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July 16, 2013 9:21 AM
A jobless recovery, but we need millions of amnestied & foreign workers?
Posted by Laura
To understand just how lame Obama's supposedly improving economy is, read Mort Zuckerman's terrific column about our jobless recovery: "In June, the government's Household Survey reported that since the start of the year, the number of people with jobs increased by 753,000--but there are jobs and there are "jobs." No fewer than 557,000 of these positions were only part-time....the number of full-time jobs declined by 240,000." Zuckerman ends this analysis by urging a serious policy-driven approach to this jobs crisis, noting: "Without such a focus, millions of American families whose breadwinners are unemployed or underemployed will remain dispiriting and apprehensive about the future, especially the young who are entering the workforce."

Here, here! He is absolutely correct, which makes his column in favor of immigration reform posted a few days earlier all the more perplexing. We know that the Senate bill, over ten years, would add 43 million new foreign and amnestied workers to our current workforce. They would compete across every job sector, making life harder for millions of Americans already struggling to find employment. Mostly using a lot of cliches, he invokes Lady Liberty and confuses, like so many open-borders types purposely do, legal and illegal immigration.

"Check out the contributions to the dominance of the American legend by immigrants such as Irving Berlin, Mike Nichols, Bob Hope, or, in fashion, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour. Immigrants were crucial to the foundation of a number of very American companies. Think eBay, the bright idea of Pierre Omidyar, of Iranian parentage; Sergey Brin at Google, James L. Kraft of Kraft Foods, Estée Lauder, the child of immigrants from Europe....

It is no accident that the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of the American dream for millions of immigrants."

How about this idea? We focus on American citizens who aren't achieving the American Dream first? When every American who wants a job has a job, then we can think about adding more folks to the mix. Zuckerberg raises the H-1B visa issue (high tech companies claim there aren't enough engineers in the U.S. to take jobs just waiting to be filled). I would argue that if that's the case, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should head back to Harvard, and endow a new engineering department with the promises of high wages and a great profession. The truth is, Zuckerberg and pals spend millions lobbying on Capitol Hill because they know if immigration reform passes, they'll be guaranteed an unending flow of lower wage, high-skilled workers. That's good for their companies, but bad for American workers. Economist Tom Sowell pointed out today that this entire "labor shortage" argument is "nonsense." Any economist knows you can't talk about a "labor shortage" if you don't talk about pricing (wages). The Republican party will grow and prosper if it is seen as the party of hard working Americans, not one that is captive to large business interests that seek nothing more than a perpetual stream of cheap foreign labor.
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