Surprise: Amnesty Pushers Are Lying About STEM Worker Shortage
May 21, 2014 by Bob Livingston
One of the main lies promulgated by the amnesty pushers in their propaganda campaign to open up Americaâ€™s borders is that there is a shortage of American workers with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to fill the available jobs.
A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies puts that lie to bed, as have previous reports by the Economic Policy Institute, the RAND Corporation, the Urban Institute and the National Research Council.
The CIS study analyzed the latest government data and found that in 2012 there were more than twice as many people with STEM degrees as there were STEM jobs (12.1 million native-born and legal immigrants with STEM degrees versus 5.3 million STEM jobs). Only one-third of American natives with STEM degrees actually work in a STEM occupation. There are 1.5 million Americans with engineering degrees not working as engineers. There are half a million with technology degrees, 400,000 with math degrees and 2.6 million with science degrees not working in their chosen field. There are another 1.2 million Americans with STEM degrees not working at all.
The numbers are bad for legal immigrants as well. Fewer than half of immigrants with STEM degrees work in STEM jobs, and just 23 percent of immigrants with engineering degrees work as engineers. Of the 700,000 STEM workers allowed into the U.S. between 2007 and 2012, only one-third work in a STEM job, another third work in a non-STEM job and a full one-third are unemployed.
In fact, the RAND study found that there has been no shortage STEM workers since 1990 and there is no shortage on the horizon.
Donâ€™t be fooled by the rhetoric. The Republican amnesty push is simply to a ploy to keep wages suppressed for the corporatocracy. It is the agenda of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and of Silicon Valley moguls who fund Republican campaigns. The amnesty push by the Democrats is to fulfill the agenda of the unions, which need millions of potential new union members to prop up their numbers, as well as more automatic Democrat voters.
Neither Republican nor Democratic amnesty backers have the best interests of Americans or America at heart, for granting amnesty to 11 million or 12 million illegals will serve to drive down wages, leave more Americans unemployed and further destroy the middle class. And studies show that Third World immigrants favor socialist policies of unionization, set minimum wages, gun control and nanny state governance.