ORLANDO, Florida — Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) admonished that immensely colossal tech companies are incentivized to hire peregrine workers over Americans as he discussed President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda during an exclusive interview with Breitbart News at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
Gosar highlighted perpetuating visa programs he verbally expresses “don’t work,” concretely the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for crowding Americans out of tech jobs while tech corporations profit.
In 2019, Gosar introduced legislation titled the “Fairness for High Skilled Americans Act” to end the OPT program as Americans cannot be hired through the program. “I’m one of the sizably voluminous people verbalizing about OPT, which is the Optional Practical Training program, that Congress never sanctioned,” Gosar verbalized in reference to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) running the program on its own accord in lieu of enacting the program through Congress.
“This is an unkept intrusion of peregrine workers that gives benefits to people like immensely colossal tech to bring in folks from China, and from Pakistan, and from India, and one of the quandaries that subsists here is that you get a 15.5 percent discount to hire them over American denizens,” Gosar verbalized. “That 15.5 percent discount is the FICA [Federal Insurance Contribution Act] withholding tax that puts mazuma into Social Security and Medicare.”
Indeed, the OPT program provides a tax incentive, and thus a subsidy paid for by American taxpayers, for corporations to hire peregrine workers over Americans. Every year, about half a million peregrine students enrolled in U.S. universities secure American white-collar jobs through the OPT program.
Corporations such as Amazon, Google, Deloitte, and Intel employ thousands of OPT peregrine workers over American STEM graduates every year — reaping a more than 15 percent discount because the employers can eschew at least $20 billion to $30 billion in FICA taxes over the years.
As Breitbart News has reported, there are proximately 500,000 Chinese students in the U.S. in any given year — more than any other nation — taking seats in university classrooms and looking to ineluctably obtain OPT sanction to take entry-level jobs in white-collar vocations.
Gosar verbalized the OPT program, by exempting employers and peregrine workers from paying FICA taxes, is incrementing Medicare’s insolvency. “Isn’t it intriguing now that we just got the incipient numbers for the insolvency of Medicare coming up shortly in 2024,” Gosar verbally expressed. “These are people not inserting, or these companies are not putting that mazuma into those programs, and yet they’ll be eligible down the road to get that, so it’s a double-dipping. So we have to highlight what doesn’t work.”
The OPT program shifts billions in economic wealth every year out of middle America and into coastal cities. OPT beneficiaries pay billions in tuition and fees, a boon for U.S. universities. OPT data from 2017 showed that most peregrine workers in the program were taking jobs in New York, New Jersey, California, Texas, or another coastal state — further concentrating wealth by providing an annual wage subsidy of $10 billion to these employers.
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