Skip to comments.Immigration bill would import 1 million workers per year
Posted on 04/05/2013 3:27:55 AM PDT by markomalley
The Senates draft immigration bill will increase the inflow of foreign workers to 1 million people per year, according to government data and news reports.
The 1 million inflow would provide almost one foreign worker for every four Americans who turn 18.
The rate would be high enough to fill up all the extra jobs created during the last five months.
The 1 million inflow would include at least 350,000 people capable of competing for middle-class skilled jobs sought by the 1.8 million Americans who graduate from university each year.
I believe in a free-market, but this [inflow] will aggravate the problems for [American] graduates, Richard Vedder, director of the libertarian Center for College Affordability and Productivity, told The Daily Caller.
The increased inflow numbers suggest were substituting foreign workers for domestic workers, and maybe that makes a certain about of sense for cost-conscious businesses, he said.
In response, he suggested, colleges could reduce enrollment of U.S. students who will be crowded out of middle-class jobs, even after paying expensive tuition prices. Why should kids be paying $100,000 to go to college and then get jobs working at Wal-Mart or Target?
Amid the stalled economy, college graduates comprise roughly one-third of the minimum-wage workforce. Half of recent graduates are working in jobs sought by high-school graduates and dropouts, and roughly 20 million skilled and unskilled Americans lack full-time jobs.
The inflow of workers is good for the Democratic Partys political clout, because it increases unemployment, reduces wages and boosts dependence on government aid.
But it creates a problem for Republicans, partly because low unemployment and high wages encourage people to get married, have kids and vote GOP.
Its also a problem for Sen. Marco Rubio, who is simultaneously helping to write the bill and preparing to run for president in 2016 as a supporter of the middle-class.
We want to make sure Americans dont lose their jobs because of a guest worker program, he told Politico.
Even before the bill is released, the public has already shown its concern about immigrations impact on jobs. A majority [56 percent] of Americans say that illegal immigrants hurt the economy by driving down wages for many Americans, said a March poll by the left-of-center Public Religion Research Institute.
The bill is being drafted in secret by eight Republican and Democratic senators, including Rubio. It is backed by top Democratic leaders, including President Barack Obama, and many in the establishment media.
Under the political deal, companies would bring in many low-wage workers. In exchange, the workers would be allowed to become citizens and vote from 2026 onwards, likely for Democratic candidates.
Leaks from the negotiators say the new bill would increase the annual inflow by 80,000 workers immediately, by at least 200,000 workers after six years, and perhaps up to 500,000 workers.
The new bill would create a visa program for companies to hire annually between 15,000 and 200,000 foreign workers for jobs sought by middle-class Americans.
The number of these so-called W visas would start at 15,000 but rise to 75,000 in five years. It could later rise to 200,000 per year, depending on the economy. The number could go even higher than 200,000 if companies are willing to pay penalties, according to leaked reports.
The pending bill would also increase visas for university graduates by roughly 85,000, and also provide an unlimited number of green cards for foreigners who pay for a two-year, technology-related masters degree at an American university, according to a March 20 Washington Post article.
On April 3, The Associated Press also reported that a side deal on agricultural workers would offer residency and citizenship to agricultural workers who work seven years in the fields. Currently, farmers get 55,000 H-2A visas agricultural workers per year, or less than than 10 percent of guest workers.
The future inflow of agriculture workers could go up to 200,000, estimated Alex Nowrasteh, a immigration advocate at the libertarian Cato Foundation. The AP article did not say how many workers would be imported into the non-agricultural economy each year via the agricultural sector.
The extra visas would be added to the conditional amnesty scheduled for 11 million illegal immigrants, which would allow them to compete against 20 million unemployed and underemployed Americans for service-sector jobs, such as cooks, cleaners, day-care workers, waiters and laborers.
Roughly 450,000 illegal immigrants have already applied for work-permits offered by Obama at a Rose Garden event during the 2012 election season.
Media reports say business lobbyists will use any congressional debate on the bill to demand greater annual inflows.
There have been no media reports that the bills authors are planning to reduce the number of work-visas.
The draft bill would allow all of these guest workers and the 11 million newly legalized immigrants to apply for citizenship, and then to seek green cards for some of their working-age relatives.
The resulting extra inflow of visa-workers and new citizens relatives would permanently boost competition for American jobs and increase long-term U.S. spending on welfare, health-care and retirement.
Under current rules, companies bring in roughly 650,000 non-agricultural workers per year, according to Jessica Vaughan, a researcher at the Center for Immigration Studies.
Roughly half of the todays inflow of 650,000 can apply for green cards and citizenship.
The current inflow of visa-workers includes roughly 340,000 seasonal workers who work in hotels, resorts, restaurants and other jobs where demand drops in the winter months. The seasonal total includes roughly 180,000 J-visa workers, 55,000 H-2B workers and roughly 25,000 entertainers and support staff, such as carnival and circus workers.
These seasonal workers hold jobs that were once widely sought by middle-class Americans seeking money for college, any by working-class Americans whose income was topped up by unemployment checks during the winter.
