Commerce Secretary Pritzker Says More Immigration is a ‘Moral Imperative’

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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December 22, 2014

The 24 states that have sued the Obama administration over its executive amnesty aren’t the only ones to take legal action.

Obama announcing Pritzker’s nomination to Commerce Secretary.

U.S. tech workers filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the Department of Homeland Security which claims that through multiple foreign-worker programs the federal government has flooded the labor market with STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) who displace Americans with similar skills. The court ruled that the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers has legal standing to bring the suit. The alliance seeks to block the White House’s efforts to expand visas for oversees workers who allegedly, Silicon Valley argues, will fill critical STEM job shortages.

The claim that not enough American engineers are available, which advocates have advanced for years, is ludicrous and indefensible. Numerous nonpartisan institutions have written extensively about the American tech worker surplus and the injustice of importing foreign-born labor especially in light of the significant and ongoing Silicon Valley layoffs.

Here are excerpts from a June 2014 Forbes article, “True or False: America Desperately Needs More Foreign STEM Workers” by George Leef:

… (I)nterest groups that want more STEM education, research funding and workers know how to capitalize on that belief to get politicians to enact the policies they want. Even though there is nothing approaching a crisis, they keep lobbying as if we have a dire one....Strong business and educational groups lobby for nice-sounding policies that benefit themselves, frequently employing dubious arguments and misleading claims. The costs of the resulting pro-STEM policies are dispersed among the public, and fall particularly hard on the unfortunate individuals who invest a lot of money and years of their lives in pursuit of credentials that are apt to become almost worthless.

As far as the White House is concerned, American workers are less important than Obama’s relentless drive for more immigration, despite ample evidence that less would be better. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker recently wrote that Obama’s executive actions and congressional legislation that would expand immigration are a “moral imperative.”

Nevertheless, despite the tech lobby spending millions, the Associated Press reported the good news that Americans are finally waking up to the bogus hype about a worker shortage

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