The AFL-CIO was right to speak out in support of immigration policy that gives citizenship to those immigrants already here and established. So we thank them for shouting out for a great progressive and labor call. The Black pastors and NAACP are right to support gun control as it is the black community that is devastated by gun violence. So we thank justice organizations who shout out for reasonable gun control policy. THE PROBLEM IN BOTH CASES IS IN THE DETAILS OF BOTH ISSUES MAKING THESE POLICIES ULTIMATELY BAD FOR THE VERY PEOPLE IT APPEARS TO HELP.
For immigration reform the key is 'path to citizenship' and 'contained borders'. Because Obama does not go with outright citizenship he is telling us that this policy will not meet the goals we have for it. Just as he said in his campaign in 2008 that he would make Medicare strong and now we see the hundreds of billions of dollars cut and co-pays and deductibles making access impossible for many seniors.....of course Medicare Trusts will be fortified if no one can access care for goodness sake but is that what we wanted? Of course not.....they played with words and could care less.
That is what is happening with immigration and gun control....they are playing with words.
The goal for the 1% regarding immigration reform is creating an entire class of green card workers at both the top of the income ladder and at the bottom squeezing ordinary citizens into career choices they would never choose. If you look at any third world autocracy the 1% who have money are surrounded by an administrator-class of maybe another 5% and then everyone else is in poverty. If you look at who is filling all of the government positions at the Federal, State, and even local levels you will see elite school grads...Harvard, Princeton, Johns Hopkins for example. These are all people who support the policies of the 1% and we know how that is going for the 95%....wealth inequity and massive crime and corruption. So, if you allow the elite of the world attending these elite schools to stay in the US with green cards you have ever more people with the same policy goals taking all the top jobs. Not to mention they would work more cheaply than the professional-class we have now.....lowering wages at the top.
We already know what immigrants with/without green cards do to the lower income wages......bringing them often below standard minimum wage to third world poverty. Will registering with the government with fingerprinting and national IDs allow more money to these immigrants at the lower end? NO. What is that path to citizenship now? The only immigrants being considered now are those paying hundreds of thousands and/or millions of dollars for citizenship requirements. The lottery that has always been in place is not used now. That will not change any time soon. The immigrants at the top of the income ladder will buy their citizenship and the ones at the bottom will continue to be exploited.....which is what the 1% want.
IMMIGRATION REFORM IS ALL ABOUT WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE 1% AND WE ALL KNOW THAT IS NEVER GOOD FOR YOU AND ME!!!
. The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown, depicting emigrants leaving England Emigration is the act of permanently leaving one's country or region to settle in another. It is the same as immigration but from the perspective of the country of origin. Human movement in general is termed migration. There are many reasons why people might choose to emigrate. Better economic opportunity is a "pull" factor, as is a quest for a better climate. Fears of poverty or of religious or political discrimination are "push" factors.
Emigration had a profound influence on the world in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, when millions of people left Europe; they usually headed to the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and Australia.
The term "emigrate" usually suggests voluntary movement. However Involuntary migration refers to groups that are forced by their enemies to leave through population transfer or ethnic cleansing.
Let's be clear...we have an entire generation of recent college grads unemployed, joining the military, or working at McDonalds. These are young people who can rise to the challenge of these jobs the media insist have no qualified people to fill. We also have the next round of graduates in the pipeline for these STEM jobs. What happens when the Best of the Best in the World take all of the best positions? Our children and grandchildren are sent overseas to work as ex-pats. THAT IS WHAT THIS BEST OF THE BEST IMMIGRATION POLICY DOES!!! WE ARE IN CRISIS AS REGARDS HIRING AND WE DO NOT NEED THIS POLICY NOW.....IT IS ABOUT PEOPLE NOT PROFIT!!!
