Senate immigration bill a job killer:
By Mark C. Thies
I teach Chemical Engineering (ChE) at Clemson University, where I have been
a professor for 28 years.
I just finished teaching the largest Thermodynamics class of my career and
this fall will have my largest ChE Laboratory ever. Why? It turns out that
America’s students are starting to get it. They know that 53 percent of
recent college graduates are under/unemployed, and they want a job, a good
job. So all across the Carolinas and the country, college students are
moving in droves into engineering. At Clemson, enrollment in engineering is
up 60 percent in five years.
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How’s the job market? Good – but not great. Our engineering students are
getting offers, primarily because of baby-boomer retirements. But salary
offers have been flat since the recession began. Groups as diverse as the
National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and the Economic
Policy Institute have all expressed concern about an oversupply of high-tech
workers, which is reflected in the wage stagnation.
But no worries – the Senate Gang of 8 has ridden to the “rescue” with S.
744, the immigration bill you’ve heard so much about, determined to find an
immigration problem that needs a “solution.” The Gang, composed of four
Republicans and four Democrats, has gotten together with corporate America
to eliminate the “problem” of America’s college graduates being able to get
jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
So what’s their plan? It’s hard to believe, but in this economy the
Gangsters propose that every international student who earns a U.S. M.S. or
Ph.D. in a STEM field be given an automatic work permit. But the Gangsters
haven’t stopped there. They’ve piled on by making it so that a Ph.D. in any
field also gets a lifetime work permit. And no general preference is given
to hiring an equally qualified American. So much for encouraging America’s
students to better themselves by going on to higher education.
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