U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Falsehoods on Immigration – Part 4

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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 #4:

U.S. Chamber’s Myth: “There is no shortfall of native-born Americans for open positions in the natural sciences, engineering, and computer science and thus no need for foreign high-tech workers.”

U.S. Chamber’s Fact: “Job openings are expanding at educational levels where demographic data show too few native-born students, so we can expect these shortfalls to persist in the future. Moreover, relative to other economic indicators, wages are increasing in STEM jobs requiring higher education.”

FAIR’s Fact:

A large share of STEM degree holders are currently working outside of their educational specialty. As noted by Robert N. Charette writing in IEEE Spectrum, ‘…about 15 million U.S. residents hold at least a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline, but three-fourths of them—11.4 million—work outside of STEM.” Some have left the STEM field voluntarily, but many are also seeking for STEM jobs. Furthermore, a recent study published by the Economic Policy Center (“STEM labor shortages?”) reported that, “Further evidence that there is no shortage of workers in computer-related occupations is apparent in wage trend data. For example, from 2000 to 2011, the average hourly wage for workers possessing at least a bachelor’s degree in computer and math occupations rose less than half a percent per year, compared with the sharp wage increases we would see if a labor shortage existed in these occupations.”

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

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    Importing foreign tech workers will only heighten the problems for American students pursuing tech degrees. They have to think that they may run up all kinds of debt and not be able to get a job. Big business wants to control it both ways. Outsource the jobs they can and then import cheap labor for those they can’t.

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      The Professors and University Staff Have Jobs With Foreign Students

      Paying out of state double tuition rates. IMO, even the foreign STEM workers seeking our SCARCE domestic tech jobs in the American Servitude phase we’re in, are in for a very rude awakening too.

      Maybe the colleges will hire ’em….LOL