Farmworkers cause jump in U.S. COVID-19 cases; deaths hit new low from peak of 2,804

Day-labor farm workers recently demanded improved wages, fair representation, end to sexual harassment and access to clean water as they marched from Baja in a national caravan, “Fair Wages and Dignified Life.” They earn $9 an entire day in their home country and can earn that much in one hour in the U.S.

As Mexico enters a dangerous hike in coronavirus hospitalizations and fatalities, American media is promoting more lock-downs of entire U.S. states, arguing increased positive tests detected in Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada, Texas and Florida are caused by violating “social distancing.”

Mexico had 719 deaths Saturday, versus 612 in the U.S., and 602 deaths versus 285 in our country on Sunday. That 285 is the record LOW since April 19 peak of 2,804, even as the pundits tell you the world is ending.

Our southern neighbor – the most income unequal of nations – is a major source of virus cases coming here. Hospitals in that country are overflowing with COVID-19. People who need help go across the border.

Homeless in Los Angeles

Los Angeles (LA) accounted for half of all new positive test cases in California on Sunday – 2,523 – more than all but four U.S. states.

LA alone also suffered 20 of the 31 deaths statewide in California that day, and some blame its status as a sanctuary city that attracts the sick from beleaguered Mexico. Contributing to the infection hike are the health problems and poor sanitary conditions in the city’s susceptible homeless enclaves.

An even larger concern is the effect on farm states from the immigrant workers arriving here in recent weeks, spreading the virus due to corporate irresponsibility and government blindness. This has sparked fears within the agriculture industry that cases will continue to skyrocket as harvest season stretches into summer, and more and more crews will be sent into fields to pick, pack and ship crops.

Some 400,000 of the 2.5 million-person workforce follows the harvest, often traveling state to state, able to spread COVID-19 everywhere they go.

Lori Johnson, managing attorney of the Farmworker Unit of Legal Aid of North Carolina, warned:

It’s very concerning given that there have been several outbreaks at farm labor camps this early in the season in North Carolina.

The North Carolina hot spots have emerged in farm worker camps across the state, but not all positive cases are being reported, according to Anna Jensen, executive director of the North Carolina Farmworkers Project.

Jensen said the lack of access to comprehensive, clear test results is why she believes “things are going to get worse.”

Lupe Gonzalo, a longtime farm worker in Immokalee, Florida, agreed:

People are really scared, there are a lot of unknowns,

We’re still seeing many issues here in Immokalee where people still have to go to work, still have to provide for their families, and don’t have that access or ability to be able to socially distance from one another, not only in work, but also in their living situations.

By early May, Immokalee had 44 confirmed cases of Covid-19. Currently there are more than 1,000 cases, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Jean Stowell

Doctors without Borders has established a mobile clinic in Immokalee to offer testing for migrant workers, and distribute sanitation products –  the first time the organization has worked in the U.S. It usually serves conflict zones.

In May, the clinic, which travels from farm to farm testing workers after shifts end, recorded a huge 35 percent positive rate, evidence that community spread was occurring, according to Jean Stowell. She heads the group’s U.S. Covid-19 effort. By comparison, the national positive rate is just six percent, some 1/7th that of farm workers.

Tomato season is wrapping up in Florida, and pickers are beginning to move north to follow harvests in other states. Stowell said.

Covid is here for the foreseeable future, so the issue of not having access to safe isolation will continue to be a problem for this community wherever they move, whether it’s Immokalee or Michigan

Like meatpacking plant employees, farm workers have been deemed essential workers, but the feds have not made safety rules mandatory, allowing farmers to decide if they will spend the money to enact any safety measures at all. The result: some workers have been protected and others died from the disease

One report noted:

Farm industry groups insist they are capable of keeping workers safe, noting that many farms have rebuilt workers’ housing to provide more separation among sleeping laborers. Many have also added hand-washing stations and mask requirements.

Meanwhile, farms in nearly every region see spikes in positive cases. More than 100 workers at two large produce operations in New Jersey contracted the virus in May. In North Carolina, a strawberry farm in Guilford County was closed after workers tested positive for the virus.

Fruit-packing workers in the Yakima Valley, Washington state, fought for personal protective equipment and other precautions after 500 of them were sickened by the virus. They finally pressured “What, me worry” Governor Jay Inslee to issue safety requirements. Testing might have revealed many more infections.

The CDC and OSHA, the nation’s public health and worker protection agencies, recently issued additional guidance for farm workers during the pandemic.

The joint guidance noted that “agriculture work sites, shared worker housing, and shared worker transportation vehicles, all present unique challenges for preventing and controlling the spread of Covid-19.” It recommended that farmers screen laborers for coronavirus risk, take temperatures and separate workers exhibiting symptoms when possible.

