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  1. rdowhower Coolidge

    They’re wrong about why corporations want skilled immigrants to work for them. It is all about the cost savings. It’s not a matter of a relatively small number of foreign PhDs…it’s the vast number of foreign contractors that don’t have to be paid benefits and can be paid less than what an equivalent domestic employee would demand. Just look at all the Indian fast food restaurants popping up all over the place…they’re not just because Americans have discovered a new cuisine they like.

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    • February 7, 2019, at 1:51 PM PST
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  2. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Immigration retards income levels ONLY at the lowest level?


    Uh, that’s not the way supply and demand, math, and non-patriotic employer demands for low wages from troublesome non-Americans work.

    Furthermore, wages often do not keep up with the inflationary demands of higher education.

    Additionally, the employers who demanding more HB-1 visas fire their American employees first.

    The HB-1 visa was created in 1990 for nonimmigrant three-year guest workers. It’s not supposed to be used to force Americans out of work.

    “There is no doubt that the (H-1B) program is a benefit to their employers, enabling them to get workers at a lower wage, and to that extent, it is a subsidy.” — Milton Friedman


    2014: “real IT wages are about the same as they were in 1999”


    Immigrants with STEM degrees are more likely to work in STEM than U.S.-born Americans.
    Degree……….Natives Immigrants
    All STEM………….33%…..43%


    Bay Area tech company caught paying imported workers $1.21 per hour


    “…140 Eastern Europeans being paid about $5-per-hour, in 10-hour days, six and sometimes seven days a week as laborers to build Tesla’s paint shop.”

    “…workers were reportedly paid as little as $5 an hour while American counterparts earned an hourly rate of $52.”



    2014: Only one-third of native-born Americans with an undergraduate STEM degree holding a job actually work in a STEM occupation.


    2015: 11 million Americans with STEM degrees are not employed in STEM jobs — or 3 in 4 STEM degree holders.


    worst jobs for salary growth include: assistant professor, pharmacist, senior nurses, anesthesiologist, doctor of internal medicine, psychiatrist, general practice doctor, physician assistant, optometrist, various types of accountants, laboratory technologist, veterinarian, etc,


    Democratic senator Eugene McCarthy warned in 1992, right after the creation of the H-1B program, we cannot let America become “a colony of the world.”


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    • February 8, 2019, at 4:43 AM PST
  3. milkchaser Member
    milkchaser Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I can’t believe these people think they have a constructive point to make. They blather on but their analysis misses the point. How clever they are to describe a thing accurately and miss the point. For example, the point is that the American economy is doing well, not how Trump shifts his message to use that better economy to improve his popularity.

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    • February 9, 2019, at 7:31 AM PST
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  4. rgbact Inactive

    Interesting how you hand wave away the laws of supply/demand for wages and immigration’s impact. Those corporations just want those brilliant foreign workers…its not like they just want cheaper/more desperate labor. Sure.

    So Trump promised to cure childhood cancer and promised record immigration. Not sure why the Right loved it so much. Podcasters didn’t say. Glad I skipped it.

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    • February 9, 2019, at 5:21 PM PST
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