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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Layoffs Prove the Deceit of Amnesty

Engineering jobs in the United States have been sharply declining, but the announcement that Microsoft is laying off 18,000 workers is still a shock. Most of those employees don’t have a realistic chance of obtaining as good a job as the one they’re losing. Despite the increased demand for technology, the number of electrical engineering jobs in the United States has dropped by 22% in the last 12 years. And that number isn’t even for American workers, because thousands of these jobs are soaked up by the H-1B visa racket, where companies like Microsoft can import and pay foreign workers less than it costs to hire Americans. High-tech companies have thousands of these workers, who are almost like indentured servants. They lose their right to be in our country if they leave their job.

Microsoft’s massive layoff makes the recent op-ed by Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, and Sheldon Adelson downright ridiculous. They and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, are demanding immediate amnesty disguised as immigration reform in order to bring in more cheap foreign labor. The real shortage is in good jobs, but these H-1B visas flood the labor market and hold wages down, even when pay scales should be climbing for Americans. Fewer Americans have a job today than six years ago, even though the potential workforce has expanded during that time. One reason is the overuse of foreign labor by large companies.

Microsoft is highly profitable, breaking its own records for revenue and profits last year. In 2007, at a Senate committee hearing, Bill Gates asked for permission to import “an infinite number” of foreign workers. “I don’t think there should be any limit,” he said. Yes, there should be a limit so that engineering jobs can be available to American citizens.

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