When Blue Collar workers in America thrive, the economy thrives; and when the economy thrives, the poorest in society do better. When Donald Trump was elected, he made promises to bring jobs back to the American heartlands and stimulate the economy by using a variety of fiscal and economic tools.
To date, even just the talk seems to be bringing businesses back to the US. Exxon Mobil is beginning a $20 billion investment and many car manufacturers are either keeping plants state side or opening new ones. And Trump’s plans for cutting regulation and wastage are already making big differences.
But what happens when America’s elected representatives decide that the people they represent are not the blue collar workers? What happens when, in fact, they try to make it easier for Global corporations to cut their running costs by encouraging the importation of cheaper foreign labor?
Unfortunately, this is what is happening right now. A group of 31 Senators (both Republican and Democrat) are attempting to get the DHS to increase the usage and scope of visas to fill roles that could be done by the millions of young unskilled workers right here at home.
“Thirty-one Democrats and Republican Senators are asking the Department of Homeland Security to maximize the use of blue-collar outsourcing visas so U.S. companies can import more foreign workers instead of recruiting, training and paying unskilled U.S. workers.”
Yeah, you read that right.
The bottom line is that this is a concerted effort to import labor rather than give jobs to Americans born in this country. Unskilled labor is unskilled labor; there’s no reason whatsoever why we have to go over the border.
It just keeps getting worse for our blue-collar friends:
“The request to Department of Homeland Security John Kelly also comes as a claimed shortage of H-2B is prompted recruiters to find, hire, train and retain some of the millions of young underemployed men and women who could fill the many low-status seasonal jobs in landscaping, golf course maintenance, cleanup in restaurants, seafood processing, and hotel cleaning which are often allocated to H-2B contract-workers.”