Pew Research Shows How OPT Undercuts American Workers
By Dan Cadman
CIS Blog, May 25, 2017
Excerpt: The Pew Research Center has issued a report called, aptly, "More foreign grads of U.S. colleges are staying in the country to work", and thanks to its author, Neil Ruiz, we find a host of factoids about how the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for foreign students ballooned under the Obama administration, as the result of rules apparently put in place at the end of the Bush administration.
The facts assembled in this report tell us, among other things, that "The annual number of OPT approvals rose from 28,497 in fiscal 2008 to 136,617 in fiscal 2014, a nearly fivefold increase." (Emphasis added.)
What's more, "Nearly as many people are approved for the OPT program as receive H-1B visas. ... From fiscal 2008 to fiscal 2014, 768,214 H-1B visas were awarded, compared with 696,914 OPT approvals." (Emphasis added.) Think of it this way: Between the two programs, that represents nearly 1.5 million jobs farmed out to nonimmigrant aliens in a four-year span.
Although nominally OPT jobs are temporary, as the report notes, they can last up to 29 months — more than two years. Many Americans work on yearly contracts; many have no contracts at all. What un- or under-employed American who recently graduated from college wouldn't want a shot at these jobs, many of which are in well-paid technical fields?
Millennial generation, those aged 18-30. The report notes that
more than half of those under age 25 participate in independent
work, not just in the United States but throughout the European
Union as well."
AMERICA’S YOUTH STARVE
FOR EIGHT YEARS BARACK OBAMA AND HIS HAREM OF CORRUPT DEM POLS HAVE SABOTAGED OUR BORDERS TO EASE TENS OF MILLIONS OF ILLEGALS INTO OUR JOBS, WELFARE OFFICES AND VOTING BOOTHS.
documenting rising mortality rates among US workers due to drug
addiction and suicide, high rates of infant mortality, an overall
leveling off of life expectancy, and a growing gap between the life
expectancy of the bottom rung of income earners compared to
those at the top.”