Does it make sense to block desperate job seekers, at a time when American employers are desperate for workers?

Having experienced first hand the oversupply of workers and how it forces the older workers out and denies our younger workers the ability to work their way up the ladder, I cringe every time I see an article like this because it is obvious to me that the author has not done their homework.

Will artificial intelligence wipe out demand for workers? “It’s not showing up in the data,” which shows that U.S. productivity has actually been flat as the digital age accelerated, Ozimek says. And our history shows that powerful machines in time “augment humans,” making them more productive, instead of just replacing them. Bottom line: “Immigration doesn’t crowd out U.S. workers,” and it makes the country stronger in proportion to the skills and resources immigrants add to our country.

https://www.inquirer.com/business/phillydeals/us-immigration-labor-employers-jobs-economy-20190801.html

As an example, I’m a software developer.

This is one of the hottest jobs out there, yet I was unemployed from 24 Aug 2010 till Feb 2016 and nobody would hire me as I was deemed overqualified for most jobs, or I wouldn’t stay when times got better, or I was too old for our tech community which is illegal.

See that line that says “Computer and Mathematical Occupations?

The one where it says we had 364,120 people working in 2018 and 230,190 working in 2000.

That is a gain of 133,930 jobs in 18 years.

That is an increase of 7,440 jobs per year.

And we approved the following H-1B certifications for 2016 alone:

  • 27,775 Computer Systems Analysts
  • 17,314 Software Developers, Applications
  • 13,281 Computer Programmers
  • 9,221 Computer Occupations, All Other
  • 7,707 Software Developers, Systems Software

Now are you understanding why people like myself have been unable to find work?