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by Bill Rapp from the report:
Becoming a Magnet for Global Talent
From 1900 to 2000, the U.S. became home to 47.2 million legal immigrants—far more than any other country. During the same period, the U.S. economy grew by nearly 25-fold, we won two World Wars and a Cold War, and our middle class became the envy of the world. Immigrants—whether it was Albert Einstein and Andrew Carnegie or millions of factory workers, farm workers, cooks, and construction workers—were a huge part of America’s 20th century success story.
Today, we are an increasingly service, knowledge, and innovation led economy. Even our manufacturing jobs require a great deal more skill because we do not make socks anymore—we make finely tuned, high-end products. To maintain our global dominance and strengthen our economy today, U.S. immigration policy must not only maintain its current levels of legal immigration, but it must also be restructured to attract foreign-born intellectual capital to facilitate innovation and job creation. In this report, we argue that immigration reform must be a central component of long-term U.S. economic growth.
THIS POLL IS DRIVEN BY PRIVATE NON- PROFITS THAT ARE PART OF THE NGO WHO ADVOCATE FOR THESE ISSUES. SO, CASA DE MARYLAND FOR EXAMPLE WILL BE OUT PUSHING THIS BILL NOT EXPLAINING ALL OF HOW THIS ISSUE HURTS MANY IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY NOT TO MENTION ALL OF US. FOR THE REST OF THE JUSTICE PEOPLE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.......A BLIND WILLINGNESS TO SUPPORT OBAMA ISSUES!!!
Poll Finds a Boost for Obama on Handling Immigration
By Greg Holyk | ABC OTUS News –
Public approval of Barack Obama's handling of immigration has jumped to a career high in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, buttressed by majority support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and, much more broadly, endorsement of stricter border control.
While the president lacks majority approval on the issue overall, slightly more Americans now approve than disapprove of his approach, by 49 vs. 43 percent. Obama was underwater on the issue - just 38 percent approved, while 52 percent disapproved - as recently as last July.
See PDF with full results, charts and tables here.
In terms of specific policies, an overwhelming 83 percent support stricter border control, including 64 percent who are "strongly" supportive; only 15 percent are opposed. Fewer, 55 percent, also favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, with 41 percent opposed.
GROUPS - There are vast differences among groups, underscoring the president's advantage on the issue among nonwhites generally and Hispanics in particular, and the Republican Party's challenges in finding support within the party for an immigration policy that can boost its support among Hispanics.
Specifically, 67 percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of nonwhites overall approve of Obama's handling of immigration, compared with 38 percent of whites. And a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants is supported by 82 percent of Hispanics and 71 percent of all nonwhites, as well as by nearly seven in 10 Democrats and just over half of independents. It's supported by fewer than half of whites, 47 percent; Republicans, 42 percent; and by just 37 percent of adults who describe themselves as very conservative politically.
Obama lost whites by percentage 20 points in the November election, but won nonwhites by 61 points, including Hispanics by 44 points, en route to re-election.
Making the president's gains on the issue, "strong" approval and strong disapproval of his handling of immigration are essentially even - 27 vs. 28 percent in this poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates. In previous ABC/Post polls, Obama's strongly negative ratings on immigration far outweighed his strongly positive ones.
OBAMA - Obama's approval rating on immigration is 11 percentage points higher than it was seven months ago; disapproval, down by 9 points. His approval score now numerically beats his previous best, three months after he took office, albeit by a single point.
He's gained 13 points since July on the issue among Democrats and independents alike, further strengthening his position within his own party and moving from majority disapproval among independents to an even split. A vast majority of Republicans continues to disapprove.
Along the ideological spectrum, approval of the president on this issue has moved less on the extremes and more in the middle, gaining 11 points among moderates and 20 points among those who say they're "somewhat" conservative.
The president's also improved disproportionately among people in the lower- to middle-income bracket (+22 points), and Northeasterners and Midwesterners (+20 and +18 points, respectively) and those who haven't graduated from college (+15 points).
Shifts in strong approval generally reflect those on approval overall.
POLICY DIVISIONS - While strengthening the country's borders is popular with broad majorities across all groups and in all regions, a path to citizenship is considerably more divisive.
