Who is U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh Working For?
In Davos, Switzerland, this month U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh renewed his claims about a “lack of workers,” and doubled down on demands for “more immigration.”
Walsh’s alarm bells may serve global and corporate interests, but the numbers contradict his narrative. So does Robert Reich, a former labor secretary and lifelong Democrat, who says: “There is no labor shortage. There is, however, a shortage of jobs paying sufficient wages to attract workers to fill job openings.”
For all of Walsh’s woeful posturing at the World Economic Forum, America is hardly at a labor “disadvantage.” Each year, the U.S. issues 1 million-plus residency permits (green cards), more than any other country, and grants another million guest worker visas annually. Note: These do not include visa overstays or “economic migrants” being admitted as asylum seekers.
“U.S. private sector employers have literally millions of foreign workers to choose from without bringing any more into the country,” reports David North of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
A CIS examination of the more than 50 subclasses of foreign-born workers available for legal employment in the U.S. shows that the overwhelming majority of these categories have no numerical ceilings. Furthermore, a large majority of the foreign workers could be employed without any interaction between the employer and the government.
As of last year, 29.6 million immigrants (legal and illegal) were working in the United States — 1.9 million more than before the COVID pandemic. While labor participation rates among Americans have declined, Walsh does not acknowledge the two key drivers: low wages and poor benefits.
Instead, the secretary warns of a “catastrophe” if Washington doesn’t get a “bipartisan fix” for even more immigration. Yet increased importation of low-paid foreign workers merely quickens a vicious cycle.
Tech companies – one of Walsh’s allegedly hard-pressed sectors — apparently didn’t get the memo about a pervasive labor shortage. More tech employees were laid off this month than in any month since COVID hit.
Amid the downsizing, laid-off American tech professionals recently obtained a $4.65 million settlement against an Indian outsourcing firm that U.S. companies used to replace them with imported workers.
Jettisoning Americans is not just a tech-sector phenomenon. This month, a group of black farm workers reached a settlement with Mississippi growers who were replacing them with white guest workers from South Africa.
These un-American actions – and countless others — are facilitated by an administration hell-bent on manipulating the immigration system in order to flood the labor pool and sink native-born workers.
If Walsh spent less time hobnobbing with global elites in Davos and more in U.S. workplaces, the labor secretary might get a clue as to what is actually going on here.