Marc Schenker, a public health professor at the University of California, Davis, and founder of the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, said:

All the characteristics of farm workers are risk factors, such as an inability to keep distance from coworkers, lack of readily available clean water and housing accommodations.

He said that OSHA has a long history of a “hands off attitude” that doesn’t adequately oversee the safety of agricultural workers:

FWD doesn’t mean “Forward” to this group of richest elite

At first blush FWD.us sounded like a nice organization. Maybe I was prejudiced – my initials are FWD (middle name: William), and twitter handle is @fwdpost.

Was I wrong!

FWD.us is just another way to increase profits for the elite and eliminate jobs for the rest of us, especially our STEM grads.

This lobbying cabal was contrived in 2013 by big investors and leaders of the major tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook and Google. The plan was to import more H-1B workers into the U.S., and replace native, highly paid professionals with often marginal-ability visa-holders, primarily from India and China. (See the list of founders and funders at the end of this blog)

Their efforts worked.

Last year, 60,300 Americans graduated with a computer science degree and 20,000 developers completed coding boot camps, a total of 80,300. Meanwhile 85,000 available H-1B visas were issued to foreigners to compete against those grads for the same tech jobs.

All of the visa holders were accepted to positions even before they arrived in this country.

About 25% of American tech grads had to settle for another, lower-paying field. In addition, thousands of U.S. tech workers were laid off in 2019 and replaced with foreigners.

FWD.us has convinced many politicians that more immigration, not higher pay, is necessary for hiring staff. The result – increasing numbers of H-1B visas for the tech industry..

To the dismay of workers President Donald “The Thumper” Trump, has embraced FWD.us during the past three years, spewing the “best and brightest” were needed from overseas, and ignoring the 330 million “pretty smart folks” who live here.

Trump’s allegiance to global corporations in general, versus his populist 2016 campaign stance, suggests he is spending too much time carousing in the swamp, making friends with the nation’s economic enemies.

The Trump doctrine before he took office: He was asked if he would end H-1B visas.

I will. First of all, I think and I know the H1B very well. And it’s something that I frankly use and I shouldn’t be allowed to use it. We shouldn’t have… Very, very bad for workers.

And second of all, I think it’s very important to say, well, I’m a businessman and I have to do what I have to do. When it’s sitting there waiting for you, but it’s very bad. It’s very bad for business in terms of…and it’s very bad for our workers and it’s unfair for our workers. And we should end it.

Trump’s promise was well said, then soon forgotten.

The stakes for workers and employers are very high.

Google alone employs more than 130,000 contractors and temp workers, plus 123,000 full-time employees.

Meanwhile, FWD.us has formed an alliance with hundreds of colleges and universities to promote fewer American and more international students – the so-called Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration.

FWD.us is also urging more foreign students in Optional Practical Training (OPT) for computer degree programs here, and wants the government to offer fast-track citizenship for their many DACA employees.

Investors are also trying to  expand OPT by passing GOP. Sen Mike Lee‘s S.386 bill, which lifts country caps on Indian graduates coming here.

There is a disturbing alliance between the right and left wings of politics to crush wages and hike profits. FWD.us immigration and prison “reform” views are shared by both the Koch Bros. network of think tanks and the George Soros organizations.

Just one example is left-wing Democrat Rep. Julian Castro, who has campaigned for more migration, while running in the 2020 Democratic primary. Calling himself a progressive, he was a founder of a billionaires’ lobbying group similar to FWD.us — the New American Economy. That group was created at the same time as FWD.us in 2013 by Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Microsoft co-founder Steve Ballmer, and Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch to promote the “Gang of Eight” amnesty.

In an omen of things to come. FWD.us wants to allow many migrants to get occupational licenses for blue-collar jobs. These permits would allow FWD.us investors to hire cheap migrants in place of American electricians, plumbers, natural-gas technicians, and many other jobs.

Founders of FWD.US

Funders of FWD.US

What’s good advice to help you get into your first choice college? Just pretend you are a citizen of China and pay full price!

Some 400 college and university presidents belong to the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration – see here – which advocates for ever more international students.

Follow the money, and you discover the huge advantage of recruiting foreign students, who are never allowed to receive school or federal aid, and so they always pay full tuition.

Take the University of California (UC) for example:

Foreign nationals pay UC about $70,000 a year. The same school charges $27,000 to an average American student (family earns $100,000, owns their home and has $100,000 assets). That’s a total subsidy of $43,000 from the school and federal programs.

The international student’s tuition and room and board is 2.5 times an American’s, so colleges and universities vie for foreigners to increase institutional revenue.

