VISA HOLDERS HOMEWARD BOUNDWritten by Joe GuzzardiDuring the upcoming mid-term elections, the 35 Senate races and the 435 House of Representatives campaigns will feature candidates who promise to help create more jobs. Their pledge to improve the labor market for unemployed and underemployed American workers will be at their platforms’ core.Often, however, job addition can come about through job subtraction, namely when immigration policies that are hurtful to American workers are revised to instead help them.An example: A dateline New Delhi, India story explained that the Trump administration’s proposed end to the H-4 visa that gives H-1–visa holders’ spouses and children under age 21 employment permission could open up as many as 100,000 jobs for Americans.A brief, straightforward H-4 visa history lesson is in order. Since Congress enacted the 1990 Immigration Act and created the H-1B, spouses and children under age 21 were specifically denied work authorization. An H-1–who accepted a U.S. assignment knew that his spouse – H-4s are mostly women – would not be able to legally work at any job, low- or high-skilled. After decades of intense but unsuccessful lobbying, however, the Obama White House circumnavigated Congress and issued one of its several pro-immigration executive actions that gave work permits to certain H-4s. Congress has sole authority over immigration.The executive order artificially inflated the labor market which fundamentally had no need for job seekers. No oversight agency determined that the skills of H-4s are in demand as is the practice with H-1Bs. And the H-4s, unlike their spouses, have no labor protections, which could make them vulnerable to employers’ abuse. Finally, the H-4s’ academic and previous employment credentials obtained thousands of miles away from their U.S. homes are difficult to confirm and are often overstated.Some may have worthwhile skills. Still, the incoming deal they made was that they would not have work permits. And displacing an American, or competing with one for employment, violates the spirit of the deal they accepted.Interestingly, if reports out of San Francisco are true, then the working H-4 population could decline without federal intervention. When the Harris Poll asked 171 San Francisco-based HR professionals and hiring managers about their global recruiting practices, only 8 percent responded that they proactively seek out foreign nationals, and 54 percent said that sourcing overseas labor is not very important to their current talent acquisition strategy.Moreover, San Francisco employers said that they’re hiring 33 percent fewer foreign nationals while the same trend is in progress nationwide; 26 percent of corporations are less reliant on overseas workers. Assuming the trend continues, fewer H-1Bs means fewer of their H-4 spouses.While the Bay Area replies may be in part to deflect public criticism, they reflect a concern about tighter immigration practices that could slow foreign labor’s flow even though the companies insist they need them. The White House has promised to make it harder for tech firms to hire foreign workers and announced more vigorous onsite enforcement to weed out fraud, even though the companies all still insist they need them.In the end, the universal truism applies. As the number of foreign workers rises, so does the workers’ general population. The more workers, including those from overseas, the less likely wages will rise, or for Americans to be employed.–FOOTNOTE: Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has been writing about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at [email protected] The City-County Observer posted this article without opinion, bias or editing.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
PRESIDENT’S College (PC) claimed two victories on Friday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in the Youth Basketball Guyana (YBG) Georgetown and East Coast Regionals, including a massive win against Tutorial High School in the U-18 division.Richard Semple led PC in the 66-point victory (77-11) against the Georgetown school. The teen powered his way to a game-high 27 points and eight rebounds. Support came from Jushaun Bailey, who added 18 points and Rankin McDonald with 11 points, nine boards. Peter Thompson led Tutorial with four points, nine rebounds.In the U-14 division, PC thrashed Marian Academy 27-8. Kerol Mentore led the East Coast school with a double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds), while Rasean Barnwell added five points, seven rebounds.Nicholas Verwey led Marian with four points, eight rebounds. In another U-14 clash, St Stanislaus College got past YBG Cluster by a score of 23-17. Daniel Bailey finished with a double-double for the winners (12 points, 10 rebounds), while K. Howard (six points) was the main scorer for YBG.In a close U-18 clash, Marian Academy were able to shoot their way past GTI 40-35.Josiah Daniels and Akili Haynes did it at both ends of the court for the winners with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 points, nine rebounds respectively. Israel Yaw finished with a game-high 15 rebounds and 12 points for GTI. Darren Thomas just missed out on a double-double for the institution after pulling down 11 rebounds to add to his nine points.Bishops’ High dominated against their Georgetown counterparts St Rose’s High in the other U-18 clash. Led by Keron Bacchus, who scored 23 points, the Bishops’ raced to a 69-36 point win.Daniel Benjamin added 11 points, 10 rebounds and Timothy Richmond 11 points.Jaiden Craig with 12 points, seven rebounds and Adrian Pilgrim with 10 points, led St Rose’s High. The tournament is sponsored by Edward B. Beharry & Company Ltd, NSC, Banks DIH LTD and Exxon Mobil.
Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast) pulled away and held off a late rally from Boston College (11-11, 2-8) to win, 67-56, Saturday. The Orange were led by 21 points from Tyus Battle and return to the win column following a loss to Florida State.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the game. Published on February 9, 2019 at 6:23 pm Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+