An employer may argue - and many do - that his or her business would be better off by bringing a foreign worker into the country rather than hiring an American with little work history and few signs of a good work ethic. The foreign worker, the employer argues, will be more productive and reliable. Why shouldn't the business bypass the American?
Perhaps the best answer to that question is another: What happens to a society when the government makes it easy to avoid hiring from its own workforce?
Roy Beck and Rob Montz discuss how short-term and short-sighted thinking in immigration policy impacts individual workers at both ends of the labor spectrum, and creates long-term challenges for the society as a whole.
Employers bypass domestic workers for alternatives who are deemed more efficient for their business models. But society is still left with the abandoned workers. An immigration policy that spurs investment in American workers is going to be beneficial for the nation. That is what Barbara Jordan was fighting for during her final act of patriotic service to her country. She was defeated in her quest only by her untimely death. America would be a different place today had she lived and prevailed.
In the first clip above, Montz talks about how elites feel no obligation to American workers, and he references a tweet from Eric Weinstein that pulls back the veil. Here is that tweet:
Roy and Rob discuss Trump's impact on immigration policy and politics, whether or not DHS Secretary Mayorkas is a principled fifth columnist, the viral gumball video, the economic literature on immigration, and Frederick Douglass. Rob also challenges Roy to respond to popular libertarian critiques of immigration restrictionism.
JEREMY BECK is a V.P., Deputy Director for NumbersUSA
Updated: Tue, Sep 27th 2022 @ 1:59pm EDT