Money, not merit, may often be making admission decisions.

All together, post-secondary institutions receive $45 billion in extra tuition fees each year by refusing American students and giving openings to international applicants.

This is not a small problem.

In 2019, the total number of international students enrolled in US colleges was 1,095,299, including:

  • 431,930 undergraduate students
  • 377,943 graduate students
  • 62,341 non-degree students
  • 223,085 Optional Practical Training (OPT) workers

The most recent statistics available show foreign students – who made up 12% of the total student population – contributed nearly 30% of all tuition revenue at public universities.

The top five US schools displacing American students with foreign students in 2019 were:

  1. New York University -19,605 foreign
  2. University of Southern California Los Angeles -16,340 foreign
  3. Northeastern University – 16,075 foreign
  4. Columbia University – 15,897 foreign
  5. University of Illinois/Urbana – 13,497 foreign

If you are concerned with what happens to these millions of international students after graduation, don’t worry – most of them have it made. The information industry is where many are headed, and big tech companies employ hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, who replace Americans under various government programs.

All told, Information Technology (IT) employment in the United States reached an estimated 12.1 million workers last year, growing by more than 307,000 in just 12 months.

A California lawyer, Randy Berholtz, told the San Diego Union-Tribune his experience with preferences for foreign, versus American students:

First, we are taking needed positions away from Californian and American students. My daughter’s guidance counselor at a San Diego high school told her students not to apply to UC San Diego, because she felt that even though they had top grades, they wouldn’t be accepted there, owing to its difficult admission policies.

The situation is compounded by the huge number (370,000) of international students from Communist China, Berholtz explained

Second, we are educating students from a fairly hostile communist country with which we are embroiled in a trade war, and we may eventually be involved in a major military conflict at some point.

In addition, there are many cases of China’s students, researchers and the like, who have been linked to an organized effort by that country to spy on us, and steal important inventions and other trade-secret information from American entities.

He also said that residents of other USA states are not being actively recruited, while schools seek applicants from China and elsewhere.

Third, it appears that UC admissions officers have decreased their efforts to attract other American students from outside of California in favor of students from China.

I am originally from the coal regions of Pennsylvania, where poverty rates are in the 50% to 60% range. Students from my hometown and region would love to attend UC San Diego, as well as students right here in outlying cities and communities in San Diego and the rest of California.

On a personal note, he added:

One of my daughters had very high grades from a well-known high school in San Diego, and did not get into UC San Diego. She instead was admitted to the Claremont Colleges.

My Shanghai colleague’s daughter, however, was admitted as an undergraduate into UC San Diego, which just isn’t right.

With the current Covid-19 scare, we are losing millions of jobs, many forever. It is time to prioritize Americans for remaining job openings. Those in the higher education business must help America’s “best and brightest”, and let other countries invest the time and money to take care of their own.

President Donald Trump’s recent proclamation to limit workers and students from China does not apply to undergraduate students and also allows in all graduate students, except those tied to the Chinese military or government. The move was nothing but a token effort – political optics at a time when we need insightful vision.

Next Tuesday: How the “Alliance” joined with FWD.US to put Americans last!

China and India – not Mexico – are now sending us the most “legal” immigrants to take our very best jobs and lower all wages

No country has sent more of its nationals to the United States over the last decade than China, according to the Census Bureau.

In 2006, 350,000 Mexican nationals legally arrived in the U.S., which was more than Chinese, Indians, and Canadians combined. A dozen years later, it was China that supplied the most foreign-born immigrants to the U.S. — surpassing India, Mexico, and Canada in 2018.

Since 2010, China has dominated foreign-born legal immigration, as both corporations and universities competed to offer visas and other incentives that displaced American workers and scholars, reducing wages and opportunities for U.S. citizens.

The population of Chinese immigrants in the United States has zoomed nearly 700% since 1980, reaching 2.5 million in 2018. Some 1.2 million legal immigrants from all nations are imported into our country every year.

Click here to view an interactive map that shows where immigrants (not born in the U.S.) from China and other countries have settled in the U.S.

Issuing employment visas to China and India harshly impacts our technical and professional fields. These work permits go to U.S. firms that claim no Americans exist to do high-paying jobs. It is a ridiculous claim, considering, for example, the current median H-1B salary is $90,000 for software engineers.

While corporate America is maintaining there are no qualified citizen applicants for these jobs, millions of STEM grads work outside their specialties.

Another population factor is that China leads the world in sending international students to the United States. In just the 2018-19 school year, close to 377,000 students from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau were enrolled in U.S. higher education institutions, according to the Institute of International Education. They accounted for about one-third of the 1 million international students studying in the United States.

