The Biden Administration's labor chief asked Congress to allow more foreign workers into the country. “Go talk to businesses in your communities, privately, and ask them what they want: Every single company is going to say we need immigration reform,” Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told the House Appropriations subcommittee on May 17, adding that “large corporations need it, smaller companies require it, and people require it. There is a need for more people in our nation. This is a nation that always depends on immigrants for work. We always have. My parents were among the immigrants who moved to the United States. If we wish to grow as a nation, it is necessary to determine the laws governing immigration and implement some changes.”
“It's a complete betrayal of the people that he is supposed to be prioritizing in that position,” replied Rob Law, regulatory policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies. He told Walsh that being a faithful participant in the Democrat Party means that you must firmly support amnesty and massive immigration, and the concerns regarding labor for Americans are not a priority when they're not on your radar.
In stark contrast, President Trump's previous labor secretary implemented strategies to keep blue-collar and white-collar Americans from being replaced by immigrant workers. The pro-worker reforms enacted by Eugene Scalia were quickly discarded by Biden's deputy in 2021. They also shield businesses that employ foreign graduates through the non-binding Optional Practical Training program.
Since 2012, unions have largely abstained from public efforts to stop immigrants from crossing over to join the 50-state union. However, there are a lot of behind-closed-doors efforts in support of labor migration within the Democratic Party. President Joe Biden's armies of illegal and quasi-legal (as well as legal) immigrants are replacing the millions of Americans who have retreated from the workforce since 2000. More than two million immigrants have entered the country since January of 2020 via legal and undocumented routes. The influx of migrants is helping to increase the labor force, similar to the 1900s’ cheap labor bubble, and reducing wages by about 3 percent, all since Biden's election.
The flow of money ensures that businesses are not under any pressure to hire or train the at least 10 million American males who've slipped out of the market in a low-wage, high-migration economy. Additionally, data provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis indicates that the Labor Force Participation Rate of both genders is 62.5 percent. This rate is much lower than the 67-percent rate seen in 2000 and lower than the 63-percent rate of 2016. Every percentage decrease means that approximately 1.5 million Americans are being pushed out of the workforce. The rate of participation quickly climbed upwards to 63.5 percent during President Donald Trump's low-migration economic policies prior to the coronavirus crisis, which forced millions of people out of the economy. The number has since increased with the government’s massive spending and is now about 1 percent lower than Trump's early-2020 level. In April, Biden's border chief permitted 118,000 immigrants to cross the borders into the United States. A lot of them arrived legally, but some snuck across the border.
The lower participation rate is partly due to the impact of inflation on wages, as per Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), the most powerful Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. “People are going to work, and it looks like they're getting higher wages, but they're buying less,” Brady told Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council on May 11. He added that people staying at home are mostly experienced workers, the ones companies love, between 24 and 54 years of age. This is the type of person you'd want to work in your company, but they're not coming in. “I believe because inflation has taken away the majority of their earnings.” He added that the majority of people are deciding, “Why should I work? It's just easier to make ends meet if I don't.” As long as we don't remove certain barriers to working, Brady said, our companies will struggle.
In the hearing before the committee, Walsh admitted that his request for more immigrants is not popular. “I don't know if I'm going to get myself in trouble on this, but the reality of the situation is we need immigration reform in the United States of America.” Walsh acknowledged that his request for replacement employees is not viewed as a good policy by some. “We could do something about it: I know nothing's going to happen about it [in Congress]–I'll be completely honest with you, and I think it's really unfortunate.”
However, Walsh added that his request for a workforce replacement is mostly about Democrats who want to attract more foreign-born voters rather than business demands for more employment and wage increases. “We need real immigration reform in this country for a pathway to citizenship,” Walsh said. He didn't discuss how his call for increased immigration would undermine his numerous promises to educate more Americans, such as former prisoners. Walsh told Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman (D-NJ) that there are people in prison currently who are not considered as potential future workers in America. “If we create the right training program, and provide the best job opportunities and connect with people at the place they are at, we can make a new path” towards a decent income.
Employers claiming that there are shortages of experienced American workers use this excuse “to create this presumption that Americans aren't up for the job,” Law declared, adding that instead of taking responsibility for their actions and addressing the issue, they're instead placing the blame on Americans by saying, “Oh, they're untrained; they're not up for the task.” Then they take the Americans out of the way, bring in foreign workers, and lower wages, increasing the conditions in which a workforce that doesn't speak up, won't consider joining a union, and most likely won't complain to authorities about unsafe working conditions becomes more prevalent. They will put out more work, but their workers will be at greater risk depending on the job, and employers will get more rewards.
