Skip to comments.Immigration Reform Can't Wait
Posted on 06/18/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT by Theoria
There is rarely a good time to do hard things, and America won't advance if legislators act like seat-warmers.
When I learned that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had lost his Republican primary, my heart sank. Not simply because I think he is an intelligent and talented member of Congress, or because I worry about the future of the Republican Party.
Like others who want comprehensive immigration reform, I worried that Mr. Cantor's loss would be misconstrued and make Congress reluctant to tackle this urgent need. That would be the wrong lesson and an undesirable national consequence of this single, local election result.
People are looking for leadershipthose who stand for something and offer a vision for how to take America forward and keep our nation economically competitive. One of the most immediate ways to revitalize our economy is by passing immigration reform.
I chose to come to America and become a citizen because America wasand remainsthe most free and entrepreneurial nation in the world. Our history is defined by people whose character and culture have been shaped by ambition, imagination and hard work, bound together by a dream of a better life.
Is the idea of immigration reform complicated by the fact that some immigrants went outside the legal system to be here? Yes. It is complicated even more by the fear some Americans have, quite naturally, of how changing populations might also change our culture, communities and economic circumstances.
Well, of course immigration means change. Immigrants enrich our culture and add to our economic prosperity.
(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...
'Next, we need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. We already know that most of the applications for these visas are for computer programmers and engineers, where there is a shortage of qualified American candidates. But we are held back by the objections of the richly funded labor unions that mistakenly believe that if we keep innovation out of America, somehow nothing will change. They are wrong, and frankly as much to blame for our stalemate on this issue as nativists who scream about amnesty. '
That is heartless. What does Murdoch know about the average tech worker?
But there is often a rush to do stupid things. How many times do you get the hard sell "you must sign up today or else you will never get the chance again" on a good deal?
Murdoch is another elitist in an ivory tower who couldn’t give a good damn about the middle class. The middle class who are and will witness their incomes plummeting and job prospects dry up by the flood of illegals and increased immigration quotas among other idiotic policies.
If any of this affected the elitists, you wouldn’t be hearing about comprehensive immigration reform.
It all about money.
Can you say “cheap factory labor,” Rupert ?
I thought you could.
The uber rich are sickening with their posturing on this matter. What good will cheap wages be if nobody can afford to buy your stuff. How on earth did this man accumulate so much wealth without a lick of commonsense?
Sounds like the plan. 'They' have certainly been working on it for a while.
War is simply demographics sped up. The outcome is obvious.
My brother, 59 years old, has BS & MS in EE/CS (from first tier universities), is the holder of at least 3 serious patents in the world of internet telephony (he almost invented it), compression circuitry, all the usual and up to date coding languages, 38 years of experience and still willing to grind out the night work. And is looking for a job, as he took a few years off due to family issues.
Not a chance. If you don't look like them, they don't hire you.
Told him to change his name to Govinder, and only do phone interviews, and to fake an English accent with a touch of the Punjab.
He won't do it of course.
But there is no "tech worker shortage", unless you mean "tech workers who aren't white". At least in the Santa Clara Valley.
It's out and out discrimination, and Rupert Murdoch can drag his fake Austrailian butt back to the Outback to peddle this crap.
Happy he did Fox News, but...he don't get the U.S.
PS: Santa Clara Valley figures: Asian Tech workers = 51%, White = 41%, then all the others.
The Americans are the minority here.
I’ll betcha if the U.S. threatened deadly force on anyone violating our border fences, it would stop within minutes.
I’m in SV for the summer.
There is no shortage of engineers here....
There is a shortage of cheap engineers.
Hey, Rupert...seen this?
We want total control of the borders, coasts, harbors, airports, and visas.
After that, everything else will fall into line.
I think you’re wrong.
“Immigrants enrich our culture and add to our economic prosperity.”
Hmmm...I live 60 miles from the Mexico border. Frankly, I don’t see how bringing in a few million poor Mexicans enriches our culture any, nor do I see how it adds to America’s economic well being.
I do, however, see how it helps folks like Murdock find cheap labor and depress wages for Americans.
