By Rick Oltman, October 30, 2019
The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report, “No Americans Need Apply” sums up the effect of foreign workers on Americans in the first paragraph, “…native-born workers who compete directly with immigrants can face fewer job opportunities, wage stagnation, and poor work conditions.”
The CIS report shows an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) table from 2006 to 2018 on who was favored and who was disfavored by hiring practices. Black Americans are the largest group who were disenfranchised by foreign workers.
This undeniable truth cannot be said often enough, printed enough, pointed out enough to Americans and those elected to public office (whom I no longer call “leaders”).
I recall the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, Alan Greenspan, telling Congress about twenty years ago that America needed more foreign workers to hold down “wage inflation.”
As I pointed out then, “wage inflation” is your pay raise. Alan Greenspan, who was rarely correct about anything, was advocating holding down wages of American Workers. Well, he got that right.
In the late 1990s, I traveled to many meat packing plants in the Midwest. The “farm workers” from California had migrated east and were taking jobs in restaurants, hotels, motels, meat packing, and other low-skilled jobs. I spoke with American workers who saw or experienced the displacement because of the influx of cheap illegal alien labor. Some were from families that had worked for generations in the packing plants.
The result of the “foreign workers,” also known as “illegal aliens,” was cutting their wages nearly in half.
The meat packing plants once provided a good living wage for workers with families in mid-western states. But with the influx of cheap workers, the wages dropped.
In the course of investigating the impact of “foreign workers,” I rented a motel room in Iowa right next door to where the most recent illegals were housed. By sharing a couple of six-packs of cerveza (beer) with the workers, I was informed that they had just been transported to Iowa by minivan. They were picked up in Texas after having just crossed the border illegally and put up at the motel at the local packing plant’s expense until they received their first paycheck. After that, they were expected to find their own accommodations.
The CIS reports of discrimination against American workers in favor of foreign, presumed illegal, workers: When a warehouse in Memphis, Tennessee, began using a new employment agency called Paramount Staffing to fill its daily work crew, Paramount “essentially replaced the African Americans with Hispanics,” according to the EEOC. Potential workers would line up outside the warehouse each day, but Paramount would select Hispanics over blacks, even when black workers were experienced and farther ahead in line. Sometimes Paramount’s managers would send potential black workers home by announcing in English that there were no more positions. “After the African Americans left, the Hispanics were allowed to come into the warehouse and work.”
This is absolutely outrageous and destroys the oft repeated lie that “these are jobs that Americans won’t do.”
If American businesses need foreign workers, let’s see the proof. If we need them, let’s get them the legal way. But let’s be darned sure that the need is there, and that Americans are not being displaced or discriminated against.
That’s not too much to ask … or expect in America.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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