February 9, 2019
So very disappointed.
President Donald Trump suggested that he is ready to ditch his Inauguration Day promise of a “Hire American” economic policy — even though thousands of auto workers are being laid off, millions of Americans do not have jobs, and many millions of Americans cannot get better-paying jobs.
The huge policy shift in favor of employers and investors is emerging after Congress blocked his border wall and his border security reforms, and after the GOP-led Congress passed Trump’s tax cut.
“It is fair to say that the President is abandoning his Hire American policy,” said Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies.
I didn’t want to believe it at first.
But I checked Iron Ann’s Twitter and got confirmation from the Queen.
She retweeted this:
— FAIR (@FAIRImmigration) February 8, 2019
Seems that Trump is changing tracks on the whole economic nationalism thing. With Bannon out of the picture, it doesn’t appear that he has a plan going forward. I suppose the other people in his cabinet are not so keen on the idea.
Also, going on the President’s Twitter wall now fills me with cringe. Especially when I see him promoting this.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 7, 2019
That clip thumbnail tells the whole story. Excited little Ivanka prancing around with brown women and talking about how much money they’re going to get to continue being useless in America.
I prefer to pretend Ivanka just doesn’t exist because she only elevates my blood pressure and I can’t do anything about Trump’s weird, Greek fairytale-like relationship with her.
Trump’s statement also gives a green light to the panel of GOP and Democratic appropriators in Congress who are trying to overcome the partisan gridlock over the border wall and border security, Krikorian added. The legislators are expected to draft a compromise by February 15 that can expand several migration-related programs which allow employers to import cheap, temporary “visa workers” instead of hiring Americans at market rates, he said.
Trump “is not only making it easier for appropriators to approve this guest-worker increase, it seems to be that he’s telegraphing to them that’s what they should do,” Krikorian said.
On Tuesday, Trump declared during his State of the Union speech that “I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”
On Wednesday, Trump reaffirmed the pro-migration statement when he was asked by a reporter “So, you’re changing your policy officially, then? You want more legal immigration?”
Trump answered “I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in. We need people.”
“Our unemployment numbers are so low,” Trump said.
It gets even worse.
Trump’s pro-migration announcement prompted protests from a group of pro-Trump graduates who have organized to stop the outsourcing of middle-class jobs in the United States. Protect U.S. Workers wrote:
“As a group of Americans workers who have been displaced from their jobs and campaigned for President Trump and his Hire American Buy American policy, we are very disappointed with the approach he is taking by rewarding the H-1B visa abuse. We will not support the President if he continues to side with the H-1B foreign workers and the big corporations.”
Trump is giving Silicon Valley and the big tech companies exactly what they want. You know, the people who hate him and who are replacing American workers with pajeets and censoring Trump’s supporters online.
Yeah, he decided to give them a gift.
— Roger Ross (@logicalgong) January 12, 2019
This Krikorian fellow has a solid take on why Trump might be pulling this move.
“To give him his due, he probably thinks that this [policy change] is not a betrayal for all the Americans who are yet to be hired,” Krikorian said. He continued:
I don’t think he’s being forced to give up his Hire American policy — it seems he does not think it necessary because we have a low unemployment rate.
He’s a billionaire businessman, all the [business advocate] people he talks to want more workers to choose from. They don’t want to have raise wages, to change the way work is done, to expand or change their recruitment methods, so that’s all he hears … I think, he, like a lot of businessmen, thinks the market has to be short-circuited through increased immigration because they’re not comfortable with having to hustle for workers.
But when the economy slows down, workers have to hustle for jobs — and [business executives] are OK with that.
“Big business guys are looking at labor as a commodity, whereas ordinary schmoes are trying to get a higher wage,” said Krikorian. “The question is whose life should government policy make easier? And it seems to me that the working stiff is the one whose life we should make easier.”
It seems that this effort has bipartisan support.
GOP Reps. are still pushing Rep. Yoder's middle-class outsourcing bill to put 600K Indian visa-workers & families on fast-track to US jobs/voting. It would help CEOs import more Indians for US college-grad jobs – w/o any benefit for US workers or even GOP. https://t.co/LD8q3SjYRg
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) December 3, 2018
The establishment’s economic policy of using legal and illegal migration to boost economic growth shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors by flooding the market with cheap white collar and blue collar foreign labor.
That annual flood of roughly one million legal immigrants — as well as visa workers and illegal immigrants — spikes profits and Wall Street values by shrinking salaries for 150 million blue-collar and white-collar employees and especially wages for the four million young Americans who join the labor force each year.
The cheap labor policy widens wealth gaps, reduces high tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, hurts kids’ schools and college education, pushes Americans away from high tech careers, and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.
Immigration also steers investment and wealth away from towns in Heartland states because coastal investors can more easily hire and supervise the large immigrant populations who prefer to live in coastal cities. In turn, that coastal investment flow drives up coastal real estate prices and pushes poor U.S. Americans, including Latinos and blacks, out of prosperous cities such as Berkeley and Oakland, California.