This may be the best evidence yet that the Trump administration has no plans to change the April 1 lottery.
This is an excerpt from Press Sec. Spicer’s briefing Wed. The Q is asked by a reporter.
>Q And then, secondly, does he have any plans to revamp the H-1B visa program by the April 1 deadline?
MR. SPICER: I think we’ve talked before about immigration as a whole. I think there is the legal part of immigration and then the illegal part of immigration. The President’s actions that he’s taken in terms of his executive order and other revamping of immigration policy have focused on our border security, keeping our country safe, our people safe. And then, obviously, whether it’s H-1B visas or the other one — spousal visas — other areas of student visas, I think there is a natural desire to have a full look at — a comprehensive look at that. He discussed the RAYS Act yesterday with Senators Perdue and Cotton. We’ll have more on that coming forward.
But I think as the readout mentioned, he was very supportive of their efforts with respect to how we view legal immigration. He mentioned it in his joint address that we’re one of only a handful of countries that doesn’t use a merit-based system of immigration, and that is something that we need to look at in its totality.
We were the Road Warriors.
We were called in when your existing staff couldn’t fix the problem.
We were called in to take over for your existing staff when they were developing new systems and needed help maintaining the old systems.
We demanded a premium wage and we were able to get it because we had the skills to deliver.
We were willing to live out of the extended stay motels and willing to take on the project of the highest bidder at a moments notice.
It was a good life in the 80’s, 90’s, and up until about 2000.
So the corporations shifted their focus to hiring an immobile, compliant workforce who would not make waves for fear of being deported.
Thus was the H-1B era born.
For the most part, they were paid substantially less even though many had the same skills that we Road Warriors had.
But many were willing to pay for a proxy expert or dubbing artist to help them get work because they didn’t have these skills.
And their willingness to use caste to exclude Americans in America from working alongside of them became their downfall.
For them it was a good life in the 00’s, 10’s and up into the 20’s.
Thus we have seen the pendulum swing from the Road Warriors to the H-1B’s.
And now we are seeing it swing once again to the green card holders who will be similar to the Road Warriors which will force the corporations once again to seek a new form of cheap, compliant labor who will be shackled to their jobs.
When will we learn from our history and better yet, when will our government learn that it is up to them to balance the needs of capital and the rights of labor?