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Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Provo, UT

Wouldn't it be nice to educate Americans to fill those jobs? Of the 3.3 million work visas given out each year, half go to people with high educational backgrounds. From computers to nurses, engineers, etc. The IT field is filled with foreign workers that work for less than Americans. I think this is part of the flooding of America's labor market.

In 1965 our laws were changed. We once allowed the father, mother and children to come here. Now we allow brothers sisters, aunts, uncles, parents etc, off from one green card. It's no wonder our courts are backlogged. We need to go back to just the immediate family.

Springville, UT

DesNews, help me with the numbers.

If we don't have enough jobs to employ people in this country--especially the 16 million (+/-) who can't find work, why would (let alone should) we want to give jobs to people who aren't citizens or who might not even live here? And what is the difference between doing this and shipping jobs overseas?

There's obviously more to this story than the press is willing to share.

And while the DesNews and others try to sell this concept to the unwise, we should be demanding a full explanation. Until then, it remains a dirty little secret. But there is a reason and it isn't in America's best interests.

Provo, UT

Besides all the other Visas we give for work, we have the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) professional workers (TN) and families.

Here is the list of NAFTA occupations admitted. We gave out 887,000 visas to people in these fields in 2011. Accountant, Architect, Computer Systems Analyst Economist Engineer Forester Graphic Designer Hotel Manager Industrial Designer Interior Designer Land Surveyor Landscape Architect Lawyer Librarian Management Consultant Mathematician (including Statistician) Range Manager/Range Conservationalist Research Assistant Scientific Technician/Technologist 5 Social Worker Sylviculturist Technical Publications Writer Urban Planner Vocational Counsellor Dentist Dietitian Medical Laboratory Technologist Nutritionist Occupational Therapist Pharmacist Physician Physiotherapist/Physical Therapist Psychologist Recreational Therapist Registered Nurse Veterinarian Agriculturist Animal Breeder Animal Scientist Apiculturist Astronomer Biochemist Biologist Chemist Dairy Scientist Entomologist Epidemiologist Geneticist Geologist Geochemist Geophysicist Horticulturist Meteorologist Pharmacologist Physicist Plant Breeder Poultry Scientist Soil Scientist Zoologist College Teacher Seminary Teacher university teacher

Are our colleges and universities failing us? Or will foreign workers work cheaper, and government wrongly assists business in acquiring cheap labor in all income levels, except the 1%?

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Beneath the surface of Eric Cantor’s article is the truth about why America is stealing the technological trained people from other nations. Low wages in America are higher than in the homeland.

When Eric says: “I hear from employers all the time who want to hire workers in the STEM fields, but can't find enough qualified candidates in the United States”, I wonder why there are so many articles about American college graduates who can’t find jobs and end up taking jobs at fast food joints. I think the qualifications are the willingness to work for low wages.

When my private doctor started a new nurse who had immigrated from India I ask why she had come to America. She responded that she would finish her training in the U. S. and then stay here. In my mind, I wondered how the people of India would feel about that.

It is sad that there are so many people like Eric who would rob the world of it’s intellectual wealth and ignore Americans in their quest for gold.

Ogden, UT

"Unfortunately, current immigration laws keep foreign-born workers out of America..."

That's not a bad thing. That's a good thing. We have immigration laws to keep foreigners from swooping in and taking over the entire job market, pushing our American workers out into the street. We have plenty of talent here. We don't need the help of outsiders. And we have plenty of idle workers needing those jobs.

"American employers understand that their success, and the success of our economy, depends on a highly skilled, diverse workforce made up of the best and brightest from around the world."

American employers need to change their paradigm and concentrate on hiring Americans. And our government needs to stop exacerbating the problem by doling our two years of unemployment benefits. Hungry workers would be impelled to go out and get an education and jobs if they didn't have Uncle Sugar for a backup. That's why foreigners are so motivated. They don't have a government give-away program for support.

And, by they way you foreigners, why not go home? That's were our American companies are moving to anyway. That's were the jobs are.

John C. C.
Payson, UT

Now that the wealthy have successfully suppressed the wages of their native productive workers, they want to find even cheaper workers from overseas.

However, the real wealth to be had is in increasing immigration quotas to bring in more people, period. Then fix the tax codes, the corporate regulations, and strengthen unions so the real producers of American wealth regain their fair share.


Unethical (and in some cases illegal)business persons are causing American citizens a lot of harm by continuing to advocate for cheap foreign labor.

This SHOULD be one issue where both parties could come together. The "smart persons" visas Mr. Cantor is advocating for are being trumpeted by the employers who refuse to pay the going wage rate to American citizens. The only thing there is a "shortage" of is ethical employers.

The small business lobby is very powerful. They actually donate to BOTH sides of the political aisle in order to get their way. Cheaper for them to advocate for foreign labor than to actually pay the going wages.

Sadly, they are looking out only for themselves and their profits. They should be forced legislatively to stop hiring anyone besides American citizens; at least until we get unemployment below 5%.

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