Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has thrown in the towel on protecting American workers, at least in this instance. Senator Thom Tillis’ (R-NC) extortion of DHS was successful. Now Tillis can stop obstructing a confirmation vote on Lee Francis Cissna as the director of the DHS’s critical U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. Kelly cried “no mas,” he surrendered.
DHS announced Monday that it would increase the number of H-2B visas allotted for unskilled seasonal workers this year in non-agricultural industries such as tourism, landscaping, meat-packing, restaurants and bars by 15,000. They’re the kind of jobs Americans used to do, summer jobs for kids out of school and the like, before labor importation became the norm.
Tillis claimed, on behalf of his campaign financiers, that there is a labor shortage that just can’t be filled with American workers. He left out the qualifier of “as cheaply as they’re used to being able to pay bargain-priced foreigners.”
In his own curious and dubious statement, DHS Secretary Kelly said he had consulted with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and determined there were not enough “qualified and willing U.S. workers” to fill the needs of businesses. Really, Secretary Kelly? Just how qualified does one need to be for an unskilled position, beyond being able to show up on time ready to work? At least the Americans speak the same lingo as their customers and most managers.
As for willing, that gets back to the wage level. Americans aren’t willing to work for what the imported foreigners are paid by the exploitative employers. They should be paid more, whatever the market dictates, without the destructive impact of foreigners undercutting them. These are American jobs that should go to Americans. The business owners have no problem accepting and fully expect the payment for their products from their American customers at the full posted prices.
In his statement Kelly said, “Congress gave me the discretionary authority to provide temporary relief to American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary workers. As a demonstration of the administration’s commitment to supporting American businesses, [And at the expense of American workers] DHS is providing this one-time [for three year periods] increase to the congressionally set annual cap.” Just a question, Kelly, did you give any thought to the irreparable harm that you’re doing to 15,000 American families due to a lack of available jobs or just to the politics?
The number of H-2B visas had been capped at 66,000 for this year, with a three year term that’s now 81,000 jobs that are unavailable to unemployed Americans for three years and 81,000 instances of rewarding unscrupulous employers who are more than willing to undercut American workers.
With over 90 million Americans out of the work force and many working part-time due to an inability to find full-time employment, Kelly’s words ring hollow. If the employers were forced to hire Americans wages would increase in all sectors due to competition and the middle class could possibly begin a rebound.
As long as the government, in this case Kelly at DHS in combination with the sellout North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis, continues to enable the undercutting of Americans and their exclusion from the workforce, the economic difficulties will remain.
Roy Beck of NumbersUSA said of the announcement, “Sec. Kelly’s decision to increase H-2B foreign workers threatens to reverse the trend of reports emerging around the country of employers working harder and raising pay to successfully recruit more unemployed Americans for lower-skilled jobs.”
There’s no threatening to about it, this decision means 15,000 jobs for three years that will go to a foreigner and his family in some other nation. That’s not how you make America great again, Secretary Kelly.
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