy. They don’t have much respect for Congress and, by indirection, the people who elect people to Congress, it appears from the tone of their article—you know, American people, that great unwashed group; nativists, narrow-minded patriots, possessors of middle-class values. They just don’t understand as we know, we great executives and entrepreneurs.
So they declare we need to import more foreign workers in computer science, technology, and engineering, because the country is ‘badly in need of their services.’ They say we are badly in need of importing large numbers of STEM graduates. That is something we have all heard and many of us have perhaps assumed is an accurate thing.
These three individuals, all generous men, have contributed to a lot of causes, and I am teasing them a little bit. They didn’t mind sticking it to Congress, so I just tease them and push back a little bit.
They particularly praised the Senate for its elimination of any limits on the number of work visas that could be awarded to immigrants who have a degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and have a job offer.
This is the op-ed in the New York Times last Thursday: ‘Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates on Immigration Reform.’
What did we see in the newspaper today? News from Microsoft—was it that they are having to raise wages to try to get enough good, quality engineers to do the work? Are they expanding or are they hiring? No, that is not what the news was, unfortunately. Not at all.
This is the headline in USA Today: ‘Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year.’
‘Microsoft confirmed it will cut up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, part of the tech titan’s efforts to streamline its business under a new CEO.’
That is a significant action. Indeed, Microsoft employs about 125,000 people, and they are laying off 18,000. The company laid off 5,000 in 2009. Yet their founder and former leader, Mr. Gates, says we have to have more and more people come into our country to take those kinds of jobs.
It is pretty interesting, really. We need to be thinking about what it all means and ask ourselves: What is the situation today for American graduates of STEM degrees and technology degrees? Do we have enough? And do we need to have people come to our country to take those jobs? Or, indeed, do we not have a shortage of workers, and do we have difficulty of people finding jobs?
These are some of the facts I think we should look at. President Obama, Senate Democrats, and House Democrats have endorsed a proposal, a bill that passed the Senate, that would double the H-1B foreign workers that come into America for one reason—not to be a citizen, not to stay indefinitely, but to take a job, double the number, to come to take a job for several years. The great majority of these guest workers are not farm workers. They take jobs throughout the economy.
So how should we think about this? The U.S. Census Bureau reports that three-fourths of Americans with STEM degrees—science, technology, engineering, mathematics—don’t have jobs in STEM fields. According to a recent newspaper from the Economic Policy Institute:
‘Guest workers may be filling as many as half of all new information technology jobs each year.’
It goes on. ‘IT workers earn the same today as they did, generally, 14 years ago.’ Wages aren’t going up, and in many cases they are going down. That is an absolute refutation, I think—if you believe in the free market—of any contention that we have a shortage of engineering, science, and STEM graduates.
The paper further says: ‘Currently, only one of every two STEM college graduates is hired in a STEM job each year.’ So only half of them find a job in the profession they trained for.
Another finding of the paper: ‘Policies that expand the supply of guest workers will discourage U.S. students from going into STEM fields, and into IT in particular.’
Get that. Is that not common sense? If anybody would dispute that, I would like to hear it. The policies that expand the supply of eligible workers in any field will tend to discourage people, particularly in science and engineering, if they feel like they are going to have a difficult time finding a job. That is common sense, and that is what the paper found.
Now, Mr. Hal Salzman—I am familiar with his work. He is a professor at Rutgers University and a labor specialist. He has done a good bit of work in this area. And what do his findings show? He determined: ‘For the 180,000 or so openings annually, U.S. colleges and universities supply 500,000 graduates.’
More than twice as many people graduate in STEM fields as jobs are available in America for them to take.
Bob Charette, at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, writes: ‘Wages for U.S. workers in computer and math fields have largely stagnated since 2000.’ That was 14 years ago.
‘Even as the Great Recession slowly recedes, STEM workers at every stage of the career pipeline, from freshly minted grads to mid- and late-career Ph.D.s, still struggle to find employment.’
In total, Charette reports that there are more than 11 million Americans with STEM degrees who don’t have STEM jobs.
Harvard Professor Michael Teitelbaum has recently written a book. He explained:
‘Far from offering expanding attractive career opportunities, it seems that many, but not all, science and engineering careers are headed in the opposite direction: unstable careers, slow-growing wages, and high risk of jobs moving offshore or being filled by temporary workers from abroad.’
