It's Friday Night! Party Time! Time to relax, put your feet up on the couch, lay back, and watch some detailed videos on economic policy!
Dan Rather has done some amazing reports on H-1B and H-2B foreign guest workers being imported to displace U.S. citizens. Unfortunately he is on HD.net, now AxS, a cable channel not carried extensively. Below is a report on U.S. citizens being replaced with foreign guest workers. The stories contained within represent hundreds of thousands of Americans being displaced from their careers every day.
No Thanks For Everything
Recent research shows the number of STEM students graduating each year from U.S. universities far exceeds the number of new jobs.
And while U.S. corporations decry the shortage of tech talent -- industry data indicates there are upwards of 200,000 tech workers unemployed across the country today. Even with this glut of job-seekers, companies say the talent shortage is SO acute that they are forced to import foreign labor from overseas.
Over the past year, Dan Rather Reports has done a series of programs about the foreign labor force brought here by a vast array of U.S companies ostensibly to do jobs they can't find Americans to fill. Using an alphabet soup of special temporary work visas, employers have imported millions of foreign workers -- from hotel housekeepers to farm laborers to software engineers. It's part of the federal guest worker system and it's perfectly legal.
Most people --- including guest workers -- might assume that if a U.S. company decides to sponsor a person to come here on work visa, they must have tried to hire an American first. But that's not the necessarily the case. According to U.S. Department of Labor, a guest worker visa known as H-1B for "specialty occupations" especially tech workers -- may be issued "even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job." In fact, the bulletin notes, "A U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker."
The next video focuses more on offshore outsourcing and yes Americans are being fired. Pay closed attention to these interviews. These are highly skilled, years of experience U.S. Citizen Scientists and Engineers. Yes, the minute you hear win-win, that does mean you will lose-lose, big time.
Help Wanted! Not Here
Thank Dan Rather and his team for digging around in this. Corporations don't want you to know about the never ending U.S. worker displacement going on. Kind of ridiculous for anyone not in a pine box knows at least one person this has happened to, if not to themselves.