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As you can see, in May of 2013 we had 16,944,480 STEM jobs in America.
2,107,070 of them are Software jobs in America.
If a person were to study the LCA Applications for temporary workers to be brought in under a H-1B visa, you quickly realize that 65% of them are for these software jobs in America.
During the years from 2001 to 2013 we issued anywhere between a low of 339,243 to a high of 494,565 of these H-1B visas.
The H-1B visa currently is capped at 65,000 for the regular visa and an additional 20,000 for advanced educated visa holders.
The difference between the visas issued and the 85,000 visa cap is the amount of visa renewals each year.
This means that we had a low of 220,508 to a high of 321,467 renewals for Software Jobs alone if we multiply the visas issued by 65%
Keep in mind that there were only 2,107,070 of these Software Jobs in America AND these renewals are for periods of three years which could easily account for a million jobs or more.
As you can see, Americans are slowly getting forced out of the software portion of the STEM industry.
And the one’s I have heard from are saying something along these lines:
Most people, even family, just don’t get it. This is not like unemployment in the past. In my early 20s, I tried every sort of job for around 4 years or so. I could always get another job – maybe not a great one – but I was never out of work for any long stretches. That’s what’s different now – you can’t get another job and get back control of your own life no matter what you do. Some employed people may be sympathetic to a degree, but they really don’t see it (and maybe don’t want to see it) for what it really is – the end of working and making a decent living, and the end of financial independence. And you’re NOT going to get a job at Mac Donald’s or Target or the local supermarket because the Latinos etc already have it. You’re NOT going to join the young baristas at Starbuck’s or the waiters and waitresses at Chili’s because all the college kids and recent graduates who can’t get good jobs anywhere else are already working there. The low-end, low-pay jobs are all taken and the professional jobs are being given to cheaper foreign workers.
Is high tech’s current treatment of American STEM professionals just a pilot project for some future nation-wide screwing of nearly all American professional men and women? I don’t know, but should anyone really be surprised if it is? There’s only way that most people will wake up – when it happens to them when they lose their jobs and their incomes and lifestyles. Then they’ll be shocked and outraged and demand that something be done. But as long as it’s just 20-25 million of their fellow Americans including hundreds of thousands of displaced STEM professionals, who cares? What’s that old saying? When they came for all the others, I didn’t care because I didn’t know any of them, but by the time they came for me – there was nobody left to care.
Many of you will be in denial and say this is not happening.
Those of us that have been through it know for a fact that it is happening.
Many of you may be immigrants, or the sons and daughters of immigrants.
I too am of German descent.
I will always believe we need to be a country where people can immigrate to America and become and American if that is what they want to do.
Just like your family or my family did.
And I will always believe that they should be able to apply for any job that their skills allow them to strive for just as I believe Americans should be allowed to do the same.
Bringing in temporary workers to displace Americans in America where Americans are being forced to train their replacements is not immigration.
It simply is the very same tactics that were used by corporations to break union picket lines by using scabs.
Which leaves us in a position where we can be silent and slowly but surely be forced out of our high paying jobs by temporary workers brought in for less money and find that there are no similar or better paying jobs to be had.
Or we can band together and begin to educate our fellow citizens via radio and tv ads so that their children, and our children will still have the opportunity to strive for the moon if that is their goal.
My thoughts on how to do this are simple, and I’m willing to step aside and join myself if anybody has a better plan:
- Annual dues of $20.00
- The money will be used to air radio and tv ads and to provide subsistence level work for our unemployed STEM workers until we can find them work again.
By that, I mean that we would hire them at $600 per week and use their skills to do the research and development that is necessary to build our knowledge base and educate our fellow citizens and to contact our employers, both large and small to help educate them as to what is happening and why it is bad for the future of America, and most importantly, work with these employers to get our members back to work so that they can provide for their families.
I am but one man.
My resources are limited, and I can’t get this message in front of 16 million STEM workers, but all of us working together can do exactly that.
It really is that simple.
Are you wondering if you are considered a STEM worker?
You might be surprised that you are, and you can verify it by clicking on the link above.
United We Stand
Divided We Fall
I want to get back to work and stay at work as an American in America.