Michael Anft, with the Johns Hopkins Magazine, observed:
‘You’re a biologist, chemist, electrical engineer, manufacturing worker, mechanical engineer, or physicist, you’ve most likely seen your paycheck remain flat at best. If you’re a recent grad in those fields looking for a job, good luck. A National Academies report suggests a glut of life scientists, lab workers, and physical scientists, owing in part to over-recruitment of science-Ph.D. candidates by universities. And postdocs, many of whom are waiting longer for academic spots, are opting out of science careers at higher rates, according to the National Science Foundation.’
This is serious. There is a policy question, and he questions whether Members of Congress who don’t pass laws like he wants on immigration are honoring their duty to the 300 million Americans whom we collectively represent.
I feel a deep duty to the millions of Alabamians I represent and the whole country, and I do my best every day to ask what is in their interests. As far as I am concerned, so far as I can see, those three billionaires have three votes. An individual who works stocking the shelves at the grocery store, the barber, the doctor, the lawyer, the cleaners, the operator, and the person who picks up our garbage are every bit as valuable as they are.
I know who I represent. I represent the citizens of the United States of America, and I am trying to do what is in their best interest. And just as it is not always true what is good for General Motors is good for America, likewise, what may be good for Mr. Adelson and Mr. Microsoft and Mr. Buffett is not always in accord with what is good for the American people. I know that. They are free to express their opinion, but I am going to push back.
How many people come into our country each year as guest workers? We have discussed that. The Senate bill which Senator Reid maneuvered through the Senate not too many weeks ago would double the number of guest workers.
How many is that? The Associated Press wrote:
‘Although no one tracks exactly how many H-1B guest workers come to take jobs these are visas for jobs in fields like computers and technology’—how many of these are in the United States? The AP says ‘experts estimate there are at least 600,000 at any one time.’
That is a lot. These are individuals not on a citizenship path. They are in addition to the 1 million who come to America each year lawfully to become citizens of America. They simply come in at the behest of some business to take a job for a limited period of time. That is important. There are other visas these businesses can get too, but H-1B is one of the largest.
A paper for the Economic Policy Institute explained the annual inflow of guest workers for the computer industry in particular is massive.
‘We estimate that during fiscal 2011, 372,516 high-skill guest workers were issued visas to enter the U.S. labor market, and, of these workers, between 134,000 and 228,000 were available for IT employment.’
That is information technology.
‘The supply of IT guest workers appears to be growing dramatically despite stagnant or even declining wages.’
But Microsoft and its allies want more.
Here is an excerpt from a report issued by the Partnership for a New American Economy. This is the front group for the pro-immigration crowd. It is co-headed by Steve Ballmer, a recent Microsoft CEO. He left Microsoft in February, but he is the co-head of this group and is lobbying for more H-1B guest workers to come to take jobs. They say: ‘In many STEM occupations, unemployment is virtually non-existent.’
This is not so. They declare it to be so. They say:
‘There is no evidence that foreign-born STEM workers adversely affect the wages of American workers by providing a less expensive alternative source of labor.’
What planet are they on? Wages are declining. Median income in America today—well, according to the Wall Street Journal, it was approximately $55,000 for a family in 2007. It is now closer to $50,000. It dropped roughly $5,000. Somebody needs to talk about that.
Is unemployment in these industries ‘virtually non-existent?’ That is what they are telling us. They are spending millions of dollars even running TV ads to promote bringing in more workers than the 600,000 we have today. They want to double that number. I am not talking about the 1 million who already come lawfully every year through immigration in America. We have one of the most generous immigration policies in the world. These guest workers are in addition to the 1 million we let in each year on a permanent basis.
Look at these recent headlines.
Today: ‘Microsoft To Cut Workforce By 18,000 This Year, ‘Moving Now’ To Cut First 13,000.’
How about this headline: ‘[Google-owned] Motorola To Cut 10% Of Workforce After Laying Off 20% Last Year.’
‘Panasonic To Cut 10K More Workers In The Next 5 Months.’
‘[Online media and advertising company] CityGrid Lays Off 15% Of Its Employees.’
‘Hewlett-Packard: 27,000 Job Cuts to Save Up To $3.5B By 2014.’
I would say things aren’t going as well as some would suggest, and the demand out there for workers ought to be met from our current supply.
Byron York, an excellent writer at the Washington Examiner, wrote about this late last year in the Washington Examiner. The headline is: ‘Companies lay off thousands, then demand immigration reform for new labor. On Tuesday, the chief human resource officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.’
Don’t read it, don’t worry about it, just pass it. It gives us more workers, and we need those workers, is essentially, what they have been saying. ‘The officials who signed the letter represent companies with a vast array of business interests: General Electric, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, and many more. All of them want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill as well as high-skill workers in addition to a path to full citizenship for the millions of immigrants in the United States currently illegally.’ That is their agenda.
