HEATHER MAC DONALD ON JEFF SESSIONS ..Trump won the presidency by promising to restore the rule of immigration law after decades of bipartisan neglect. Sessions, serving as a senator from Alabama in 2016, was uniquely positioned to do so. No politician had devoted as much time to documenting the corrosive effects of low-skilled mass immigration on the country’s working class. Sessions was a nationalist long before Trump came on the scene.
Saturday, July 7, 2018
ASSAULT ON THE AMERICAN WORKER: COLLEGE-GRAD SALARIES ERODED BY HIDDEN ARMY OF 1.5 "CHEAP" LABOR VISA-WORKERS
College-Grad Salaries Eroded by Hidden Army of 1.5 Million Visa-Workers
College-graduate salaries are barely keeping pace with inflation, but the editor of an influential progressive website says the government should import “drastically” more foreign college-graduates for white-collar jobs in the United States.
“We should drastically increase the number of such [visa-] workers who can come — if not eliminate the cap entirely,” said Matt Yglesias, editor of Vox.com
Yglesias’ call for a much bigger — or even unlimited — supply of foreign college graduates comes as Americans’ salaries are just creeping ahead of inflation, according to the Conference Board, a nonprofit consulting firm. Annual growth in white-collar salaries is even lagging behind growth in blue-collar wages, according to board’s June 2018 estimate.
The job-tracking site, Glassdoor, sees the same trend in June wage and salary reports. Wages for bank tellers rose by 8.1 percent over the prior 12 months, truck drivers gained 7.3 percent, warehouse workers gained 6.8 percent while cashiers were up 4.9 percent and security guards gained 4.7 percent.
But white-collar salaries for network engineers were down 3.7 percent compared to June 2017, said Glassdoor. Physical therapists were down 2.3 percent; web designers lost 0.8 percent, data scientists lost 0.2 percent and professors were down 0.1 percent.
White-collar salaries are stalling partly because roughly 1.5 million non-immigrant, lower-wage visa-workers have been quietly imported to take many white-collar jobs, sometimes directly from American employees.
The foreign college-graduates are allowed by the federal government to work in the United States via several temporary programs, including the H-1B visa-worker program.
Media descriptions of the controversial H-1B program say it brings in 85,000 foreign graduates per year. But the program actually keeps at least 460,000 foreign workers in the United States. Other estimates put the resident H-1B population at 650,000 or even up to almost 1 million.
Similarly, the number of foreign college-grads getting a work-permit via the little-known “Option Practical Training” program rose again in 2018, despite President Donald Trump’s “Hire American” policy. The number of valid OPT work-permits for foreign graduates rose from roughly 200,000 in 2016 to 250,000 in 2017, according to a DHS statement provided to Breitbart News:
The chart shows that roughly 149,000 foreign graduates got 12-month OPT work-permits in 2o17 and that an additional roughly 94,000 students had two-year “STEM OPT” work-permits for technology jobs in 2017.
Few Americans even know about the L-1 visa program which allows U.S.-based companies to hire foreigners at foreign wage-levels for work inside the United States, says Ron Hira, a Howard University professors who Indian parents were immigrants. He said in a 2016 report:
The L-1 visa and F-1 visa Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs are in many ways more harmful to American workers than the H-1B program. They have no protections for American workers or foreign workers. There are no recruitment or non-displacement requirements for either program. American workers can and are replaced by these workers …
Neither the L-1 nor the OPT have any wage floor, a cap, recruitment requirements, or non-displacement. Further, both programs are subject to virtually no federal scrutiny or oversight. We have no idea how many L-1 visa holders are here at any one time, and unlike the H-1B, we don’t even know how many are approved for each company because of blanket petitions (for which no publicly available government data exist). A review of L-1 visa issuance, I-129, and admissions data suggest the stock of L-1 workers is likely to be in the neighborhood of 300,000. In addition, employment authorization document data from DHS suggest there are likely to be about 200,000 L-2 spouses working in the labor market, who accompany the principal L-1 beneficiaries.
