Examiner: STEM grad glut, but 1000s of ‘U.S. workers are being replaced by foreign labor’

IRLI In The News

February 26, 2016

By Carla Miles

The strangeness of the American worker shortage for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) jobs was heard by a Senate panel on Thursday in Washington D.C., and it comes after financial analysts reported they are expecting that information technology companies will cut at least 330,000 jobs this year and while at least one Presidential candidate promises to confront a “swiss cheese” border and deal with immigration issues if he is elected.

“Today, we will hear the facts,” said the Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, Senator Jeff Sessions. “The data shows that there is no shortage of highly qualified working American professionals, nor is there a shortage of American STEM college graduates every year. The sad reality is that – not only is there not a shortage of exceptionally qualified U.S. workers – but across the country thousands of U.S. workers are being replaced by foreign labor.”

Executive Officers and “… those aligned with the business lobby continue to perpetuate the myth that there is a shortage of talented U.S. workers to fill positions in technology and other high-skilled employment sectors,” added Senator Sessions. Some of the testimony from witnesses seem to highlight the issue facing American workers in fact.

Guestworker visa programs exploded

Guestworkers into the United States began under the Immigration Act of 1952,” said John M. Miano, J.D. in his first statements to the panel. Originally, there was only one visa category for admitting foreign labor, and that was “H,” said Miano, representing the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Local of the Communications Workers of America, the AFL-CIO. … Read the full story by Carla Miles.

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