And Sessions has also been critical of tech giants in the realm of high-skilled immigration. While tech companies have said they face a shortage of workers in science, tech, engineering and math, or STEM, fields, Sessions has described efforts to boost the number of H-1B visas as a “tremendous threat” to Americans.
“It represents the obliviousness of Congress and some of these economic forces to the reality of what’s happening: Half of STEM graduates are not finding jobs in STEM fields,” he said in a November 2015 interview with Steve Bannon, the former head of Breitbart News who will be serving as Trump’s chief strategist in the White House.
Sessions hasn’t been shy about confronting the titans of the tech industry on the issue. In 2014 he challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a major proponent of immigration reform. After slamming his lobbying effort, FWD.us, the senator charged: “So I would pose a question to Mr. Zuckerberg. I read in the news that Facebook is now worth more than $200 billion. Is that not enough money to hire American workers for a change?”
There has been some talk that the media would try to break out of its bubble. However, it is clear that Trump Derangement Syndrome is apparently incurable at the Washington Post. The Post‘s Matt O’Brien launched a smear of Breitbart. In particular, O’Brien criticizes Breitbart’s coverage of Americans being replaced by foreign workers:
If his “alt-right” website Breitbart is any guide, he’d probably say that tech companies abuse H-1B visas to replace native-born programmers with cheaper foreign-born ones. The only problem with that, as economists Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, and Chad Sparber found, is that it isn’t really the case.
There you have it: According to the Washington Post, Americans are not being replaced by foreign workers and Breitbart is lying when it says this is happening.
So does that mean that when the Americans at Disney, New York Life, Abbott Labs, Southern California Edison, Harley-Davidson, Toy R Us, etc. were told they were being replaced by foreign workers on H-1B visas that it really was just a joke and they can return to work on Monday?
Change. That is what happens. Kurt Ho is a brave and inspiring person who I admire deeply.
having less of one means you need less of the other too.
If I need exactly 24 pieces of lumber to build a wall, and I am going to use 12 pieces of “Foreign Born” and 12 pieces of “Native Born”, I can’t accomplish that task when I am denied the 12 pieces of “Foreign Born” unless I increase the “Native Born” to 24.
In a nutshell, it is like the project manager triangle where you have time, resources and scope.
Decrease any one and you must increase the others.
So lets revisit what Matt was saying here.
Not that he’d admit that. If his “alt-right” website Breitbartisanyguide, he’d probably say that tech companies abuse H-1B visas to replace native-born programmers with cheaper foreign-born ones. The only problem with that, as economists Giovanni Peri, Kevin Shih, and Chad Sparber found, is that it isn’t really the case. The opposite, actually. Tech companies that lost out on the H-1B lottery in 2007 and 2008 didn’t respond by hiring more native-born programmers, but by hiring fewer. That’s because high-skill immigrants and high-skill native-born workers can complement each other—having less of one means you need less of the other too.
But the biggest tell is that Bannon isn’t just worried about immigrants “stealing” jobs from Americans. He’s worried about immigrants creating jobs for Americans too. About people coming here and starting companies. Which means that he must have a problem with 40 percent of the Fortune 500. That’s how many of them have been founded by immigrants or the children of them. Companies like Apple, Google, and Oracle, just to name a few.
Where are these jobs they have created Matt?
As for those economists, they will tell you the world is flat if you will pay their salary and provide a suitable office so that they can find ways to produce the data that will make possible your theory.
Myself, I prefer hard data over theory that is worth little more than a piece of used toilet paper.
Things like this that show where the few jobs that were created, went.
As you can see by looking at that red line, the non-immigrant guest workers definitely got the gold mine.
While the American born and naturalized citizen got the shaft.
There’s no such thing as a free lunch in economics, but high-skilled immigration is at least a heavily-discounted one.
Which is to say that letting smart, hard-working people into the country is the closest thing there is to getting something for nothing. These are people who pay more in taxes than they get in benefits, who boost the economy enough that everyone else tends to make more as a result, and who launch a lot of our biggest businesses. Indeed, just over half of Silicon Valley’s current batch of billion-dollar startups have been founded by immigrants.
By this point, it’s become a cliché to say that we should staple green cards to the diplomas of foreign-born STEM grads. Barack Obama has said it. Mitt Romney has said it. Hillary Clinton has said it. Marco Rubio has said it. And Thomas Friedman has spent the better part of a decade repeatingitto anyone who will listen and even some who won’t. Heck, even Donald Trump all but endorsed this last year, as my colleagues David Fahrenthold and Frances Stead Sellers report, on his now-chief strategist Steve Bannon’s radio show.
About the only person, it seems, who disagrees is Bannon himself. “When two-thirds or three-quarters of the CEOs in Silicon Valley are from South Asia or from Asia, I think…” he replied before trailing off. “A country is more than an economy. We’re a civic society.”
It’s hard to imagine anything that would do more to keep America’s economy from being great than this kind of anti-immigrant sentiment. I can’t believe I have to say this, but here it is: It doesn’t matter if a lot of Asian-Americans are tech CEOs. Asian-Americans are Americans. Nor does it matter if a lot of immigrants are tech CEOs. Immigrants are Americans. Someone born in Mumbai or Shanghai or wherever else who gets their citizenship is just as much an American as someone born in Massachusetts who can trace their ancestry all the way back to the Mayflower. That’s what makes America America. It’s not about where you’re from, or a belief that some people are better than others. It’s about where you’re going, and a belief that all men and women are created equal.
I too believe that all men and women are created equal, but it takes all of us to grow the garden that exists here in America.
