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Are you an American citizen college student about to graduate and look for a job in business, design, medicine, programming, engineering, or science? Your president just screwed you out of your first job.
As the nation prepares to ring in the New Year, President Barack Obama is preparing a colossal new executive action that could print-up work permits for a huge number of foreign white-collar graduates every year, above and beyond the levels set by Congress.
This executive action, which directly bypasses Congressional lawmakers, is likely to reverberate across the presidential race, as GOP voters look to choose a nominee they believe will most effectively roll back the President's still-expanding agenda. And it will certainly raise new security concerns as it covers categories of immigration utilized by migrants from the Middle East and nearby regions.
President Barack Obama's Department of Homeland Security plans to publish the proposed rule [today], the last day of 2015.
The 181-page rule focuses primarily on giving work-permits to foreign college-grads who will compete against Americans for white collar jobs, despite the large number of American graduates now stuck in lower-wage positions and struggling to pay off college debts. The rule will also make each foreign graduate much cheaper for U.S. employers to hire than many U.S.-born college grads.
Aren't you glad you voted for him?
The foreign graduates typically get entry-level jobs that would otherwise go to new U.S. business graduates, designers, doctors, programmers, engineers and scientists. Also, the foreign graduates are used to replace mid-level American professionals once they seek mid-career pay-raises to help pay for mortgages and child-rearing.
The incentive is, of course, money. It's currently cheaper to hire foreigners.
The policy will allow U.S. employers to hire foreign college graduates at very low salaries. The foreign graduates will gladly take those low-wage white-collar jobs because the new policy allows them to get deferred payments from the federal government — valuable permanent work-permits that are the first step on the golden pathway to Green Cards and citizenship.
So, who has a plan to rescind this attack on Americans looking to find their first good-paying job? Not Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, even though the kids most affected by Obama's new policy are enamored with one or both of them.
Nope, it's Ted Cruz.
A new bill co-sponsored by longtime reformer Sen. Jeff Sessions and GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz would not only restore U.S. worker protections in the flawed H-1B program, but would also prevent "continued use of the non-statute-based Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program, and the creation and use of other similar programs, which have also been used to displace American workers under the guise of student training."
It's time to wake up and smell the coffee kids, which should be easy since you're probably working, or hanging out at Starbucks. Obama and the Democrats don't have your best interests at heart. But hey, if you want to keep voting for them, just remember that you'll have to learn how to say "do you want fries with that."
Happy New Year.
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