One example of the many ways recent immigration policies have put Americans last: the so-called “Optional Practical Training” program expanded by President Obama that paid U.S. businesses $2.7 billion to hire 180,000 foreigners for jobs that likely otherwise would have gone to Americans. The program was supposedly set up for foreign students but actually included no training and put alien college grads in the high-paid jobs for three years, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The Center estimated the jobs paid an average salary of $60,000.
As an added incentive to hire foreign graduates of U.S. colleges (rather than American graduates), recent administrations have declared that these recent foreign grads are still “students” so that the usual payroll taxes (Social Security and Medicare) do not apply to either their employers or to the “students.” So businesses can save tens of thousands of dollars on payroll taxes by hiring foreigners instead of Americans — and get paid some taxpayer dollars to boot. Sweet deal. Oh, and for our older citizens, the lost revenue to Social Security and Medicare only adds to deficits.