Do foreign student workers rob American jobs?
That's becoming a growing a criticism, but tighter rules already have led to fewer takers from overseas.
The Summer Work Travel program is often seen as a valuable cultural exchange program, bringing young foreign students to the U.S. to study and work for four months over the summer.
But to critics like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I.-Vt., the program robs America's youth of employment opportunities.
"In street corners all over this country, there are kids who have nothing to do," Sanders said last month. "Many of the jobs that used to be done by young Americans are now being performed by foreign college students."
Under the immigration legislation that the Senate passed on June 27, potential employers would have to pay a $100 fee on each summer worker, Bloomberg reports.
That might cut back hiring by small businesses that have used the program previously, supporters of the program say. The fee would also come after previous years of rule tightening, which has led to a decline in Summer Work Travel participants.
The number of foreign student visas has been capped at 109,000, but only about 73,000 applications were filled this year, Bloomberg said. At the program's peak in 2008, the government issued 153,700 visas.
What's undeniable is that the jobless rate is high for Americans 20 to 24 years old. More than 13% of people in that age group were unemployed in June, compared with overall U.S. unemployment rate of 7.6%, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says.
The program came into unflattering focus in March, when students claimed they had been exploited by a McDonald's franchisee, forcing them to live in poor housing conditions while receiving little in the way of enriching cultural experiences.
Some employers say foreign students are more willing than American youths to take on unpopular jobs, such as food preparation, Bloomberg noted. Hugh Fuller of the Purple Parrot Grill in Rehoboth Beach, Del., told the news service: "We have certain jobs that, you know, it comes down to, American people just won't do."
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When worried about jobs taken from U.S. citizens look to the big picture.
No U.S. citizen or legal resident should be denied a job because of the presence of an illegal alien.
Nor should a skilled worker because of IT workers they can get for less than half the pay from India and the like.
Employers are complaining that they can't find decent workers to do their jobs at minimum wages, yet say CEO salaries are justified and have to pay them their millions to do their job, because "they're worth it."
So paying exorbitant salaries for CEOs is worth it, while trying to pay everyone else minimum wages and not getting takers is because the US workers aren't willing to work?
I don't think they would have any problem getting workers if they paid enough to make it worth their while, just like the CEO job, don't you think?
It's literally overwhelming and so sick and sad that these HIGH PAYING jobs are going to foreign workers which also means they bring the whole family here as well.
If you know anyone who works at these companies or in this area, just ask them to be honest as to how they feel about this and they'll tell you how horrible and destructive it is. Ask those who are shut out from these American companies how they feel and they'll tell you they want the foreign workers gone. America sold it's people out.....
I've seen this big time in the pharmaceutical lab business ( Chinese, Pakistanian, Japanese, German, ...........etc.)
Furniture ( Mexican.............)
Machining ( Mexican.................)
you get the picture.
Between Corporations farming out thousands of US jobs abroad and our issuing thousands of work visas within our borders, is there really a question here? Then add all the illegals from every country that either jumped the border or came over on other visas and never left as they should have. Gee do you think we have a problem? This country has its head up its A$$!!
"....Hugh Fuller of the Purple Parrot Grill in Rehoboth Beach, Del., told the news service: "We have certain jobs that, you know, it comes down to, American people just won't do."...."
if you offer enough money, pay, just about any one will do anything! lies to keep pays low and the divide between rich and poor growing! start by having a minumum wage which a person can live on!
this country is becoming controled by corporate big companys.
No, Illegal aliens rob Americans of their jobs, and lower the wages of jobs.
The "J1" visa is small compared to the number of H1Bs and TNs working in the US. There should be an article of how many Canadians are working in the US on TN visas.
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