In his defense, Walsh noted that visa worker programs aren't the same as immigration policies. “We need to figure out some immigration laws and get some reform. Not H-2B visas, H-2A visas, not those visas–that's not immigration.”
Visa workers are temporary contract workers, not immigrants. Many blue-collar visa employees are from low-income countries and are vulnerable to abuse from employers who offer temporary contracts, which are made possible through the H-2B and H-2A programs, which are uncapped.
White-collar visa workers are recruited by CEOs in order to replace salaried American professionals with the promise of citizenship and green cards for their children and themselves. It is estimated that the U.S. has a resident workforce of more than 1.5 million white-collar workers in the Green Card Workforce, most of whom are imported via the OPT program: the H-1B, J-1, TN B-1, E-2, and B-1/B-2 visas. Walsh's labor department is unable to shield American graduates from abuse by corporations that take advantage of the visa-worker program. Many Democrats advocate replacing displaced American workers with younger ones taken from countries with poor infrastructure.
“We just don't have enough people to replace those who are leaving the labor force,” Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) stated in a May 10 hearing with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellin. “Now, what we do have is thousands of hardworking immigrants who are willing to work if Congress would simply allow them to do so,” Menendez added. “Would addressing the immigration visa backlog help shore up the labor supply and therefore the supply chain as a whole?” Menendez asked Yellin.
Yellin replied, “Senator, I am with your position. I believe that it could be beneficial, particularly in the circumstances you mentioned. The labor market is as tight, with about as huge a supply-demand imbalance as we've experienced during U.S. postwar history. There has been a decrease in legal immigration, and I believe that we need to take steps to build up our workforce [that] could be beneficial. For instance, you point to the massive pile of applications. I'm convinced that immigrants who've been granted legal work permits but need to renew their permits are facing huge backlogs. I believe there's a reason why the White House recently announced that it is taking measures to ensure that the foreign workers are able to work despite the backlog.”
The majority of the journalists working in Washington, D.C. are under constant pressure to ignore the economic impacts on the economy of immigration and visa programs. For instance, RollCall.com touted investors' demand for increased migration but only briefly referred to Americans' having the right to their own employment market. U.S. economic strength depends in large part on its capacity to attract new immigrants from all over the globe, according to advocates. If immigrants with high skills spend long periods waiting for visas to be processed, industries that depend on their talents will be harmed.
“We have millions of jobs just in the STEM-related industries that are open today,” said Phillip Connor, a senior demographer at FWD.us. “And these are highly qualified individuals that would be needed for these positions–and they go unfilled year after year.”
Since around 1990, the D.C. establishment has extracted thousands of immigrants and temporary-visa workers from low-income nations to act as illegal (and legal) laborers, temporarily employed consumers and renters for a variety of U.S. investors and CEOs. The economic strategy of Extraction Migration is not a game stopper. It's brutal for ordinary Americans since it reduces the opportunities for their careers, reduces the amount of their wages and salaries as well as increases their housing costs; it has pushed around 10 million American males out of the workforce.
The effects of extraction migration are also detrimental to the economy and reduce Americans’ productivity, in part due to the fact that it allows employers to employ stoop workers in lieu of machines. The migration process also lowers people's political influence, erodes workers' employment rights, and increases regional wealth gaps between the Democrats’ large coastal states and the Republicans’ heartland and southern states.
A society based on extraction migration can also alienate youngsters and radicalize Americans to a more democratic, compromise-oriented social culture since it permits wealthy elites to overlook struggling Americans who are at the bottom of society. The policy is concealed by a variety of explanations and excuses, such as the assertion that the U.S. is a “Nation of Immigrants” or the idea that Americans have a responsibility to welcome refugees from abroad. However, this economic strategy reminiscent of colonialism can also cause the deaths of many immigrants, exploit the poor, and divide foreigners’ families in the process of stealing human resources from poor countries.
The economic policies are backed by progressives who want to change the U.S. from a society controlled by the current European civic-life culture into a progressive-led enclave of diverse identities. “We're trying to become the first multiracial, multi-ethnic superpower in the world,” Rep. Rohit Khanna (D-CA) told the New York Times on March 21. “It will be an extraordinary achievement … we will ultimately triumph,” the congressman boasted.
The wealth-shifting extraction policy is extremely popular, as per numerous polls. These polls indicate a strong and widespread public disapproval of the migration of workers and the inflow of foreign workers into jobs that are sought-after by recent U.S. graduates. The movement has been growing and is anti-establishment, multiracial, cross-sex, anti-racist, bipartisan, class-based, sensible, persistent, and acknowledges the bond of solidarity that Americans owe to each other.