Employers Use Skilled Guest Worker Programs to Drive Down Wages, Study Confirms

A new study found that skilled guest workers in the U.S. on temporary visas increase their annual earnings by an average of $11,860 when those workers acquire green cards. The reason for this is that a legal permanent resident (green card holder) has the ability to switch employers without losing residency status, which greatly boosts that employee’s bargaining power. Referring specifically to H-1B guest workers, Sankar Mukhopadhyay, co-author and associate professor of economics at the University of Nevada, and an immigrant from India, said that “Employers know they have these workers over a barrel…[guest workers] aren’t going to demand a raise…even if they deserve it, and they aren’t going to move on to another company, because they know doing those things will jeopardize their chances of getting their green cards in time.”

This study highlights the abuse that is built into skilled guest worker programs. Despite the alleged “chronic shortage” of qualified American workers, employers are not willing to sponsor H-1B employees for green cards. The top 20 employers of H-1B guest workers only sponsor 13% of these employees for green cards. This is because those employers are not interested in finding the “best and brightest,” but instead want a steady supply of workers who will work for lower wages and have virtually no bargaining power.

Professor Mukhopadhyay calls for a change in the U.S. immigration system that curtails guest worker programs and admits immigrants based on their education and job skills. This would end the incentive for employers to bring in foreign workers, according to Professor Mukhopadhyay, because immigrants have more mobility than do guest workers and can demand better wages and benefits. He says, “Increasing the number of temporary work visas, as the U.S. Congress has done in the past, only exacerbates the problem by introducing more workers who are willing to work for a lower wage.” But, as Professor Mukhopadhyay points out, leveling the playing field by denying employers easy access to guest workers “would…remove incentives for employers to hire highly skilled professionals from abroad if suitable native workers are available for the job.”

Comments

  1. avatar Bryan says:

    Sad but it is really what’s happening with our guest workers. Employers want reduced cost on labor, reduced expenses for higher profit and the best area to do that would be through the guest workers.

  2. As a sexual assault and attempted rape victim of an illegal alien from Mexico who attacked me on April 20,2010. He knocked on the door of my friends trailer where I was talking to family after getting the news my sister had died in NC.
    He bit my mouth and butted my head with his trying to knock me out.
    I had the fight of my life.
    Then the injustice of the prosecutor Anne Williams plead him to 3rddegree and marked none violent

  3. Roan
    The Secretary of State spoke atGOP Breakfast Sat. At the legion.
    I asked him about the law. in SC about a business who hires illegals get fined and can’t get a license to operate. Why is China Palace still in business and he couldn’t give me an answer.
    I went to Congressman Tim Scott on Feb. 13, and gave him copies of pictures of my face & arm & leg and a copy of sentencing document showing nonviolent marked. He is upset about what happened. He said he was contacting Prosecutor Anne Williams and Judge Kristy Harrington, why they did this. He said he would do something. I got a letter from the Multidisciplinary. TEAM that they will be reviewing Frederico H. REYES’ illegal alien.history to decided if he is a Sexually Violent Predator under, The Sexually Violent Predator Act…44-48-10 of SCCodes.

  4. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    HALF OF ALL JOBS IN MEXIFORNIA HELD BY ILLEGALS USING STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/03/california-witnesses-rise-of-mexican.html

  5. avatar Tony in MO says:

    A perfect example of this is the CEO of Microsoft, Bill Gates. A few years ago, he appeared before Congress to testify that an increase of H1B visas was necessary for him to enable Microsoft to continue expanding. Meanwhile, at the same time, he was laying off or furloughing about 7,000 American technicians from Microsoft.

  6. To learn about the corrupt political roots of the H-1B Visa program, please refer to my 2005 investigative article “Career Destruction Factories” at the CWA4250 website and locate the PDF version of my 2007 article, “The Greedy Gates Immigration Gambit.” Middle class America did not want to be stabbed in the back by work visa programs. Instead, the establishment and expansion of these programs is a consequence of economic elites exchanging “Things of Value” for “Official Acts.” (That is supposed to be illegal per the broadly written RICO Statutes.)

  7. avatar John F. Kostrubal says:

    If Obama wins in 2012, are we in for another Civil War ?
    Will it be against honest hard working Americans and Radical Mexicans and Muslims ?
    If Obama loses, will his supporters and followers continue their attack on America ?
    The Mexicans hate us, the Radical Muslims hate us .Thanks to our government, we have allowed these enemies to infiltrate our Government .
    They are in our Military, our Court systems, our Homeland Security and in our Educational institutions .
    If all Americans get off their collective butts, we can still take back our nation .

  8. avatar JoMama says:

    Again – THIS IS SOMETHING WE ALREADY KNEW!!

  9. avatar Fedup says:

    Isn’t it funny how the unions supports this administration and all the money donated to them. But at the same time it shows everyone just how damn stupid and ignorant these same unions are.. Ok we’re going to suppprt the government so they in turn can turn around and screw us by allowing all these illegals to come in to the USA and take our union jobs from us so that we in turn can lose all those union dues. Yep now that’s intelligence at it’s finest!!!

  10. avatar RYAN JONES says:

    LA RAZA PROPAGANDA ASIDE, NOT ONE LEGAL HAS VOTED FOR LA RAZA SUPREMACY, OR THE EVER EXPANDING WELFARE STATE…

    WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE MEX CRIME TIDAL WAVE? CA HAS THE LARGEST AND MOST EXPENSIVE PRISON SYSTEM IN THE NATION! HALF THE INMATES ARE MEXICANS! OF THE TOP 200 MOST WANTED CRIMINALS IN LOS ANGELES, 176 ARE MEXICANS, AND MOST OF THE REST ARE RUSSIANS! ACCORDING TO CA ATTORNEY GEN KAMALA HARRIS, NEARLY HALF OF ALL MURDERS IN CA ARE BY MEXICAN GANGS!!! OF HER TOP 10 MOST WANTED, ALL ARE MEXICANS!

    VIVA LA RAZA SUPREMACY??? DEMS ARE THE PARTY FOR ILLEGALS!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/05/sonia-sotomayer-la-raza-party-member-on.html

    MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com, JUDICIAL WATCH.org & WIKIleaks EXPOSES OBAMA’S AGENDA OF OPEN BORDERS, FUNDING OF LA RAZA SUPREMACY, AND HISPANDERING FOR THE ILLEGALS’ VOTES!
    SHOCKING!

    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2012/03/further-evidence-of-secret-us.html