Legal Immigration is also a Problem
Although the amount of time being spent on illegal immigration is warranted, it is troubling that very few people pay attention to legal immigration and its deleterious effects. Legal immigration is a huge part of the relationship between politicians and corporations that harms the American people.
According to 2013 numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) on legal immigration, there were 29.7 million legal immigrants in the United States. This number increases every year because of visa policies promulgated by the Washington cartel. Each year, millions of visas are issued to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, asylees, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. A press release from Senator Jeff Sessions’ office provides the following summary on the people who are obtaining visas:
The lion’s share of these visas are for lesser-skilled and lower-paid workers and their dependents who, because they are here on work-authorized visas, are added directly to the same labor pool occupied by current unemployed job seekers.
The legal immigrants are the replacements for the American workers that corporations terminate in order to hire people willing to work for much lower wages. Corporations’ unquenchable thirst for cheap labor is the primary cause of the vanishing middle class in America. Politicians and corporations are complicit in the destruction of America’s middle class, and the continuing erosion of America’s financial health.
|Chart from Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest
Legal immigrants are taking the jobs of Americans and accessing government benefits funded by American taxpayers. The federal government issues various types of visas to foreigners it allows to enter the U.S. The most lucrative of all immigration documents issued by the federal government is a “green card.” When a foreigner is issued a green card, it guarantees the following benefits to the cardholder:
- lifetime work authorization
- access to federal welfare programs
- access to Social Security
- access to Medicare
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued 5.25 million green cards in the past five years. Obama’s amnesty plan for illegal immigrants provides 5 million illegal immigrants with green cards, which means the illegals who receive the green cards are automatically eligible to access all welfare programs and Social Security and Medicare benefits. Legal and illegal immigrants are enjoying jobs, welfare, and fedgov benefits at the expense of the American people.
Corporations in America never stop lobbying politicians for more visas. Microsoft seems to be on a mission to replace its entire work force in America by importing H1-B foreign guest workers. Microsoft continuously argues for an expansion to the H1-B visa program. Recently, Microsoft’s general counsel declared that “the skill gap is one of the biggest problems Microsoft faces,” and that this labor shortage is “approaching the dimensions of a genuine crisis.” Bill Gates claims that “there are high-skilled, high-paying jobs being created by American businesses across the country that are being left unfilled.”
Gates claims there are no high tech workers available to satisfy the labor demands of high tech companies in America. Gates wants to triple the number of H1-B guest workers because Microsoft has job openings that need to be filled. However, reality contradicts Gates’ claim. The consulting firm Challenger, Gray, and Christmas recently noted that “employers in the computer industry saw the heaviest downsizing of the year, announcing a total of 59,528 planned layoffs. That is 69 percent more than a year ago.” Microsoft and other high tech companies cannot find anyone qualified to fill their jobs among the 59,528 people laid off?
The Washington cartel has to be eliminated in order to save the middle class and provide opportunities for young Americans trying to start their careers. The federal government has to stop issuing all visas and the southern border has to be secured before the American dream can become a reality again.