“The people coming on these [H-1B] visas have built this country,” Biden said to his supporters.
“He said the H-1Bs built this country? So the country didn’t exist before 1998? That is interesting,” Rosemary Jenks, policy director at NumbersUSA, retorted.
If Biden wins the election, Jenks says:
“I think we will see an increased number of parents realizing that their children will not do better than they did, and that is the antithesis of the American dreams. If many college graduates cannot get good jobs, well-paying jobs, they are not going to be as successful as their parents, and we will have reversed one of the foundational principles of America. – that we are a country of opportunity.
We’re already seen that the most recent high school and college grads are looking at what’s ahead of them and they are very insecure and they are very depressed. The question is how to they respond to that environment? They can take whatever job they can find, or do they rebel and go out and tear down statues?”
Trump told the public on June 22 that he sees H-1B reforms giving young U.S. graduates new opportunities. As of now, Trump has frozen additional H-1B workers from entering the U.S. until 2021, and has legislators working on a regulation that would allow high paying employers a limited number of H-1B visas.
600,000 foreign H-1B workers are currently on the program in the United States, which includes on the job training. Many of the hires bring their new skills back to India to work there. These programs are geared towards foreigners -not immigrants- who fill up jobs that Americans compete to have.
A lot of H-1B’s are awarded jobs with big tech companies, which are highly sought after. Others are low paying temporary jobs assigned by foreign-owned subcontractors of Fortune 500 companies operating in the U.S..
Many enterprises in the United States have taken advantage of foreign workers who, with hopes their bosses will help get them green cards, work longer hours for less pay. Some of these workers are said to pay bribes to the immigrant managers who quietly place them in jobs, Breitbart News was reportedly told by an Indian worker in the U.S..
American laborers have more rights and can leave for better employment if they desire, which leads to employers paying foreign workers cash and taking advantage of the situation.
These obstacles have deemed college degrees worthless among some Americans hoping to join the workforce. A workforce professor at Rutgers University named Hal Salzman informed a Senate committee last February:
“Overall, our colleges and universities graduate twice the number of STEM [Science, Technology, Enginering and Mathematic] graduates as find a job each year; that is, only about half of our STEM graduates enter the STEM workforce. Of the entire workforce, only about a third of those with STEM degrees are employed in STEM jobs.
The fundamental problem of U.S. and foreign [Information Technology] outsourcing firms’ hiring practices is the exclusion of U.S. workers–whether native or immigrant, citizen or permanent resident—which is made possible by specially crafted [visa worker] legislation for this purpose; it is legislation that serves as a congressionally-provided subsidy to a highly profitable industry to hire guest workers at the expense of jobs for U.S. workers.
But there is another, curiously overlooked outcome, which is the creation of workforces that are highly segregated, that have a level of exclusivity seldom seen in the U.S. in the past half-century. That is, IT workforces that are not just majority, but have levels over 70, 80, often over 90 percent from one demographic group (in the case of one large IT company, between 94 percent and 100 percent of its workforce at its various worksites are a single demographic group, and other news reports suggest this is not uncommon).”
Jenks believes if Biden gets into the White House, “he would reverse the whole thing… I have no doubt the people he would put into [the Department of Homeland Security] will be more than happy to rewrite the regulation to bring in as many foreign workers as possible.”
She went on to say:
“It is just amazing. You have 47 million Americans who have filed unemployed claims, and nobody cares that we have 600,000 H-1Bs working in this country? It is mind-boggling. We’ve got about 1.4 million Americans graduating from college this year. The job market they are going into is nonexistent, yet we have 600,000 H-1Bs working in this country, most of whom have no higher level of credential than a [U.S.] college graduate.”
Biden also informed NBC News:
“On day one, I’m going to send the legislation for an immigration reform bill to Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who contribute so much to this country, including 1.7 million [Asian American and Pacific Island people].
My immigration policy is built around keeping families together, modernizing the immigration system by keeping families [together], unification, and diversity as pillars of our immigration system, which it used to be.
Ending Trump’s cruel, inhumane policy at the border to rip children from their mothers’ arms. Take immediate action to protect [younger illegals] Dreamers — including the more than 100,000 eligible Dreamers from East and South Asia. Rescinding the un-American Muslim ban immediately …
So streaming, streamlining the naturalization process. Make it easier for qualified green card holders to move through his backlog … He ended H1B visas [for] the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration. The people coming on these visas have built this country. And so you ask the other parts of a question? I can’t remember what the other ones were. One was what I’m going to do about immigration, what was the other part? Was that it?”