Elites Favor Cheap Labor, Ignore Citizens
Although unemployment numbers are down, they do not reflect the huge number of workers who have simply given up on finding a job, with the number of Americans out of the labor force now standing at almost 100 million. In addition, there are tens of thousands or more well-educated college students who cannot find a job or are working at a level far lower than their education would suggest because foreign workers, legal and illegal, have come in and taken the jobs citizens would ordinarily have.
For example, there is now a lawsuit in process against the Disney Corporation by former IT and other technical employees who were forced to train replacement immigrants for the jobs many had held for years, and then the citizens were laid off. The foreign workers came in on H1-B visas, and were willing to accept wages far lower than the American workers, so they were hired.
It is also clear that illegal immigrants are flooding our schools and requiring expensive assimilation and language programs, accommodations, and welfare programs, including Food Stamps (SNAP) and health care programs, which are all examples of huge expenses American workers are being forced to pay to support the illegal immigrants.
At the same time many of these immigrants take jobs from citizens. But the elites care little for the American citizen. These elites are doing fine financially, in fact will benefit from these foreign workers, and so they encourage the expansion of such programs in order to benefit themselves.
The choice of a Latino illegal-immigrant questioner was made by Google and Fox, whose top executives support increased white-collar and blue-collar migration into the United States.
In March 2015, for example, Google chairman Eric Schmidt told an audience in Washington D.C. that the U.S. government should import more customers to offset the slow growth of the population in the United States.
Each year, roughly 4 million young Americans begin looking for jobs. But the federal government also imports roughly 1 million legal immigrants, plus roughly 700,000 temporary white-collar and blue-collar non-agricultural workers, and it does little to stop new illegal migrants, or to repatriate the resident population of roughly 11 million illegal migrants. The extra annual inflow of labor has helped keep Americans’ income flat for many years.
The value of immigrants’ spending-power to companies is greatly boosted by welfare-payments from American taxpayers. Thus large-scale immigration reduces Americans’ income and increases their taxes, while also increasing companies’ profits and stock-values.
Schmidt did acknowledge two other alternatives to mass-immigration into the United States, saying his future business-problem can be fixed by “more children… [or] you can export” to foreign customers. But “I’m one of these people who think we are better off having more immigration than less,” he said.
Schmidt, a close advisor to President Barack Obama, did not address immigration’s impact on federal welfare-spending or on Americans’ wages or on American politics.
The owner of Fox News, Rupert Murdoch, also wants more immigrants to serve as customers and lower-wage workers, especially for white-collar jobs where American professionals can still earn a good living. In a June 2014 article in the Wall Street Journal, Murdoch called for an unlimited inflow of foreign professionals.
We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. We already know that most of the applications for these visas are for computer programmers and engineers, where there is a shortage of qualified American candidates.
In contrast, Trump has said migrants should be sent home, and he has also called for a reform of the H-1B program that would reduce the inflow of foreign graduates by forcing companies to pay a higher-wage to foreign workers.
Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program.
It is easy to encourage wide open borders if you have millions of dollars in your checking account. But if you are seeking an entry level job and must complete with others who will accept far less than market value for a job, or if you must send your children to a substandard school that is overrun by immigrants who cannot speak English and who require special, expensive programs to assimilate to the detriment of American children, it becomes a point of contention, and so Trumps proposal seems logical.
No other nation on earth has a completely open borders policy, certainly not one that has a generous welfare program. As the famous economist Milton Freeman said, you can have open borders or a welfare state, but you cannot have both. You will never hear that on the fat cat network debates, because those guys are only interested in their own wealth and well being. A pox on them all.