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    SENATORS SCHEME TO IMPORT MORE FOREIGN WORKERS

    SENATORS SCHEME TO IMPORT MORE FOREIGN WORKERS

    Top CEOs, mayors in secret meeting to push Rubio's 'job-crushing' legislation

    04/24/2015
    LEO HOHMANN

    A group of business leaders and progressive mayors is hosting a closed-door meeting in Washington today, pushing for a big increase in the number of foreign “guest workers” allowed into the United States to fill skilled positions.

    The lobbying group, Partnership for a New American Economy, includes CEOs from Disney, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Marriott International among others, along with liberal mayors and former mayors like A group of business leaders and progressive mayors is hosting a closed-door meeting in Washington today, pushing for a big increase in the number of foreign “guest workers” allowed into the United States to fill skilled positions.The lobbying group, Partnership for a New American Economy, includes CEOs from Disney, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Marriott International among others, along with liberal mayors and former mayors like Julian Castro of San Antonio, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Annise Parker of Houston and Michael Bloomberg of New York City.

    A complete roster of PNAE’s membership rolls can be viewed on its website.

    The main issue to be discussed at the secret meeting is how to gain passage of the I-Squared bill sitting in the U.S. Senate, co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Orin Hatch, R-Utah, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Chris Coons, D-Del., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

    The I-Squared bill would more than double the number of H-1B work visas handed out to foreigners with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a STEM field. The U.S. currently allows 65,000 of these visas per year but the corporate lobby is pushing Congress to up that number to at least 115,000 and possibly as high as 200,000, claiming there is a shortage of American tech workers with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math).

    They say increasing the allotment of H1-B workers coming into the country from places like China, India, Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey, Yemen and Saudi Arabia would jump-start economic growth.

    Opponents of I-Squared say the entire argument of this lobbying group is built around a false narrative. Groups such as the Center for Immigration Studies and the Economic Policy Institute point to statistics that show roughly half of Americans who graduate with STEM degrees have been unable to find work in a STEM field because there is already a glut of STEM workers. This is underscored by another stark trend – the utter lack of wage increases among tech workers over the past 10 years.

    WND reported in depth on the H1-B worker scam last month.

    Secret meeting on Capitol Hill today

    According to a brochure obtained by WND, Friday’s lobbying event is co-sponsored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Business Roundtable, the Council for Global Immigration, FWD.us, HR Policy Association, Information Technology Industry Council, National Association of Manufacturers, National Venture Capital Association, Semiconductor Industry Association, Society of Human Resources Management, and TechNet.

    The brochure says the lobbying “briefing,” which includes lunch, is “closed to the press.” It was slated to begin at 11 a.m. Friday in the Senate Visitor’s Center Room 212-10. The title of the event is: “Understanding and Improving the High-Skilled H-1B Visa Program.”

    The companion to the Senate I-Squared bill is the SKILLS Visa Act in the House, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. and co-sponsored by 22 congressmen.


    Also included as part of the legislation is a measure to grant work permits to spouses of the H1-B visa holders.

    Steven Camarota, director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, recently authored a study of the H1B guest-worker program and concluded there is no shortage of STEM workers in America. Quite the opposite, in fact.

    “In 2012, there were more than twice as many people with STEM degrees (immigrant and native) as there were STEM jobs — 5.3 million STEM jobs vs. 12.1 million with STEM degrees,” Camarota said. “Only one-third of natives who have a STEM degree and hold a job do so in a STEM occupation.”

    In fact, as Camarota explains it, the “skilled-labor shortage” argument is little more than a con game waged on Congress and the American public by corporate interests seeking to further their goal of open borders or what they call “labor mobility.”
    Among the most impassioned proponents of this strategy are Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, and Marco Rubio, the Florida senator. Both have announced they are running for president on the Republican ticket.

    Bush, in an interview with Thane Rosenbaum, said America’s best chance to rejuvenate itself and get back on the path of sustained economic growth lies with increased immigration. He calls for unlimited growth in guest-worker visas and is critical of the “border security first” approach to immigration.

    Rubio, while trying to paint himself as a hawk on “border security,” sources on Capitol Hill say he has been working behind the scenes to increase legal pathways into the country for more immigrants. The I-Squared bill is one example.
    One source on Capitol Hill told WND that many congressmen are sold on the merits of such anti-American worker bills as I-Squared by their staffs. If they push these bills, staff members can look forward to a lucrative corporate job when they leave Capitol Hill.
    In contrast, there is nothing to be gained by listening to experts such as professors Ron Hira of Howard University and Hal Salzman of Rutgers, both of whom testified at a Senate hearing last month on the H1-B program. They explained how the program started out with laudable goals of meeting real shortages in certain skilled positions. Those shortages have long since been solved, with universities churning out scores of STEM graduates, and now the program is being abused by corporate leaders who see the program as a way to further drive down wages. Some companies such as South California Edison and Northeastern Utilities have even had American workers train their own H1-B replacements.

    In the SoCal Edison case, about 500 American workers earning $110,000 per year were replaced by foreign H1-B visa holders who will do the same job for $70,000.