One benefit to China is that it receives a booming growth of remittances from their citizens working here – now more than $70 billion a year. Another benefit is that China dominates our STEM advanced degree programs, and their leaders have easy access to U.S. corporate and military technology.

Tom Psillas

Tom Psillas is one of the Americans hit by the increase in hiring foreigners, especially from China and India:

The H-1B Visa program is definitely a big issue for most of us software developers born and raised in the US. Over 65% of us have been replaced with H-1B Visa workers, only because companies are getting away with it and the laws are not being enforced enough.

Psillas said that 20 years ago Silicon Valley had some Chinese and Indian workers, who were “educated and well-trained.”

Now that the H-1B Visa program has grown too big, we have issues with the large Indian firms dumping H-1B Visa workers in almost all large corporations in America; many times replacing older American workers.

The American worker, me included, was forced to train these H-1B workers, who were our replacements. Do you think we could train them to do everything we learned over many years? Absolutely not.

The end result is sub-standard work, incompetence (not due to lack of effort), and lack of direction from management, who fear for their own job.

Most H-1B workers work hard, Psillas explained, “but after a while, when they see the attitude of management in corporate America and they start caring less about the job.”

Who wouldn’t, given the conditions they are forced to work under. The Indian recruiting firms exploit them, making things even worse.

It is not their fault. It is the fault of corporate CEOs, who care about making their big bonus by cutting expenses and propping up stocks for their investors. They don’t care about the American worker, who lost their job, any more than they care about the H-1B Visa workers being exploited.

…most American software developers in their 60s are out of work, at a time when we should be making the most and spending the most, helping our economy. Instead, we are not eating out anymore, not buying anything, losing our homes or not remodeling them, and not spending money on imports from China.

The following H-1B major occupations and total employed by foreign workers:

The U.S. H-1B is issued for three years, but can be renewed for another three years if approved by the government and employer.

After graduation with a Masters or Doctor’s degrees, Chinese international students generally return home to use their skills there.

123 in Congress want to import more foreign workers to replace Americans, reduce wages and break a Donald Trump promise

Treachery in Congress as 123 Republicans and half as many Democrats in the Senate and House have begged the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) acting secretary, Chad Wolf, to ship more low-wage foreign workers into the United States.

In a January 27 letter to Wolf, 26 Republican Senators and 97 GOP House members demanded DHS allow businesses to import an additional 30,000 foreign workers on the H-2B visa program for blue-collar U.S. jobs this year.

While President Donald Trump was at rallies (campaigning!) and calling for more American jobs and higher wages, many in his GOP lawmaker army were urging the opposite.

Trump was not copied on the letter – a cute ploy. The President is Wolf’s boss, so sending a missive just to the DHS Secretary would normally be out of bounds without copying Trump. It’s similar to sending someone’s minor child an invitation to a murderer’s electrocution without telling the parents.

This subterfuge happens often. Every federal government department ultimately reports to the President, not to Congress, but by sidestepping Trump, Congress can make him immune from criticism of any real job-cutting intentions.

For the past year Trump has been shifting conversation to the benefits of so-called “legal” immigration, which in human terms means adding tens of thousands of imported workers, so American companies can pay less and make more profits.

Even building the wall has been a slow walk.  Most of the estimated 100 miles so far has been in place of old fences. Worst of all, some sections of the new construction look ready to collapse – because of high winds!

The new wall is also vulnerable to portable saws that can easily rip through its steel slats. Stone, concrete, Great Wall of China – has anyone in the White House read “Building Walls for Dummies?”

Every year, U.S. companies are allowed to import low-skilled H-2B foreign workers to take blue-collar, non-agricultural jobs. For some time, the H-2B visa program has been pushed by businesses to bring in cheaper, foreign workers and has contributed to blue-collar Americans having their wages reduced.

“We urge DHS to release the maximum number of additional visas without delay,” the Senators and House members wrote. “These vital American businesses depend on the expeditious release of a sufficient number of additional visas.”

This letter ignored the 11 million Americans, who are currently unemployed, underemployed, working part-time and seeking full time jobs, or have given up looking for employment and aren’t included in the official labor reports.

The H-2B visa program does not include farm workers.

Many businesses use foreign workers to drag down the wages of Americans in landscaping, conservation work, the meatpacking industry, the construction industry, and fishing jobs, according to a study by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Meanwhile, five Republican and Democrat Senators Richard Blumenthal, Tom Cotton, Dianne Feinstein, Chuck Grassley, and Dick Durbin have asked DHS not to bring any more foreign workers to the U.S. with the H-2B visa program:

While we understand the needs of employers who legitimately rely on seasonal H-2B workers if American workers cannot meet the demand, we continue to have concerns about the harmful impact that the program has on both American workers and foreign guest workers.

