Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Finding Jobs for Young People

One of the worst problems we have today is the high rate of unemployment among young people, recent high school and college graduates and all those who need entry-level jobs. These are kids who need a job to get started building their lives, and if they are not working a real job there's a good chance they will get into mischief or waste some of the best years of their lives playing video games. The unemployment figures we are given are very misleading. They don't count those who have stopped looking for a job, or who take part-time work because they can't get a fulltime job, or who are taking more deadend college courses because they can't get a job. This situation has long-lasting negative impacts on young people in their attitudes toward life, marriage, family, and America.

We should consider how the government is keeping young people jobless through the various guest worker programs that bring in workers from foreign countries who take jobs that Americans need. The J-1 program last year brought in 132,000 foreigners, primarily to work jobs that traditionally went to high school and college students or to recent graduates for summer jobs, such as at national parks and amusement parks. Some J-1 workers have also taken jobs that are excellent first-jobs for young people to teach them what reporting to a job daily is all about. Employers like guest workers from other countries because they can pay them less than the prevailing wage, and don't have to pay Social Security and unemployment taxes on them. If we just would terminate the J-1 program, presto, we would have jobs for 132,000 American youth.

Another way to make available entry-level jobs for Americans would be to abolish the H-2B visas. Up to 66,000 of these visas are given to workers with little education who come into the U.S. to work on jobs such as cutting grass, trimming hedges, janitors, or laborers at amusement parts, construction sites, and hotels.

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