With no wage floor, the L-1 visa program offers wage arbitrage opportunities even greater than with the H-1B. Workers can be paid home country wages. The wage differentials between America and India, the source country for the largest share of L-1s, are staggering. In the case of an information technology worker from India, this could mean a salary of just $8,000 per year.
The resident foreign population is augmented by E-1, TN, and J-1 visa workers.
This army of at least 1.1 million white-collar visa-workers is reinforced by at least 300,000 Indian white-collar graduates who can work in U.S. jobs while they wait in line for green cards. Most of those “EAD workers” arrived as temporary H-1B and L-1 workers, but are allowed to continue working with renewable Employment Authorization Documents while they wait for a green card to become an immigrant. Roughly 100,000 spouses of EAD workers also have been given work permits.
The green card line also includes roughly 65,000 Chinese white-collar EAD workers, most of whom work in upper-tier information technology companies and in university science laboratories.
When those Indian and Chinese EAD workers reach the head of the green-card line, they join the 70,000 white-collar immigrant workers who are annually sponsored by U.S. employers. Since 2000, that green-card inflow has added roughly 1.25 million additional white-collar graduates to the U.S. labor force.
So the federal government has boosted the supply of white-collar labor in the United States with at least 1.1 million visa workers, 400,000 EAD workers, and 1.25 million white-collar immigrants. That’s roughly equivalent to three years’ output of skilled college-graduates from U.S. universities.
Yet Yglesias want to print more green cards so more foreign workers can compete for more white-collar jobs in the labor market. He wrote:
A better approach would be to actually emulate the Canadian system that Trump claims to favor: Consider family ties as one relevant factor alongside education and language skills, and allow for a large number of visas.
The extra flood of foreign white-collar graduates into U.S. jobs would be good for the government’s tax revenues and for national power, Yglesias said:
Fundamentally, an affirmative progressive immigration agenda ought to view the desire of millions of foreigners to live and work in the United States as a source of national strength … That’s an opportunity for the United States to maintain its stature as the world’s largest economy and only superpower.
Yglesias waives away the salary impact of the roughly 1.1 million visa-workers and roughly 400,000 EAD workers, even though their number is almost twice as large as the 800,000 Americans who graduate each year with degrees in medicine, business, engineering, science, software, math, and architecture.
The salary-reduction process is already working in the information-technology sector where the labor market is flooded by Indian H-1B and L-1 guest-workers.
But the impact cuts across all white-collar sectors — 100,000 H-1Bs hold prestigious academic jobs, and more hold jobs in fashion, accounting, design, or engineering — and the many displaced American graduates migrate into lower-paid jobs in different white-collar sectors, including journalism. Click here to find healthcare, academic, and business examples in cities around the United States.
Glassdoor posted a July 2 chart showing careers with declining pay, not counting inflation:
Trump’s deputies at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency are working to curb those H-1B numbers and to raise white-collar wages. But business groups are fighting tooth-and-nail to maintain the supply of cheap foreign graduates, partly because the foreigners work long hours, at low wages, and often in hostile conditions.
The visa-workers and EAD workers endure the bad treatment and lower wages because they and their families want to stay in the United States. In effect, the government-provided green cards are a deferred bonus given to foreign workers in exchange for working longer hours at lower wages for many years. That reality means the federal government is subsidizing business who hire salary-cutting foreigners instead of white-collar Americans, many of whom need to pay off extensive college debts.
The basic political problem with Yglesias’ call for more middle-class migration is that it does not favor Americans over foreigners, or over companies, or Indians, or even the federal government.
In Yglesias’ plan, all the economic benefits go to the federal government’s tax collectors, U.S. investors and foreign professionals. A trickle of benefits will go to “Americans [who] sell them things,” he says, presumably including hotdogs and cokes at lunchtime.
