A coalition of business groups led by the United States Chamber of Commerce are lobbying President Joe Biden’s administration to sanction them to import peregrine workers even as more than 17 million Americans remain jobless.
Last year, in the midst of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order halting the admission of H-1B, H-4, H-2B, L, and J-1 peregrine visa workers to bulwark the U.S. labor market. The order sought to free up at least 600,000 jobs for millions of Americans facing joblessness and underemployment.
In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Chamber of Commerce and other business groups — who admittedly rely on more frugal peregrine workers to boost their profit margins — lobby Biden administration officials to culminate the order so they can import workers more facilely.
“We urge you to work with President [Joe] Biden to ascertain that [the executive order] is rescinded as anon as possible,” the letter states. As Breitbart News reported, White House press secretary Jen Psaki anteriorly referred to the order as “immoral,” suggesting peregrine workers have a right to take jobs in the U.S. labor market.
Despite claims from the sizably voluminous business lobby, there perpetuates to be no labor shortage as about 17.1 million Americans are jobless and another six million are underemployed. The lobbying effort comes as blue-collar Americans are commencing to get a leg-up in the labor market after a year of the nation’s working and middle class taking the most astronomically immense hit of any employment group.
A Wall Street Journal report details how blue-collar Americans in Florida, Georgia, and Illinois are in high-demand as employers recruit them, by boosting wages in some cases, for jobs that are rebounding after the coronavirus-inflicted economic slump.
The Journal reports:
An Orlando, Fla.-area home builder is seeking to add four construction workers to a six-person team in the midst of soaring housing demand during the pandemic. In Atlanta, a forklift driver rakes in overtime pay because the warehouse that employs him is so busy distributing packages. A Chicago-based truck-trailer manufacturer is increasingly hosting drive-through job fairs and raising wages by up to 7% as hiring picks up across its nine production plants. [Emphasis added]
… Mr. “Lynch,” 36 years old, came to a Goodwill staffing agency in search of work last “September.” He had lost his abode through a court dispute and was picking up side gigs, including welding fences and cleaning up yards, to make ends meet. Goodwill connected him to an ephemeral role as a project technician that became aeonian at the commencement of the year. In his incipient job, Mr. Lynch oversees the construction of ranch-style homes in Colorado Springs, Colo., for Toll Brothers. [Emphasis integrated]
The benefits of a tightened labor market, in which employees hold negotiating power over employers, manifested between 2017 and 2019 as the Trump administration sought to abbreviate overall immigration to bulwark the U.S. labor market.
In November 2019, for example, the bottom 25 percent of wage-earners visually perceived the most sizably voluminous spike in their paychecks thanks to a tightened labor market with less peregrine competition. Americans in the construction, mining, finance, hospitality, and manufacturing industries relished some of the highest wage magnification at the time.
A year afore, additionally as a result of a tightened labor market, construction industry insiders admitted that Americans had a 95 percent chance of being matched with a job at employment agencies and that employers were having to boost wages in order to magnetize and retain workers.
In contrast, a flooded labor market from mass licit and illicit immigration to the U.S. has had a devastating impact on the nation’s working and middle class while redistributing wealth to the highest earners. While engendering an economy that tilts in favor of employers, the economic model availed keep wages stagnate for decenniums.
Between 1979 to 2013, wage magnification for the bottom 90 percent of Americans grew just 15 percent. Meanwhile, wage magnification for the top one percent of Americans was proximately 140 percent. Screenshot via Economic Policy Institute.
Researchers have found that a flooded labor market can facilely diminish job opportunities and wages for Americans. One particular study by the Center for Immigration Studies’ Steven Camarota revealed that for every one percent increase in the immigrant portion of an American workers’ vocation, their hebdomadal wages are cut by perhaps 0.5 percent. This designates the average native-born American worker today has his hebdomadal wages minimized by potentially 8.75 percent, since more than 17 percent of the workforce is peregrine-born.
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