Well, if it isn’t the H-1Bs then it’s the H-2Bs ……
House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Democratic leaders have hidden a bipartisan plan in the 2016 appropriations bill that would outsource blue-collar jobs held by almost 200,000 Americans to lower-wage temporary foreign workers.
The covert plan could also cut the salaries of many additional American workers, and force taxpayers to pay additional billions in welfare costs, so companies can boost their profits.
Nonpartisan public opposition to cheap imported-labor defeated the massively-lobbied 2013 immigration bill, prompted primary voters to fire the GOP’s majority leader in June 2014, helped to fire five Democratic Senators in November 2014, and has helped outsider Donald Trump dominate the GOP’s 2016 race. Meanwhile, the presidential candidates who are backing low-productivity, cheap-labor policies — chiefly Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)— have fallen to very low levels, despite huge support from business donors and media personalities.
The H-2B program brings in cheap workers, mostly from Latin America, to work for companies in seasonal sectors such as landscaping, forestry, seafood, hotels, resorts and country clubs and hotels. Those workers displace Americans youths and lower-skilled Americans, including many Hispanic-Americans and African-Americans supposedly championed by Democrats. The program is backed by a large business coalition. …..
…. Normally, the program is capped at 66,000 workers per year. But the hidden language exempts the prior three years of H-2B workers from the cap, allowing the companies to bring in four years of workers each year. That will quadruple the size of the current program up to 264,000 workers in 2016. …..
…..In Oct. 2015, only 62.4 percent of adult Americans had jobs. That’s down from 66.9 percent in April 2001, and level with the June 1977 level.
Yeh, we just don’t have enough Americans willing to take jobs, or something.
Essentially, this program provides cheap slave labor while keeping wages suppressed. This props up businesses which would otherwise fail. As we all know, in order to have success, one must also allow failure. To do otherwise defines everything else to the lowest common denominator. This is why our productivity increases hasn’t kept pace with the traditional rate over the last several decades.
Notice the near flat-line in recent years. This is a direct result of a lack of innovation in the workplace. Efficiency declines as the availability of cheap and unskilled laborers become more plentiful.
Why would a business innovate and increase productivity per worker when they can just import cheap labor? Sure, it harms the rest of the US and the American citizenry, but, what can go wrong with a federally mandated bump to the bottom line of an individual company which would otherwise fail?