Studies have shown that the H-2B visa program leaves immigrant workers vulnerable to wage theft, abuse, and trafficking.

The five Senators said imported workers “are often at the mercy of their employers and H-2B workers may also be too scared to speak out against poor working conditions.”

They may also have difficulties accessing the justice system to protect themselves from employer retaliation if they do speak out. These realities of the H-2B program, as it operates today, incentivize unscrupulous employers to hire H-2B workers instead of American workers and create poor working conditions for immigrant workers and American workers alike.

We do not believe that an increase in the number of H-2B visas is in the interests of either American workers or H-2B visa holders.

While Cotton and Grassley are longtime supporters of the American worker, it was surprising to see agreement on H-2B reduction by Dianne Feinstein (Trilateral Commission), Richard Blumenthal and  Richard Durbin, who usually vote to support increased visa quotas..

Columnist John Binder reported last month that “in the construction industry, wage suppression is significant, with H-2B foreign workers being offered more than 20 percent less than their American counterparts.”

In the fishing industry, foreign workers were offered more than 30 percent less for their jobs than Americans in the field. In the meatpacking industry, foreign workers got 23 percent less pay than Americans.

Late last year, the Labor Department banned a South Dakota construction company from using the H-2B visa program after they discovered the employer was importing foreign workers in order to cut labor costs, then forcing those foreign workers to pay for their own housing, visa fees, and transportation costs — all of which are supposed to be covered by H-2B visa employers.

The 26 GOP Senators who signed the January anti-worker letter to the DHS Secretary are the usual establishment, pro-business supplicants:

  • Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY)
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
  • Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID)
  • Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY)
  • Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
  • Sen. James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS)
  • Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)
  • Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
  • Sen. James Risch (R-ID)
  • Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS)
  • Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD)
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
  • Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
  • Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC)
  • Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
  • Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
  • Sen. Todd Young (R-IN)

Plus, 97 Republican House members who signed the letter:

  • Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA)
  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND)
  • Rep. Troy Balderson (R-OH)
  • Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)
  • Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI)
  • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)
  • Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC)
  • Rep. Mike Bost (R-IL)
  • Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)
  • Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO
  • Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
  • Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA)
  • Rep. John Carter (R-TX)
  • Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK)
  • Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA)
  • Rep. John Curtis (R-UT)
  • Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH)
  • Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
  • Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL)
  • Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN)
  • Rep. Ron Estes (R-KS)
  • Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX)
  • Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI)
  • Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH)
  • Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX)
  • Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA)
  • Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA)
  • Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)
  • Rep. Michael Guest (R-MS)
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)
  • Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO)
  • Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA)
  • Rep. Clay Higgins (R-LA)
  • Rep. French Hill (R-AR)
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI)
  • Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH)
  • Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD)
  • Rep. David Joyce (R-OH)
  • Rep. Fred Keller (R-PA)
  • Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS)
  • Rep. Peter King (R-NY)
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO)
  • Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH)
  • Rep. Billy Long (R-MO)
  • Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA)
  • Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK)
  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO)
  • Rep. Roger Marshall (R-KS)
  • Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)
  • Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL)
  • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX)
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
  • Rep. David McKinley (R-WV)
  • Rep. Carol Miller (R-WV)
  • Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-MI)
  • Rep. John Moolenaar (R-MI)
  • Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK)
  • Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC)
  • Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA)
  • Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX)
  • Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-MS)
  • Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
  • Rep. Tom Rice (R-SC)
  • Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)
  • Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC)
  • Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL)
  • Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)
  • Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID)
  • Rep. Lloyd Smucker (R-PA)
  • Rep. Darren Soto (R-FL)
  • Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL)
  • Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN)
  • Rep. Elise Stefancik (R-NY)
  • Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT)
  • Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH)
  • Rep. Van Taylor (R-TX)
  • Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-PA)
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO)
  • Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH)
  • Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ)
  • Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)
  • Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI)
  • Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH)
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-AZ)
  • Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX)
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC)
  • Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA)
  • Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR)
  • Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA)
  • Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)
  • Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
  • Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY)

Bloomberg bought fifth place in Democrat race for $211,000,000. His plan is to import millions of foreigners and ditch Americans.

M. R. Bloomberg

Michael Rubens Bloomberg has spent $211 million in self-promoting ads since November 24, including $866,000 for messages just on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Pundits say the effort is paying off, and they point to the Real Clear Politics poll average that has him at fifth place in the race for Democrat Party nomination for President.

The polls place him less than 2% behind the “Oracle of South Bend”, Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg, also known as Mayor Pete by the fawning media.  Buttigieg/Bloomberg seems sort of David versus Goliath – Mike the former mayor of America’s largest city, and Pete, who was most recently elected with 8,515 votes in South Bend, IN.

