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With reference to your Comment in ID 06/01/06, I thought that the process of labor certification was designed to insure that the jobs of ready, willing and able (qualified) Americans—regardless of where originally from—were not being displaced by foreign workers or otherwise overlooked. I had no idea that the system was designed, as you suggest, to simply issue certifications to employers seeking "foreign labor". I would hate to think that an employer desirous of "foreign labor" would discriminate on the basis of national origin and hire simply because an applicant is not from here. What’s next; paying these foreign workers less of a wage than would be enjoyed by a similarly situated American?
Richard M. Wilner, Esq, Wilner & O'Reilly, APLC
Mr. Robert Yang's letter (ID 06/01/06) says that "Foreign
nationals studying in the USA using their parents' money not US
taxpayers". It is wrong. Actually, they are using the US taxpayers'
money. Maybe, some students from the European countries and from
Japan and Gulf countries are studying in the US at their parents'
money, but most of the students from all the countries of the world are
studying on the US taxpayers' money. One can easily imagine how the
students from poor countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Nepal,
Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, etc. can afford to study in the
US. They can work 20 hours a week as per regulations, but thousands of
students from these countries are said to have been working more than
20 hours a week to earn their living while in the US. They came here
with them just a few thousand dollars to cover one or two semesters.
Later, they start working without giving any notices to the institutes.
Furthermore, there is hardly any reports in the central bank of these
countries that students from these countries have transferred any amount
of money from their countries to the US. The US universities and
colleges seem to be happy with the foreign students in the belief that
they are paying their tuition and fees from their parents, but, indeed,
their source of income is from none other than within the US.
Most of the undergraduate foreign students studying in the U.S. are not the "best and the brightest", but are here primarily for the reason that Mr. Yang (see ID 06/01/06) gave: their parents can afford to pay for it. From personal experience as a faculty member in the US, I have been asked if I knew of any foreign students from my posts overseas who would be interested in, and more importantly, could afford to study here in the U.S. At the graduate level the picture changes. Funds from U.S. sources are a major component of support for these students, according to the National Academy of Sciences. As Dr. Matloff notes in his article (see ID 05/31/06), this was part of an intentional policy decision to drive down the costs of research and teaching staff because Americans would not forego good salaried jobs for relatively lower wages in academia. Who better than foreign students, for whom the prospect of a green card is part of the compensation package? Most American colleges and universities these days are as much businesses as any other, and look to their bottom lines or endowments. The truly gifted or talented should be welcomed, but our immigration laws already provide for that. In the meantime, we have enough of our own "mediocre and mundane"—including those who buy their way into positions of power.
It was clever of you to publish the article by Norm Matloff (ID 05/31/06).
He is said to be affiliated with the nativist Center for Immigration
Studies (CIS), which is a front for the extremist Federation for American
Immigration Reform, and which pretends to be a neutral think tank. By
publishing his "statistics," you have immunized yourself from the common
charge that you are biased in favor of immigrants.
Please note that as a 501(c)(3) organization, the CIS is not
permitted to advocate for any political position on the question of
immigration. Matloff's piece certainly seems to be political advocacy to
me. I wonder what the IRS would think.
Prior to about 1997 I am told that the use of duplicate SS numbers was shared by the SS Admin. to the owner, employer, IRS and ICE. In about that year a directive was issued by SS Admin. to no longer make this information available. Could anyone share with me the background of this directive and why it was issued? Its application has made enforcement impossible, placing the burden of first proof upon ICE. Now we have the Basic Pilot program which as I understand about 6,000 employers are now using to screen new hires. Why is it now legal for an employer to check on a SS number and it isn't possible for the SS Admin. to take a proactive position and disclose obvious fraudulent use either upon request or voluntarily to other appropriate federal agencies?
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