Fred Elbel: Colorado voters must stand up for workers

If Democrats sweep the White House and both chambers of Congress this fall, they’ll massively expand legal immigration. That’s bad news for Colorado’s white-collar workers.

Jobs are already in short supply thanks to COVID-19. Competition will become even fiercer if millions more foreigners join the workforce. Yet that’s exactly what will happen under Democrats’ proposed overhaul of America’s immigration system.

In an August call with Indian-American organizations, Joe Biden’s campaign declared its support for “first reforming the temporary visa system for high-skill, specialty jobs … then expanding the number of visas offered and eliminating the limits on employment-based green cards by country.”

The Democrat nominee also wants to lift any caps whatsoever on green cards for recent PhD graduates in STEM fields.

Democrats often rail against Big Business billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg — yet the party plays right into those oligarchs’ hands by delivering hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to replace their more expensive American counterparts. Business lobbyists have long fought for higher levels of immigration because they know that immigrants and guest workers, even highly educated ones, will accept lower salaries than Americans.

In fact, as Harvard economist Georges Borjas notes, immigrant labor “saves” U.S. businesses $54 billion per year. Thus, American workers forfeit that same amount in lost or reduced wages.

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