The guestworker system is hurting black Americans, too. Yolanda Lewis, president and CEO of the Oakland-based Black Economic Council, stated bluntly, Tech companies "do not want to employ Americans. They import labor from overseas, pushing for H-1B visas. Check the job boards. They basically say, 'H-1B Visa. Americans need not apply.'" Census Bureau data show that there are 1.8 million U.S.-born engineers under age 65 who are unemployed or not working as engineers.
Other industries are using H-1B visas for jobs for which there is obviously no shortage of Americans, such as teachers. Prince George's County in Maryland was discovered to have 10 percent of its teaching staff working on H-1B visas, and the Muslim charter schools imported hundreds of teachers from Turkey on H-1B visas. The House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy discovered that H-1B visas were even used to hire fashion models, dancers, chefs, photographers, and social workers.
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