[INTERVIEW]:One Immigration Patriot Group is Leading the Way in Protecting American Workers
The American Workers Coalition (AmWorkCo) is one of the new immigration patriot groups that pushes for an unabashedly America First labor policy. AmWorkCo is a non-partisan organization that was founded by three American moms concerned about the economic displacement brought about by America’s current mass migration policies. Immigration remains one of the most controversial issues in America and has some of the strongest implications for America’s viability as a functional nation-state.
BLP had a chance to reach out to Marie Larson, Barbara Birch, and Hilarie Gamm of AmWorkCo to learn more about the organization and what plans they have for the future
Immigration is a touchy subject in American politics. It’s especially now that we have a president who ran on an explicitly pro-worker platform, during the primaries and general election. What was the main catalyst behind forming AmWorkCo?
As three American Moms we saw an opportunity to create a better future for our children and for all Americans by advocating for American workers. All three co-founders had participated in Congressional calls as part of Attorney Sara Blackwell’s Protect US Workers group and when those calls ended, Marie, Barb and Hilarie felt it was the right time to create a new organization. Marie came up with a name American Workers Coalition, and together Marie Larson, Barbara Birch and author Hilarie Gamm co-founded American Workers Coalition, AmWorkCo, a non-partisan, un-funded citizen group to advocate for U.S. citizens to be first for jobs and education. Marie, Barb and Hilarie all use aliases.
There are a number of immigration restriction groups out there that have their own niches. How does the AmWorkCo separate itself from other immigration skeptic groups?
We believe national security interests should trump corporate profit motives, and our Congress should act in the best interests of American citizens, not corporate interests.
The focus of American Workers Coalition is to share facts and data regarding how America’s workers and children have been harmed by legal immigration, those coming to the U.S. on H1B, F1, L1, and H4 visas, and how the U.S. middle class and working class have suffered because of the silent substitution of Americans for foreign workers – working both here in the U.S. under these visas, and working abroad in outsourcing and offshoring arrangements.
Immigration is a complex issue that has numerous layers to it — rule of law, economic displacement, national security, etc.. What would you say is that most important aspect of immigration that policymakers must consider these days?
All layers are important. Without the rule of law, we lack the tool of enforcement. The economic displacement is a huge factor that gets little notice, but has ripple effects.
Given the 40+ million newly unemployed Americans, the economic harm in employing foreign labor before American citizens for U.S. entities operating and profiting in the U.S. is the most important aspect for policy makers today. There are some Americans who are now being furloughed without health benefits or pay while the foreign H1B counterparts at their job sites remain employed. We believe every American would find this dynamic unfair and we are fighting hard to give voice to these injustices.
Mass migration seems to be a bipartisan project through and through. It really boils down to getting cheap labor and cheap votes. The Trump election has kind of changed the dynamic. You see Republicans nowadays talking about illegal immigration. However, on legal immigration they seem to be incoherent. Has AmWorkCo had a lot of trouble getting Republicans on board to restrict legal immigration?
AmWorkCo works with both sides of the aisle in advocating for Americans. In 2019, we successfully partnered with Republican Congressman Paul Gosar’s office to advocate for American college graduates. His office authored and sponsored legislation called “The Fairness for High Skilled Americans Act”, a bill to end the OPT – Optional Practical Training Program that sidelines American college grads in favor of F-1 – OPT visa holders for jobs during and post graduation.
The OPT program was established under the Bush 2 presidency then expanded under President Obama by Executive Order. It allows U.S. employers to hire F1 students to work in the U.S. for 3 year stints, neither the F1 or the employer is required to pay FICA taxes (medicare, social security & unemployment benefits), and it is said to cost American taxpayers close to 3 billion per year in lost revenue. Ultimately, OPT is most egregious because it was never ratified into law by Congress, no hearings were held on it’s merit, and its a program which has grown larger than the H1B program in employing foreign labor before Americans. With 400% growth, the OPT program accounted for 250,000 jobs going to foreign students/graduates rather than Americans in 2017.
What are some ways that businesses exploit America’s visas system to the detriment of American workers?