BTW - if anyone doubts me, take a look at how well California has done in the last 30 years as it has allowed unfettered access by Mexicans. Think of how LA has changed between 1965 & now, for example. Does ANYONE think today’s LA is a better place to live & work?
I work in the engineering field and to claim there are ne engineers availabl is BS. The influx of H1Bs has gutted the industry. I’m meeting with an engineering group tomorrow for breakfast and 75% are unemployed displaced by the H1Bs, who live five to an apartment, and work for less than half or less than that of what these people made. This was a long time coming and any one in the industry saw it coming over 20 years ago. If your over 50 hone your grocery bagging skills. They can’t ask your age but one look at your resume they can figure out how old you are. Except you’re over qualified an won’t get hired. The same companies that are laying off through attricion have a banner on their web sites fishing for new college grads or H1Bs. Go to any of the many technical forums and read for yourself and don’t take my word for it.
He’s still a FOREIGNER in my books and has NO BUSINESS telling us how to run our country.
...and by the way, his home country, Australia, doesn’t take JACK as far as ILLEGAL Immigration - he might want to go back there and deal with them instead.
Immigrants enrich our culture and add to our economic prosperity.
Illegal immigrants come here poor and go on welfare because they are poor.
Its true, being wealthy doesn’t make one smart or patriotic.
yes it can wait. In fact it can wait for about 200 years.
then just pee your pants...
Too bad the USA let Murdock and Soros have citizenship.
Here's Richy Rich Rupert now with his new wife...
Handsome Richy Rupert always attracts nice looking ladies and they love him for his honor and dignity.
Great reminder here for those who are still foolish enough to think that FOX News leans right.
Show us rather than ‘tell us’.
Every third mansion in MURDOCH's neighborhood can be bought by the government and used to house illegals. Those large beautiful homes can easily hold 40 illegals each.
Why stop with Murdoch's neighborhood. Jeb lives well, and Michael Mooore scrams for ‘fairness’. In fact, the wealthiest zip codes in the US are clustered around DC... we can do the ‘every third house’ thing in those zip codes too.
Mudoch can get back to us in a year - if he and his neighbors are as thrilled as he thinks we would be then I'm all for it. The next bunch of illegals can live in middle class neighborhoods... The mansions will stay ‘first’ - but AFTER that we'll move some into our neighborhoods.
Thanks Murdock.... lead the way.
Ding, ding, ding - we have a thread winnah!
Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!
Nothing ivory tower here. He directly benefits from the lower labor costs that result from massive numbers of foreign workers.
Keep repeating the lie long enough.....
The wall st. crowd is really leaning hard on their politician buddies to ram this immigration (amnesty) reform through.
Just who would be this royal "our" Mr. Murdoch?
“Maybe, as someone who came here as an immigrant, I have more faith in the compassion and fortitude of the American people, and in their ability to reject extreme views on either side of the political spectrum. Or maybe, as a businessman, I have learned that there is rarely a good time to do the hard things.”
Mr. Murdoch, I’m guessing you were respectful enough not to insult the American people by coming here illegally, and you didn’t have children on our dime.
I believe there is always a good time to do the right thing, even if it’s hard. We have this illegal alien problem because no one wanted to do the right thing. No one wanted to be called “mean” by doing what was right. Illegal aliens do not do the jobs Americans won’t do, they do jobs Americans on Welfare should be doing. We have government housing projects full of low skill labor. We don’t need to bring in poor people from other countries to do low skill jobs. We need people who are willing to do the hard thing, by ending Welfare and sending the illegal aliens home.
In 2012, immigrants sent 120 billion dollars to their home countries. That’s money that should have been spent here on goods and services to create jobs for Americans. But no, people like you want to give amnesty, and even bring more immigrants here who will send more money out of our economy.
Mr. Murdoch, as someone who was allowed to come here and take advantage of what I and my forefathers created, I don’t really appreciate you trying to change my country into another third world cesspool. I realize it’s great for you. You’ll have plenty of Hispanics to take care of your lawns and gardens. But for middle class America, it will only create more poverty, pollution, over crowded schools, and increase our taxes.
I am tired of foreigners telling us what American needs to do.
