A Group without a Lobbyist, the American Worker

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“This Administration is actively working against the interests of the American worker,” thundered Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama.

“We have communities throughout America that are barely scraping by. Tens of millions of Americans are on welfare, unemployment, and public assistance,” stated Sessions. “Yet the White House and their Senate Majority seem more concerned about the economic demands of large corporations, or the citizens of other countries, than about getting our own citizens back to work into stable jobs that can support a family and uplift a community.” [1]

The Senator’s impassioned charges come on the heels of a Politico article on the President seeking support from big business, namely the tech, for executive action on immigration. The White House has ramped up its “listening sessions” over the past month to garner ideas – and ultimately support – from these groups. With “nothing off the table,” companies and business lobbyists have eagerly flocked to stuff their self-serving wish lists into the Administration’s suggestion box.

What may they include?

“The ideas under discussion for executive action include allowing spouses of workers with high-tech visas to work, recapturing green cards that go unused and making technical changes for dual-purpose visa applications. Agriculture industry representatives have also been included in the meetings, discussing tweaks in the existing agriculture worker program.

The administration is also considering provisions for low-skilled workers for industries, like construction, that would allow individuals with temporary work authorization to gain work permits.” [2]

Of course, this push for more high-tech visas comes under the banner of new jobs and economic advancement. Scott Corley, executive director of Compete America, a coalition advocating for high-skilled foreign professionals, believes that, “America loses 500,000 jobs every year,” translating into “2,000 U.S. jobs not created every business day because of overly-restrictive U.S. immigration policy.” [3]

“We know only Congress offers a long-term solution to our immigration problems. They haven’t acted, and that’s costing our country hundreds of thousands of new American jobs each year,” Corley said. “If the president offers meaningful short-term relief that ensures highly-skilled job creators stay in America, of course we will support him 100 percent.” [1]

Despite Corley’s argument, it is Americans – not America – who will be losing jobs if millions of additional work visas are granted or extended. The claim that a great number of foreign workers is needed is not supported by employment data.

According to Sessions, “Cisco, which Politico reports met with White House aides to advocate for more foreign workers, just last week announced its intent to lay off 6,000 employees. Last month, Microsoft declared it would lay off 18,000 workers.” Sessions further noted that, “mass layoffs in the tech industry are up 68% from the prior year.” [1]

Sessions also pointed out that the construction industry is also facing the same fate, stating “[T]here are seven unemployed workers for every one job opening.”[1]

Back in June, Breitbart News reported on how all of the job growth in the United States over the past 14 years can be attributed to jobs that went to immigrants.

“[E]ven though native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population since 2000, the number of native-born Americans with jobs declined by 127,000.

While there were 114.8 million working-age native-born Americans with jobs in the first quarter of 2000, there were only 114.7 million with jobs in the first quarter of 2014. On the other hand, 17.1 million working-age immigrants (legal and illegal) had jobs in 2000 while 22.8 million did in 2014, which is an increase of 5.7 million.” [4]

This trend will escalate if the President and big business get their way. But who’s looking out for the interests of working Americans besides Sen. Sessions? Certainly not those cloistered behind closed doors secretly hashing out plans to circumvent Congress and usher-in executive amnesty.