Feb 26

The U.S. STEM Worker ‘Shortage’ Is Not Real

Throughout the nation and in a wide range of industries, there is an urgent demand for workers trained in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—yet there are not enough people with the necessary skills to meet that demand. – Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft 9/27/12

Fact Check: The media, politicians and corporations constantly proclaim that the U.S. has a terrible shortage of STEM workers, and that the only solution is import more foreigners to do this work through the H-1B visa program. Otherwise, they claim, our economy will languish and decline for lack of these skilled workers.

One leader of this chorus is the Microsoft corporation. It maintains that the numbers of U.S graduates with a bachelor’s degree in computer science are far less than the job openings in computing occupations. But one thing they neglect to mention, notes Edwin S. Rubenstein of ESR Research Consultants, is that a degree in computer science, more often than not, is unnecessary to do computer industry jobs. He cites Professor Norman Matloff (UC) Davis who found that “only 40.2 percent of those with software engineer, programmer or computer scientist titles came to the profession with a [computer science] degree.”

It is true that U.S. graduates in computer science have declined in recent years. But that is understandable given the relatively high rate of unemployment and stagnant wages in the field. Both of these conditions are a direct consequence of Microsoft and other companies importing foreign workers.

If indeed there were truly a shortage of STEM workers, wages in those fields, in general, would be rising. But they’re not. Rubenstein observes that, “From 2000 to 2011, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the average real hourly wage for workers with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer and math occupations rose less than 0.5 percent per year. . . . This is nowhere near the gains you would see if a real shortage existed.”

There are exceptions to the general trend, however, exceptions that show the falsity to the shortage claim. One example is petroleum engineering. In 1997 the average starting salary for a petroleum engineer with a bachelor’s degree was $43,674. In 2010, as domestic oil exploration increased, the total rose to $86,220. With wages going up in such fashion, there has been no shortage of U.S. petroleum engineers.

When companies say they face a shortage of STEM workers what they mean is that there is a shortage of Americans who are willing to accept the lower pay and the lack of rights that foreign workers will endure to gain a foothold in the U.S. The companies are practicing blatant discrimination against their fellow citizens for the sake of greed.       

 

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Feb 25

Milionaires and Billionaires Announce Push for Amnesty

High-tech leaders including the former heads of AOL and Mozilla are organizing a “virtual march for immigration reform” aimed at pressuring lawmakers to enact sweeping changes to the nation’s immigration laws.

The effort unveiled Monday is particularly focused on making it easier for the U.S. to attract highly educated immigrants and those aiming to work in high-tech fields.

Silicon Valley leaders and others have long complained of the difficulties of bringing high-tech workers to the U.S., and immigration legislation taking shape on Capitol Hill is expected to address the issue.

Read more at USA Today

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Feb 25

Arizona Gov. Brewer Says Citizens Fearful Because of Unguarded Border

It’s “wonderful” that lawmakers from both parties are working together on immigration reform, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said today on “Face the Nation.” But for a congressional body 3,000 miles away from her state’s border with Mexico to dictate that more secure borders are not a necessary prerequisite, she continued, is “wrong.”

“We need to secure our border first and then move forward – I feel very, very strongly about that,” the GOP governor said. Thanking Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. – the son of Cuban immigrants – for leading that argument on Capitol Hill, she predicted it’s “going to be a stumbling block trying to get something done” on immigration.

Brewer – who in 2010 signed the Arizona immigration law that sparked nationwide controversy and which was largely struck down last year by the Supreme Court – said she’s witnessed Mexican drug cartels camp along the border and cross at night. The border patrol, she said, “is too far north. They need to be closer to the line.”

“Our fences aren’t complete,” Brewer continued. “People are living down there in fear of their lives, and fear of the safety of their families. And we are recipients of all the crime that is taking place-the extortion, the human trafficking, the prostitution, the cost in jails. It’s a bad problem.”

Read more at CBS

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Feb 25

Report: Public Opposition Can Derail Amnesty Legislation

The push for immigration reform on Captiol Hill has been in overdrive thus  far in 2013, but last week’s recess serves as a reminder — if one was needed — that the issue is far from settled.

