Forced to hire American by the limit on H-2B workers, businesses complain they’re not allowed to pay less than minimum wage to American workers.
To say the United States has issues in how it handles employment is an understatement. Liberals frequently belittle and derail working class Americans who struggle to find jobs because they can’t compete against illegals who will work for less than is required by law for citizens. There are a (very) few liberals who recognize that advocating illegal immigration actually keeps the door open to exploiting aliens while offering none of the protection citizens receive. Both Americans and the illegals frankly get screwed in the scenario. Although their situation is not identical, a similar phenomenon occurs when it comes to foreigners visiting on summer visas, or H-2B’s.
H-2B’s can, as non-citizens, be paid less than an American would. Hiring foreigners has therefore become standard practice for many businesses. Faced with the challenge of adjusting to actually pay reasonable salaries to workers, many employers (not all big businesses) are struggling to make ends meet. However, an additional complication stems from what is frankly a societal issue: snobbery and elitism.
Ted Hesson of Politico explains:
“Michael Martin owns a Maryland-based landscaping company. Roughly 40 percent of his workers — and the majority of those performing manual labor — hold H-2B visas, he told POLITICO. Martin received his H-2B workers on time this year, but he knows other landscapers who didn’t, and lost clients as a result. “It affects people, their bottom line,” he said, “whether they’re still in business, whether they’re going to make it next year.”
The H-2B program requires employers to first seek out U.S. workers before they bring in guest workers. But Americans, Martin says, just won’t take landscaping jobs. He paid $2,500 for a two-week want ad that ran in the Baltimore Sun (print and online) and on social media. The jobs Martin was advertising paid more than $14 an hour, slightly above the average wage for the job in his area. Even so, he got no applicants. “No parents in Maryland are raising their kids to swing a pickax,” Martin said.”
College educated desk jobs are currently the default expectation for many U.S. adults rather than self-sufficiency, having a home, and being able to provide for families. This is despite the fact that frankly, not everyone is suited for college. One look at the ongoing crisis on campuses and it’s clear many students are not intellectually invested in the slightest, only attend because it is expected of them, and have been taught not to even consider other options. These students, who have accumulated huge debts for educations that can’t even secure employment, that might well leave them indoctrinated as well as unqualified, have been taught all their lives that they are “too good” for manual labor.
Meanwhile, their parents don’t encourage them to consider alternatives when they can’t land positions but instead continue watching them as if they were infants.
The frustration and even struggle of business owners adapting to new salary restrictions is normal for the policy Trump has implemented. It’s a big change but a necessary one that will ultimately pay off for the nation. Actually getting American employees is a beast of its own, however, and will most likely require business owners and citizens to be pro-active about changing connotations for the working class. It’s honest, respectable work with measurable results that deserves both pride and dedication. Our country needs to remember that.
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