    Exploiting loopholes

    Hira, a research associate at the Economic Policy Institute and a professor of public policy at Howard University, told a Senate panel last month the H1-B guest-worker program has evolved into a highly profitable business model of bringing in cheaper H1-B workers to replace American workers.

    In explaining the H1-B rules, he said the U.S. Department of Labor clearly states that the hiring of a foreign worker “will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers comparably employed.”

    “That’s a direct quote from the website that describes the H1-B program to employers. The reality is, that in fact the intent of the law is not being met,” he said. “The recent replacement of 500 American IT workers at Southern California Edison shows that this intent is clearly not being met and that U.S. workers are clearly getting adverse effects in terms of their wages and working conditions.”
    The corporations are able to get around the H1-B requirements of recruiting Americans first because rules are waived for jobs paying at least $60,000 or if the foreign worker has a master’s degree.

    Watch clip of Professor Hira’s testimony March 18 before Senate panel:


    Co-Chairs of the Partnership for a New American Economy are:


    • Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City and billionaire founder of Bloomberg news.
    • Steven A. Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team.
    • J.W. Marriott Jr., chairman and CEO of Marriott International.
    • Julian Castro, former mayor of San Antonio, one of the first cities to pass controversial “anti discrimination” laws that forbid businesses from saying or doing anything deemed discriminatory against the LGBT community. President Obama appointed him last year to head the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. He is the brother of Rep. Joachin Castro, D-Texas.
    • Bob Iger, chairman, CEO of Walt Disney Co.
    • Rupert Murdoch, chairman, founder of Newscorp, owner of Fox News network.
    • Michael Nutter, Democrat mayor of Philadelphia.
    • Jim McNerney, Chairman CEO of Boeing.


    Another point of contention with the H1-B visa program is the security risk. Critics say workers coming in from Muslim countries with large radicalized populations such as Iran, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, are only lightly screened and may wish to harm Americans. The U.S. record of screening immigrants is not good, as scores of terrorists or terrorist sympathizers have slipped through in recent years, even in the State Department’s refugee resettlement program, which the government claims is the most highly scrutinized of all immigrant categories.

    The employer-based immigration programs, including H1-B and L-1B visas, are basically “rubber stamped,” from a security standpoint, said Jessica Vaughn, director of policy research at Center for Immigration Studies.

    The U.S. is currently allowing about 100,000 immigrants per year to enter from Islamic countries, including refugees and those on student visas and employer-based visas, according to the CIS study.

    The lobbying group, Partnership for a New American Economy, includes CEOs from Disney, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Marriott International among others, along with liberal mayors and former mayors like Julian Castro of San Antonio, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Annise Parker of Houston and Michael Bloomberg of New York City.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/senators-...SvCtKXgLtzV.99


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    These companies are despicable. Every American should do everything within their power to boycott these companies named and the others who are part of this "New American Economy" crap and hit them where it hurts, in their wallets. I'll never stay at another Marriott, or buy anything from Hewlett Packard, or frequent any Disney store or amusement park or buy or do anything that would line their pockets in any manner. And as much as I've used Fox News as my major source of news information, I will not do that any longer. I will also never fly again to avoid contributing a dime to Boeing.

    And everyone should stop using Facebook, Twitter and Thunderclap.

    The Partnership for a New American Economy is coordinating a "March for Innovation" in 2013 which it describes as a "virtual march on Washington this spring to push for smart, comprehensive immigration reform to attract and keep the best and brightest to fuel innovation and American jobs."[3] The goal is to use tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Thunderclap, as well as other social media tools, to make their voices heard in the immigration discussion.[4] The March for Innovation has received extensive coverage in technology news publications[5][6] as well as the mainstream press.[7][8]
    When they're broke, someone better and decent will pick up where they left off but not use their profits from "social media" to destroy the country that provided them with their opportunity and profits.
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    Just more reason to suspect all incumbents. When they allow secret meetings it makes all suspicious that something is embarrassing of distinctly against public opinion. Those who are not invited or attending should expose the others or the aid and abet! (No question about a lot of that happening,)

    I'm voting for no incumbents, no democrats and no republicans!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevinssdad View Post
    I'm voting for no incumbents, no democrats and no republicans!
    Forgive me for saying this, but such a comment makes absolutely no sense to me, unless you mean to say you're not voting at all. Why would you place such a limit on yourself? Personally, I've never voted for a Democrat, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't if the right one came along. For example, I may have voted for the late Sen. Byrd and former Sen. Dorgan (both Dems) if they represented me because both of them stood tall against illegal immigration. Sen. Burr (Rep.) is my state Senator and I'll certainly vote for his reelection. If I lived in Al. or La., I'd vote on Sen. Sessions and Sen. Vitters (both incumbent Reps.). I'm a registered Republican, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't change parties if I thought it would benefit me. You'll never hear me placing such a limit on myself because I'm going to vote on the individual I think most represents my beliefs, regardless of whether that person is a man, woman, white, black, Hispanic, incumbent, Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc. It just so happens that the majority of my beliefs happen to be conservative in nature.