The article goes on to say: ‘a new immigration law, the corporate officers say, “would be a long overdue step toward aligning our nation’s immigration policies with its workforce needs at all skill levels.”
I would say at a time of high unemployment we need to be careful. The article goes on to say, ‘at the time the corporate officers seek higher numbers of immigrants, both low-skill and high-skill, many of their companies are laying off thousands of workers.’
So he did a little research. All these companies in need of workers.
What about Hewlett-Packard? They signed the letter demanding more workers. I will quote from the article.
‘For example, Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012. In August of this year, Cisco Systems, whose Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathleen Weslock signed the letter, announced plans to lay off 4,000—in addition to 8,000 cut in the last two years. United Technologies, whose Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Organization Elizabeth B. Amato signed the letter, announced layoffs of 3,000 this year.
‘American Express, whose Chief Human Resources Officer L. Kevin Cox signed the letter, cut 5,400 jobs this year. Proctor & Gamble, whose Chief Human Resources Officer Mark F. Biegger signed the letter, announced plans to cut 5,700 jobs in 2012.
‘Those are a just few of the layoffs at companies’, the article said, ‘whose officers signed the letter.’
‘A few more: T-Mobile announced 2,250 layoffs in 2012. Archer-Daniels-Midland laid off 1,200. Texas Instruments, nearly 2,000. Cigna 1,300. Verizon sought to cut 1,700 jobs. Marriott announced ‘hundreds’ of layoffs this year. International Paper has closed plants and laid off dozens. Including an old, big plant with 1,000 workers or so in north Alabama.
‘And General Mills, in what the Minneapolis Star-Tribune called a “rare mass layoff,” laid off 850 people last year.’
‘There are more still.’ I am quoting here from Mr. Byron York’s article:
‘In all, it’s fair to say a large number of corporate signers of the letter demanding more labor from abroad have actually laid off workers at home in recent years. Together their actions have a significant effect on the economy.
‘According to a recent Reuters report, U.S. employers announced 50,462 layoffs in August, up 34 percent from the previous month and up 57 percent from August 2012.’
This is last August. I am quoting from the article:
‘It is difficult to understand how these companies can feel justified in demanding the importation of cheap labor with a straight face at a time when tens of millions of Americans are unemployed,’ writes the Center for Immigration Studies, which strongly opposes the Senate Gang of Eight bill… The companies claim the bill is an “opportunity to level the playing field for U.S. employers but it is more of an effort to level the wages of American citizens.”
Mr. York goes on to say this in his next article. The next month, he writes another article on the subject.
‘This week, the pharmaceutical giant Merck announced it would cut 8,500 jobs in an effort to remain competitive in a rapidly changing drug industry. Earlier this year Merck announced plans to cut 7,500 jobs, bringing the total of workers let go to 16,000. In all, Merck intends to lay off one out of every five of its employees.’
Well, what is Merck, this great corporation, doing politically about the situation?
I will quote from the article. This is what they are doing politically:
‘At the same time, top Merck officials are urging Congress to loosen the nation’s immigration laws to allow more foreign workers into the United States. In a Sept. 10 letter—this is last September—to House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Merck Executive Vice President for Human Resources Mirian Graddick-Weir urged that the U.S. admit more high- and low-skilled immigrants to “address the reality that there is a global war for talent and to align our nation’s immigration policies with its workforce needs at all skill levels to ensure U.S. global competitiveness.”
Well, we have too many people unemployed. The number of people unemployed in our country is not accurately reflected by the simple unemployment data we get. When you look at the number of people in the actual workforce, you find we have the lowest workplace participation, the lowest number of workers as a percentage of the population at any time since the 1970s. It has been declining steadily. It is a fact. Everybody knows it. It is not disputed. If anybody wants to dispute that, come to the floor and tell me where I am wrong. And they won’t because it is well accepted and Democrats and Republicans are talking openly about it, because it is a serious challenge for America.
We don’t have enough people working. We have got too many people living off the government and relying on federal aid and assistance. We need to create jobs for Americans first before we bring in foreign workers to take those jobs. We are going to help our people sustain their life. We make sure they have food and housing and aid if they are unable to work and don’t have enough to live on, and we provide health care for them and education for their children. But we need to help them find work first before we bring somebody else to the country.
I would say to my free market business friends, I don’t think you can win the argument that we have a shortage of labor, because wages are down. I know you believe in free markets. I know you believe that things will balance out in a competitive world. If wages are down, that indicates we have a loose labor market, not a tight labor market. Wages go up when there are not enough employees, and businesses have to pay more to get good employees.
