H1-B Abuses Harm American Workers

Ryan Hite, Jordan Henry, John and Andy Schlafly
06-28-2017

The gross misuse of our H-1B visa program is now extending into even the most all-American industries, and it’s hurting American workers, wages, and families every step of the way.

Walt Disney World has now reportedly replaced information technology American workers with foreign ones. To add insult to injury, many of the laid-off American workers were even told to train their foreign replacements.

 If you have a son or grandson who dreams of playing major league baseball, his chances are far less today because foreign players are hired instead. More than 25% of the high-paying baseball jobs go to foreigners under P-1 visas not subject to the H-1B visa caps, despite how Japan sharply limits the number of foreign players it allows to play in its major league.

Manufacturer and software developer Snap-on Inc. located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, welcomed President Trump in April, as he signed his new “Buy American, Hire American” executive order to promote “the essential nature of American manufacturing to our nation’s future.”

Essential indeed. Without renewed growth in good manufacturing and technology jobs, America will continue to decline economically, with middle-class men and their families hit the hardest.

Trump’s directive will require reforms of the H-1B visa program to limit the bypassing os skilled American workers. President Trump also ordered the Secretary of Commerce to review provisions in the harmful “free trade” agreements, to close loopholes on this issue.

Corporations prefer foreign workers because they become like the indentured servants of colonial America, who were unable to leave their master for seven years under threat of being shipped back to where they came from. H-1B visas tie the workers to the companies that brought them into our country, which reduces competition and harms the free market.

Donald Trump was the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin in more than 30 years, as part of his historic sweep of the Rust Belt States. American industrial and manufacture workers have been waiting a long time for someone to fight on their side of this issue. The Badger State is the perfect place to begin reducing the flow of American jobs to foreigners.

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