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Friday, August 02, 2013

Amnesty Will Increase Unemployment

The Amnesty bill created in secret by the so-called Gang of Eight is an outrageous betrayal of American workers, both high-skilled and low-skilled. Economics 101 teaches that prices of products and wages go up whenever there is a shortage and go down when there is an ample supply of whatever. But funny thing, a consortium of billionaires and high-paid lobbyists have defied those axioms by rejecting U.S. college graduates in science, technology, engineering and math, and then crying about shortages. Half of American graduates in those fields do not currently have a job that uses their knowledge.

The lobbyists lied to us by reciting the slogan that the "best and the brightest" are foreigners, rather than Americans, and should be imported so we can benefit from their brains and labor. The notion that the best and the brightest are foreigners is false and contemptible, since most of the world's great inventions and innovations are American.

In pursuit of this foolish notion, tens of thousands of foreigners have been imported to take jobs in the tech industries. The corporations welcome this racket because they pay them less than Americans, bring in foreigners for entry-level jobs, force experienced Americans to train them, and then lay off the Americans.

Here's another way the Gang of Eight has betrayed us. They have put in the Amnesty bill special spending, called earmarks, to benefit favored Members of Congress who support Amnesty. For example, the Amnesty bill exempts ski and snowboard instructors from any cap on visas in order to benefit Colorado. The bill exempts meat-packing workers in order to benefit South Carolina, and exempts workers who repair cruise ships to benefit Florida. Those are all states that have Senators who are part of the Gang of Eight who wrote the bill. There are also shocking earmarks for immigration lawyers and community organizers for illegal-alien groups.

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