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    Paul Ryan’s Christmas Warning: American Companies Will Shut Down Without More Foreign

    Paul Ryan’s Christmas Warning: American Companies Will Shut Down Without More Foreign Workers

    by JULIA HAHN
    23 Dec 2015
    Washington D.C.

    In a Tuesday morning interview with radio host Bill Bennett, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) defended his omnibus bill’s controversial expansion in the H-2B visa program, which would allow foreign workers to fill blue-collar American jobs, by arguing that if the provision were not included, American companies would be forced to shut their doors.

    Bennett pressed Ryan on the details of the H-2B visa expansion, slipped 700-pages into Ryan’s 2,009-page omnibus spending bill—asking Ryan directly, “Do you believe there are not enough Americans to fill these jobs?”

    In response, Ryan described the H-2B visa expansion as “a very small, discrete provision.”

    Despite the nation’s high levels of unemployment and stagnating wages, Ryan continued on to assert, without offering evidence in support of his claim, that corporations are facing a shortage of labor, which rendered the provision necessary. Ryan said:

    "The reason that this was passed is because there was some seasonal surge jobs that they can’t find local workers to fill, like the seafood packaging industry in Chesapeake Bay. You have seafood season, you need people to package those things, to can them. In the North, we have the summer tourism industry. What it is is there’s seasonal industries where they can’t find local people to do the jobs: kids are already in college or things like that where you have a surge in workers."

    Ryan explained that the provision was passed specifically “to help small business who cannot find labor when there’s a surge in demand for their labor like seafood processing, or tourism.”

    Ryan warned, “The point is these businesses would have shut down without this and that’s what we didn’t want to see happen. We didn’t want to see businesses, who are seasonal, shut down because they couldn’t get the labor. That’s why this provision was passed in July.”

    The data, however, demonstrates Ryan’s claim to be unsubstantiated. As Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has highlighted, the Economic Policy Institute has documented how, “wages were stagnant or declining for workers in all of the top 15 H-2B occupations between 2004 and 2014.”

    Unemployment rates increased in all but one of the top 15 H-2B occupations between 2004 and 2014, and all 15 occupations averaged very high unemployment rates… Flat and declining wages coupled with such high unemployment rates over such a long period of time suggest a loose labor market—an over-supply of workers rather than an under-supply.

    Cries of so-called “labor shortages” are frequently invoked by corporations and immigration expansionist who want to see large increases in low-wage labor. As immigration attorney Ian Smith has explained, Ryan’s resurrection and expansion of the controversial provision in Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’s Gang of Eight bill to increase guest-worker programs will disproportionately “hurt America’s most vulnerable workers” such as black workers, single women, the elderly, and first-generation immigrants.

    While Ryan argues that more low-wage immigrant labor is needed to fill labor shortages, National Review’s Rich Lowry has previously declared, “The next time I hear a Republican strategist or a Republican politician say that there are jobs that Americans won’t do, that person should be shot, he should be hanged, he should be wrapped in a carpet and thrown in the Potomac River.”

    Ryan’s push to expand immigration comes on top of the nation’s existing federal policy of autopilot visa dispensations. Under current policy, every day the U.S. brings in enough new immigrants to fill an overcrowded, metropolitan high school. Every week, the United States brings in enough new immigrants to fill the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers play. Every year, we add an immigrant population the size of Dallas. And every three years, the U.S. adds another entire city of Los Angeles, made up of foreign-born immigrants.

    Ryan, however, seems to believe these numbers should be even bigger, even as the U.S. foreign-born population is already at an all-time high of 42.4 million.

    Perhaps the most unusual aspect of Ryan’s using conservative talk radio platforms to make arguments for expanded immigration is that the Republican Party is now in the position of having an electorate that is almost universally opposed (92 percent according to Pew) to immigration increases, but it is led by a House Speaker who has a two-decade long history of pushing for higher rates of immigration. This means that one segment of the electorate, perhaps most in favor of immigration reductions, now has as its leader one of the politicians most associated with pushing for expanded immigration.

    This seems to pose the same kind of stress as if the Democratic Party had nominated as its leader someone who wanted to eliminate social security.

    As Breitbart News reported prior to Ryan’s election as House Speaker:

    The fact that the political class, and punditry class, are fairly unified in pushing Ryan for Speaker demonstrates the double standard for how Republicans and Democrats are expected to choose leaders. No one has ever suggested that the Democrat conference elect leaders who oppose core progressive values—such as the ability to have abortions or protecting the benefit programs established by President Johnson’s Great Society… If the roles were reversed, and an anti-amnesty Democrat was working with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) to stop immigration [as Ryan has worked with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to expand immigration], there is no chance anyone in the media, the Democrat establishment, or the punditry would tell progressive activists to embrace an anti-amnesty Democrat Speaker.

    In a Tuesday column, Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz highlighted the tension between the steadfast representation Democratic leaders give their progressive base as opposed to how Republican leaders seem to actively undermine the interests of their conservative base. Horowitz wrote, “Don’t you just wish the Democrats had their version of Paul Ryan leading them in the House and Senate?”

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    Despite the nation’s high levels of unemployment and stagnating wages, Ryan continued on to assert, without offering evidence in support of his claim, that corporations are facing a shortage of labor, which rendered the provision necessary. Ryan said:

    "The reason that this was passed is because there was some seasonal surge jobs that they can’t find local workers to fill, like the seafood packaging industry in Chesapeake Bay. You have seafood season, you need people to package those things, to can them. In the North, we have the summer tourism industry. What it is is there’s seasonal industries where they can’t find local people to do the jobs: kids are already in college or things like that where you have a surge in workers."

    Ryan explained that the provision was passed specifically “to help small business who cannot find labor when there’s a surge in demand for their labor like seafood processing, or tourism.”
    There are millions of Americans who would take those jobs. You might have to provide them some travel expenses since our unemployed workers don't have any money at all, they probably don't have any cars either, and they would love to work in the seafood and tourist industries. What makes you think that in a country with 73 million people on Medicaid with nothing wouldn't like to earn some seasonal income cleaning and fish or serving tourists? What is it about "immigrants" that they're able to do this work from thousands of miles away and Americans can't or won't enjoy a summer on the Chesapeake or a job in the North working the tourist trade? And why are you talking about "kids being in school"? We have millions and millions of ADULTS who don't go to school who are ready, willing and able to do this work.

    You are a stupid person making stupid deals.
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    ALL LIARS!
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    OK, Representative Ryan, how about naming some of those companies which will be forced to shut down? Let's give some unemployed Americans a chance to save them.
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    Excuses, excuses...he is a very sick pup. He really believes that it is ok to LIE to the American public. It is scary, the bold face deceit.

    I understand now why romney or the party (globalists are in both parties) chose him for vp - he is more than eager to push the open borders, globalist agenda thru. Like he said last week, we should have no borders, let everyone come and go, take our jobs to make a better life for them etc.

    WAKE UP DUMBO! We Americans want OUR country as a country, we have no intentions of giving it away for the convenience of corporate greed or to let any old terrorists, murderer or rapists come and go as they please.

    it seems Mr Trump is not part of that agenda and why he is getting such flack over anything and everything, they can't control him to do their agenda to sellout American citizens and USA as a country.
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