Drop In Summer Work For Teenagers Linked To Increased Immigration

The rise of low-skill immigration in recent decades, combined with other factors, has reduced the ability of teenagers to get summer jobs, according to the Atlantic.

“In the summer of 1978, 60 percent of teens were working or looking for work,” the Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson recently wrote. “Last summer, just 35 percent were.”

One reason why teens work less today is that immigrants fill more jobs, such as restaurant servers and retail salespeople, while experienced American workers also compete for these positions.

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Kelly Surrenders: DHS Will ‘Likely Increase’ Foreign Worker Outsourcing Visa

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly has promised the big business lobby tens of thousands of cheaper, blue-collar foreign workers despite President Donald Trump’s ‘Hire American’ initiative.

During a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kelly told Senators that he was lobbied by the financial and open borders lobby to expand the H-2B visa, and also by pro-American worker groups who see the visa as a detriment to Americans’ wages and job opportunities.

“They’re caving to the business interest, rather than the people that elected them,” pro-American lawyer John Miano told Breitbart Texas. “Everyone but the very top is being screwed by these immigration policies.”

The H-2B visa is for non-agricultural, low-skilled seasonal work, supplying resorts, hotels and the seafood and landscaping industry with thousands of cheap, foreign employees. Every year, 66,000 H-2B jobs are given to foreign workers and this year, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s 2017 budget gave Kelly the power to expand the number of foreigners who can enter the U.S. on the visa by up to 70,000 more.

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H-2B Visas Cut Americans’ Wages, Four Senators Tell DHS Chief

Four Senators are pressuring homeland security chief John Kelly to reject U.S. companies’ pending pleas for visas to import up to 70,000 extra foreign workers this summer.

“A large body of evidence suggest[s] that our increasing reliance on the H-2B program cuts [Americans’] wages, pushes American workers out of jobs, and may, in some case, discourages them from every applying again,” says the bipartisan letter by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), David Perdue (R-GA), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

The letter was written to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta. In early May, the supplemental 2017 appropriations bill included language allowing the Secretaries of DHS and Labor to print roughly 70,000 additional visas for companies to import foreign workers for seasonal work in landscaping, food processing, tourism, and resorts. The underlying H-2B legislation allows companies to import a maximum of 66,000 visas for seasonal jobs that could be filled by Americans.

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