One of the biggest challenges our economy faces is providing jobs for American workers. With companies closing factories and sending jobs overseas, the positions available to the working and middle class are ever-shrinking. This is made doubly worse by the prospect of cheap, immigrant labor taking away American jobs.
Illegal immigrants do the most damage, as they are willing to be paid extremely low wages and don’t pay taxes. This has created a terrible environment for any American hungry for an honest-paying job.
One of Donald Trump’s biggest goals as a candidate for President is ending this state of affairs. He promises to bring jobs back to America by punishing companies who outsource overseas. He wants to tamp down on illegal immigration and bring immigration reform, so that jobs won’t be taken by underpaid immigrant labor.
Although these are sound, necessary steps to fix our economy and numerous industries, he’s had his fair share of critics. Democrats, who clearly don’t understand the value of hard work, continue to destroy our economy through their weak immigration policies. But one opponent has come in the form of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Since the campaign he has been ambivalent toward the GOP nominee. His support of Obama-backed agendas like immigration has brought criticism from many conservatives. His latest move is all but shocking.
House Speaker Paul Ryan last night promised to create a “21st Century” immigration system that lets employers hire an endless supply of cheap foreign workers instead of paying marketplace wages to American employees or to young Americans entering the labor force.
The wage-cutting, salary-slashing promise was delivered, half buried, in a “Town Hall” meeting conducted with Paul Ryan by CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“We need to have an immigration system that is wired for what our economy needs … so let’s find out where those gaps in our labor markets are and have our immigration system wired for that,” Ryan said.
It’s a tired cliché that Republicans favor big businesses, at the cost of middle class and working class America. The truth is Republicans have long fought to help every class of Americans, ensuring their freedoms and jobs are secure. But moves like this from Ryan contradict all that. He seems to want to help those businesses that want to hire cheap, foreign labor, just to save a few bucks. This at the cost of millions of highly-trained and hard-working Americans.
By offering foreign workers to fill so-called “gaps” in the labor market, Ryan would give employers a huge gift — the ability to hire foreign workers whenever American employees or young job-seekers ask for higher wages, and without ever having to train any Americans to take higher-tech, higher-wage jobs. That’s a huge giveaway to employers and to Wall Street, where stock prices rise when wages drop.
The sad reality is there will always be a fight between business-owners and their employees. There are those bosses who want the best work for the lowest cost; Ryan’s plan caters to these greed-driven companies. But the reality is the very best work comes from the most-skilled and experienced workers. They deserve higher wages because they’re worth it; any company that pays for the best will thrive.
Since the late 90’s wages increases have froze, this due to an influx of illegal or legal immigration. American workers have to compete with people who are less-trained and less-qualified, but will work for significantly less. Unscrupulous businesses are all too happy to accept that.
Unless we have leadership that will close this gap, by bringing back jobs to America and ending illegal immigration, low wages and fewer jobs will persist. Paul Ryan seems to only care about appeasing Wall Street, maintaining a status quo that has hurt the American economy for years.