Our Political Leaders knew in 2000 that your children would be forced out of the job market

Over the last two decades, concern about what kinds of immigrants come to the U.S. focused largely on excluding those traditionally viewed as least desirable– uneducated, unskilled and illegal immigrants. Most research regarding immigration has shared this focus. But increasingly in recent years, the scope of U.S. immigration policy debate has expanded to encompass questions about the desirability of highly skilled immigrants and temporary workers. These high-skill newcomers boast education, training and talent that could benefit the U.S. economically. But some members of the public, advocates and policy makers fear that this same social and economic capital may threaten U.S. interests by creating competition with American-born workers.

This tension between dual goals–attracting immigrants with the skills to assimilate and contribute economically while ensuring that they do not displace or otherwise harm U.S. workers–was reflected in Congressional wrangling over the number and kind of permanent visas to be issued for employment-based immigration under the Immigration Act of 1990 (Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1991). It arose again in debate over the Immigration Act of 1996, which initially included ultimately unsuccessful proposals to curtail both employment-based permanent immigration and temporary worker visas (Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1997).

But nowhere has this tension been more evident than in the ongoing Congressional debate over the H-1B program, which allows high-tech and other skilled workers into the U.S. for stays of up to several years. The H-1B debate has pitted business leaders who argue that U.S. is suffering from an economically damaging shortage of qualified workers in critical fields like information technology against representatives of labor who counter that the U.S. is caving into the demands of employers who would rather hire cheap foreign labor than train or re-train available U.S. workers (House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, 1998; Congressional Quarterly, Inc., 1998).

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Bernie Sanders, you are excluding American citizens and that is wrong!

LOS ANGELES — Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders July 26 met with the local ethnic and independent media here – including India-West – in an effort to reach out and engage with minority communities, to explain his campaign’s message of unity and to understand their unique concerns.

In the coming months, his campaign intends to reach out and engage with immigrants and communities of color across the country. The senator was accompanied by his wife Jane and campaign national co-chair Nina Turner. Members of the media representing the Indian American, African American, Filipino, Chinese, Armenian and Latino communities attended the event.

“Long before Donald Trump, we had tribalism, demagogues in this country who divided the country on the basis of race, color and immigration,” Sanders told the gathering. “Contrary to that ideology, we want to bring in all the communities not to look at what divides us but to look at the common issues which brings us together,” Sanders told the reporters, who had been selectively invited to attend the roundtable event.

“It is a struggle to bring everybody together because each community has their individual concerns, however there are some major issues on which we can all come together, such as healthcare, income inequality, gentrification, student debt, climate change, infrastructure, education etc.,” he continued. “My goal as president is to put an end to the climate of divisiveness and hatred that is so prevalent under Trump’s administration and to bring people together as Americans, create a world where we negotiate with international powers through dialogues and not wars, spending less money on weapons of mass destruction and more on alleviating human needs.”


Not one attempt to include the American citizens of all colors, and all races who have seen their jobs sent to other countries and watched as non-immigrant guest workers were imported to take the remaining jobs.

It is as if our Presidential Candidates could care less if you can provide for your family and your concerns are immaterial to them.

I want to change that, but I can’t do it sitting on the sidelines.

And I believe your children, and your grandchildren deserve a future which will give them the opportunity to pursue the American Dream if that is what they want to do.