Support for stricter border control includes three-quarters of Democrats and liberals, more than eight in 10 moderates, conservatives and political independents, and a whopping 92 percent of Republicans. Securing the borders is also supported by 87 percent of whites, three-quarters of nonwhites, and bottoms out at a still-high 69 percent among Hispanics.
As noted, views on a path to citizenship are more linked to political preferences. Beyond party affiliation, 73 percent of liberals favor a path to citizenship; that declines to 53 percent of moderates, half of "somewhat" conservatives and fewer than four in 10 strong conservatives.
Notably, support for a path to citizenship reaches majorities across regions, 53 to 59 percent.
METHODOLOGY - This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2013, among a random national sample of 1,038 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y., with sampling, data collection and tabulation by SSRS/Social Science Research Solutions of Media, Pa.
Remember, the US is having this stagnant jobless period because
1) globalization has placed all focus on overseas expansion leaving domestic growth unnecessary. If markets were not global our economy would be fine and jobs aplenty.
2) financial policies like no Rule of Law regarding corporate crime and 0% interest and free money from the Fed make our domestic economy unhealthy and unproductive as no one trusts US companies ...... here or abroad.
YOUR THIRD WAY CORPORATE POL IS CREATING THE VERY POLICY THAT MAKES YOU LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR WORK.....THINK ALLOWING THE BEST OF THE BEST FOREIGN GRADS WILL HELP THAT? NO! LOOK BELOW TO SEE WHAT THIS INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION DOES TO INDIVIDUAL WAGES AND JOB SECURITY!!!
Where the Jobs Are
May 12, 2010 8:00 PM EDT
Amid the ongoing recession, American freelancers are finding more and more work abroad.
When Donavon Brutus got laid off from his animation job in June 2009, he knew the amount of freelance work near his home in Tampa, Fla., could not sustain him. But rather than spend months looking for a full-time, salaried position in a state with a 12.2 percent unemployment rate, Brutus went online and started working for oDesk, one of a growing number of Web sites that connect contract workers to temporary projects. Now Brutus earns an average of $16 per hour designing logos, 3-D graphics, and CD covers for companies as far away as China, Australia, and India. “The only issue has been the time difference,” he says. “But that’s only been a problem with one client in India, who wanted me to wake up at 3 a.m.”
As the U.S. economy sputters its way back to health, American freelancers increasingly are finding themselves working for companies overseas in what’s becoming a type of reverse outsourcing. Executives at Sologig, Elance, oDesk, and People Per Hour say they’re seeing more corporations and small businesses from the U.K., Australia, China, Pakistan, and India turn to the U.S. freelance market. oDesk has seen its share of international companies that hire U.S. workers jump from 1,429 in February 2009 to 4,285 in February 2010, while the earnings of U.S. Elance freelancers rose 45 percent this year, compared with freelancers in India whose earnings rose 35 percent.
Overseas companies are looking for technical or creative help in writing, editing, marketing, information technology, and engineering, say executives from these online sites, and they want to hire people with strong English-language skills. The recession has given them an opening to hire more skilled workers at a lower cost. “These sites set up competition between people in all countries to do the same work,” says David Autor, a professor of economics at MIT. “They’re paying a premium to hire American workers, but in the current labor market, it may seem like a good deal.”
Though these sites allow workers to tap into the global economy, the entry comes at a high price: mainly, low wages, no benefits, and little economic security. The average oDesk employee makes $17.60 per hour, while the average Elance worker makes an even lower rate of $12.50 per hour. People Per Hour, which caters to high-skill freelancers, says its jobs pay $30 per hour on average and that’s pre-tax with no health insurance, sick leave, vacation, or retirement benefits. In addition to the arguably low pay, oDesk, Rent-A-Coder, and Elance closely monitor workers’ productivity through the use of Web cams, key strokes, time sheets, or streaming screen shots. Elance CEO Fabio Rosati argues the company is not Big Brother; its freelancers can opt out of the streaming shots of their computers, but doing so means they lose any guarantee of payment if a company disputes their work.
