The large scale apathy demonstrated by citizens of this nation has emboldened elected representatives to all but ignore the needs of the average American citizen in a quest for massive campaign funds and the promises of votes to be ostensibly delivered by special interest groups. There is much that we cannot do but there is one thing that We the People absolutely must do- we must stop sitting on the sidelines!
If our government’s failures to secure our nation’s borders and effectively enforce our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation!
All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!
We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.
This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!
You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!
Democracy is not a spectator sport!
Lead, follow or get out of the way!
various campaigns for the elections of 2012 are ramping up.
Politicians may loudly complain about the candidates who “go negative,”
which is to say that they hurl accusations at their opponents, but at
the end of the day, it seems that the majority of the candidates could
start a new event at the next Olympics: “Championship Mudslinging!”
For many candidates, there are no limits as to what they will do or
say to eliminate their competitors. Their goal is to win at any cost.
Winning means getting the job that they desperately want. Whether
the candidate seeks to be the sheriff of a small town, the mayor of a
medium sized city, the governor of a state, a member of the United
States Congress or the ultimate position, to be the next President of
the United States, to them, these elected positions are jobs. And they
will stop at nothing to get those jobs.
Now think about how many of those candidates talk about the need to
open our borders to more foreign workers. They could care less about
how the massive influx of foreign workers creates unfair competition for
American workers who are trying to stay afloat economically as jobs
become more scarce.
Just as these politicians have no concern about how personally
damaging the mudslinging can be to his (her) opponents and their
families, these politicians could not care less about the harm done to
their fellow Americans when it comes to accepting campaign
contributions. They “glad hand” the folks with the deep pockets and
fully understand that when they accept campaign contributions they have
entered into a tacit agreement with those who write the checks to
deliver on policies and actions that favor the deep pocketed
Corporations exist for one purpose–to make a profit. It does not
matter what they may produce or what service they may provide, they are,
in reality, all in the same business, to make as much money as
I believe in free enterprise, but there have to be some controls in
place. Without any regulations, left to their own devices, most
corporations would pay scant attention to any environmental laws, worker
safety laws and even consumer product concerns. Think back decades
ago, about the infamous Ford Pinto–the car that had a nasty habit of
exploding in flames if rear-ended by another car. The engineers at Ford
knew that they could solve the problem of the exploding gas tanks, but
those in charge of the company back then, decided that it would be
cheaper to bear the costs of lawsuits filed by those who were injured or
by the survivors of those who perished and likely suffered horrifically
before they died, then simply spending a relative few dollars on each
car to prevent immolation of the occupants of their defective vehicles.
When profit motive turns to naked greed very often people are made to suffer.
In order to maximize profit, corporations seek to minimize costs.
Sometimes this can be a good thing. Learning to maximize efficiency and
eliminate waste are good strategies and help to keep costs down.
However, when the drive for maximum profits causes companies to
outsource their jobs and/or import cheap foreign labor, whether by
hiring illegal aliens at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder or by
bringing in foreign workers under various nonimmigrant visas such as the
H-1B Visa Program to replace talented and dedicated American workers,
then we have a very serious problem.
On September 28, 2011, New York’s Mayor Bloomberg, in addressing the Chamber of Commerce,
made an incredible statement in which he urged Congress to eliminate
the cap on the number of H-1B visas that are issued to foreign workers
with specialty skills who work as scientists, engineers and computer
programs. There’s a cap of 85,000 H-1B visas issued annually. “This is
just absurd to deny American workers access to the workers they need,”
he said. “Let the markets work.”
I presume that the quote that it is “absurd to deny American workers
access to the workers they need” was probably a misquote and he likely
meant that it was absurd to deny American employers the workers
that they need. What is absurd is that there are ever more American
workers who have the required training, skills and experience to do
these jobs but they have been sidelined by companies and the law firms
that they hire, to make certain that only foreign workers are hired to
do these high-tech jobs.
The high-tech industries don’t generally hire illegal aliens. They
hire temporary workers who have the education that makes them desirable
as employees of many high tech industries. These foreign workers also
have another valuable trait: they will accept significantly lower
salaries than their American counterparts. Often, immigration law
firms, not unlike salesmen who want to close a deal, do whatever they
can to get employers to hire foreign workers. For the law firms, their
livelihood depends on this and so they are very motivated to make
certain that foreign workers take priority over American workers.
If you don’t believe me, check out this video of a segment of Lou Dobbs Tonight that aired on November 15, 2007
and dealt with the issue of H1B visas and made it clear that there is
no shortage of American engineers, computer programmers and others with
graduate degrees in the high tech industries.
What will really infuriate you is the clandestinely recorded 4-minute video of an immigration lawyers’ conference in which lawyers were being coached to “not find qualified U.S. workers!”
The lecturer who is instructing the attorneys is a guy by the name of
Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of
Cohen & Grigsby. This video was posted on YouTube by the Programmer
Guild, an organization that is comprised of computer programmers.
The lawyers attending that seminar were being coached as to the ways
they could game the immigration/visa process to make certain that
foreign workers got the jobs and not the Americans who had the
qualifications for those jobs. This way, the lawyers would get their
high fees and the companies would pay less than prevailing wages for
Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) aliens would be
excludible if they sought to immigrate to the United States to perform
skilled or unskilled labor unless:
“The Secretary of Labor has determined that (A) there are not
sufficient United States workers who are able, willing, qualified and
available at the time of application for a visa and admission into the
United States and at the place where the alien is to perform the work,
and (B) the employment of the alien will not adversely affect the wages
and working conditions of the United States workers similarly employed.”
Prior to the Second World War, the enforcement of our immigration
laws was the responsibility of the United States Department of Labor out
of the obvious concern that a massive influx of foreign workers would
have a negative impact on the American workforce.
Today, the Middle Class stands on the precipice of extinction and,
not surprisingly this generation has become the first to expect to not
be as successful as the previous generation.
It is time for the government to address a fundamental fact, without
creating jobs, nearly every unemployed American could be working if jobs
were liberated—liberated from foreign workers who have displaced