Dear Mr. President,
There is a report out today stating foreign-born workers now account for 17 percent of the U.S. labor force. The report defines foreign born workers as individuals who reside in the U.S. but were born outside the country to parents who were not American citizens. It doesn’t distinguish between legally admitted immigrants, refugees, temporary residents, and illegal aliens.
This report has me really upset.
Instead of shining a spotlight on this problem, the media is obsessed with the Russian probe, unnamed sources, and James Comey. Instead of gathering in a room to discuss solutions for fixing this problem, DC politicians are conducting committee hearings. How asinine!
Why is 17% of our workforce made up of foreign workers? Allow me to answer my own question.
It’s not due to a lack of American talent. It’s not because Americans won’t do the hard work. It’s because American businesses love cheap labor.
I have been a successful entrepreneur since I’ve been 18 years old. I am now 48.
I started a landscaping business out of high school. I got started by borrowing a lawnmower and sticking it in the back of a used station wagon that was discarded by a New York City cab company. I looked ridiculous, but I didn’t care. I called my neighbors and begged them to let me cut their lawns for $10. I built that business into one that served more than 50 customers.
I then started another company, this time it was recycling computer parts. Within a few years I had hundreds of employees and 5 locations throughout the U.S. My accomplishments earned me the good fortune of being named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year on Long Island.
Today, I own and operate a media company. It’s brutally hard work, but I continue to grow each month.
Collectively, when putting all my businesses together, over the past 30 years I’ve employed anywhere between 750 to 1,000 people, give or take. With the exception of one guy who was here on a temporary visa from Israel, each of my hires was an American citizen.
Landscaping requires manual labor. Fixing computers requires technical know-how. The media business requires strong communication skills. Never have I had a hard time finding an American to fill any one of my open positions.
Make no mistake. Had I hired foreign workers, odds are I would be driving a new Ferrari instead of a new Chevy SUV. Had I staffed my company with illegal aliens, odds are I could have purchased a vacation house in Aspen instead of renting a condo in the Poconos.
Point being is this…
The American companies who hire foreign workers are tossing their fellow Americans under the bus. It needs to stop.
I know you feel like your head is in a vise right now, but so do the American workers who either can’t find good jobs, or who have had their wages held down because of unfair competition.
With all due respect Mr. President, I ask you to blow off the Russian probe by paying it no attention. For example, today it was announced that unemployment has hit a 30-year low. Instead of tweeting about that great achievement, you tweeted about the “witch hunt” brought upon you by the press and Democrats. I’ve said it in the past, and I’ll say it until I am blue in the face: you have to control the narrative. Beat them with results, not tweets.
I have several ideas and solutions that can help change the tide when it comes to American companies favoring foreign workers. If ever you’d like to give me 10 minutes to explain them to you in person, just call and I’ll be in DC the next day.
Until tomorrow, may God bless you, our troops, the American people and these United States.
Dennis Michael Lynch
Sent May 18, 2017 at 11pmET
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