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Monday, September 01, 2014

The Racket of H-1Bs

On this Labor Day, let’s consider the racket of giving U.S. jobs to foreigners instead of Americans. In January 2012, the wife of a laid-off semiconductor engineer publicly asked President Obama, “Why does the government continue to issue H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?” Her husband eventually found a job in the health care industry, earning $40,000-a-year less than before.

President Obama is still deceiving us about the economy, bragging that 288,000 jobs were created last month. As Mort Zuckerman explained in the Wall Street Journal, “Most people will have the impression that the those new jobs were full-time. Not so.” They were part-time jobs, which pay lower wages than the full-time jobs that have disappeared. There are several reasons for this, such as employers’ desire to avoid the Obamacare mandate to provide health insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours a week. Another is women’s willingness to accept a flexible schedule with fewer hours per day, per week, and per year. But now many breadwinners, including men, have been forced to take these part-time jobs. Of men aged 25 to 54, one in six does not have a job; while 50 years ago, only one in 20 was not working.

People used to say these temporary jobs will soon all morph into high-paying full-time jobs. Instead, Zuckerman writes, “more than 24 million Americans remain jobless, working part-time involuntarily or having left the workforce.” Senator Jeff Sessions, said “I don’t think you can make the argument that we have a labor shortage.” The answer should be: close the border; absolutely no amnesty masquerading as “immigration reform.”

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