    No limits here, I'll vote for whomever best supports my beliefs. Thank goodness this great country of ours give you and I that choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MW View Post
    Forgive me for saying this, but such a comment makes absolutely no sense to me, unless you mean to say you're not voting at all. Why would you place such a limit on yourself? Personally, I've never voted for a Democrat, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't if the right one came along. For example, I may have voted for the late Sen. Byrd and former Sen. Dorgan (both Dems) if they represented me because both of them stood tall against illegal immigration. Sen. Burr (Rep.) is my state Senator and I'll certainly vote for his reelection. If I lived in Al. or La., I'd vote on Sen. Sessions and Sen. Vitters (both incumbent Reps.). I'm a registered Republican, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't change parties if I thought it would benefit me. You'll never hear me placing such a limit on myself because I'm going to vote on the individual I think most represents my beliefs, regardless of whether that person is a man, woman, white, black, Hispanic, incumbent, Republican, Democrat, Independent, etc. It just so happens that the majority of my beliefs happen to be conservative in nature.

    No limits here, I'll vote for whomever best supports my beliefs. Thank goodness this great country of ours give you and I that choice.
    MW. I hope I can help you see me as a friend of the nation's and yours. In TX we are provided, especially in national elections more options that just D's and R's. Included would be the Green party, the Libertarian party, the Constitution party, even the Communist party and maybe another. I vote for one of the other parties or sometimes for myself. A vote for myself would not count, but I sent a message to the vote counters that I did not approve of them.

    I believe over the last 70 years both parties have exerted negative influence often, and still are, even bolder than ever. I cannot continue to support that.

    I believe that they have become bold enough now to struggle with each other for single superiority. They are closer to that than ever. Like you I see people in Congress that are true statesman, Steve King and Jeff Sessions come to mind. But, they seem to be ineffective at convincing even other party members that wrong is wrong. That may imply that collusion and corruption is rampant in Congress. To convince those wrong that they are wrong Congress must be inundated with members of neither R's or D's. Sending a majority of one party to both Chambers did not even get noticed. It only emboldened them to lie about what they had used as electioneering. I cannot support liars, and will not!

    Both parties dial my phone and fill my mailbox, I would not deny them that. But I do not want them to deny my right to disagree with them. If one party becomes prevalent, that denial will occur shortly after. We all know that around the world that happens and here it can and will happen.

    You have the same rights (so far) I have, and one is to disagree with me. But, we must convince our government that the Construction and our immigration laws were designed to protect America from enemies foreign and domestic. Neither major party is convincing me today that they believe in secure sovereign government.


    I vote, I vote what I believe. I do not continue to support collusion and corruption. See you at the polls!
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    Open the PDF and view the members.

    "The Partnership for a New American Economony".

    http://www.renewoureconomy.org/wp-co...s-01-20141.pdf

    http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/
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    A vast network of liars.....all of this has been well planned - open borders, sanctuary cites, the placing of foreigners in high positions.
    A group of wikileaks emails stated big banks telling who to appoint, hispanics/muslims/foreign names to high positions. Americans get passed over completely now and others run the shows....in just about every arts organization, there seems to be a foreign name at a high post now, Immigrants are taking far more than just low wage jobs.NY mayor deblasio announced that 80% of the museums/arts organizations are staffed by whites and that will be changing - so you are out of a job for no reason other then he wants non whites.
    It trickles down to what art is selected for promotions, exhibitions, everyone has a foreign name. An insight into the art of other cultures was always part of the arts but to remove Americans and bypass their artists is un-American!


    The ABOUT page from NAE below -
    (notice "secure our borders" & "develop a simple e-verify system" did not happen but "increasing job opps for immigrants" & "more seasonal workers" & "path to legal status" have happened in their own way, it is called "don't enforce immigration laws", allow for fake SS & tax # ...the "legal status" would just be a formality - illegals are operating as if they are legally here with a right to work, collect social services, overbreed while we pay for it)

    New American Economy (NAE)
    brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic, and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reforms that will help create jobs for Americans today. NAE members include mayors of more than 35 million people nationwide and business leaders of companies that generate more than $1.5 trillion and employ more than 4 million people across all sectors of the economy, from Agriculture to Aerospace, Hospitality to High Tech and Media to Manufacturing.
    New American Economy Principles:

    • Secure our borders and prevent illegal immigration through tougher enforcement and better use of technology;
    • Develop a simple and secure system for employers to verify employment eligibility and hold businesses that are not compliant, or abuse visa programs, accountable for their actions;
    • Increase opportunities for immigrants to enter the United States workforce — and for foreign students to stay in the United States to work — so that we can attract and keep the best, the brightest and the hardest-working, who will strengthen our economy;
    • Create a streamlined process by which employers can get the seasonal and permanent employees they need, when Americans aren’t filling vacant jobs;
    • Establish a path to legal status for the undocumented currently living in the United States with requirements such as registering with the federal government, learning English, paying taxes and following all laws; and
    • Strengthen federal, state, local, and employer-sponsored programs that offer English language, civics, and educational classes to immigrants.
    • http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/about/
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