Neil Munro, Breitbart, October 21, 2023
President Joe Biden’s deputies have a new plan to help more H-1B foreigners take the white-collar salaries and opportunities that are needed by millions of indebted middle-class American graduates.
The planned giveaway was acknowledged on Friday night when few people were paying attention to the news. Biden’s officials also used the same Friday-night tactic to hide their record-breaking inflow of blue-collar southern migrants during 2023.
The program now keeps roughly 600,000 mid-skill foreign graduates in an expanding variety of non-technical and technical white-collar jobs. So far, few 2024 GOP candidates have mentioned the program, despite the GOP’s weak support among college grads.
The giveaway is being slammed by advocates for U.S. professionals who have long opposed the establishment’s step-by-step expansion in the number of non-immigrant contract workers who are being imported into U.S. jobs.
“This [H-1B] rule stretches definitions to get around numerical limits and dumbs down the eligibility criteria,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies. “The program is already a scam and this rule will make matters worse.”
The changes are intended to help the Fortune 500 investors who are now “making a killing off of killing off the American workforce,” said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers. “There is no [visa worker] number that they will be satisfied with … despite the fact that there are Americans currently doing those jobs,” he added.
The new giveaway is included within a draft regulation released Friday by the Department of Homeland Security, which is run by Biden’s pro-migration border chief, Alejandro Mayorkas.
But the Mayorkas rule would also allow Fortune 500 companies to import extra H-1B workers above the much-touted 85,000 cap each year.
The higher inflow is enabled by a decision to widen a prior loophole.
The loophole has quietly exempted purported nonprofits — such as universities, corporate research centers, and government agencies — from the annual 85,000 caps on for-profit companies. For example, the federal government imported 138,297 H-1B workers in 2019. The inflow was 53,000 workers above the claimed 85,000 annual cap that is misleadingly cited in nearly all media coverage of the program.
That provision would allow the Department of Health and Human Services to sideline American professionals and instead hire foreign workers for HR and accounting jobs — via a contractor — because the agency researches Medicare and Medicaid spending patterns.
“There are Americans that can do these, are doing these jobs — they’re just not going to be going on for much longer,” said Lynn.
The huge annual inflow of visa workers excludes a huge number of American STEM graduates from jobs. The surplus U.S. tech professionals flood into the broader white-collar labor markets and then flatline wages for many graduates, including journalists.
In turn, the many mid-skill H-1B workers have created ethnic hiring networks that carefully exclude high-skilled Americans from career-starting jobs in favor of less qualified foreign graduates.
U.S. companies likely employ about 2 million white-collar visa workers via the H-1B, L-1, J-1s, H4EADs, OPT, and CPT programs.
The huge inflow of H-1B workers has also allowed Wall Street investors to grow a new management class of Indian-born CEOs, including the CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and IBM.