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%.
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.
"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.
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.
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 teacherAre 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%?
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.
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