Deport Rupert Murdoch. He’s an undesirable. And while we’re at it deport Paul Gigot as well.
A friend of mine, retired now, started working in Silicon Valley back when it was just American engineers. Ten years ago he was telling me exactly what you’re saying, white Americans were being discriminated against in the industry that they created. The imports were only hiring their own. He was lucky being self employed but he witnessed it all over the valley.
“Think of how LA has changed between 1965 & now, for example. Does ANYONE think todays LA is a better place to live & work?”
Only the GOPe, like the Bushes and their treason lobby friends. I had a front row seat to watch the change which has spread well beyond LA. Socal is now occupied territory, an alien land.
They see themselves as entitled.
They’ve been fed a steady diet of grievance against whitey starting in their home countries and turbocharged when they get here.
They think nothing of it. More then natural: inevitable.
Occasionally I’ve had a few come clean with me and tell me just that.
Drove home through Sunnyvale tonight. Mostly elderly Indians, walking in neighborhoods of ranchers built in the 50s for white bread Lockheed engineers - the people who built the weapons that Defended America.
Imagine if you could have told them in 1955 that this was the future for their kids: dispossession, occupation by people who are utterly alien and bent on taking what was not built by them.
I really don’t know how long it can last. Personally I think it will end up Detroit.
The Lockheed people are almost gone. Laid off, moved back to Denver, or getting ready to retire and run to Oregon. The old Sunnyvale Air Force Station - the Blue Cube - was demolished two weeks ago. Was once where most USAF satellites controlled from. The AF says it’s moving somewhere cheaper, but that ain’t the reason, I know those people: they don’t feel like they’re home here. They get it. It isn’t America anymore...it’s someplace out of place. Where the people have nothing in common, unless it’s where they came from, and they all want to make it like that here.
Except the part about the grinding poverty, the filthy streets and shambling buildings. That’s what they like about WhiteyVille. It isn’t like that.
Too bad it won’t last for them. Since they have no clue how it all came into being, and no interest in sacrificing for it, it will go away. They managed to drive out the people who did it.
So like Detroit...eventually it comes apart.
Been here for the whole ride, going on 30 years now. SoCal is an eerie Mexicscape...and NoCal is Asia.
One thing’s for sure...it ain’t America.
Good post, Regulator. Very accurate. Dispossession is exactly what it is, aided and abetted by disloyal politicians and the non patriot businessmen who buy them. The treason lobby.
” SoCal is an eerie Mexicscape.”
Yep. I watched it transform from America into a graffiti scarred, iron barred, gang infested land of decaying neighborhoods.
Oh, there’s some really good new areas in south OC. But those are heavily populated by wealthy aliens and their offspring. American culture will cease to be passed along. Just a distant memory. And then no one will remember it.
” The AF says its moving somewhere cheaper, but that aint the reason, I know those people: they dont feel like theyre home here. They get it. It isnt America anymore...its someplace out of place. Where the people have nothing in common, unless its where they came from, and they all want to make it like that here.”
This comes from 2012 Census numbers posted at this link. Hence, the H-1B visa program is being used to fill mid-level software jobs, not just jobs with unique skills that cannot be filled by American candidates.
Furthermore, Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) which are required with each H-1B visa are supposed to protect H-1B and American workers. However, I recently looked at the LCAs disclosed online and posted the results at this link. As you can see, very few are denied and many of those that are certified are rife with errors. For example, there were a number of certified applications that did not appear to contain enough information to determine the workplace location, a critical piece of information for evaluating the requests. Then, I noticed that nearly every application that proposed to pay a salary significantly below the prevailing wage was denied. However, many that proposed to pay a salary many multiples the prevailing wage, suggesting bad salary data, were certified. For example, a request to pay a product consultant $11.4 million a year and a staff dentist $15.5 million a year were certified! That's despite the fact that they listed the prevailing wages as $84,344 and $136,864, respectively. It appears that someone is just applying a set of filters to the data and "rubber stamping" everything else. This seems to agree with a 1996 OIG audit which stated that the Department of Labor's role amounted to little more than a "rubber stamping" for LCA program applications (see this link).
For a further response to Murdoch's editorial, see this link.