The EB-3 green card immigration program allows low-wage employers to import cheap foreign labor by offering them immigration and citizenship instead of pay. This practice allows companies to sideline American workers for cheap labor.
The federal government’s EB-3 program annually offers 5,000 green cards to unskilled foreign employees of American companies. The green cards can be converted into citizenship cards after just five years.
In fact, this is just one aspect of the fed’s cheap-labor immigration policy, according to the report. Foreign workers receive roughly 1 million green cards each year, including 150,000 cards which go to high-skill foreign employees of American companies.
The benefits of immigration cards are so great that many foreign workers pay tens of thousands of dollars to middlemen, just so they can work at low-wage EB-3 jobs in the United States.
But its Americans who pay the price as foreign workers enjoy benefits such as classroom spaces for their children, health coverage for older parents, and many other welfare and anti-poverty programs. The economic costs paid by Americans also include reduced pressure on companies to hire and train Americans at good wages, and reduced pressure to buy American-made labor-saving machinery, the report notes.
The Trump administration is currently working towards putting more limits on the cheap-labor immigration program, which was created by Congress. According to ProPublica:
As the program has accelerated in recent years, it has been co-opted by a handful of companies and foreign consultants who have used it to bring in immigrants willing to work for low pay in often-dangerous jobs. In the U.S., the program is now dominated by a handful of poultry processors with poor safety records, one janitorial firm and a single fast-food franchisee. Overseas, a cottage industry of migration agents has popped up charging steep fees for “migration assistance,” even as the law bars the selling of green card sponsorship and other recruiting fees …
Demand is now so high that some foreign migration consultants have developed a lucrative niche charging between $20,000 and $130,000 for assistance accessing the jobs offered by employers in the program, which usually pay less than $20,000 a year. Turning the common immigration narrative upside down, the program often attracts middle-class professionals, such as engineers and office workers, who are willing to take a steep fall down the economic ladder for the chance to raise their children in the U.S. …
Beginning at the end of the Obama administration and accelerating under President Donald Trump, U.S. immigration agents and embassy officials have been clamping down on the program and increasing reviews of visa petitions, according to immigration attorneys, employers and foreign workers.
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