Like it or not, lower pay and 24/7 demands are now the reality for U.S. contract workers. Fifty-seven-year-old Richard Kelley is a former advertising executive who used to spend his days in a corner office on Madison Avenue. Now, he works odd hours and weekends to juggle freelance assignments and Skype conference calls with clients in London, France, Australia, or California. Kelley is grateful that People Per Hour’s online assignments helped him survive the downturn in the New York City advertising market. Though he earns about 75 percent of his former salary, he says he enjoys not “being owned” by any particular company and having time to pursue other projects such as writing a children’s book. He’s resigned to the idea that his future may be uncertain. “One just has to roll with the punches a little bit. It’s not the same world anymore,” he says.
In today’s poor economic climate, online sites often become a salvation for the unemployed or underemployed. “For the person in Flint, Mich., you’re bringing the global jobs to a local market where there are no jobs,” says Gary Swart, oDesk’s CEO. “It gives people control over their careers.” It also enables people to make cash while they look for other jobs, and it means that people do not need to relocate for work. “It’s not a race to the bottom because employers understand that if a person works for next to nothing, the value of their skills is really low,” Autor says. “But it does indicate a level of how deep the recession is.”
The main problem with the growth of these online sites is that they inevitably transform workers into “mini-multinationals,” as the CEO of Elance calls them. The mini-multinationals shoulder all of the fees associated with the online freelance Web sites: from paying for a subscription to access the job postings to watching the sites take a commission on each job. It’s like being a global corporation and looking after the taxes, operations, and finance—without any of the American tradition of a workers’ safety net.
THINK TO YOURSELF......WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF OBAMA HAD COME INTO OFFICE IN 2008 AND IMMEDIATELY WENT TO WORK MOVING TENS OF TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CORPORATE FRAUD BACK TO GOVERNMENT AND INDIVIDUALS AS RULE OF LAW DEMANDS? THE ANSWER IS THESE NOW GLOBAL CORPORATIONS FAT WITH FRAUD WOULD HAVE BEEN DOWNSIZED TO THE REGIONAL ENTITIES WE NEED THEM TO BE IN ORDER TO RETURN THE COUNTRY TO A DEMOCRACY. NATIONALIZED BANKS WOULD HAVE BEEN REFORMED. WE CAN STILL DO THAT AS THESE CRIMES HAVE YET TO ADDRESSED.
MAKE NO MISTAKE.....OBAMA WILL GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS SELLING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE OUT IN THIS PUSH TOWARDS EMPIRE!!!!
WE DEMAND THAT JUSTICE REBUILD OUR DOMESTIC MARKETS!!!!
Many U.S. companies are hiring ... overseas One reason why U.S. unemployment remains as high as it is
Heribert Proepper / AP An engine technician works on a vessel engine at the Caterpillar company in Friedrichsort near Kiel, northern Germany.
By PALLAVI GOGOI updated 12/28/2010 6:15:56 PM ET
Corporate profits are up. Stock prices are up. So why isn't anyone hiring?
Actually, many American companies are — just maybe not in your town. They're hiring overseas, where sales are surging and the pipeline of orders is fat.
More than half of the 15,000 people that Caterpillar Inc. has hired this year were outside the U.S. UPS is also hiring at a faster clip overseas. For both companies, sales in international markets are growing at least twice as fast as domestically.
The trend helps explain why unemployment remains high in the United States, edging up to 9.8 percent last month, even though companies are performing well: All but 4 percent of the top 500 U.S. corporations reported profits this year, and the stock market is close to its highest point since the 2008 financial meltdown.
But the jobs are going elsewhere. The Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank, says American companies have created 1.4 million jobs overseas this year, compared with less than 1 million in the U.S. The additional 1.4 million jobs would have lowered the U.S. unemployment rate to 8.9 percent, says Robert Scott, the institute's senior international economist.
"There's a huge difference between what is good for American companies versus what is good for the American economy," says Scott.
