One of my relatives works at a company in south Florida which hired a large number of foreign workers.
This relative majored in math, one of the much-touted STEM disciplines – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – to which the Obama administration credits itself for commitments adding to over $1 billion in financial and in-kind support. My relative has stayed in the technology field for an entire career, most of which in this company.
Here’s the thing: This relative is one of the remaining few people who have been there for more than five years, after whole departments’ worth of personnel were laid off. The people laid off were instructed, as part of their severance “deal”, to train their replacements. Unlike Disney, however, the company has not instructed any local contractors or businesses to not hire the workers that had been laid off for one year.
The local economy, however, is not expanding fast enough to provide jobs for the people who were displaced. Nationally, the real unemployment rate, the U-6, which counts the unemployed, the underemployed and the discouraged, hovers around 10%, above pre-recession levels.
All the imported staff came in as H-1B visa workers. Now we see this,
Over at The Politico we’re told former Fed Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is pushing for more H-1B visa workers. The H-1Bs are the high skilled or special skilled foreign workers. He told a group at a foreign relations event that it would grow the economy. These are high paying jobs and Greenspan is adamant the country needs more of these workers. But flip over to The Hill and we find a massive funding bill is before Congress and a part of it could more than triple the number of H-2B visas . H-2Bs are for the “foreign workers seeking jobs at hotels, theme parks, ski resorts, golf courses, landscaping businesses, restaurants and bars”. These jobs are on the lower pay end. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) 80% (R-AL) says the number of H-2Bs could grow to 250,000. C’mon, our high end jobs AND our lower skilled jobs!? What are these people saying? America needs foreign workers to do everything?
Importing lower-paid labor inherently depresses wages, which, in theory (to use Ace’s term)
makes our corporations More Globally Competitive (TM).
The cost is not measured only in wages: Ace goes on,
Now, the various American workers displaced by the foreign ones will go, of course, on welfare (after their unemployment insurance runs out, of course). Those costs will be borne by you, the American taxpayer.
Not only will those costs be borne by you, but so will all the knock-on costs. People stripped of their work are also stripped of their dignity. Work is a tangible connection, reinforced every hour of every day of every week, between present labor and good habits and future gain.
When you take away a man’s job, you also take away his daily reminder that good habits, industriousness, virtue, self-restraint, etc. in the current moment will make him wealthier in future moments.
When you take away a man’s job, then, you turn him on a path of social pathology. No longer does he have tangible unmissable daily lesson in the direct connection between actions taken in the moment and results which are born in the future. Now he lives his life day by day, welfare check to welfare check, morally adrift, the vital connective tissue of today to tomorrow severed and cauterized.
Thus, taking a man or woman who is gainfully employed and putting him or her on welfare not only imposes direct costs on society — we now all have to pay to put bread in this person’s mouth, when, previously, this person was putting the bread in his or her own mouth — but we now see that person descend into a spiral of anti-social and criminal tendencies.
Drug use, unprotected sex resulting in either little-cared-for children or abortions, petty crime, major crime.
We pay, as a society, for all those fresh costs too.
Read the whole thing.
So I ask again, Just how many more foreign workers?
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.