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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