The Department of Homeland Security has a plan to expand a program that pays US businesses to hire foreign OPT and STEM students who attended school in the US. It will punish American college grads and even the more mature American who are competing for the same jobs, according to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS).
This is how policy benefits foreigners over citizens.
Businesses will get out of paying payroll taxes if they hire foreigners. The government is expanding a program in place to allow the government to label foreign graduates “students.”
CIS said firms are currently paid up to $10,000 to participate. The new proposal, said CIS, is to add on another year and $2,000 in bonuses.
DHS, by defining a recent college grad as a student, takes both the worker and the employer out from under payroll taxes — thus penalizing the Social Security and Medicare trust funds directly, and our elders indirectly. Congress did not make this decision, at least not directly; but since foreign students and their employers have privileges denied to citizens and green card holders alike, the bonus has been created.
In the current document, DHS proposes to extend the additional 17 months for STEM workers to 24 months; thus from a total period of 29 months to 36 months, about a 20 percent increase. If the bonus given to employers for hiring a STEM graduate is worth $10,000 under the old rules, it is now worth $12,000, and is that much more likely to cause an employer to hire a former F-1 student than a green card or citizen graduate.
Sarah R. Saldana, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, argued in a release that expanding the program is good for American schools and businesses. It will help keep foreigners in the US while businesses receive benefits.
The businesses get the benefits on the backs of US students.
She said it will strengthen and enhance the process for foreign students with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees from a U.S. college or university to get practical training experience in the United States. The enhancement of this regulation was announced as a part of President Obama’s November Executive Actions.
What is being done here is defining graduates as students so they get the jobs over American graduates. How are US graduates going to complete with that incentive?
With new jobs going to foreigners over citizens, this is one example of how policy affects that.
Three-fourths of the population increase in the United States since 2000 has been due to immigration, legal and illegal. We really don’t need to keep more immigrants in the U.S..