On April 18, 2019, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services held a “Listening Session” on the 2-year anniversary of President Trump’s Buy American/Hire American Executive Order (BAHA EO).
With great respect and interest, Francis Cissna, the Director of USCIS, along with Molly Conway and Keith Sonderling of the U.S. Department of Labor and Mary Thomas of the U.S. Department of Justice listened to those in attendance providing facts and perspective.
Simultaneously, the current administration, in preparation of legal immigration reform, continued to host tech industry titans and America’s most influential corporate CEOs to understand their continued push for non U.S. labor and the favoring of foreign workers over Americans. These Goliaths are powerful and vocal.
The Buy American/Hire American Executive Order was issued on April 18, 2017. In support of “economic and national security,” the BAHA EO hoped to encourage U.S. citizens to be hired for U.S. jobs, using the specific language of “creating jobs” at “decent wages.”
It was a great honor and privilege to travel to Washington D.C. and participate alongside American patriots who hope to change the course of America’s future for the better. We were the representative “Davids,” but in order to win this battle, every informed American citizen must act.
Today, I ask you to be be a positive force for change. Here are the facts and links to enable your success:
- The U.S. is estimated to have lost close to 15 million STEM jobs in the recent past through outsourcing to foreign lands and millions more to foreign visa holders working legally within the U.S.
- In addition, U.S. wages of America’s educated middle class continue to stagnate, a direct result of legal immigration and off-shoring.
- The once diverse tech workforces comprised of women, minorities, and workers of all ages has been replaced in large measure by young, male, foreign laborers, who are not “highly skilled,” nor better qualified than Americans to hold STEM jobs.
- The Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) web site provides evidence to the magnitude and types of STEM jobs exiting the U.S. and typically requiring U.S. citizens to train their foreign replacements. Sometimes, in fact, flying Americans to India, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, Ireland, Poland, Singapore or the Philippines to provide “knowledge transfer.”
- American Universities are educating more foreign students than ever before, taking valuable spots from residents and citizens at our best high schools and best universities. Not only are foreign students driving U.S. peers out of the STEM majors, U.S. educated foreign students are pushing American children out of jobs —denying our next generation access and opportunity to achieve the American Dream.
In the absence of “data must stay laws,” the U.S. economy remains vulnerable to outsourcing entire departments and industries, incurring trillions in lost GDP to the American economy. More importantly, however, is the National Security risk associated with allowing U.S. entities, government and industry, to store U.S. data outside the confines of our national physical borders.
- Today, data of every kind (health, financial, retirement, national grid, personal, credit, purchasing, etc.) sits outside the U.S. and is vulnerable to physical attack, susceptible to mis-handling, and outside the enforcement of U.S. law. Moreover, applications and data are now accessible from anywhere on the globe, increasing the frequency and damage of cyber attacks.
- American data is allowed to flow freely across country lines, so too are the associated jobs.
Restricting data within the U.S. is fundamental to achieving the BAHA EO’s intent of improving U.S. economic and national security.
The White House and USCIS want to hear from YOU! Let them know Hilarie Gamm asked you to contact them directly.
Call the White House phone number below and tell them “You want them to enforce and improve the Buy American/Hire American Executive Order.” Or send an e-mail to the USCIS e-mail address below with your own story of how legal immigration has hurt you or someone you know, here are some ideas:
Educate Americans First: Reduce F1 visas, Eliminate OPT, Create Policy to Disincentivize American Universities from Admitting and Educating Foreign Students before Americans.
Hire Americans: Eliminate H4EAD, Increase DOL’s “Prevailing Wage,” Maintain or Reduce or Eliminate H1B, Restrict U.S. Employers from “silencing” laid off workers with gag restrictions, Require All Employers to report the number of foreign workers working directly or through a 3rd party, Create Policy to Disincentivize American Corporations from relocating white collar, data centric jobs to foreign countries, Create Policy to Incentivize U.S. corporations to educate, train, and retain and retrain U.S. citizens
All you need to do is spend 30 seconds to call the White House or e-mail USCIS.