Many business lobbyists want the same expansions as does Yglesias. For example, an unlimited white-collar immigration plan dubbed “green-card stapling,” was included in the Senate’s 2013 amnesty plan, which was blocked by populist voters. This year, a coalition of business groups pushed the same unlimited white-collar migration plan, dubbed “I-Squared,” and like Yglesias, they portray the proposed flood of white-collar immigrants as a boon to the U.S. economy.
By strengthening H-1B requirements and increasing green card availability for highly skilled immigrants, we will continue to compete globally while protecting American workers #ISquaredhttps://bit.ly/2qhKAuS
But the guest-worker programs are deeply damaging to America’s middle-class, says Hira:
Every CEO in every company sees the business opportunity: Will I earn higher profits by replacing my American staff with cheaper H-1B workers? The answer is an obvious yes.
So we shouldn’t be surprised when CEOs everywhere are replacing their American staff with cheaper H-1B workers. The CEOs are not villains. They are simply acting rationally to the opportunities that government is handing them …
Professional jobs have been an important rung on the ladder to the middle class. Computer Occupations in particular have been a traditional path from working class to the middle class. Exploitation of the H-1B and other guestworker programs is shutting that pathway down and as we see in the case of Southern California Edison, many are being forcibly sent down from the middle class.
This is especially troubling since the technology industry has a terrible track record on diversity. There are very low rates of hiring of African-Americans and Hispanics as well as women. And age discrimination is an open secret in the technology industry. The SCE workers are typically in their 40s and 50s and are men and women of all races. While the H-1Bs being imported for IT occupations are almost all Indian men in their 20s and 30s.
Polling evidence suggests the public would strongly endorse reductions in the visa-worker programs. For example, an August 2017 poll of 1,201 adults byAmerica First Policies showed that 68 percent support “increasing the amount companies must pay H-1B workers to encourage them to employ more American workers.” Only 21 percent disagreed.
More importantly, 36 percent of the adults strongly agreed while only 8 percent strongly disagreed, creating a 4.5-1 advantage for politicians who push for the reduced use of H-1Bs. Among independents, 32 percent strongly support the proposal, while only 7 percent strongly oppose it.
Four million Americans turn 18 each year and begin looking for good jobs in the free market — but the government provides green cards to roughly 1 million legal immigrants and temporary work-permits to roughly 3 million foreign workers.
According to the Federation for American Immigration Reform’s 2017 report, illegal immigrants, and their children, cost American taxpayers a net $116 billion annually -- roughly $7,000 per alien annually. While high, this number is not an outlier: a recent study by the Heritage Foundation found that low-skilled immigrants (including those here illegally) cost Americans trillions over the course of their lifetimes, and a study from the National Economics Editorial found that illegal immigration costs America over $140 billion annually. As it stands, illegal immigrants are a massive burden on American taxpayers.
THE BANKSTER FUNDED DEMOCRAT PARTY: SERVANTS OF THE LA RAZA MEXICAN WELFARE STATE ON THE AMERICAN WORKERS’ BACKS!
THEY DESTROYED THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS, AMERICA’S BORDERS AND ENDLESSLY ASSAULTED THE AMERICAN WORKER IN THEIR EFFORTS TO FINISH OFF THE GOP… And they got filthy rich doing it!
“The Democrats had abandoned their working class base to chase what they pretended was a racial group when what they were actually chasing was the momentum of unlimited migration”. DANIEL GREENFIELD / FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE
The Democratic Party used to be the party of blue collar America- supporting laws and policies that benefited that segment of the U.S. population. Their leaders may still claim to be advocates for American working families, however their duplicitous actions that betray American workers and their families, while undermining national security and public safety, provide clear and incontrovertible evidence of their lies…. MICHAEL CUTLER …FRONTPAGE mag
Wall Street rebounds after federal jobs report shows continued wage stagnation
By Alec Andersen 7 July 2018
Following weeks of uncertainty over the escalating trade war measures imposed by the United States on China and other economic rivals, U.S. stock indexes ended the week with a rally in response to Friday’s release of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) June jobs report, which found that continued job growth has still not produced any significant increase in wages for workers.
