As the political campaigns for the Presidency continue and multiple debates provide American voters with the candidates’ positions, without exception, the candidates – irrespective of political party affiliation – have forgotten that, while they seek one of the most prestigious jobs in the world, millions of Americans simply want decent jobs.
Increasingly American citizens are being ignored and alienated by their own government.
The policies of the Obama administration have made it economically advantageous for companies to hire foreign workers who are not covered by “Obamacare,” saving employers a minimum of $3,000 per year for each foreign worker versus hiring U.S. citizens or lawfully admitted permanent resident aliens.
Most candidates have called for greatly increasing the number of H-1B visas for foreign high-tech workers, even as corporations around the United States fire their American high-tech workers and replace them with high-tech workers from India and other countries. On October 30, 2015, Fox & Friends interviewed a displaced American IT employee from Disney who claims that he was forced to train his foreign replacement, who was much less experienced and qualified than him.
Currently, the number of authorized foreign workers the U.S. admits in some months is greater than the number of new jobs created. Increasing the number of H-1B visas will only exacerbate this deplorable situation.
Additionally, there are more than 1 million foreign students present in the U.S. today, and many will join the workforce, at least for a temporary period, purportedly to acquire “practical training. The administration is planning to expand the authorized period of employment in the U.S. for these students.
It is estimated that some 400,000 of those foreign students are enrolled in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) university courses. Many of these students are citizens of countries that are not our allies. China, for example, is constructing artificial islands in the South China Sea and warning our military aircraft and ships to steer clear. China also has engaged in hacking of American computer networks and espionage. Educating foreign STEM students is bad for national security and for American workers.
Yet virtually every presidential candidate and leaders throughout government bemoan the fact that foreign students return to their home countries and do not contribute to U.S. progress and success. Their “solution” is to staple green cards onto the diplomas of these foreign students to enable them to work in the U.S.
It is incredible that many of these same leaders claim America lacks the capabilities to educate American students in these critical areas, yet insist that foreign students who attend our schools have managed to master these important academic disciplines.
These politicians ignore two fundamental truths. First, there is no shortage of qualified American high-tech workers. Every month more Americans lose jobs to foreign counterparts. Second, if you are concerned about foreign students leaving the U.S. with valuable training – training that could be used by our adversaries to build their military capabilities, undermining America's national security – then the obvious solution is to not train foreign students in the first place, but instead train American students to help lift them out of poverty.
American kids are not likely to go half-way around the world upon graduation, just half-way across town. If the candidates for the presidency are really concerned about lifting the wages of struggling American workers and their families, this would be the most reasonable way to achieve that goal. (Read more on wages and immigration here.)
Finally, foreign workers tend to send part of their earnings out of the U.S. Estimates of remittances sent home by aliens working here, both legally and illegally, amounted to some $200 billion. When taking the multiplier effect into account, this more than accounts for the annual increase in the U.S. national debt.
Those who tout “American exceptionalism” must remember that the world's “best and brightest” are Americans!