After passing Pete, Mike must make the big jump to the so-called top tier of Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. These candidates have anywhere from about double to four times his current national poll support.

While spending hundreds of millions on ads can make your brand almost as well known as Gaines was in its day. Bloomberg has already become a common name, thanks to his Bloomberg News. In the spirit of I’m the Boss, his staff was recently instructed to cover him and the Democrats in the Presidential contest, but not to give positive ink or bytes to the Republican incumbent.

It you only print stories that favor your medium’s owner, it’s called public relations or marketing, but never journalism.

Back to the $211 million.

Both Warren and Sanders can pull ten thousand or more to a rally. Even Biden and Mayor Pete can manage 500.

Imagine Mike’s elation-deficit depression, when he had Judge Judy at his side in a San Antonio, Texas rally, and only 45 folks turned up to hear his stump speech.  When this dismal attendance was reported, his staff reached out for a clarification – urging that there were 130, not 45. Some advisor must have thought 130 for $211 million was much better than 45.

Judy “The Judge”

The real question is whether an audience of a thousand or more would have attended if Judge Judy was there without him.

Is there a company somewhere that supplies audiences? At $100 a pop, Mike could have paid a thousand of the neediest by just reducing his ad buy to just $766,000 on that recent, record-breaking Saturday.

Putting aside the idiocy of a little man trying to fill big shoes, voters should send a message by ignoring his ads, and instead, examine the dangers of a Bloomberg President.

Bloomberg told the San Diego Union-Tribune on January 5:

I think two things are true. One, this country needs more immigrants and we should be out looking for immigrants… for those who need an oboe player for a symphony, we want the best one. We need a striker for a soccer team, we want to get the best one. We want a farm worker, we want to get the best one. A computer programmer, we want to get the best one. So we should be out looking for more immigrants. And other countries are doing this and we’re not…

Of course, in the world of elites, “best” usually means cheapest, more likely to put up with employer abuse, and under a Visa system – unable to easily change jobs.

Some estimates show many large tech companies have far more foreign workers than Americans, and that imported worker availability is forcing engineers and technical experts to take jobs in other fields.

Take an environmental engineer, starting salary with a five-year degree – half earn less than $50,000 a year.

The best and brightest with an eye to paying their bills would be better off using their math and problem-solving abilities on Wall Street:

The average 2018 salary, including bonuses, for New York City’s securities industry employees was $398,600, according to the New York Post.

MIT supply side management grads

No wonder, big financial firms are recruiting from MIT and other top engineering and science institutions.

Mark Krikorian, director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), said Bloomberg’s philosophy is “immigration laws are not one of those things that should be allowed to interfere in shareholders’ value.”

In December, Bloomberg said additional immigrants could “improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue, and certainly improve our economy.”

A Rasmussen survey shows likely voters by 2:1 want Congress to make companies hire and train US grads and workers instead of importing more foreign workers. The survey also shows Americans have great sympathy for refugees.

In 2013, Bloomberg and FOX’s Rupert Murdoch created the Project for a New American Economy (PNAE), a group of investors and politicians who pushed for passage of the Gang of Eight amnesty in 2013.

That Gang of Eight in 2013:

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that planned “Gang of Eight” amnesty would shift more of the nation’s new wealth from workers to investors, and some 30 million immigrants in ten years would cause Americans’ wages to shrink.

Because the bill would increase the rate of growth of the labor force, average wages would be held down in the first decade after enactment,” the CBO report said.

The rate of return on capital would be higher under the legislation than under current law throughout the next two decades,” says the report, titled “The Economic Impact of S. 744.

Bloomberg is following President George Bush’s lead.

New immigration laws should serve the economic needs of our country. If an American employer is offering a job that American citizens are not willing to take, we ought to welcome into our country a person who will fill that job, Bush said.

CIS recognizes the Bloomberg view as globalism.

He is listed as a 2019 and 2018 member of the Trilateral Commission.

He aspires to a single global labor market, and everything else follows from that. A concern about improving the lot of less-skilled American workers is by definition contrary to that view because there is no such thing as an American labor market. There is only a global labor market, Krikorian explained.

Domestic employers are not thinking about the consequences for people from Pennsylvania, when they hire people from Tennessee, and Bloomberg wants that same approach across the entire world.

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Bloomberg’s job-killing stance of foreign workers is just part of an elitist attitude – probably to be expected from a rich New Yorker worth $55 billion. He takes the stance that he knows best for the rest of us, including his attempts at creating a Nanny City in New York.

