New FAIR Report Refutes Claims of Skilled Worker Shortage in U.S.

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FAIR’s latest research report, Jobs Americans Can’t Do: the Myth of a Skilled Worker Shortage, lays out just how dysfunctional our skilled guest worker programs have become. Industry executives in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics industries, collectively known as STEM, constantly call for more foreign guest workers. Their argument is that there is a shortage of skilled native-born STEM workers because U.S. universities are failing to produce an adequate supply of qualified graduates. This is demonstrably false. The truth is that there are many millions more graduates with STEM-related degrees than there are available jobs. This oversupply of STEM labor is so pronounced that no independent observer has found such a shortage.

Tech executives have long demanded the expansion of the H-1B program, not because there is a shortage of domestic workers but because foreign guest workers are willing to work for lower wages and are more easily exploited. Politicians in Washington, D.C. have been all too willing to accede to the demands of the tech industry, even though abuses in the H-1B program are readily apparent. In 2008, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the federal government…

currently does not have the capability to determine the cumulative H-1B workforce, such that the effect on U.S. workers can be assessed. …Lack of information on the total H-1B workforce makes it impossible to understand the long-term impact of the program and leaves the program vulnerable to fraud and abuse — a known issue in this program.

Employers do not have to try to recruit and hire an American worker before petitioning to bring in an H-1B worker, but there are certain wage conditions and a nominal yearly cap. So, once the H-1B limit is reached, tech employers have increasingly turned to L-1 visa workers. An L-1 worker is an employee who has worked for a company overseas for at least a year who then transfers to that employer’s U.S. worksite. There are no wage or cap restrictions for L-1 workers, and the visa is good for 5-7 years. Spouses of L-1 workers also are granted work authorization. The best estimate of H-1B and L-1 workers in the U.S. is around 1 million, but the federal government cannot give an exact number because no one is bothering to count or track them!

Senators Durbin and Grassley have worked to reform skilled guest worker programs, but it has been a lonely fight. Too few politicians in D.C. are willing to stand up for the interests of American workers. There are, however, those who recognize the problem and are working to bring the abuses to light. Dan Rather did a superb reporting job highlighting the harm guest worker programs are having on STEM workers, particularly older workers. Bright Future Jobs is an organization dedicated to alerting the public to the false claims made by STEM companies, and to provide assistance to Americans who are looking for STEM jobs.

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    SHOCKING! THE MEXICAN FASCIST PARTY of LA RAZA:

    OBAMA’S LA RAZA DEPT. of JUSTICE REACHING OUT TO MEX GANG MEMBERS TO EXPAND HIS LA RAZA PARTY BASE!
    VIVA LA RAZA? OBAMA DOES IT EVERY DAY! HE REALIZES HE WON’T BE PUNKING US AGAIN WITH “CHANGE”, SO HE’S DESPERATE TO BUY THE LA RAZA VOTE BY HANDING ILLEGALS OUR VOTES, OPEN BORDERS, NO E-VERIFY AND AMNESTY, IF NOT AT LEAST CONTINUED NON-ENFORCEMENT!
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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/11/dept-of-justice-expands-la-raza.html
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    “As the President of Nuestros Reconquistos, Pablo Cruz plans to help Latinos claim back the Southwest as part of the Latino homeland of Aztlán. “The movement to reclaim land stolen from Mexico is almost complete. Latinos will soon be able to live, work, and dream in a land where no other race is allowed.”

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    SPOTLIGHT ON LA RAZA SUPREMACY IN NEW MEXICO – BUILDING THE MEX WELFARE STATE

    WHEN OBAMA BECAME PRESIDENT HE IMMEDIATELY STARTED BUILDING HIS LA RAZA ADMINISTRATION. THE FORMER GOVERNOR OF NEW MEXICO, BILL RICHARDSON IS A LA RAZA SUPREMACIST THAT OBAMA VERY MUCH WANTED IN HIS ADMINISTRATION HOLDING A CABINET POSITION. FORTUNATELY FOR US RICHARDSON HAD SO MUCH CORRUPTION SURROUNDING HIM THAT EVEN THE VERY CRONY CORRUPT OBAMA COULDN’T TAKE HIM ON.
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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/11/drivers-licenses-for-la-raza-spotlight.html

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    ILLEGAL ALIEN DRIVER’S LICENSES IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT

    By Allan Wall
    November 24, 2011
    NewsWithViews.com
    “DON’T LET NEW MEXICO BE THE NEXT ARIZONA – STOP GOVERNOR MARTINEZ” is the headline on a “Send a Message” action page, on the website called “America’s Voice.”
    Emblazoned on the page is a photo of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, who has run afoul of the Open Borders lobby for attempting to – can you believe this? – deny driver’s licenses to illegal aliens.
    Why should this even be controversial? Why do both sides in the illegal immigration dispute regard driver’s licenses as important?
    In the U.S.A., a driver’s license is an important piece of identification. More than simply a permission to operate a motor vehicle, the driver’s license is our major form of identification in daily life. American citizens are often asked to show ID, and the ID they usually present is the driver’s license. People use them to cash checks, to prove their age, and to vote.

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    MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com will be profiling some of the RACIST MEXICAN SUPREMACIST in Congress. Go to the blog and do a search for “SPOTLIGHT”.
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    LA RAZA PARTY CONGRESSMAN FOR THE 43 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT – UNDER LA RAZA OCCUPATION.
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    United we become solidified, united we make a difference, united we make the changes, united Latinos will win throughout California, let’s stick together, que si se puede, que no? (it can be done, right?)
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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/11/rep-joe-baca-spotlight-on-la-raza.html

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    What do you expect from a country that can’t support it’s own people because of graft, you force them onto other surrounding countries. Screw La Harassa and anyone else that believes in open borders. My country, my people first and until such time the rest can take a hike. I hope plans are afoot to fumigate the White House when the current occupants leave, should have done it when Bill left. How are things in Mexi-fornia. If people can’t obey the laws of this land I say deport them. Point out where they errored, so they don’t make the same mistake again.. Our government has already made it easy to pass out our tax dollars around the world let’s start worrying about our people who pay those taxes. To emphasize my previous statement, my country first and foremost.

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    OBAMA’S SEC. of ILLEGAL LABOR

    MEXICANOCCUPATION.blogspot.com
    OBAMA HAS FILLED HIS ADMINSTRATION WITH PRIMARILY LA RAZA PARTY MEMBERS.
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    http://mexicanoccupation.blogspot.com/2011/11/jobs-obamas-la-raza-sec-of-illegal.html

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    Here’s his Sec. Labor, HILDA SOLIS:
    While in Congress, she opposed strengthening the border fence, supported expansion of illegal alien benefits (including driver’s licenses and in-state tuition discounts), embraced sanctuary cities that refused to cooperate with federal homeland security officials to enforce immigration laws, and aggressively championed a mass amnesty. Solis was steeped in the pro-illegal alien worker organizing movement in Southern California and was buoyed by amnesty-supporting Big Labor groups led by the Service Employees International Union. She has now caused a Capitol Hill firestorm over her new taxpayer-funded advertising and outreach campaign to illegal aliens regarding fair wages:

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    Michelle Malkin

    The U.S. Department of Illegal Alien Labor
    President Obama’s Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is supposed to represent American workers. What you need to know is that this longtime open-borders sympathizer has always had a rather radical definition of “American.” At a Latino voter registration project conference in Los Angeles many years ago, Solis asserted to thunderous applause, “We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not.”