Your Take: Foreign Workers

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Yesterday, we talked about why employers continue to hire foreign workers at a time when so many Americans are out of work. Many of you had opinions and anecdotes about employment, like a listener named Anthony who called us and said:

"I think employers are more than happy to allow this stigma about American workers being lazy to perpetuate. I think it makes it easier for them to take advantage of immigrant laborers. I consider myself a hardworking American, and I'm finding it harder to find a second job because it's in no small part due to all the immigrant laborers out there."

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Kayza Zajac

This is one of three stories in the last 2 days that have left me wondering if some of the jobs lost are in the research department of The Takeaway. Your two employers claimed that the only way to fill their jobs was to use these visas. One employer claimed that she had $18-20 per hour jobs that she couldn't fill. And you just accepted it as proof of a problem with American workers. Why on earth didn't you ask her what qualifications she was requiring for that pay, and what other conditions were attached to the job? How could you be totally unaware of the rampant abuse of the system?

I know that not all employers abuse the system, but many, many do. A current high profile case involves Infosys and a whistle-blower employee, Jay Palmer. But, this is just the tip of an iceberg. Google (and YouTube) are a very, very good starting point for some research on the topic. And, while I don't know if the evidence proves that the system is broken beyond repair, it DOES show that in many, many cases, claims that Americans are unreasonably failing to accept jobs is simply not true.

Aug. 04 2011 08:57 AM

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