Visas, TPP deal threaten U.S. workers: July 1, 2015

TPA and TPP are diminishing the sovereignty of the United States pushing the American people into submission to global governance and out of the job market.

Not only are corporations seeking immigrants and refugees for cheap foreign labor to fill blue collar positions but, also influence members of congress to increase the number of H-1B visa workers replacing the American worker in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Michael S. Teitelbaum, vice president of the Sloan Foundation, opined that there are no general shortages of scientists and engineers. He went even further, to state that there is evidence suggesting surpluses: there are significantly more science and engineering graduates in the United States than attractive positions available in the workforce. Similarly, B. Lindsay Lowell and Harold Salzman have pointed to the disproportionate percentage of bachelor’s degree STEM holders not employed in STEM occupations.

Looking at the STEM labor market, Salzman and colleagues concluded that, for every two students graduating with a U.S. STEM degree, only one is employed in STEM and that 32 percent of computer science graduates not employed in information technology attributed their situation to a lack of available jobs. In 2014, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 74 percent of those who have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM major are not employed in STEM occupations.

‘for every two students that U.S. colleges graduate with STEM degrees, only one is hired in a STEM job.’

Low-skilled, temporary and seasonal workers brought in through the H-2B visa are also competing with Americans.

While the TPP erodes national sovereignty, the increase of cheap foreign labor at all levels influences the stagnation of wages, negatively affecting the standard of living and the average American household income.

The Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), known as “fast-track,” supported by Congressman Tom Emmer and the Establishment party, prevents Congress from amending any deals negotiated by the president. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, almost 6,000 pages, is not free trade but, controlled trade.  Under the TPP unelected bureaucrats sit on committees, such as the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS),  adopting international rules for:

  • Labor
  • Environment
  • Immigration
  • New rules for every aspect of global commerce

Rather than citizen driven—policies at all levels of government would be required to comply with TPP rules. The American people are losing their voice and representation.

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