It’s no secret that the Democrats’ “Build Back Better” package is becoming an abject disaster. Progressives are in the midst of a desperate attempt to pass every wishlist item imaginable before the midpoint of 2022. Buried deep within the most recent text of the bill is a visa gift to de powerful technology companies that would potentially allow them to displace thousands of qualified Americans in favor of hiring foreigners.
Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) Lambasted this effort in a searing letter sent to the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee Bernie sandersBernie SandersShontel Brown wins the special election to replace Marcia Fudge in the Ohio House district. New Jersey governor’s race in a tie (I-Vt.), Whose committee has jurisdiction over the Build Back Better package, noting that the provisions will allow tech companies “to employ a functionally unlimited supply of cheaper foreign labor in place of American workers. voluntary, capable and qualified “.
“I can’t think of anything more disheartening than telling a whole generation of young Americans, who are about to graduate and have had to endure the hardships of the pandemic, that some of the best and best jobs paid people from America are not available to them because Big Tech secured a corporate exclusion for unlimited foreign labor in the reconciliation bill, ”Hagerty wrote.
Hagerty is correct on these points. He also blames Sanders for the Vermont senator’s former principled stance against the importation of foreign workers. It might be hard to imagine, but Sanders was one of the politicians who once courageously opposed the amnesty for illegal aliens due to the well-documented effect of illegal immigration on American workers. .
In 2007, the Senate reviewed the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act (CIRA). This was the typical tariff of a “comprehensive” reform: millions of illegal aliens received legalization, with the promise of increased immigration enforcement later. If we have learned anything from the Reagan Amnesty of 1986, it is that such an approach is doomed to fail. Aliens receive their amnesty, but border issues are never resolved. The 2007 CIRA bill was no different.
At the time, Sanders attacked the bill. He said the CIRA would “attract low-wage workers to this country in order to drive down the already declining wages of American workers.” He said the bill would be a disaster for American workers and that the policy of importing cheap foreign workers was a “Koch brothers’ proposition” and that opening the borders would make “everyone in America better. poor”.
Here’s the problem: Sanders was 100% right in 2007. The interest in importing foreign workers into the United States has everything to do with saving money for giant corporations and nothing to do with improving business. working conditions for Americans.
Study after study confirms that immigration depresses wages and limits opportunities for Americans. Facebook settled a recent lawsuit with the Justice Department over its use of H-1B workers. Mark ZuckerbergMark ZuckerbergThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Manchin drama escalates; All eyes on Virginia Hillicon Valley – Officials on alert ahead of Election Day There is no ‘metaverse’ where climate change does not exist MOREThe company will pay a fine of $ 4.75 million and up to $ 9.5 million to affected American workers under the settlement, in which it admitted to prefer H-1B guest workers to Americans. Of course, this should come as no surprise. Zuckerberg founded FWD.us, one of the country’s largest open border lobby groups with an operating budget of tens of millions of dollars. The use of foreign workers by giant tech companies is intentional, not accidental.
This is why Hagerty is right to denounce Sanders’ hypocrisy. Progressives and others on the far left like to assert that Sanders is a man of principled progressivism, rather than some other Democratic or Republican cronies.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Sanders has apparently abandoned his earlier, well-founded beliefs about the impact of immigration on American workers. The self-proclaimed worker politician appears to be a political opportunist who now supports the same policies coveted by Chamber of Commerce lobbyists. If these exclusions from companies importing foreigners to replace American workers remain in the Democrats’ tax and spending package, it will be because Sanders wanted them there.
Hagerty is right. The economy and the impact of immigrants on work has not changed since 2007. Bernie Sanders has.
Preston Huennekens is the director of government relations for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).