Nationally, most of those jobs are still performed by Americans.
Under current rules, companies also import roughly 300,000 university trained workers on visas lasting from one to three years. These professionals include roughly 76,000 graduates working on one-year OPT visas and up to 500,000 graduates on renewable three-year H-1B visas.
The H-1B workers are especially valuable to companies such as Microsoft, Deloitte and Intel, because regulatory loopholes mean the workers can be paid at lower rates than more experienced and older American tech experts.
Many H-1B workers are computer experts, but companies are using the program to hire auditors, accountants, media experts, architects, professors, engineers, writers and other skilled professionals.
Many H-1Bs are hired by so-called job shops, which are immigrant-owned companies that build national networks of immigrants for low-wage contract work at Americans companies.
Other professional visas also include 75,000 NAFTA visas for Canadian and Mexican professionals, and 16,000 O visas for people with a special ability.
Many of the seasonal J-visa holders take professional-level jobs. In 2010, for example, the 181,484 J-visa workers included 2,110 doctors and 30,1254 professors and scholars.
Companies also import roughly 62,000 workers under so-called L visas. The L visas allow companies to transfer skilled or unskilled workers from overseas branches of a company to a U.S. branch. However, some of these L visas are won by family-owned companies seeking to bring relatives into the country.
Also, roughly 4,000 visas are being awarded to bring in religious workers, such as imams and priests.
The current visa count also understates the inflow of foreign workers, because many immigrants spouses are also allowed to work in the United States, said Vaughan.
Also, when workers become citizens, they are entitled to request green cards for their relatives. That family reunification process has massively increased the inflow of low-skill immigrants and retirees since the 1990s.
In 2012, for example, the reunification rules allowed the immigration of 540,000 working-age people aged from 17 to 64, said Vaughan. Most have few marketable skills, and must compete against unskilled Americans for jobs as gardeners, delivery drivers or cleaners. The 2012 inflow also included roughly 30,000 retirees, whose health-care and retirement costs will be paid by American workers.
25m people out of work...
or 17% unemployment (of those employable)...
yea, we need more foreigners to take what little jobs there are
Who and why do they invite these folks in????
Article tells you: business owners, who get to pay them less. Bolstered by Dems, who look forward to the government aid our citizens will then need. The great sell-out of the American people.
What’s Marco Rubio doing in the middle of this, is the better question.
undocumented democrat voters
“But it creates a problem for Republicans, partly because low unemployment and high wages encourage people to get married, have kids and vote GOP.”
“Whats Marco Rubio doing in the middle of this, is the better question.”
I think Rubio is looking for a constituency he can identify. (This is a liberal tactic.) Blacks are taken. The EBT crowd, spoken for. He wants his own that will say, hey, he’s one of us.
I don’t think Rubio is what the Tea Party is looking for.
Marco Rubio is no conservative... that is why he wants Big Government to take American’s jobs and give them to illegal aliens and foreigners
Scream bloody murder about the lousy economy they ‘inherited’ and the ghastly racist sewer which life in the US has become...BUT, posture like clowns with their faux, humanitarian indignation about allowing the starving masses in, to enjoy the many benefits and abundance of life in this WONDERFUL American utopia.
Which way IS it?
The last straw was Marco voting to confirm John (Fonda) Kerry as Sec of State.
Liberals fundamentally want a bad economy, period. Why?
— Helps stoke class warfare
— Helps create more clients & dependency
— Gives them more power by over the above with handouts
— Lets them posture as the “friend” of the downtrodden
Its not that hard to figure out.
Yes, that was my impression of the comment you addressed. Rubio's ethnicity speaks for itself.
But the Obama administration is trying to send the German family who fled Germany because of persecution for homeschooling their children back. They say there is no right to educate your children as you see fit.
I really, really hate Obama. I am sure he wants to bring more muslims here.
My wife is Cuban, and a Reagan Republican. Keep your racist spew to yourself.
I think Rubio is looking for a constituency he can identify.
Marco Rubio is looking out to his next election. Who will elect him and who will donate to his campaign. He is not looking out for the average freeper or average American. He sure as hell wants more Hispanics voting for him a more will with him supporting such amnesty bills and sellouts of the American worker
Lindsey Graham supports such bills for the same reason. He figures he get reelected a few more times before American electorate turns so non-white....he can can personally escape this. Anyways he's in South Carolina is less invaded by immigrants. A Republican Senator in Colorado will be voted out sooner by the increasing Hispanic bloc vote than will Lindsey Graham
all immigration must be halted until the real unemployment rate fall to some particular rate, close to 5%.
I can comment that Mr. Rubio is Hispanic and he will appeal to those of his same ethnicity.
Call it “racist spew” if you wish but don’t tell me that I cannot comment on a political matter. This is what FR is about.
And I don’t really give a sh#t what you wife is. That is irrelevant!
Not all Hispanics are the same. Mexicans hate Cubans, like Rubio, they will not vote for him.
I know. One job this nation is woefully understaffed in is editors.
Rubio will not have my vote. The Republican party cannot count on my vote further down the ticket.
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