The Big Business Immigration Machine: The Year in Review
by Jim Gillespie
“Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong
an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” — Thomas Jefferson
I thought it might be interesting to look back at the year just closing and see what our big business friends were up to immigration-wise in 2014. It wasn’t pretty.
The big business lobby set the tone for 2014 in January when Joe Echevarria, CEO of Deloitte, LLP, and a principal figure in the Business Roundtable, declared in urgent, almost frantic tones that America is locked in a “battle for global talent– a battle America is determined to win.” According to Mr. Echevarria, American universities must educate the world’s smartest people and–most importantly–keep them here to continue to enrich the American economy for years afterward. (Reuters) (Later in the year, Mr. Echevarria surprised Wall Street by actually opting out of the U.S. economy in favor of a new career in “public service.”)
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL/CIO announced in February a joint effort to support the creation of a new federal bureaucracy dedicated to the importation of more “lesser-skilled” foreign workers. (Huffington Post). That same month Chamber CEO Tom Donohue published an op-ed piece affirming that lesser-skilled foreign workers are superior to American workers. (Communities Digital News)
The March issue of the Atlantic Monthly included an article titled “The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage,” which debunked the widespread belief that the United States has a surplus of science and engineering jobs, a main rationale cited by the open-borders, pro-amnesty big business crowd. The article stated, “The truth is that there is little credible evidence of the claimed widespread shortages in the U.S. science and engineering workforce…. [M]any… science and engineering careers are headed in the opposite direction: unstable careers, slow-growing wages, and high risk of jobs moving offshore or being filled by temporary workers from abroad.”
Undaunted by such findings–of which there are many–the April 11 issue of the Raleigh News and Observer featured an op-ed by SAS Institute CEO Jim Goodnight adding his voice to the high-tech chorus demanding more and more H-1B visas for foreign workers. We must, he said, “remove the legal requirements that force these foreign students to return home once they have finished their studies” in our universities.
In May, the Obama administration, at the urging of the high-tech industry, acted to authorize the spouses of H-1B workers to work in the United States. Spouses had long been permitted to live in the U.S., but this was the first time they had been permitted to work–and to compete with American citizens for jobs. (NumbersUSA)
This June was proclaimed the first-ever “Immigrant Heritage Month” by welcome.us, a website sponsored by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Sort of a clone of “Black History Month,” this month-long celebration has as its goal recognition of the achievements of immigrants in American history and, incidentally, to gin up support for amnesty (see, for example, “Happy ‘Immigrant Heritage Month’ — Now Vote for Immigration Reform, Please).
In July, a bold U.S. Representative, Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich), refused to accept an award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Bentivolio cited the Chamber’s position on immigration and called the organization the “biggest pro-amnesty group” in the country. (The Blaze)
In August, Politico reported that representatives from Oracle, Cisco, Microsoft, Accenture, and other corporations met at the White House with senior administration officials to plot strategy regarding amnesty for illegals, in particular how it relates to the alleged “needs” of the high-tech, agricultural, and construction sectors.
The September 24 issue of the Los Angeles Times reported that in the previous five years, 20% of American workers had been laid off from their jobs and that 22% of them were still looking for work. Layoffs have become an apparently permanent part of American society. Companies actively campaigning for more foreign workers include Cisco (will lay off 6000 in 2015), Microsoft (laid off 18,000 in 2014 ), IBM (13,000 in 2014), and Accenture (notorious for constant layoffs, it axed seven percent of its senior management in 2014).
The Federal Business Opportunities announced in October that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was issuing a bid for nine million new immigrant ID cards in preparation of a surge in demand in 2016. According to their bid, the estimated maximum for the length of the contract was a whopping 34,000,000 (Breitbart).
In November, Matt Sonnesyn, senior director of the Business Roundable, a group that has been a leader in the support for amnesty, announced that his organization agrees with most of President Obama’s unilateral decrees on immigration reform but would prefer that Congress vote them into law. (CNN)
To close out the year, on December 27, the U.S. Chamber’s Tom Donohue announced that the Republican Party “has two years to enact a ‘vigorous program aimed at meeting the needs of the American people’ or risk losing their majority. The Chamber wants Congress to act on a variety of business priorities with immigration overhaul (i.e, amnesty) at the top of the list. (Breitbart)
So it went. And you can bet that in the coming year the pro-immigration, pro-cheap-labor forces in business will devote more and more of their time–and their money–to achieving their goal of a third-world America. All we can do is oppose them, now and in the year and years to come.