A new report from the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University has some discouraging news for young Americans graduating from college this spring. The center found:
- Only 53% of Americans who graduated from college between 2006 and 2010 have full-time jobs;
- their starting salaries have declined by 10% over the same period of time.
But instead of trying to help recent college graduates find work, Pres. Obama proposes flooding the job market with more foreign workers.
The recession has also had an impact on how quickly college grads find work and their starting salaries once they find a job:
- Only half were able to find a job within two months of graduation;
- 18% took between two and six months to find work;
- another 12% took more than six months to find their first full-time job;
- and 40% of college grads that were able to find work say their college degree played no role in getting the job.
The New York Times did some further investigating, and in an analysis of Labor Department data, the Times found a 17% increase in the number of college-educated Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 working in food service, restaurants or bars from 2008 to 2009.
Contrary to former President George W. Bush and many of the pro-amnesty groups, it seems that restaurant jobs are not only jobs Americans WILL do, but jobs college-educated Americans will do.
PRES. OBAMA WANTS TO ADD TO THE PAIN
After last week's immigration speech in El Paso, Texas, the Obama Administration posted its "Blueprint for Immigration Reform" on the White House website. The 34-page document suggests solutions for securing our border, increasing interior and workplace enforcement, and dealing with the 11 million illegal aliens currently living in the United States.
Despite the numbers from the Heldrich Center report, however, Pres. Obama wants to add millions of young, educated foreign workers to the job market. These workers would directly compete with American college graduates in an already grim job market. While Pres. Obama says his plan would "strengthen our economic competitiveness and create a legal immigration system that meets our diverse needs." In reality, it would make it even more difficult for recent college grads to find full-time work.
NO SHORTAGE OF 'STEM' GRADS
Pres. Obama's plan offers support for Rep. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) STAPLE Act. The bill would allow foreign students who earn advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the United States to receive a work permit and be placed on a path to citizenship.
Researchers at both the Urban Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have found that the notion of there being a shortage of American students receiving degrees in science and technology is a common misconception.
Pres. Obama also calls for passage of the DREAM Act. The bill would provide amnesty and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens that graduated from a U.S. high school and pursue higher education or enroll in the military. The bill would add an estimated 2.6 million workers to the laborforce who have at least a high school diploma and are under the age of 35. While the impact of the STAPLE Act would be spread over time, the DREAM Act would add immediate and massive competition to the job market for recent college grads.
Other Obama proposals would lift category and country caps on existing family and employment-based visas to ensure highly-skilled immigrants are able to remain in the United States permanently and for increases in the H-1B visa program, which would bring even more highly-skilled guest workers to the United States.
How is that Pres. Obama and the pro-amnesty groups can say that increasing legal immigration workers will grow our economy when our economy can't even take care of our own best and brightest?
Many recent college graduates are finding alternatives to working after graduation. They choose to go back to school to earn an advanced degree, enter the military, or just settle for part-time work. Is this the America we want to create for our youth?
There are already 22 million Americans and legal immigrants who can't find full-time work. They need help from our government, not more foreign workers to compete for jobs with.
CHRIS CHMIELENSKI is the Director of Content & Activism for NumbersUSA
Updated: Mon, Oct 2nd 2017 @ 4:12pm EDT