This morning I saw a newscast on CNN about President Obama’s request to the US Congress to extend his executive order for Dream Act youth to allow them to pursue their lives here and avoid having their families torn apart by deportation. It was a very sympathetic newscast and I share the concern.
Yet none of the news networks covers the issue of H-1B visas and unemployment for those US citizens with training in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics: not CNN or cable, not PBS or broadcast, not NPR, not Democracy Now!, not newspapers either. These reporters want our support, but they ignore their audience.
Even CNBC noticed that “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Tech Labor Shortage“
There are other sources and experts like Prof. Norman Matloff, Prof. Peter Cappelli, and a whole chapter by Hedrick Smith in “Who Stole the American Dream?”. How does importing someone from China or India with mediocre skills to take my job provide any help or comfort to a youth from Venezuela or a hard-working nanny from Mexico?
What is the difference between all the politicians and newscasters who ignore and outright deny the current high rates of unemployment including high, long-term unemployment for graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics compared to the on-going climate deniers who still get plenty of attention by the news?
“If they can can get you asking the wrong questions, then they don’t have to worry about the answers. [character written by Thomas Pynchon]”