According to the BLS report, titled “The Employment Situation—June 2018,” total nonfarm employment increased by 213,000 in June. However, the official unemployment rate increased from 3.8 percent to 4 percent, largely as a result of more people entering the workforce and actively looking for jobs. The labor force participation rate rose by 0.2 percent to 62.9 percent in June, remaining below pre-2008 levels.
The U-6 unemployment measure—which includes those who have given up searching for work, are marginally attached to the labor force (due to lack of steady employment), and those who are forced to work part-time but would like to work full-time—also moved up by 0.2 percent to 7.8 percent over May’s report.
In spite of the tightening labor market, however, wage growth remains anemic. Wages increased by 0.2 percent from May to June of this year, and 2.7 percent since June 2017. This means that workers’ wages will likely fall behind the rate of inflation, which in May reached 2.8 percent.
The combination of strong job growth with stagnant wages has been an ongoing pattern in jobs reports since the 2007-2008 financial crisis and subsequent “Great Recession.” Neither the BLS report nor any of the establishment press outlets have sought to provide any explanation for this trend, which runs contrary to the commonly-accepted capitalist economic principle that a tighter labor market will result in higher wages as employers compete against one another for workers.
This phenomenon is a direct result of the artificial suppression of the class struggle and policies designed to shift the burden of the capitalist crisis onto the backs of the working class in the United States and around the world. The capitalist class exploited the crash of 2008 and subsequent recession to restructure social relations to ones even more favorable to the financial elite. It could not have done so without the assistance of the trade union bureaucracy in suppressing working class unrest and imposing concessions on their memberships.
Far from being unique to the United States, stagnant wages have been a central feature of economic life throughout the world over the past decade. A July 4 report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that among its 26 member countries, average nominal wage growth has slowed from an annual rate of 4.8 percent before the crash to just 2.1 percent.
The OECD attributes this decline to the immense increase in part-time and temporary jobs since 2008. A 2016 study by researchers at Princeton University and Harvard University, for example, found that 95 percent of job gains since 2008 were temporary, part-time, or contract jobs, which large corporations have used to avoid providing benefits and decent pay to ever-larger numbers of employees.
The guiding example of this assault was provided by Obama’s restructuring of the auto industry, which sought to increase profit margins by slashing wages and benefits, increasing the temporary part-time workforce, and clawing back other gains made by the working class through struggle over the past century. Obama’s so-called healthcare “reform” likewise represented an effort to shift the burden of rising healthcare costs from employers onto the working class.
In Europe, the assault on working class wages and conditions has primarily taken the form brutal austerity policies to slash social programs and increase the tax burden of workers to pay for the subsidies offered to European banks.
The result of these policies in the U.S. and internationally has been a steep decline in the social position of the working class and a precipitous rise in social inequality, with over 90 percent of income gains going to the top 10 percent of households in the United States over this period.
The wave of teachers’ strikes earlier this year, all initiated by rank-and-file teachers in the teeth of opposition from the unions, has shaken the ruling class. It is desperately afraid of a new upsurge of class struggle, taking the initial form of a wages push. The central preoccupation of the Federal Reserve, as shown in its just-released minutes for June, is preventing such a push by raising interest rates, without at the same time collapsing inflated stock values.
Workers must draw the necessary conclusions from these experiences and make a decisive break with the capitalist political parties and their trade union stooges, instead turning to their class brothers and sisters throughout the world in a unified struggle to reorganize society to meet human need, rather than private profit. TRUMP WAS NEVER GOING TO BUILD THE WALL….after all he hires ILLEGALS to tend to SWAMP PALACE at Mar-a-lago!
