The Bi-Partisan Screwing of America:
- American jobs are still being exported to become $8 a day Mexican jobs
- Congress writes laws to legally import millions of foreign workers to take away what jobs are left from our own citizens.
Both Bill Clinton and George Bush worked
to pass NAFTA which allows ultra low
wage Mexican truck drivers to take away
The politicians claim they want free trade. But their version of Free Trade is a fraud to deceive the American people.
There cannot be "free trade" with nations that subsidize their businesses or manipulate their currency to undermine our industries and destroy jobs. Nor is the trade free when foreign workers make 50 cents an hour in slave-style work conditions. There must be Fair Trade where everyone is on an equal basis.
It is bad enough that politicians work to export American jobs. But the politicians write the laws allowing millions of foreign workers to enter the United States and take away jobs that could go to American workers.
The American truck driver is the perfect example.
The truck drive can be an hourly employee or and owner operator. In either case, he was give the bi-partisan shaft by NAFTA. Both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton worked to pass a treaty giving ultra low wage Mexican truck drivers the right to operate inside the United States and destroy American jobs.
Tennessee Companies Import Foreign Workers
THE KEY QUESTION: At a time of giant job losses, does it make any sense to issue around 138,000 new work permits and green cards to foreign workers each month?
Here is a part of a Tennessee Channel 5 report.
A NewsChannel 5 investigation found companies across the state are importing foreign workers at a time when the unemployment rate is near 10 percent.
We spent months reviewing applications Tennessee businesses sent to the federal government as part of a federal visa program called H-2B.
The use of H-2B guest workers has soared nationally, from around 15,000 visas issued in 1997, to an all time high of more than 129,000 issued in 2007. The program was designed to provide temporary workers for small businesses with jobs Americans do not want.
When businesses apply for the right to bring foreign workers into the country, they must prove that no Americans are qualified or interested in the jobs.
Our investigation revealed companies are bending the rules and even lying on federal applications.
Here in Tennessee, business owners told the federal government they could not find people willing to do horse grooming jobs that paid $15.00 an hour, golf course landscaping that paid more than $10.00 an hour and operating carnival rides at more than $7.00 an hour.
"You can't tell me that an employer can't find somebody in this country to do the work anywhere," said union leader Jerry Lee, president of the Tennessee AFL-CIO.
With unemployment near 10 percent in the state, Lee said it's ridiculous to think Tennesseans would walk away from so many jobs.
He thinks many employers now prefer foreign workers because their legal status in this country is tied to their job, making them willing to endure poor conditions.
"They're not going to rock the boat because they know if they get fired or they make the boss mad, they're gone," Lee said.
Under federal law, companies must make every effort to hire American workers before asking permission to bring in foreign workers.
But we found cases where employees were willing to work, but were told they weren't needed after companies received large numbers of foreign workers. (Channel 5 Report)
American jobs are still going to Mexico
When the latest bloody headlines from the drug war in Mexico reach headquarters in New York, Ken Chandler, the manager of an American electronics manufacturing plant here, jumps on the phone.
He is not begging to come home. He is begging to stay.
“We try to put them at ease, to say it is not time to pack up,” said Mr. Chandler, who oversees the company’s operations in this border city, where the military arrived last week to help purge drug cartel members from the police department reports the New York Times.
Not that his employer, Spellman High Voltage, needs much assurance. Like a crop of other manufacturers at the border, including six companies in this city alone, Spellman is expanding its operations, with a new plant under construction after making a calculation that offers one of the starker paradoxes of these violent days in Mexico.
Despite the bleak outlook the drug war summons, the Mexican economy is humming along, not without warning signs, but growing considerably faster than that of the United States.
Even as drug organizations battle for turf around them, more TV sets are being assembled, car parts boxed up and electronic widgets soldered together in the large manufacturing plants here known as maquiladoras.
The result is a boomlet in jobs in some of Mexico’s hardest-hit cities, a bright spot in an otherwise bleak stream of shootouts, departing small businesses and fear of random death.
Mostly American-owned and in border states, the plants import raw materials duty free and export assembled products, lowering the cost of goods in the United States and providing jobs that pay more than the Mexican average is typically $8 to $16 per day on the assembly line, but a lot less than American wages.
Some of the new or expanding plants come at the expense of plant closings in the United States. Electrolux, which makes washers, dryers and other home products, closed a plant in 2009 in Iowa but opened one in Juárez last month that is expected to employ 400 people.
Others are from investors farther afield. Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm that makes iPhones, Dell computers and other electronics, is one of several Asian companies taking root. It opened a plant in Juárez last summer. Down the coast from here, Posco, a Korean steel manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its operations with a second plant that will employ 300 people by 2013. Several other companies plan to built or expand in other states as well.
Still, border towns are showing some of their biggest signs of economic life in months. Over all, the Mexican economy, the second largest in Latin America after Brazil, grew 5.5 percent last year, its fastest pace in a decade, and is expected to grow 4.5 percent this year, driven largely by manufacturing as well as internal growth from an expanding middle class. The American economy, by contrast, is expected to grow between 2.7 percent and 2.9 percent in 2011, the Federal Reserve projected late last month.
The violence has largely spared the plants, though workers have been caught up in it. Last fall, gunmen apparently looking for a rival fired on a bus carrying maquiladora workers near Ciudad Juárez, killing four people. Higher-paid supervisors and managers, American and Mexican, tend to commute from the American side of the border.
|The Death of America|
Hack liar American politicians are not only helping export jobs out of the country, but they
are importing foreign workers to take what jobs are left away from American citizens.
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