The Biden administration is eliminating an office created to protect millions of American graduates from government-fueled corporate discrimination in hiring, pay, and workplace rights. The worker-rights office was announced January 13 by President Donald Trump’s deputies and canceled January 26 by Biden’s deputies.
“The short-lived office was intended to document and expose the corporate discrimination against Americans that is fueled by the huge Occupational Practical Training (OPT) program”, reports Breitbart News.
In 2019 alone, OPT provided work permits to approximately 400,000 alien graduates who then used the permits to take jobs and opportunities needed by graduates, fueled by rules that make alien workers much cheaper to hire and more dependent on their employer than American graduates.
On the same day the Biden Administration closed the OPT oversight office, the administration canceled another graduate protection plan leftover from the previous administration.
“The plan — which was blocked by corporate insiders in Trump’s White House — was to halt the award of work permits to the spouses of the almost one million H-1B foreign contract workers who have jobs in the United States”, reports the Breitbart article. “This H4EAD program was created by President Barack Obama — not by Congress — and it added another 250,000 foreign contract workers who compete for jobs against American graduates”.
Unsurprisingly, the administration’s decisions coincided with the avaricious demands of America’s largest corporate donors, the pervasive open-border lobby, and even the major universities who aid aliens in gaining OPT permits, for a nominal fee.
ICE “is currently unable to evaluate the impact OPT has had on U.S. workers and foreign students who have obtained work authorization through the programs,” said the January 13 message from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program within the agency which announced the opening of the OPT transparency office. The statement continued:
To remedy this, SEVP is announcing the development of a new unit — the OPT Employment Compliance Unit — that will be dedicated full-time to compliance matters involving wage, hours, and compensation … the first report will be published on ICE.gov by July 31, 2021.
For example, if the unit were to detect evidence that an employer is using OPT in a discriminatory manner (e.g., as a means to hire only foreign nationals or only individuals of certain nationalities to the exclusion of others), or in a manner that negatively impacts wages, this unit may notify DOL and the U.S. Department of Justice of such evidence, where HSI is unable to address such matters, so that the evidence can be investigated further.
The loss of employment many U.S. workers have faced since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as employers lay off significant portions of their workforce (while still, in some cases, seeking to hire more foreign workers), makes this work particularly timely.
On January 26, Biden’s deputies announced they would cancel the transparency program:
After conducting an additional review of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s optional practical training (OPT) compliance effort, the program determined that it is already performing much of the work outlined in the Broadcast Message. As such, the creation of the new unit is not necessary at this time.
Prior to the Trump Administration, the federal government released very little information about the OPT program. In 2018, deputies released some limited information, allowing the FBI to expose widespread fraud.
“But the federal government provides little information about the jobs and wages lost to the OPT program”, explains Breitbart. “The federal website provides some basic data about annual numbers, the major OPT employers, that the universities which profit from the OPT program. But the agency provides little data about the operation of the program, the wages paid to OPT, workers, the many small companies that use OPTs to fill Fortune 500 outsourcing contracts, or about reported hiring discrimination against Americans”. The article concludes:
However, many foreign and American workers tell Breitbart News that the OPT program — and its sister program, the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program — provides the workforce for the lowest level of the Fortune 500’s labor pyramid.
The OPT and CPT workers — plus many white-collar illegal aliens and overstays — work long hours at meager pay because they hope to get promoted into full-time jobs and then into the H-1B program. They want to get into the H-1B program because it allows them to eventually get green cards.
The one million-plus foreign workers in this Green Card Workforce displace many American graduates from vital gateway jobs in science, software, accountancy, or health care. The flood of labor in this hidden pyramid also cuts salaries for college graduates — and boosts stock prices for investors and older Americans — including the parents and teachers of the American graduates.
For the complete article, please visit Breitbart News.
Updated: Wed, Feb 10th 2021 @ 4:55pm EST