His agenda for three terms as NYC mayor included control of alcohol, calorie counts, carbon, cell phones, cigarettes, contraceptives, composting, fingerprinting, gasoline, noise, politics, privacy, Second Amendment, soda, sodium, Styrofoam, taxis, tanning, traffic congestion and trans fats.

But don’t count out Bloomberg. He plans to spend another $800 million, and much of that just to get the nomination.

In the spirit of “flaunt it if you’ve got it”, Mike has scheduled one $10 million, 60-second ad for the Super Bowl. After news of that buy reached the White House, President Donald John Trump also bought a $10 million ad.

While few of us look forward to the $20 million of Mike and Don ads in the Battle of the Rich New York Guys, there will be the opportunity to admire the other end of horses, thanks to Budweiser’s purchase of four minutes of commercials.

Elitist Koch conservative groups pushing for more immigration – what easier way to lower Americans’ wages and benefits?

When nearly everyone, left and right, the rich, politicians, pundits and scholars, all agree on a public policy – we are in trouble!

Nowhere is this more true than in the struggle to control immigration, legal or not. The almost universal message is that more population is always better, less is quite unfair, and even the status quo is unacceptable.

Who is promoting this? The answer is an example of how thoughtful Americans are hoodwinked by pundit propaganda, intense marketing campaigns, and phony front groups with fancy names, but sinister plans.

C. Koch

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) is a leader in urging open borders and campaigns to end Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) viability. Funded by the Koch Brothers, this group opposes any minimum wage, wants Medicare privatized, unions busted, early retirement moved from 62 to 65, and a revamped Social Security system that brutally cuts middle class benefits and makes it a welfare program.

AFP is one of the many Koch open border crusades by dozens of front groups that all fixate on similar goals – in addition to unfettered immigration.

These groups advocate lower wages, lower taxes, privatization of all public entities, removing worker’s rights, and a general destruction of the universal safety net, first initiated by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Uncontrolled immigration serves the Kochs’ goals well.

For example, a documented worker on an employment Visa is tied to the boss, who can fire them and force return to their home country if they don’t cooperate in even the most egregious labor law violations.

An undocumented (not legally here) employee has even fewer rights in America, and will do almost anything to escape exposure and deportation. These are the nannies who get paid nothing and sleep in cellars, the roofers who live in cardboard boxes on our big city streets, and the poor masses huddled in Winter in front of the Home Depot to beg for hard labor at pitiful wages.

Kochs despise middle class, use immigration as weapon to suppress wages

The Kochs and their Libertarian buddies have no problem cutting wages by ending unions, or sickening the poor by slicing Medicare, or terrorizing the elderly by raising the full retirement age to 69, and even totally eliminating earned benefits for some retirees.

It’s all about cheap labor for them, bigger parties with their friends, larger yachts, more mansions, and the self satisfaction of making their underlings subservient and crushed by their whims.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, opening floodgates of immigration from poor nations into the U.S. was done only for economic reasons – lowering wage rates and increasing profits.

Check the “overhead” expenses for some of the above groups!

Any effort to control immigration in recent years has been met with lobbying in Congress and tv ads in opposition by both the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth (an elite group of CEOs).

Democrats mean well, but are confused by Koch smokescreen

Unfortunately, in the regulation of immigration the evil goals of the Koch Brothers align with the sympathies of the modern Democrat Party and its current utopian view.

Despite the Democrat tradition to protect middle class workers from greedy corporations and shareholders, progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have seized on unfettered immigration as pure and perfect, while ignoring the real need to protect national borders.

Here is a link to the numerous border barriers around the world. Most are to prevent illegal immigration, terrorism or smuggling.

The extreme right, those corporate water carriers, are very adept at eliminating facts that don’t promote their anti-middle class goals. The left, unfortunately, relies too much on “research” often provided by the Kochs and their think tanks.

Politically, you can’t ignore the politics of immigration and its influence on our legislatures.

Ronald Brownstein, senior editor for the Atlantic, noted this year that nearly 90 percent of House congressional districts with a foreign-born population above the national average were won by Democrats.

In 2016 among native-born Americans, Trump won 49 percent to Clinton’s 45 percent, according to exit polling. With foreign-born residents, Clinton dominated Trump with 64 percent of the immigrant population’s vote, compared to Trump’s 31 percent.

Brownstein said that Republicans hold about 30 of the 100 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the smallest foreign-born populations. Meanwhile, Democrats control 32 Senate seats in the 20 U.S. states with the largest share of foreign-born residents.

Koch-backed art exhibit promotes corporate view

The corporate propaganda machine uses many methods to promote its efforts to prevent any immigration control.

Last week, the “Common Ground” exhibit, a joint effort of the Koch brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity, the Libre Institute and Stand Together, used ten videos behind ten doors to send messages about how immigrants supposedly always make America stronger.

