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BLS May Report: Weaker than Anticipated; March, April Revisions Down, Bombshell in Footnotes

As the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, in May, only 138,000 jobs were created, fewer than Wall Street’s estimated 185,000. According to Fox Business News, in a pre-release poll of 100,000 economists, the lowest predicted jobs total was 140,000. Coming in 2,000 jobs lower than the most pessimistic estimate proves how bad the May report is.

Just Turned 35? Too Old to Work in Tech

The H-1B visa is acknowledged as the greatest contributor to American IT job displacement. Last year, several stories about the H-1B’s deleterious effects on American engineers finally hit the headlines, more than 30 years after Congress created the visa. Abuse began immediately.

Maine Hospitality Industry, in Annual Labor Shortage Panic, Goes Out of the Box, Considers Higher Wages for Locals

Here’s an idea Los Angeles’ sanctuary-obsessed Mayor Eric Garcetti should consider: hosting a job fair to help the high percentage of unemployed locals, especially youths, get jobs. Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, all sanctuary havens, have the nation’s highest youth unemployment.

California Senators Feinstein and Harris Propose Ag Amnesty

California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, along with Vermont’s Patrick Leahy, Colorado’s Michael Bennet and Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono, recently introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act that would protect illegal alien farmworkers from deportation and, in a two-step process, eventually grant them citizenship.

Report: No Cowboys Riding the Range on Montana Dude Ranches; H-1Bs in the Saddle

The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank that generally favors higher immigration levels, is nevertheless an ally on the adverse effect temporary employment-based non-immigrant visas have on American workers

Ag Pleads with Trump for More Cheap Labor, Claims the President Recognizes ‘the System is Broken’

Just as it does every spring, the agriculture industry descended on Washington, D.C. with its annual lament: We need more cheap labor! Unless we get it, produce prices will soar – assuming the crops don’t rot in the fields before they reach the supermarket!

Dreary March BLS Report Should Motivate Trump to Get Busy on his Promise to Reduce Immigration

The March Bureau of Labor Statistics report is surely not what President Trump wished for. The economy added a measly 98,000 jobs, the lowest total since May 2016.

At UCSF, a Too-Familiar Tale; American Workers Fired, H-1Bs Hired

Recently, the University of California, San Francisco campus fired 49 information technology workers, and will replace them with foreign-born H-1B visa holders. On the story’s surface, the news is disgusting and disheartening, but hardly headline-making. H-1Bs have routinely displaced Americans since Congress created the visa more than 30 years ago.

Immigrant Restaurant Owner Decries Los Angeles’ Cheap Eats Lists

Diep Tran, chef and owner of Los Angeles’ popular Good Girl Dinette, recently wrote a passionate opinion column that criticized food journalists for promoting cheap eats lists. Tran, a Vietnamese refugee, said that by advertising dining establishments that serve lower cost food than available elsewhere, publications sanction, perhaps unknowingly, hiring immigrants who invariably work for lower than the going rate an American or legal resident would expect.

Trump’s Speech: What he Didn’t Say

The reaction to President Trump’s speech delivered to a joint session of Congress fell along party lines – no surprise. But even among the president’s most fervent supporters, those who eagerly voted for him, disappointment is growing and intensifying over his failure to keep an important campaign promise.
 

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