What`s So Great About Skilled Immigration When U.S. Grads Can`t Find Jobs?

Eventually, the
facts get so compelling that even the

Lamestream Media
finds itself reporting them.

Perfect example:
last week`s

Page One left column story
in the
Washington Post
headlined Foreign
labor`s skill level on rise–Better-educated immigrant
workforce shows economic shift
.  [VDARE.com note:
the
 web version is
called



Report documents dramatic shift in immigrant workforce`s
skill level
,
By Tara Bahrampour, June 9,
2011, and contains a few hyperlinks, almost as if the
Post was trying to catch up to what VDARE.com has been
doing for ten years; but not, oddly enough, a link to,
or citation for, the actual


Brookings

report


The Geography of
Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan
Areas
.]


 The WaPo story
began:

“Highly skilled temporary and permanent immigrants in
the United States now outnumber lower-skilled ones,
marking a dramatic shift in the foreign-born workforce
that could have profound political and economic
implications in the


national debate over immigration
.

“This shift in America`s immigration population,
based on census data, is summarized in a report released
Thursday by the Brookings Institution. It found that 30
percent of the country`s working-age immigrants,
regardless of legal status, have at least a bachelor`s
degree, while 28 percent lack a high school diploma. The
shift had been in the works for the past three decades,
a period that has seen a dramatic increase in the
population born outside the United States. But in 2007
the percentage of highly skilled workers overtook that
of lower-skilled workers. The trend reflects a
fundamental change in the structure and demands of the
U.S. economy, which in the past decades transformed from
an economy driven by manufacturing to one driven by
information and technology. The report also offers a new
perspective on the national immigration discourse,


which tends to fixate on low-skilled, and often illegal,
workers
.

“`Too often the immigration debate is driven by
images on television of people jumping over fences,`
said Benjamin Johnson, executive director of the
American Immigration Council, an immigrant advocacy
organization.

 “`The debate
has been stuck in the idea that it`s all about illegal
and low-skilled workers.`” [Links
in blockquotes in original
]


The obvious
propaganda intent: to imply

“Hey, look, we
need


more high skilled
,
not

low skilled
“. But the real point is:
Too
many immigrants
of all kinds!


 Fortunately, the
story quoted

someone who could finger the facts:





“Steven Camarota, director of research at the Center
for Immigration Studies, an organization that
advocates for tighter immigration restrictions, said the
report raises other concerns. `It seems, based on this
and other studies, that we`ve got an oversupply of
highly skilled workers coming into this country,` he
said, adding that the study`s findings were not
surprising. `
New
college graduates are faring very poorly on the labor
market
, and
what the report is telling us is that we`re bringing in
a high number of workers to compete with them.`

Thanks, Steve!


 But with the
Administration bleating about its concern over jobs, and
when last week`s jobs report of new hires were merely
54,000 with half coming from

McDonald`s
-type posts, too many immigrants of
whatever classification are still too many! (In fact,
the study also found that
“half of highly skilled immigrants in the United States
are working in jobs for which they are


overqualified
.”)

With official
unemployment at over 9% and

real unemployment
likely over 15%, the importation
of almost two million legal and illegal immigrants per
year boggles my mind. It must seem crazy to our citizens
if they truly realized what was happening.


And, despite the
MSM, many of them do. Their kids can`t get

summer jobs
, an increasing number of American high
school and college and advanced degree graduates are
having a hard time getting employed, and the people who
are employed are not in a position to

bargain for appropriately higher wages
, since they
live in fear of being let go.



Silicon Valley

billionaires constantly urge us to approve

more H 1-B visas
. Maybe, if there were more
selectivity in the process, some agreement could be
reached. Maybe we who advocate fewer immigrants of every
variety could have a serious

pow-wow
with them about keeping
some
good
foreign grads here
.

But right now
there is a surfeit of those grads and that number needs
to decrease. (I realize my hope for such a deal is
naive.)

Bottom line:
Overall, the U.S. needs to reduce its immigrant intake
drastically. At

almost two million per year
, it is now so far above
the

300,000 that the Federation for American Immigration
Reform
and others argue is a proper goal.

The latest
Post piece at least reported the distressing facts about too many
coming here, even if it tried to put lipstick on the
immigration pig.

Too many is too
many is too many!

Donald A. Collins [email
him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.