“You can go to live in France but you can’t become a Frenchman,” President Ronald Reagan said in one video. “You can go to live in Germany or Turkey or Japan, but you can’t become a German, a Turk or Japanese.”

“But anyone from any corner of the Earth can come to live in America and become an American,” Reagan said.

Reagan gave amnesty to three million immigrants here illegally with the hope that effort would solve the problem of foreigners living and working in the shadows. Today, there are between 11 million and 21 million, depending on which survey you believe.

Congress was supposed to pass legislation and enforce laws, but did neither.

“Our economy is stronger when we harness the talents and ingenuity of striving, hopeful immigrants,” President Barack Obama said in the video.

“We are a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws,” President Bill Clinton said.

“America can be a lawful society and a welcoming society at the same time,” President George W. Bush explained.

The Koch Brothers are the sons of Fred Koch, founder of the John Birch Society. Fred opposed all the initiatives of the New Deal, which introduced the 40-hour week, overtime, Social Security and a host of other programs to benefit the middle class. Fred’s boys have continued that tradition, founding and funding the Tea Party in Congress, and donating $800 million to elect strict conservatives in 2018 at all levels of government, even down to local school boards.

STEM grad still living at home? Amazon and the other tech giants save billions by hiring foreigners, thanks to an ICE ripoff.

Last year, Amazon revenues were $232,000,000,000 – the same total amount as all the combined 2018 budgets of the following U.S. federal departments:

Small Business Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Treasury Department, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, State Department, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and Department of Education

Amazon’s corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the newly-lowered 21 percent tax rate on its immense U.S. income in 2018, the company received a federal income tax rebate of $129 million.

Not satisfied with no corporate income tax, Amazon and other firms are avoiding FICA’s employer/employee 15.3% levy for Social Security and Medicare. Here’s how the scheme works, and why it can hurt your family:

The major tech companies, including Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, all benefit from a deal that allows them to hire tens of thousands of recent graduate software engineers, programmers and other STEM students for up to three years with renewals, and even longer if approved for a work visa.

The scheme is the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, which exempts non-citizen workers from paying both FICA and Medicare taxes. Employers are also exempt from their matching share.

OPT’s lost taxes represent money that should be funding Social Security and senior health insurance – Medicare. While deficit hawks say these programs are underfunded, they are also the same politicians who have promoted OPT and its no-tax loopholes.

The exemption works this way, for example. An American, who earns $80,000 total a year, nets $73,888, vs. the OPT worker’s net of the full $80,000. In addition, the company saves $6,120 in payroll expense.

Meanwhile, universities are also pushing for even more OPT workers, because it allows them to exclude American candidates in favor of higher-tuition foreign students. This is especially true in graduate schools.

The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) said: “the fate of the optional training program could be critical for universities. International students make up about 80 percent of full-time graduate students in the United States in electrical engineering and computer science, and faculty rely on them for research assistance.”

The foundation is run by leadership associated with CATO Institute, a pro immigration group funded by the Koch foundations.

Some questions for NFAP? Why aren’t 80% of the positions taken by Americans, rather than vice-versa? Does this surplus of foreign grads, versus citizens, also account for the relatively low pay for workers with advanced degrees in the STEM disciplines?

Author Hillary Gamm was recently interviewed on SiriusXM, and she explained how OPT started. Gamm is author of Billions Lost: The American Tech Crisis and The Road Map to Change.

OPT started … in the Bush administration and then what Obama did … was he went from creating something that allowed foreign children studying in the United States to work for like six months or a year to instead be able to work three years and then get a renewal for up to five to six years.

So what’s happening today is you’ll have children that are American citizens, where parents have basically bankrupted themselves to send their kids to these American universities and they’ll be sitting alongside their foreign friends who are … earning the same degree. And those foreign children will have a job offer in hand when they graduate and the American child will not have even gotten an interview for that same company.

Tech giants employ thousands of OPT foreign workers annually, instead of American STEM graduates. In 2017 alone, Amazon placed nearly 2,400 OPT foreign workers into white-collar STEM jobs that should have gone to Americans.

Gamm said OPT is not a visa. It is actually administered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which exempts the employer and employee from FICA taxes.

Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS, (R-AZ) has introduced legislation – the Fairness for High-Skilled Americans Act– to end the OPT program abuses and decrease foreign job competition for our STEM graduates.

The bill passed the House, 385-65. Corporate lackeys will kill it in the Senate.

As an aside, one game played in Congress is for House members to vote on bills they want killed, gaining positive publicity, but knowing that the bill will never pass the Senate, so their vote was just fake to get votes.