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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

H-1B Immigrants Cheat Americans

The president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Tom Donohue, hurled a challenge to Republicans. If you don't pass amnesty for illegal aliens this year, don't "bother to run a candidate in 2016." Somebody probably then told Donohue that was an outrageous statement, so he tried to pass it off as a joke. But it isn't funny; it was a threat. Donohue's big business members really want us to import more low-paid workers. That is a racket. It's a well-financed scheme to use false arguments to import lots of foreign workers who will keep wages depressed for American college graduates.

When we remind the businessmen that admitting millions of foreigners will severely disadvantage American workers by swamping the market with a flood of immigrants to compete for their jobs and depress wages, big business offers a compromise. They argue that at least we must accept guest workers on H-1B visas because U.S. STEM graduates are in short supply. STEM stands for jobs in science, technology, engineering and math. We are even told that foreign STEM graduates are the best and the brightest. That's false and also insulting. Foreign college graduates are not smarter than Americans.

The United States already has more than twice as many workers with STEM degrees as there are STEM jobs. The Economic Policy Institute and the National Research Council have both reported that there is no evidence that STEM workers are in short supply. There are more than 5,000,000 native-born Americans with STEM degrees who are working in non-engineering occupations, and an additional 1.2 million who are unemployed. We have absolutely no STEM worker shortage. Big businesses like to hire H-1B-visa workers because corporations can pay them less than American engineers. Tell your Congressmen we are not going to put up with this racket.

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