Bob Dane

Senate Bill 744 will grant legal work authorization to 57 million green card holders and non-immigrant guest workers over the next decade. It does this through a combination of granting amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens already here, expediting approval for immigrants currently waiting in-line, expanding chain migration, raising caps on existing guest worker categories and creating new worker visas. Given that virtually all of these additional people will be scrambling for scarce jobs in a tight economy, “what’s in it for me” is a fair question, especially if you’re one of the 22 million unemployed or underemployed in America.

We know what’s in it for illegal aliens demanding amnesty, aliens waiting to come in, big business addicted to cheap labor, and party leaders salivating at the thought of adding more voters. But a thorough review of the 844-page bill that Senator Marco Rubio assures us will “grow our economy, create jobs and protect American workers,” reveals nothing but rising surpluses of labor and stiffer competition in virtually every job every category.

High Tech Workers

If you’re employed in the science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields and haven’t had a raise in a while and noticed an increasing number of your co-workers are from India, China or Pakistan and willing to work for peanuts, take out your slide rule and put two and two together. Prepare yourself for even more wage stagnation because the Senate bill intends to increase H-1Bs from 65,000 to 110,000 a year, despite the fact that America graduates two to three times more STEM degree holders annually than are actually hired into the field. The net effect is that U.S. workers will be displaced and American students will be discouraged from investing in high-tech education.

Low Skilled Workers
Our apologies for including anyone who can swing a hammer in this category because those of us who pound our thumbs purple think you possess a coveted skill. That said, the Gang of Eight doesn’t have much regard for protecting wages and working opportunities for construction, hospitality, janitorial, retail, and other similar lower skill or wage jobs because they claim these professions depend on foreign labor. The evidence says otherwise.

In almost all the occupations to which unskilled and semi-skilled foreign – and illegal – workers gravitate, Americans already hold most of the jobs. Native born workers account for well over half of all housekeepers, maids, and taxi drivers in the U.S., almost two-thirds of all the butchers, meat processors, ground maintenance and construction workers, and three-fourths of all porters, bellhops and janitors.

Bob Dane

Bob Dane is the Director of Communications for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.