I hear how they don’t take the jobs people DO want. Then I hear about how they better themselves with education and a desire to work hard and get ahead.
At which point they ARE competing for the jobs people “do” want and a NEW wave of low cost immigrant labor must be brought in to take up the slack.
It is bad policy to believe this can go on forever. Especially in an economy in decline and a business environment where high tech jobs are being relocated offshore.
I’ll never understand why a company that won’t let me telecommute is willing to offshore teleconference with overseas (and offshift) workers. Clearly some of it comes down to pay but even beyond that are the benefits and protections that companies are obligated (sometimes by law) to have for employees.
That “jobs that Amerians won’t take” line has dried up....here in the Houston area they have all of the fast food jobs, one English speaking person at the desk screams out orders in Spanish to the workers - they do all the landscaping and lawn mowing - and now they are working on the road crews with Texas Dept of Transporation - which used to be a good job for Americans. It isn’t a case of jobs we won’t do - it is now jobs they can pay less to mexicans to do and no one is doing anything about it.
At which point they are now depressing compensation in the bracket they're competing for -- which was the whole idea in letting them in the back door in the first place.
Indian Ph.D.'s are depressing wages all the way up the education ladder, when they come under contract to Tata or other "indentured servitude" outfits.
Just wait until the Chinese government begins to surge their engineers and knowledge workers into our society. They're already moving entrepreneurs and laborers into Siberia.