HELP WANTED: President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is seen in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., November 23, 2017. The club is seeking foreign workers to wait tables
According tot the form, the overtime is possible for the servers, 'but not guaranteed.'
'Raises and/or bonuses may be offered to any worker in the specified occupation at the company's sole discretion based on individual factors, including work performance, skill or tenure,' according to the application.
On Friday, the nation's unemployment rate ticked up to 4 per cent, a level that has some businesses that rely on skilled workers scratching for applicants.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk on the South Lawn of the White House prior to greeting guests during a picnic for military families on at the White House on July 4, 2018 in Washington, DC. His hotel sought a foreign worker visas the following day
TALENT POOL: The foreign workers need not have any educational requirements, according to a form the club filed with the government
Trump, who ran on the 'America First' campaign slogan, defended the practice of hiring temporary foreign workers, saying, it is 'very very hard to get help.'
Trump has maintained his ownership of the Trump Organization, although the firm is being run by his two adult sons and an executive.
The West Palm Beach club is relying on H-2 visas, which allow employers to bring in guest workers if they can demonstrate there are no qualified U.S. applicants.
Trump on Thursday held another 'Make America Great Again' rally in Montana, where he blasted illegal immigration. He has slammed U.S. companies for offshoring U.S. jobs.
Trump talks border security during South Carolina rally
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STARING IN THE FACE of AMERICA’S UNRAVELING and the ROAD TO REVOLUTION
“It will more likely come on the heels of economic dislocation and dwindling wealth to redistribute.”
"The kind of people needed for violent change these days are living in off-the-grid rural compounds, or the “gangster paradise” where the businesses of drugs, guns, and prostitution are much more lucrative than “transforming” America along Cuban lines." BRUCE THORNTON
There can be no resolution to any social problem confronting the population in the United States and internationally outside of a frontal assault on the wealth of the financial elite.
The political system is controlled by this social layer, which uses a portion of its economic plunder to bribe politicians and government officials, whether Democratic or Republican.
MULTI-CULTURALISM and the creation of a one-party globalist country to serve the rich in America’s open borders.
“Open border advocates, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, claim illegal aliens are a net benefit to California with little evidence to support such an assertion. As the CIS has documented, the vast majority of illegals are poor, uneducated, and with few skills. How does accepting millions of illegal aliens and then granting them access to dozens of welfare programs benefit California’s economy? If illegals were contributing to the economy in any meaningful way, CA, with its 2.6 million illegals, would be booming.” STEVE BALDWIN – AMERICAN SPECTATOR
Hispanic-Latino Unemployment Rate Hits Lowest Level on Record in June
Seasonally-ajusted monthly Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate (16+ years old) Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
The national seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos in the U.S. labor force fell to the lowest level on record in June of 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) datareleased Friday show.
In June, the unemployment rate for Hispanics and Latinos, aged 16 and up, was 4.6%, down from its May level of 4.9%. Before June’s record, the lowest monthly Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate since BLS began tracking the statistic in 1973 was 4.8%.
While the Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate had been as low as 4.8% in five months, four of those months were during the administration of President Donald Trump; the lone exception being October of 2006:
June 2018: 4.6%
October 2006: 4.8%
June 2017: 4.8%
October 2017: 8%
November 2017: 4.8%
April 2018: 4.8%
During the 17 full months of the Trump administration, beginning in February 2017, Hispanic-Latino unemployment has averaged 5.0%.
In contrast, the national Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate averaged 9.4% during President Barack Obama’s eight years (96 months) in office, impacted by the 2008 recession, which officially ended in June of 2009, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Hispanic-Latino unemployment was 11.3% during Obama’s first full month in office, February of 2009. By January of 2017, the Hispanic-Latino unemployment rate had dropped to 5.9%. Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Hispanic Latino Seasonally-adjusted Unemployment Rate by Month, Ages 16 and up. (Source: U.S. BLS)
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