On the face of things, there’s plenty of momentum in Congress: The Senate  Gang of Eight hopes to have a bill by mid-March; labor and business groups  agreed on basic principles for low-skill workers; and a series of congressional  hearings on the topic already have begun in earnest.

But momentum can change quickly, and last week saw signs of roadblocks for  immigration legislation.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was part of the failed 2007 immigration  reform effort and is taking a lead role in the Senate bill this year, faced  angry constituents at a series of town halls in his home state.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said he does not  support an eventual path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

Read more at Politico

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Feb 25

Evangelical Leaders Differ With Followers on Immigration

It’s been in the headlines for months.

“Evangelicals push Congress for immigration changes.”

“Among U.S. evangelicals, surprising support for immigration reform.”

“Obama’s immigration plan encourages evangelicals.”

Outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Reuters and numerous others have written more or less the same story on the subject.

The problem is that it’s not exactly true. Evangelicals are not largely behind comprehensive immigration reform, which is commonly taken to mean a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and, simultaneously, measures for improved enforcement of immigration law.

Read more at Deseret News.

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Feb 25

Oregon House Approves Discount Tuition for Illegal Aliens

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Following a passionate and sometimes heated debate, the Oregon House approved a bill Friday that would extend resident college tuition rates to some young illegal immigrants.

After the vote count showed the bill had passed, supporters watching in the gallery stood up and, holding hands, raised their arms in celebration.

“When I saw those numbers I was very excited,” said Hugo Nicolas, 20, who said he entered the country illegally when he was 11. He wants to attend the University of Oregon to study economics and minor in Chinese.

Rep. Michael Dembrow, a Portland Democrat who sponsored the measure, called it a “historic” vote, an important educational and economic step for Oregon.

Read more at KATU.com

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Feb 25

South Dakota House Okays Taxpayer Funded Prenatal Care for Illegal Moms

PIERRE — South Dakota’s House of Representatives approved a proposal Friday that provides prenatal care for illegal immigrants, but not before engaging in a debate that pitted different conservative tenets against each other.

Republican supporters said the measure is “pro-life,” and that it was worth providing important care for unborn children even if their parents happened to be illegal immigrants.

But other Republicans objected, saying the benefit to the infants was outweighed by concerns about encouraging illegal immigration and by the cost to taxpayers of providing that care.

Read more at the Argus Leader.

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Feb 23

Sen. Sessions Denounces Chamber of Commerce

Criticizing a tentative agreement between the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO to advance amnesty legislation, Sen Jeff Sessions (R-AL) denounced the Chamber’s obsession to obtain cheap labor from illegal  immigration. Said Sessions, “The Chamber’s primary goal has never been to establish a lawful immigration system and secure our borders, but to get as much cheap labor as possible — regardless of how it impacts American workers, legal immigrants, and taxpayers in general.”

Read more at The Daily Caller.

 

 

 

 

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Feb 22

Colorado Senate Okays Discount Tuition for Illegal Aliens

After a debate that included references to “jedi mind tricks” and “a galaxy far, far away,” the Colorado Senate on Friday gave initial approval to a bill allowing illegal immigrants to attend public colleges at the in-state tuition rate.

Under Senate Bill 33, students who graduate from high school and have attended a Colorado school for at least three years would be eligible for the in-state tuition rate regardless of immigration status.

The Senate gave the bill first-round approval on a voice vote, and it now needs a recorded vote before it can go to the House.

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Feb 22

Pro-Amnesty Senators Consider Mandatory National ID

Key senators are exploring an immigration bill that would force every U.S. worker—citizen or not—to carry a high-tech identity card that could use fingerprints or other personal markers to prove a person’s legal eligibility to work.

The idea, signaled only in vaguely worded language from senators crafting a bipartisan immigration bill, has privacy advocates and others concerned that the law would create a national identity card that, in time, could track Americans
at airports, hospitals and through other facets of their lives.

The lawmakers haven’t committed to the “biometric” ID card, and are wary of any element that might split the fragile coalition of Democrats, Republicans and outside organizations working toward agreement on a broad overhaul of immigration laws.

But at least five of the eight senators writing the bill have backed biometric ID cards in the past. At least three of them—Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), John McCain (R., Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D., N.Y.)—have said they support requiring the cards under the new law but are open to other options, aides say.

Read more at The Wall Street Journal

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