“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's reaction to a limited set of stricter rules for banks hiring foreign workers answers a bar debate that long has raged. The question has always been whether if we had another Great Depression would the Chamber still continue to lobby for more foreign workers on the basis of worker shortages. This week, the debate is settled. YES, THEY WOULD! "It's Official — U.S. Chamber Would Lobby for Foreign Workers During a Depression", February 10, 2009
As the Great Recession continues, two years later, you may be wondering “In the midst of a Depression, would compliant Republican legislators give the Chamber Of Commerce everything they wanted?”
This week, the debate is settled. YES, THEY WOULD!
Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act |House Republicans Remove Caps on Visas For High Skilled Workers, November 30 , 2011
“Who says that Congress is broken and can't get anything done?
Whether it comes to passing new free trade agreements to export American jobs overseas or passing bipartisan immigration reform to remove the existing caps on visas for high skilled immigrants, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been enjoying a lot of success in the 112th Congress which enjoys the lowest approval rating in American history.
By a vote of 389 to 15, the House of Representatives has passed Rep. Jason Chaffetz's "Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act." [HR. 3012]The "Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act" removes the existing caps on visas for high skilled foreign workers.”
Chaffetz, of course, was supposed to be an improvement over amnesty enthusiast Congressman Chris Cannon. He defeated Cannon by acting as if he was willing to stand up against illegal immigration. But he appears to be unable to stand up to “employers” who want increased legal immigration in the middle of an unemployment crisis.
(Michele Bachman, disappointingly, did not vote).
Houston goes on:
“Under the present system, the number of of employment visas available to natives of any foreign country in a year cannot exceed 7 percent of the total number of such visas made available in that year.
Tamar Jacoby [Email her] of Immigration Works is hailing Chaffetz's legislation, which was sponsored by House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, as a ‘critical breakthrough’ toward ‘fixing the nation's immigration system’:
‘The per country caps that would be phased out by this legislation are among the most absurd and cumbersome features of the immigration system,’ said Jacoby. ‘As is, thousands of foreigners are approved each year to enter the country as legal permanent residents, some sponsored by employers who need their skills, others by family members who have become citizens. But that approval is not enough to get a visa.’”[No Virginia, It's Not The Third Rail, PDF, ImmigrationWorks Press Release]
Lamar Smith is another Republican who has been willing to stand up to amnesty and illegal immigration, but not, apparently, to Tamar Jacoby’s wealthy funders. (Take a look at the list of “Trade Association” partners on her website, and industries her Board of Directors represents.)
Of course, Ms. Jacoby’s approval should be the Kiss of Death as far as conservative support for any immigration measure is concerned—see Tamar Jacoby Likes Gingrich Proposal - So It Must Be Treason by Patrick Cleburne.
"Rep. Jason Chaffetz exults, ‘Per-country caps are the antithesis of the free market. Companies recruit employees based on their talent, not their country of origin. Hiring and keeping the best people, whether from America or from around the world is the primary objective of American companies. This bill will help employers meet that objective.’
I guess the ‘high skilled jobs’ in the ‘Information Economy’ that was touted by Bill Clinton and House Republicans in the 1990s, which was supposed to replace the ‘Industrial Economy,’ are also ‘jobs that Americans won't do.’
As the Democratic Party explicitly abandons the white working class in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, House Republicans want to capitalize on the opportunity and send a clear message to white working class voters.
The Republican Party is the servant of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They have also explicitly abandoned the White working class. Both parties work tirelessly to represent the interests of K Street corporate lobbyists and the globalist political agenda.
Congress doesn't have a problem creating jobs. It has created millions of new jobs in China, Mexico, South Korea and other foreign countries. Thanks to Jason Chaffetz and House Republicans, Congress will be creating even more real jobs for foreigners here in America.
What about the Americans? I'm told there are plenty of ‘green jobs’ out there!”
Here’s what you need to know about “skilled immigrants”—all they do is displace a better class of American. Unskilled labor from south of the border displaces uneducated black, Hispanic and working class white Americans in roughly that order. The unskilled laborers have bad habits like drunk driving, statutory rape, and the occasional knife fight in a cantina. Presumably, the legislators are hoping skilled workers will be better than that.
Skilled labor—from roughly everywhere—displaces educated Americans, disproportionately white and Asian Americans.(See Ed Rubenstein on immigration and college graduates.) Some of those lose their homes, some commit suicide, and we've published an article by a writer, Simon Krejsa, who was living in a homeless shelter.
Those people were replaced by H1B Visa and Green Card immigrants who were not actually geniuses, but simply younger and willing to work cheaper than native-born skilled workers.
And these skilled immigrants import their less skilled relatives—a point Tamar Jacoby actually concedes above.
For example, President Obama’s father went to Harvard and got a Master’s degree, his son, aside from being President, has a law degree, and taught at law school. But the president’s Auntie Zeituni is on welfare, and his Uncle Omar works in a liquor store. And there are a lot more unskilled relatives where they came from.
However, there’s one group whose jobs are safe from skilled immigrants: Republican legislators! That’s because holders of these visas won’t be able to vote for years. (Of course, holders of Gingrich’s “Red Card” It’s-not-an-amnesty-because-there’s-no-path-to-citizenship visa will never be allowed to vote).
So the legislators are safe, temporarily, from the “Electing a New People” implications of all this immigration.
What they’re not safe from after this betrayal is the wrath of their constituents, the American voters who sent them to Washington, and who, as we saw in 2006, can recall them from Washington just as easily.
And it seems that Senator Chuck Grassley is aware of this, too. In the one piece of good news in this story, he has placed a Senate hold on this bill, saying, according to the Congressional Record:
"I rise to inform my colleagues that I am placing a hold on H.R. 3012, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. This bill would eliminate the per-country numerical limitations for employment based visas and increase the numerical cap for family-based immigrants. I have concerns about the impact of this bill on future immigration flows, and am concerned that it does nothing to better protect Americans at home who seek high-skilled jobs during this time of record high unemployment."