And when we send jobs to other countries while our population continues to grow, we increase the quantity of jobs that we need for Americans in America while decreasing the quantity of jobs that are available for the American born citizen, the naturalized citizen and even the non-immigrant guest workers.
And when we import non-immigrant guest workers to take the remaining jobs, our population continues to grow while our jobs available continue to grow fewer and fewer.
Our population, and even the belief that all men and women are created equal is our garden.
When we water the garden in China and India while neglecting the garden in America, we end up in a situation where we have created very few jobs above the quantity that we had before this recession at our high point in 2007.
If Matt O’Brien would do his homework, he would realize that.
So tell me, if we want to grow this garden called opportunity for the citizens of America, how do we do it when we give all of the jobs that are created to non-immigrant guest workers?
While letting our American Citizens and even Naturalized citizens eat cake?
What are we accomplishing by doing this?
Perhaps Stephen Bannon knows substantially more than Matt O’Brien and the Washington Post know.
After all, I’m betting that Matt O’Brien and the Washington Post did not support Donald Trump either and where I come from, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
And Stephen, as one sailor to another, you need to start discussing the charts I have shown you here, and if you don’t have time, perhaps it is time to re-enlist this old sailor and let me give them hell.
Oh Yes, and if that is not enough evidence, let me ask those CEO’s how many of their non-immigrant guest workers have done this?
Mr. Trump obviously would not approve the immediate legalization provisions that vote-hungry Democrats want and that Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s fwd.us lobby backs. And Mr. Ryan, after lunch with Mr. Trump last week, insisted that enforcement must come first.
Mr. Ryan also backed the little-noticed 10th of Mr. Trump’s 10 points in his Phoenix speech: shifting legal immigration from extended-family reunification, mostly of low-skill immigrants, and setting aside many more places for high-skill immigrants “based on merit, skill, and proficiency.”
That resembles the point systems of Canada and Australia. As law professor F. H. Buckley points out, Canada, with one-tenth the U.S. population, admits about 160,000 immigrants y early under economic categories — more than the United States’ 140,000. As a result, immigrants in Canada, unlike here, have incomes above, not below, the national average.
Some serious Democrats agree with Mr. Trump. “Our immigration laws should be reoriented to favor immigrants with higher skills,” wrote Clinton administration policymaker William Galston in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 2. Clinton treasury secretary and Obama economic adviser Lawrence Summers called for more high-skill immigration in an American Enterprise Institute talk Nov. 4.
It’s possible that almost all Republicans and some Democrats, especially senators facing re-election in 2018 in Trump states, might support a bill with tougher enforcement, deferred decisions on deporting or legalizing noncriminal illegals, and a shift toward high-skill immigration.
Who wants to argue for a lower-skill future population or against enforcement measures technologically less challenging than transactions Visa and MasterCard process every day?
Who wants to argue that criminal illegal aliens should not be deported and that “sanctuary cities” should not be able to block enforcement of federal immigration laws?
Democrats won’t be happy to abandon their goal of immediate legalization of what they hope will be millions more Democratic voters, and Mr. Zuckerberg’s tech buddies won’t be happy to abandon the H-1B visas that enable them to hire low-cost indentured servants and to have to pay market salaries to high-skill immigrants. But Mr. Trump and the GOP, if they play it right, might force that.
As you well know, the so called high-skilled immigration is NOT immigration at all.
These are non-immigrant guest workers whose future employer, in a premeditated manner, have purchased H-1B Hunting Licenses to hunt American jobs using the non-immigrant guest workers as ammunition.
They do this in the majority of cases to import workers who do not understand our laws, who will work extremely long hours for what seems like a reasonable salary, yet when you divide the salary by the hours, they are barely making a few dollars per hour.
In other words, they are cheap, compliant, indentured aka slave labor.
I for one thought we were better than this, yet the greed of our employers like zuckerberg and Janet Napolitiano amazes me.
But it is even worse than that.
When we deny our best paying jobs at our universities to our American Citizens, we are denying them the ability to work their way up the ladder beyond the old “Do you want paper or plastic with that?” type jobs.
Exactly how are we America the land of opportunity when we deny opportunity to our own citizens in favor of non-immigrant guest workers and crapweasel employers who will sell their own mother down the river of ???? without a paddle?
“Now we’re going to be replaced by a very young, inexperienced work force, from one part of the world,” he said. “I don’t think this is right.”
The workers who attended Tuesday’s rally are also concerned with the federal H-1B visa program. Allegedly, companies have been using loopholes in the program to bring in foreign IT workers to replace citizens.
“A lot of people think that jobs are being sent overseas, but outsourcing is happening right here in our country of America,” said 43-year-old Vinny Tateo, another laid-off worker. He said it’s been difficult for him to find a new job.
UCSF said it’s working with the other University of California campuses to find jobs for the affected employees. The school also says it doesn’t plan to use the H-1B visa program to bring in foreign IT workers. However, since the layoffs became public, the university has posted Labor Condition Applications notices, which are required by law when H-1B workers are being placed.
Some of the laid-off workers plan to challenge their dismissal through legal channels. About 10 of the workers are filing a formal complaint with California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment. They claim the outsourcing is discriminatory because it replaces a diverse workforce with an all-Indian staff.
IT workers at other University of California campuses are also worried about future outsourcing. Joining Tuesday’s rally was 35-year-old Ryan Detert, a programmer in the IT department at the University of California, Davis.
“If UCSF thinks this is worthwhile for them, then this could very easily spread to the other campuses,” he said.