Family income has gone down from 2007, as I said, from approximately $55,000 median household income to $50,000, adjusted for inflation. This is a very unusual decline. I am not sure we have seen anything like quite this before, at least since the Great Depression. This is a matter we need to talk about.
‘Watching firms fire American workers while appealing for more immigration is a disheartening spectacle,’ Mr. Byron York says. And I think that is true.
This is another Associated Press article: ‘Backlash Stirs in US Against Foreign Worker Visas.’
‘But amid calls for expanding the so-called H-1B visa program, there is a growing pushback from Americans who argue that the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. workers—or keep them from being hired in the first place.’
“It’s getting pretty frustrating when you can’t compete on salary for a skilled job,” said Rich Hajinlian, a veteran computer programmer from the Boston area. “You hear references all the time that these big companies can’t find skilled workers. I am a skilled worker.”
How about this? They say there is a STEM crisis—which is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. They say there are not enough STEM graduates to fill vacant jobs.
This article says: ‘The STEM Crisis Is a Myth.’ This is a paper by Robert Charette, contributing editor for the Industrial Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers magazine. He says:
‘Companies would rather not pay STEM professionals high salaries with lavish benefits, offer them training on the job, or guarantee them decades of stable employment. So having an oversupply of workers, whether domestically educated or imported, is to their benefit.
‘That is in part because it helps keep wages in check.
‘Viewed another way, about 15 million U.S. residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, but three-fourths of them—11.4 million—work outside of STEM. If there is in fact a STEM worker shortage, wouldn’t you expect more workers with STEM degrees to be filling those jobs?’
I think that is correct.
What about the people who immigrate to America? They can’t get a job because somebody else was brought in to take that job from them. What are they going to do?
The economy can absorb a certain number, but in this low job-wage low-job creation economy we are in today, and have been in for a number of years, you simply cannot justify these huge increases in the number of workers we have brought into the country, especially when wages are falling.
Here is another article: ‘The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage.’ It is an op-ed by Michael Teitelbaum, a senior research associate at Harvard Law School.
‘A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations such as the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corporation, and the Urban Institute.
‘No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations.’
He goes on to write, as I read before:
‘From offering expanding attractive career opportunities, it seems that many, but not all science and engineering careers are headed in the opposite direction: unstable careers, slow-growing wages, and high risk of jobs moving offshore or being filled by temporary workers from abroad.’
I am afraid that is the undisputed reality. I wish it were not so. I wish we had a growing economy that would create a lot of jobs and a lot more high-tech workers and that wages were going up. But it is just not so.
Here is an article from July 11, in CNN Money. The headline is: ‘Businesses Want Immigration Reform. Why? Because they can’t find enough workers.’ That is what they say the answer is.
This article notes the complaints of various business lobbyists. For instance:
‘The tech industry faces a backlog of working visas for high skilled workers. The long wait for green cards at top universities means the U.S. is losing [talent]. Microsoft founder Bill Gates and others CEOs like Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, have all pressed Washington leaders for an immigration [reform].’
CNN also includes this statement from another group demanding Congress provide more workers:
‘Two-thirds of construction companies have reported labor shortages according to the Associated General Contractors of America, who is pushing for immigration reform.’
So two-thirds of construction companies reported labor shortages. Well, what do we know about that?
Here is a May 5 article from Economic Policy Institute by Ross Eisenbrey. They cite an in-depth study about the labor market.
The headline says: ‘There are Seven Unemployed Construction Workers for Every Job Opening.’
There is a chart showing the drop in wages. This isn’t some promoter, some lobbyist or some media consultant putting out a self-serving statement claiming we have a shortage of workers. This is an academic study. Again, what does it say? ‘No Sign of Labor Shortages in Construction: There are Seven Unemployed Construction Workers for Every Job Opening.’
That is where we are. What we need, as a Nation, is to construct an immigration policy that serves the interests of the American people.
Professor Borjas at Harvard is perhaps the most astute and renowned expert on labor and immigration of anybody in the entire world and has written a number of books on this. He did a comprehensive study using census data and Department of Labor data and concluded that from 1980 to 2000, as a result of America’s high immigration levels, the wages of lower-skilled US workers declined by 7.4 percent.
