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The Fine Print of Obamanesty: Unconscionable Betrayal of American Workers

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Part 4 of 4 of the Anti-Weasel Checklist

The Schumer-Rubio bill, deceptively named, The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Improvement Act, S.744, was passed by the U.S. Senate in June 2013. Fortunately, it never passed the U.S. House. It would have given at least 11.5 million amnesties to illegal immigrants. The Heritage Foundation estimated that the cost of the amnesty portion of the bill alone would be $6.3 Trillion over the first 50 years.

But amnesty was less than half the burden that S.744 would saddle on American workers. Although legal immigration, at approximately one million per year, is already four times the legal immigration average of the decade before the 1986 amnesty, S.744 proposed doubling or tripling the annual number of legal immigrants and guest-workers. Various estimates place this new level of legal immigrants and guest workers at 22 to 33 million over the next decade. This is despite the U.S. having more than 18 million people who want a full time job and cannot find one. This is despite real wages (adjusted for inflation) for American workers having been stagnant for the last 15 years. The Congressional Budget Office acknowledged that the total package would increase unemployment and reduce wages over the next 12 years. Personal economic wealth would be reduced for 17 years.

Now that Obama has decided to ignore the Constitution and dismiss the authority of Congress to make immigration law, he is going to jam his version of S.744 down the nation’s throat, whatever the public outcry or consequences for American workers. Part of his plan is to open the door much wider for U.S. businesses to hire foreign STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) workers for both permanent legal immigration and the H-1B high tech guest-worker program. There is one big difference from S.744. The fine print in Obama’s new H-1B plan sets NO LIMIT to hiring except the discretion of the DHS Secretary.

Cheap labor is the main motive. In 2012, the average degreed American STEM worker in a STEM job was making $91,797 per year, but Indian and other foreign outplacement firms were able to place H-1B foreign workers in the U.S. at an average salary just over $63,000 or approximately 69 percent of the going American wage for a profit of nearly $29,000 per H-1B hire per year. Although the technology industry constantly claims there is a shortage of STEM workers, there is actually a considerable over-supply. There are only 180,000 STEM openings per year, but the U. S. produces 500,000 STEM graduates per year. There are 5.3 million STEM jobs in the U.S, and 12.1 million with STEM degrees. Nearly 400,000 of them are from India. From 2000 to 2012, real STEM wages grew only 0.4 percent per year. Most U.S. STEM graduates are working outside a STEM career, although STEM jobs pay more. Foreign STEM graduates do not compare favorably with American STEM graduates. There is NO STEM worker shortage! Very few foreign STEM workers qualify as “the best and the brightest;” they are simply much cheaper than Americans. (Data derived from Center for Immigration Studies papers dated in 2013 and 2014.)

Another reason U.S. tech firms are clamoring for H-1B STEM workers, as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg freely admits, is that they are younger as well as cheaper. Only 4.2 percent of H-1B STEM workers are aged 45 or above, while 41.8 percent of American STEM workers are 45 and above.

The enormous profits being made by replacing American workers with foreign workers are behind business lobbyists’ support for amnesty and a tremendous surge of new foreign workers and guest workers. This is easily seen in the studies of of Harvard labor economist George Borjas. Users of cheap foreign labor profit $435 billion per year at the expense of $405 billion to American workers. The average American wage earner’s income is depressed $2,800 per year because of the continuous over-supply of cheaper foreign workers. This also gives insight into why a record 59 million Americans of working age are not in the workforce.

One thing that plagues the hope of wise and just government is the human tendency to place looking good over doing the right and best thing for the people.

Our legislators need to do their homework on immigration issues. This is not a trivial matter. We are already on the edge of permanently surrendering our freedoms and heritage to a radical social and economic Leftist ideology with strong totalitarian tendencies. President Obama is trying to change the electorate from Center-Right to Radical Left by immigration. We don’t need to give him a friendly helping hand. One small slip could be enough to plunge the nation into irreversible catastrophe. The people have now clearly told Congress and their governors to stop Obama and his now radicalized party. We must put aside the desire to simply look good or “compassionate” and strive to do the right and wisest thing for the people and their posterity. True patriotism and compassion must be governed by clear-thinking ethical wisdom.

Our immigration policies should benefit the American people rather than special interests. Immigration laws must be enforced and must protect American jobs, public safety, public health, national security, and the ever-burdened taxpayer.

The question is whether Congress has the guts to exercise its power.

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