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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Bi-Partisan War on American Workers

We need to get rid of H1B workers.
Jesse Jackson

  • SoCal Edison is replacing $95,000 annual wage earner American citizens with imported "legal" aliens who will take $60,000 to $65,000.
  • To satisify their Masters on Wall Street, the open borders Democrats and Republicans allow the endless importation of millions of legal and illegal citizens of foreign nations in order to drive down wages.

(Breitbart News)  -  A so-called “war on the American worker” has intensified in the Golden State.

Massive layoffs are being spearheaded by the multi-billion dollar Southern California Edison utilities company, which is terminating scores of American IT workers and replacing them with immigrant IT workers, from a slew of foreign counties, who are willing to work for far less compensation. These immigrants are in the U.S. on an H-1B visa program.

“We don’t need foreign workers. We have plenty of Americans who are fully capable and equipped to carry out these jobs. It’s an absolute issue of corporate greed; nothing more nothing less,” former Edison employee and Marine Pat Lavin told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview late last week.
Lavin is a stalwart Democrat who serves as a business manager and financial secretary for the the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #47. “Edison are master liars,” Lavin cautioned, quipping that he “caught them telling the truth last week and they tried to lie their way out of it.”
Lavin spoke with Breitbart News as one of the California Edison workers laid off in the scandal that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have hammered the company for. Grassley called the layoffs “heartless” and Issa argued that this appears to be an abuse of the program.
America is facing a surplus of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers who are unemployed or have been laid off from work due to companies, like SoCal Edison, that have been outsourcing American jobs to immigrants. According to an article from Robert Charette in IEEE Spectrum, the so-called “STEM Crisis”—where tech leaders like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who claim they need to import cheap foreign labor—is a “myth.”

Increasing the number of H1B visas being imported into America to take jobs from American workers is something that right now is largely supported by the Democratic Party and also has backing from establishment Republicans like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. It’s also likely to become a major issue in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries.
“We have this H1B visa program for highly skilled workers and normally the visa is for three to five years,” Bush said in an interview in 2013 on his book “Immigration Wars.” In that same interview, Bush said it would be “foolish” not to pass an extension on the H1B program.
But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest and has been the most vocal politician in opposition to an extension of the H1B visas. He argues that Republicans don’t need to be handing out corporate welfare in the form of cheaper foreign labor.
“Do we need to have people come to our country to take those jobs? Or, indeed, do we not have a shortage of workers, and do we have difficulty of people finding jobs?” Sessions said on the Senate floor last summer in response to Microsoft layoffs, a situation very similar to Southern California Edison. “The great majority of these guest workers are not farm workers. They take jobs throughout the economy.”
Despite the entire Democratic Party rallying behind the H1B extension program and thus abandoning American workers, civil rights leader Jesse Jackson is the only loud voice on the left—other than some local union leaders like Lavin in this Breitbart News interview —calling for an end to the madness.
We need to get rid of H1B workers,” Jackson said in a recent interview with Fortune Magazine. “There are Americans who can do that work, and H1B workers are cheaper and undercut wages.” For now, there are only a handful of populist Republicans like Sessions and Grassley who are standing up in support of the American worker, which presents a massive opportunity for Republicans.
“It’s about time the Republicans did something right,” Lavin told Breitbart News. He said the way SoCal Edison is utilizing and appointing the H1B program, as aligned with the immigration act, is a “misuse and illegal. They’re saying it creates jobs, but it’s not creating American jobs.” He said it would “ludicrous” that an American company, such as Edison, “that is vested by American dollars,” is actually taking jobs away from Americans and creating jobs for other countries, such as India, China and Malaysia.
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