The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched an aggressive campaign to exponentially increase the number of immigrants entering the country and legalize illegal immigrants because of a supposed ‘labor shortage’ even though there are more than 16 million unemployed Americans.
On its website, the Chamber explains that it is launching a ‘nationwide initiative to address the labor shortage crisis and help U.S. employers fill jobs.’
The initiative seeks to, among other things:
– Double the issuance of green cards to work to 280,000;
– Double the number of H-1B and H-2B visas issued to foreign nationals, primarily Indian and Chinese, for the IT sector;
– Grant amnesty to illegal immigrants in the DACA program (people who entered the country as minors), it is estimated that there are about 700,000 people in this group;
– Allow politicians to import foreign workers to incorporate into the local economy and increase the population, possibly to ‘win’ more votes.
– Make it easier for immigrants with student visas to get jobs that allows them to get the green card.
“As we stand on the cusp of what could be a great American resurgence, a worker shortage is holding back job creators across the country,” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Suzanne Clark said.
“Together, we can and we must address our nation’s workforce challenges. When you lead the world in talent, you lead the world in solutions. With a highly skilled workforce, there’s nothing business cannot achieve and nothing we as a nation cannot do,” she added.
However, there are currently 16.4 million Americans out of work and more than 5 million who have part-time jobs that do not comfortably meet their needs.
According to Breitbart, these measures only benefit big business, as inflating the labor market allows employers to cut Americans’ wages, reducing the cost of labor, to increase profit margins.
The focus of a globalist economy
In an economy focused on the profit of employers, with immigrant flows agreeing to work for considerably lower wages than the already established citizen who has knowledge of the labor market and can demand certain conditions, it generates uneven growth in the long run and this example was evident during Donald Trump’s tenure.
In the period between 1979 and 2013, wage growth for the bottom 90% of Americans grew by only 15%. Meanwhile, wage growth for the richest 1% of Americans was nearly 140%.
In contrast, in just three years between 2017-2019 period of the Trump era, the bottom 25% of earners saw a nearly 5% increase in income thanks to America First policies under which the former president limited foreign worker visas, substantially reduced illegal immigration with the construction of the wall, and incentivized companies to bring their factories back to the country, among other measures.
In addition, American don’t seem to agree with mass immigration.
A Rasmussen poll found that more than 70% of Americans think immigration levels are too high and need to be reduced. In the same survey, more than 60% believe that American businesses and companies should hire unemployed Americans instead of foreigners.