REMINDER: Our legal immigration system is a mess too…

While American politicians and the media obsess about a border, and how we should not have one…

…we regularly ignore the fact that our legal immigration system steal jobs from Americans as well…

This is unquestionable….

It’s also NOT new…

In 1993, 60 Minutes reported on computer companies that were firing Americans in order to bring in foreigners making a substantially lower salary. They were doing so, in part, because of the H-1B visa, which correspondent Lesley Stahl described then as “a huge loophole in the immigration law.”

While Morrison created the program three years earlier to attract exceptional talent, former U.S. Department of Labor top immigration official Demetrious Papademetriou told Stahl that imported programmers using the H-1B visa didn’t fit that description.

“These are basically run-of-the-mill people with a degree and some skills, and it seems to me that it is important that we distinguish between people who are truly skilled—who have unique, specialized skills—and people who simply provide labor,” Papademetriou told Stahl.

While the law required that foreign workers be paid the prevailing wage—what an American would make for the same job—Stahl reported it was often completely ignored and never enforced.

According to the report, suppliers of foreign labor, commonly called “body shops,” lied when filling out visa forms, and the Labor Department merely checked that the forms were completed. What’s more, many of the outsourcing firms and their employees weren’t paying state or federal income taxes, Social Security, or unemployment taxes. Companies like Hewlett-Packard, Stahl reported, had a built-in system of deniability, placing all responsibility on the body shops who technically employed the foreign workers.

Lett’s get the wall built AND stop the insanity of H1-B visas too because these are jobs Americans will do…

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