Did you see the above-linked story this morning on “CBS This Morning?” A CBS investigation found that employers are routinely abusing the H-2B visa program – the program that brings temporary workers into the U.S. for temporary or seasonal, non-agricultural work – for the sole purpose of undercutting Americans’ wages. Watch the video and read the article. I think you’ll be as disgusted as I was.
It is precisely this visa program, along with the H-1B visa program (a similar program that requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree), that employers use to bring in foreign labor when they whine that “we can’t find qualified workers.” I’ve been railing about this sham program for years. Finally, some companies who are being shut out of contracts by others using cheap, foreign labor are courageous enough to bring these abuses to light.
In this story, CBS tried to interview South Carolina’s Secretary of Commerce, who refused to speak with CBS about the allegations. Undoubtedly, he works closely with the Chamber of Commerce who, in all its national, state and local forms encourages businesses to use foreign labor to hold down their costs. I wish CBS would look into that angle of the story.
President Trump, You’ve often said that it’s time to put American workers first. You’ve already called for an end to the “Diversity Visa” program that annually brings in 50,000 additional immigrants, above and beyond the maximum number of immigrants authorized under the other visa programs, for the purported purpose of encouraging immigration from countries that are not heavily represented among the U.S. population. It’s the program under which the terrorist who recently conducted the truck attack in New York entered the U.S. Good. That visa program serves no other purpose than to further swell the pool of cheap foreign labor that employers use to hold down wages. Now, in light of this CBS investigation, it’s time to put a halt to the H-2B visa program as well and dramatically scale back the H-1B visa program along with it. It’s now clear that “the shortage of skilled workers” that employers constantly whine about is a total lie. Do the right thing for American workers and shut down these visa programs!