Jobs: Immigrants Gain, Americans Lose
| USA Today sources say that “the quality of military recruits has increased because of a tough civilian job market.”
In other words college graduates are joining the military for jobs. “The increased interest in the armed forces means recruiters can be choosier about whom they let into the military,” (USA Today, J. Michaels).
With the unemployment rate hovering near the 11 percent mark—and hiring freezes and layoffs still the norm—an increasing number of college grads are turning to the one employer who’s always hiring, even in tough economic times: Uncle Sam. The number of bachelor’s degree holders enlisting in a branch of the United States Armed Services is on the rise.
The Great Recession wiped out what amounts to every U.S. job created in the 21st century. But even if the recession had never happened, if the economy had simply treaded water, the United States would have entered 2010 with 15 million fewer jobs than economists say it should have. Somehow, rapid advancements in technology and the opening of new international markets paid dividends for American companies but not for American workers. An economy that long thrived on its dynamism, shedding jobs in outdated and less competitive industries and adding them in innovative new fields, fell stagnant in the swirls of the most globalized decade of commerce in human history (National Journal, Jan. 2011).
Over the past two years, the Army’s seen the biggest spike in diploma-holding enlistees. In 2010, almost 6,000 college graduates signed up for duty, 2,000 more than in 2008 when the economy still seemed healthy. The Navy saw 1,425 college graduates enlist, up from 1,000 in 2008 and the Air Force bumped its college graduate enlistment up to 900 from 2008’s total of 553.
Ironically, H1B Work Visa jobs are booming. Only when H1Bs are given to foreign news correspondents and media people will the MSM start reporting on this disgraceful program.
Top H1B Visa Sponsors in Business in 2010
|Rank||Visa Sponsor||Visa Petitions|
|5||Business Intelligence Systems||299|
|10||Enterprise Business Solutions||147|
|12||The Boston Consulting Group||90|
|14||Oracle Financial Services Software, Inc||84|
|15||Bank of America||80|
|21||Satyam Computer Services||58|
|22||Mastech, Inc., A Mastech Holdings, Inc. Company||58|
|23||Deutsche Bank AG||56|
|24||Larsen Toubro Infotech||56|
|27||Apex Technology Systems||48|
|31||Credit Suisse First Boston||38|
|35||S.a.c. Capital Advisors, L.p||34|
|40||Huron Consulting Services||31|
|42||HCL Technologies America||29|
|47||Hotta Liesenberg Saito||27|
|49||Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Payco Llc||26|
The MSM reports ad nauseam that illegal aliens are only “doing work that Americans won’t.” This mantra is mercilessly bandied about by illegal immigration supporters and echoes throughout the halls of Congress and the White House whenever the topic comes up. What is never mentioned, however, is that the illegal aliens are artificially depressing compensation and that illegal aliens are the only ones who will do the work at such low wages. In actual fact, illegal immigration distorts the law of supply and demand in a capitalistic society. Additionally it is grossly hypocritical to want to raise the minimum wage on one hand while the other hand winks at illegal aliens working at far below prevailing wages.
In any case, illegal aliens are not just picking lettuce and digging ditches any more. It wasn’t that long ago that being a dry-waller, brick-layer, house framer, painter, roofer, carpet layer, plumber, or electrician was a decently compensated, middle class trade. Now it is increasingly becoming the work for illegal aliens at far less than the free market rate. While illegal alien workers are only a small portion of many of those job categories their willingness to work at dramatically lower rates artificially drags down the compensation for all workers.
Though he’d always considered military service, Patrick Logan firmly believed a bachelor’s degree was his ticket to middle-class success. A friend enlisted in the Army after high school, Logan said, “because he felt like he didn’t have anything else to do.” Logan was determined to create a better choice for himself.
Then the economy collapsed in 2008, just months after Logan got his degree in criminal justice from Westfield State College.
“I applied for probably a couple hundred jobs with only about two or three interviews,” said Logan, 23. “At first I thought I must be applying for the wrong jobs. But then I was applying for minimum-wage jobs and not even getting interviews. That kind of brought me back to the Army.”
Logan, who enlisted in November, is part of a growing trend of college-educated young men and women signing up for military service to jump-start their careers, serve their country – and avoid the unemployment line, even if there is a good chance they will end up in a war zone.