American jobs have been moving overseas for more than two decades. In recent years, though, those jobs have become more sophisticated — think semiconductors and software, not toys and clothes.
And now many of the products being made overseas aren't coming back to the United States. Demand has grown dramatically this year in emerging markets like India, China and Brazil.
Meanwhile, consumer demand in the U.S. has been subdued. Despite a strong holiday shopping season, Americans are still spending 18 percent less than before the recession on furniture, and 10 percent less on electronics, according to MasterCard's SpendingPulse.
"Companies will go where there are fast-growing markets and big profits," says Jeffrey Sachs, globalization expert and economist at Columbia University. "What's changed is that companies today are getting top talent in emerging economies, and the U.S. has to really watch out."
With the future looking brighter overseas, companies are building there, too. Caterpillar, maker of the signature yellow bulldozers and tractors, has invested in three new plants in China in just the last two months to design and manufacture equipment. The decision is based on demand: Asia-Pacific sales soared 38 percent in the first nine months of the year, compared with 16 percent in the U.S. Caterpillar stock is up 64 percent this year.
"There is a shift in economic power that's going on and will continue. China just became the world's second-largest economy," says David Wyss, chief economist at Standard & Poor's, who notes that half of the revenue for companies in the S&P 500 in the last couple of years has come from outside the U.S.
Take the example of DuPont, which wowed the world in 1938 with nylon stockings. Known as one of the most innovative American companies of the 20th century, DuPont now sells less than a third of its products in the U.S. In the first nine months of this year, sales to the Asia-Pacific region grew 50 percent, triple the U.S. rate. Its stock is up 48 percent this year.
DuPont's work force reflects the shift in its growth: In a presentation on emerging markets, the company said its number of employees in the U.S. shrank by 9 percent between January 2005 and October 2009. In the same period, its work force grew 54 percent in the Asia-Pacific countries.
"We are a global player out to succeed in any geography where we participate in," says Thomas M. Connelly, chief innovation officer at DuPont. "We want our resources close to where our customers are, to tailor products to their needs."
While most of DuPont's research labs are still stateside, Connelly says he's impressed with the company's overseas talent. The company opened a large research facility in Hyderabad, India, in 2008.
A key factor behind this runaway international growth is the rise of the middle class in these emerging countries. By 2015, for the first time, the number of consumers in Asia's middle class will equal those in Europe and North America combined.
"All of the growth over the next 10 years is happening in Asia," says Homi Kharas, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and formerly the World Bank's chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific.
Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent often points out that a billion consumers will enter the middle class during the coming decade, mostly in Africa, China and India. He is aggressively targeting those markets. Of Coke's 93,000 global employees, less than 13 percent were in the U.S. in 2009, down from 19 percent five years ago.
The company would not say how many new U.S. hires it has made in 2010. But its latest new investments are overseas, including $240 million for three bottling plants in Inner Mongolia as part of a three-year, $2 billion investment in China. The three plants will create 2,000 new jobs in the area. In September, Coca-Cola pledged $1 billion to the Philippines over five years.
The strategy isn't restricted to just the largest American companies. Entrepreneurs, whether in technology, retail or in manufacturing, today hire globally from the start.
Consider Vast.com, which powers the search engines of sites like Yahoo Travel and Aol Autos. The company was founded in 2005 with employees based in San Francisco and Serbia.
Harvard Business School Dean Nitin Nohria worries that the trend could be dangerous. In an article in the November issue of the Harvard Business Review, he says that if U.S. businesses keep prospering while Americans are struggling, business leaders will lose legitimacy in society. He exhorted business leaders to find a way to link growth with job creation at home.
Other economists, like Columbia University's Sachs, say multinational corporations have no choice, especially now that the quality of the global work force has improved. Sachs points out that the U.S. is falling in most global rankings for higher education while others are rising.
"We are not fulfilling the educational needs of our young people," says Sachs. "In a globalized world, there are serious consequences to that."