The impact of this large flow of immigration from 1980 to 2000 reduced wages. We already bring in a million people a year, plus hundreds thousands more guest workers. I am not against immigration. What I am opposed to, however, is an immigration policy that fails to serve the needs of the people living here today. The myth is we have this great shortage of labor. It is just not so. If we allowed the labor market to tighten, wages would increase, more Americans would take some of these jobs and be able to raise a family, buy an automobile, and maybe even buy a house and educate their children.
Today I am going to issue a challenge to Majority Leader Reid, and every single one of our 55 Senate Democrats, who voted unanimously for this Gang of 8 bill.
With Microsoft laying off 18,000 workers, come down to the Senate floor and tell me there is a shortage of qualified Americans to fill STEM jobs. Come down and tell us. Do you stand with Mr. Bill Gates or do you stand with our American constituents?
It is long past time we had an immigration policy that truly served the needs of the American people. That is the group to whom we owe our loyalty and duty and first responsibility. That is who elected us, and that is in our constitutional system, which ultimately judges us on our performance.
The United States let in 40 million new immigrants legal and illegal—since 1970. There are many wonderful people in that group. But Washington actually hurts both our immigrant workers and US-born workers alike when we continue to bring in record numbers of new workers to compete for jobs. The share of the population today that is foreign-born has quadrupled. It has gone up four-fold in forty years. After four decades of large-scale immigration, is it not time, colleagues, that we slow down a bit, allowed wages to rise, assimilation to occur, and the middle class to be restored?
I thank the chair and yield the floor.”
We put the author of this speech at the bottom for those who wouldn’t read the truth because they don’t like this Senator. In the past both Denis Kucinich and Bernie Sanders have made similar points to Senator Sessions on the H1B. Bernie signed the 2015 letter.
The above statement was delivered on July 18th, 2015:
“SESSIONS REMARKS ON TECH LAYOFFS AND HOW THE H-1B VISA DISPLACES AMERICAN WORKERS
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor yesterday on the announced Microsoft layoffs and the displacement of American workers by the H-1B guest worker visa.” Permalink: http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2014/7/sessions-remarks-on-tech-layoffs-and-how-the-h-1b-visa-displaces-american-workers A more detailed study is on his former web site
https://web-beta.archive.org/web/20160225084212/http://www.sessions.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/67ae7163-6616-4023-a5c4-534c53e6fc26/immigration-primer-for-the-114th-congress.pdf. An extract is found here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/11/13/the-largest-source-of-unskilled-immigration-to-the-us-is-legal-immigration-senator-jeff-sessions/
Clearly Trump is using and abusing Senator Sessions’ legitimate concerns.
Testimony from African American colleagues that Jeff Sessions is NOT racist is found below. But, even if Sessions is a racist, he would want African Americans to have jobs and not just be literally walking about unemployed, as is increasingly the case in the deep south due to both legal and illegal immigrants undermining the intent of affirmative action and American jobs!
“The H-1B … allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations… The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor including but not limited to biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum (with the exception of fashion models, who must be “of distinguished merit and ability”). Likewise, the foreign worker must possess at least a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and state licensure, if required to practice in that field. H-1B work-authorization is strictly limited to employment by the sponsoring employer.
Even though the H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa, it is one of the few temporary visa categories recognized as dual intent, meaning an H-1B holder can have legal immigration intent (apply for and obtain the green card) while still a holder of the H-1B visa. Effectively, the requirement to maintain a foreign address for this non-immigrant classification was removed in the Immigration Act of 1990.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-1B_visa
H1B isn’t for talent. That’s the O visa and even it doesn’t look especially talented anymore, as the definition of “extraordinary talent” could easily be weakened:
“An O visa is a classification of non-immigrant temporary worker visa granted by the United States to an alien “who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally for those achievements,” and to certain assistants and immediate family members of such aliens.
According to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, there are three types of O visas:
* O-1A – individuals with an extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics (not including the arts, motion pictures or television industry)
* O-1B – individuals with an extraordinary ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in motion picture or television industry.
* O-2 – individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance. “For an O-1A, the O-2’s assistance must be an ‘integral part’ of the O-1A’s activity. For an O-1B, the O-2’s assistance must be ‘essential’ to the completion of the O-1B’s production. The O-2 worker has critical skills and experience with the O-1 that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance of the O-1.”
* O-3 – individuals who are the spouse or children of O-1s and O-2s.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O_visa
Testimony from African American colleagues that Jeff Sessions is NOT racist. But, even racists would want African Americans to have jobs and not just be literally walking about unemployed, as is increasingly the case in the deep south due to both legal and illegal immigrants undermining the intent of affirmative action and American jobs!
Willie Smith http://youtu.be/R5VXWyJn99k