RAISE Act: Exploitation in Ski Mask for American Skilled Workers.

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We think America in terms of champion of democracy, liberty, equal treatment and opportunities.  For immigrants who don’t have European characteristics or that of a Caucasian, Trumps new RAISE Act policy is a wrap of old fish in a piece of paper that still going to stink. Immigration and globalization policies such as NAFTA are written to give United States employers a latitude to exploit immigrants.  This exploitation is well demonstrated in a 2000 film Bread and Butter directed by Ken Loach. As here RAISE Act bill eliminates the diversity visa program, which awards 50,000 visas every year based on a lottery. It cuts so-called “chain immigration,” in which immigrants can sponsor their family members to come to the United States. It caps the number of refugees admitted to the United States every year at 50,000. And it creates a point system in which visa applicants are scored based on “predictors of immigrant success,” like their ability to speak English and their education level. Meaning the bill not only its racist in its inception but a chameleon that will change as it slips through legislation’s to affect American Skilled workers to compete with foreign cheap labors on H-2A Visas.

Prime example consequently is President himself, accordingly to his winery, private clubs in Florida including Mar-A-Lago Resort reportedly asked to hire 29 workers through the federal H-2A visa program. The winery, located near Charlottesville, had originally intended to hire six foreign workers in December, but applied for 23 more this year. (Seipel) . According to New York Times Feb. 25, 2017 article by Charles V. titled “Donald Trump to Foreign Workers for Florida Club: You’re Hired  the President has also pursued more than 500 visas for foreign workers at Mar-a-Lago since 2010 most from Romania while per US Department of labor hundreds of American applicants failed to get the same jobs.

In an article by Roger Waldinger; Helots No More, a union organizer explain that the immigrants would work for lower wages and quoted as saying….” I think ‘cheap’ was less of a question as sort of ‘cheap’ in addition to “controllable”. The pattern of RAISE Act has well been demonstrated in a film Bread and Roses, the debates in storage room and at home shows that these janitors were not naïve but politically informed. However, the conflicting demands between family security and unionization was detected by fear of getting fired. A scene when unsympathetic Perez fired Teresa who she been working there for 17 yrs. just for been late, shows how fear and control is been asserted against these workers, moreover emphasis of this fear is well demonstrated by Rosa’s negative approach towards union. Administration policies that call for crack downs makes many migrant workers afraid to come forward even when they are cheated of wages. Scaling back on regulations by Trump administration means less OSHA and more cutting corners in industries that employed undocumented workers. Beware as the impressions of this exploitation are now aimed at American skilled workers through RAISE ACT.

With such policies as here, the US employers in 1% brackets have incentives to hire undocumented immigrants and H-2A visas who will be in the whips of their exploiters because there are more afraid to assent their workplace rights or file a complains that might bring them into attention of authorities. To emphasis, Antonio Vanegas, a Guatemala native successfully filed and recoup back pay from his employer, a pita shop in D.C. and his was later detained by immigration”. (Dave Jamieson). We can cite a case of Mi Pueblo Supermarket chain in Bay area, “this chain announced that it will use E-Verify after its employees tried to organize union”. (Eunice Cho). Moreover, immigrant exploitation is built into our federal welfare codes like 1996 Welfare Reform, which deny benefits to undocumented immigrants. The immigration law also denies accompanying spouse to migrate with on guest visas. These provisions kept immigrant’s away from public assistance and turn them into super-exploitable, low wages workforce regardless of wages and working conditions. “Flooding the low-wages markets increases the number of people competing for jobs”. (Hoffer) This makes it easier for employers to pay less and harder for the union to organize. David Bacon Article How US Policies Fueled Mexico’s Great Migration detail how this exploitation from inception are product of the interest of globalization by big Cooperation. Moreover, this article further shows how hog farmers had to follow their jobs that they lost in Veracruz when Smithfield flooded the Mexican markets with their products and disenfranchise 4,000 farmers with 120,000 lost in jobs. These migrations and exploitation cannot be said are voluntary choice by immigrants as US policies themselves created these conditions. In many industries, a rule of thumb is’ you follow the job, similarly Mexican farm, poultry, etc… workers had to follow sectors of employment. Subsequently, we cannot agree with the nuance view that the dynamics of this exploitation are matter of individual choice or walk like we have broom sticks stuck in our rear end accusing Latinos of taking our jobs when their presence here is due to our foreign policies such as NAFTA and RAISE ACT. Trump RAISE Act its written to follow a suite of H-1B to which US computer programmers and other tech workers complain that companies use workers from Asia to undercut Americans — going so far as to lay off U.S. workers and forcing them to train their foreign replacements who are hired for far less pay. (Stephen Dinan).

All in all, to fight this exploitation demand pricking the cracks in our foreign and immigration policies. Neither social condition’s nor social policy can change for the better unless presses from below. We need to take notice of 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts or Justice for Janitors Campaign in 1990 and understand the power that the workers possess, and start subverting the system that oppress us. As the President failing American People, as constituency were are fired, so what not do for the Boy Scott billionaire club? Raise Act mirrors policies that led to employment issues faced by over flooded low paying jobs industries. Beware, these  many ways to kill a cat than pour it with a cream or shook it with a butter. As here, if outsourcing is not enough, Raise Act is a chameleon that is ready to change color into a legalized discrimination against U.S. skilled workers.

References

Chalmers, Martin. “Thinking Man.” Stories of Mr Keuner. San Francisco: City Lights Books, n.d.

Dave Jamieson. “Donald Trump’s Crackdown on undocumented Immigrations Is Silencing Exploited Workers.” Huffpost (03/08/2017).

Eunice Cho. The Mercurynews.com. 23 04 2013. 12 07 2017.

Hoffer, Frank. “The Real Problems of Migration Work.” 29 04 2014. http://www.socialeurope.eu/2014/04/migration-and-work. 11 07 2017.

Paul Laverty. Bread and Roses. 2001.

Seipel, Brooke. “Trump winery seeks to hire more foreign workers.” The Hill (03/21/20147).

Stephen Dinan. “Trump administration warns companies on H-1B visas: Hire Americans over foreign guest workers.” The Washington Times (Monday, April 3, 2017).

 

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