Trump Immigration Order Sends Big Tech into Advocacy Overdrive

Trump Immigration Order Sends Big Tech into Advocacy Overdrive

By Joe Guzzardi

Big Tech has never pushed harder for cheap labor for the rich and powerful than it’s done in the last few weeks. The latest available data show that, from 2005 to 2018, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft laid out an aggregate $582 million to protect their collective interests on a range of topics that include protecting the inflow of employment-based visas, specifically the H-1B.

Trump Immigration Order Sends Big Tech into Advocacy Overdrive

Immediately after President Trump’s June Executive Order that would suspend certain visa categories, including the H-1B, Big Tech went apoplectic. False narratives abounded, among them that restricting the H-1B visa would set back “America’s economic success,” stifle “America’s attractiveness to global, high-skilled talent” and prevent “the best and the brightest global talent” from contributing to the nation’s economic recovery. Big Tech threatened that “now is not the time to cut our nation off from the world’s talent or create uncertainty and anxiety….”

For decades, cheap labor champions have hawked the same tedious tripe. The truth is the exact opposite: the H-1B visa has displaced millions of skilled U.S. tech workers, and kept millions more American college graduates unemployed in the profession of their choice. Back in 2016, an unlikely source confirmed that U.S. grads are plentiful, but that – alas – they’re costlier than imported labor. Then-Infosys Chief Executive Officer Vishal Sikka admitted that the U.S. tech employment pool is abundant. He said, “There are enough universities, enough ability to hire, enough ability to teach…”

Big Tech is also solidly behind deferred action for childhood arrivals, another corporate favorite that contributes to the Silicon Valley labor pool. DACAs qualify for employment authorization documents, and many among the 700,000 eligible DACAs are in the workforce.

Meanwhile, as Big Tech scorns President Trump for his “dangerous” Executive Order, it’s simultaneously laying off or furloughing thousands of its current employees. The obvious contradiction: if, as Big Tech insists, it needs new employees so desperately, it should hold on to its existing workers who are already on the job, know their duties and don’t have immigration issues. But that’s not Big Tech’s end game. Instead, Big Tech wants what Congress has always provided – younger, cheaper, overseas workers.

In May, research from the liberal Economic Policy Institute found that 60 percent of H-1B positions that the Department of Labor certifies are assigned wage levels “well below the occupation’s local median wage.” The H-1B’s program regulations permit DOL to assign the lower wage levels but also provide authority to change the levels upward. Yet DOL has left the lower wage levels unchanged. EPI estimates, perhaps conservatively, that half a million H-1Bs are employed in the U.S. The majority of them work for the usual suspects – Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Google, Apple and Facebook. EPI recommends that DOL require and enforce above-median wages for H-1B workers to ensure that companies will use the immigration program as intended – to complement American workers – instead of using the visa to fill entry-level positions at a deep discount, and thereby enable U.S. tech workers’ displacement.

Nothing – not 9/11, not the 2008 Great Recession and not COVID-19 – keeps Congress from promoting more H-1B visas. This means the inevitable dismissal of U.S. tech workers. Two key congressional positions that oversee proposed immigration legislation, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees, are held by H-1B advocates, Lindsey Graham and Jerry Nadler, respectively.

At the same time, the wealth of Big Tech barons is stratospheric. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index ranks Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, as the world’s richest man; his estimated net worth is $189 billion. Every 11.5 seconds, Bezos earns the annual salary of his lowest paid, minimum wage worker. Microsoft founder Bill Gates is behind Bezos, with a net worth is $118 billion. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ranks fourth with $93 billion net worth, and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer rounds out the top five with a $76 billion net worth.

The British have a saying that applies to the self-serving congressional and corporate elitists whose efforts have taken away jobs from Americans, and given them to foreign nationals: “I’m alright, Jack.” Congress has its power, and Big Tech tycoons have their wealth – they’re alright. But, U.S. workers are left to fend for themselves.

Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org.

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Samizdat Cure For Google Censorship

Samizdat Cure For Google Censorship — Breitbart.com is a news website that reports unflattering things about Democrats and nice things about Donald Trump and his supporters.

Because of this it is disparaged as “right wing” and “conservative” but, unlike the Washington Post and NBC, it doesn’t make things up, and it corrects its mistakes.

It has been learned that Google has suppressed Breitbart’s search visibility by 99.7 percent since 2016, when it was a major source of accurate information about both Clinton and Trump. Note that this accurate reporting did not make Google happy.

Anyway, Google has pledged to pull out all stops to defeat Trump and all stops have been pulled.

So if you don’t want to live in a feudalistic society with wannabe queens and kings pushing you around what do you do?

Don’t be afraid, don’t be discouraged by what you hear in the media and vote Republican, in person, on Nov. 3. There are far more people who see the evil that has taken over the Democratic Party than one would think via the establishment mouthpieces.

The cure for Silicon Valley censorship is Samizdat. Samizdat is what dissidents in the Soviet Union and other nations under the communist boot did to spread the truth. Individuals reproduced censored and underground makeshift publications, often by hand, and passed the documents from reader to reader.

We can still use social media.

Join Parler and Gab but don’t quit Twitter or Facebook. Especially Facebook as that is by far the largest social media outlet. Spread honest information about Biden and Trump and issues of the day — yes, the Biden’s kid flew to China on Air Force 2 and came back with $1.5 billion; yes, federal agents may have been blinded by rioters in Portland; yes the rioters are organized; no, Antifa is not a myth; yes, crime is soaring in Democrat-run cities; yes, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s murderous nursing home policy is responsible for the deaths of thousands; yes, high ranking FBI agents violated all sorts of well-established protocols and civil rights safeguards to get warrants on President Trump’s staff members etc. etc.

Spread these links yourselves via email, Facebook, Twitter and any other mainstream social media network to which you belong. Make screenshots of stories you think the censors might filter. It is harder to censor screenshots. Always be honest. Don’t be like MSNBC.

Samizdat Cure For Google Censorship
Samizdat Cure For Google Censorship

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Make HCQ OTC

Make HCQ OTC — A group of doctors held a press conference in front of the Capitol, yesterday, July 27, in which they blasted media reporting and government interference concerning the use of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of Covid-19.

Video from the conference has been banned by Facebook, Google/YouTube, Twitter.

Brietbart.com, however, has it for those curious about the other side.

Watch it here and feel free to share it.

Hydroxychloroquine is a long-used, well-understood drug that is arguably safer than aspirin. Many countries allow it sold over the counter and even freely distribute to its citizens.

It could be why nations we sneer at as “Third World” have much better case-fatality ratios than the U.S. and especially Western Europe.

We should end all barriers that inhibit doctors from prescribing HCQ .

Actually, why not just make it available over the counter? In these lockdowns, marijuana dispensaries were deemed “essential services” in those places that have them. If you can trust people with pot, you should be able to trust them with something that could save their lives.

Doctors can still prescribe HCQ for Covid-19 despite the FDA action withdrawing its emergency use allowance, but they face extreme and unnecessary hurdles.

Make HCQ OTC
Yes, the HCQ-using “Third World” places are doing better than the USA and Western Europe.
Make HCQ OTC

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