The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has put up a website giving what it calls “10 Immigration Facts Everyone Can Agree To.” The so-called facts are both falsehoods and half-truths. Here is their #3:
U.S. Chamber’s Myth: “At a time of high unemployment, the U.S. economy does not need temporary foreign workers.”
U.S. Chamber’s Fact: “Temporary workers from abroad fill specialized needs in specific sectors of the U.S. economy.”
FAIR’s Fact: In FY 2012 the U.S. admitted over 1 million temporary workers. The largest categories of temporary foreign worker visas are for professionals (H-1B visas) and for intra-company transfers (L visas). An employer of these workers is not required to hire a U.S. job applicant before giving the job to a foreign worker, and in practice may let U.S. workers go and replace them with foreign workers. U.S. employers, that the U.S. Chamber represents, love these foreign workers because they can’t readily change jobs and can be hired for less than a U.S. worker with a comparable educational level.