Businesses exploit the visa system in many ways to reduce wages, minimize worker’s rights, reduce diversity and eliminate Americans from viable employment opportunities
– H1B visas allow workers to be paid at “prevailing wages” which are far less than market wages, Ron Hira recently published a paper on this research, this is why U.S. tech wages have stagnated for 20 years and continue to do so today
– H1B, L1, OPT and H4 EAD workers often work long hours, sometimes are on call 24 hours per day, many times required to work weekends, often times they are not given health benefits, dental benefits or vacation or personal time off. American workers have therefore seen their benefits and rights seriously affected, with less flexibility, less opportunity for work/life balance, less benefits, less time off, and less opportunity to challenge authority or push for improved work environments – when they can easily be replaced by less expensive foreign labor, all worker’s become like indentured servants, Americans and foreign visa holders alike. Neil Munro of Breitbart recently included comments made by John Miano which echoed these sentiments
– Diversity is seriously affected when a handful of countries and companies monopolize the work visas to bring in foreign labor to displace Americans. The HR 1044/S386 – a bill called “The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act” was a bill that sought to reward the countries and companies monopolizing the H1B visa system. Endorsed by foreign interests and Big Tech, this legislation sought to eliminate the country caps for H1B workers, which would have meant that India and China would send 90% of H1Bs to the U.S. – basically eliminating H1B immigration from 190 countries across the globe. More importantly, however, is the fact that the U.S. once had a very rich and diverse STEM workforce compromised of workers of far greater women, workers of all ages, backgrounds, and included much larger numbers of American Asians, African Americans, Latinos, etc…which have been replaced through the current legal immigration visa programs by primarily Southeastern Asian males between the ages of 20 and 35.
– American citizens are also out of the running for many jobs from the get-go, because the sourcing pipelines and recruiters are controlled by the outsourcers, off shore foreign entities, or visa holders themselves, who do not consider, interview or hire Americans and favor foreigners instead.…
The 2020 election season is in full effect. Immigration is still a big topic of discussion in many races. Which candidates for higher office has AmWorkCo endorsed so far?
AmWorkCo is actively working hard to source and support 2020 candidates who are focusing on American citizens and limits to immigration.
Thus far AmWorkCo has endorsed the following candidates who are all running on an America First agenda, and who all have legal immigration, jobs and education, as part of their campaign platforms:
Jeff Sessions – Alabama Senate https://jeffsessions.com/
Lauren Witzke – Delaware Senate https://laurenwitzke.com/
Tricia Flanagan – New Jersey Senate https://flanaganforsenate.org/
Jarome Bell – Virginia Congress https://jaromebellforcongress.com/
Barry Moore – Alabama Congress https://barrymooreforcongress.com/
Kris Kobach – Kansas Senate – https://kriskobach.com/
Laura Loomer – Florida Congress – https://lauraloomerforcongress.com/
Does AmWorkCo have any more thoughts about 2020 and beyond?
Although the 2020 Presidential election will set the tone for the next 4 years. as advocates for American workers we recognize that Congress is critical to moving the ball forward to improve the plight of American citizens, professionals, middle class, working class, education, women, diversity, and economic recovery.
To that end, we are focusing our efforts on doing everything we can to educate 2020 candidates on the realities of legal immigration and their effects.
Forcing Americans to train their foreign replacements and employing foreign labor before U.S. labor hurts the economy, hurts our GDP, hurts our ability to innovate, hurts our democracy and jeopardizes our national security.
– When Americans are on unemployment benefits they are reducing U.S. coffers rather than paying into them, they spend less which hurts consumption numbers, they are dependent on entitlements like health care and food stamps and also create aggregate social malaise in the form of depression, substance abuse, and domestic violence. The aggregate harm of every American job loss is huge, and with 30+ million newly unemployed Americans the focus must be on putting American citizens back into every U.S. job category.
– Knowledge Transfer and “KT documents” have been the globalists mainstay in lifting and shifting non-manufacturing American jobs outside the U.S. for the past 20 years. India alone has been the beneficiary of more than 10 million technology, call centers and engineering jobs. China, the Philippines and South America have accounted for another 10+ jobs lost to the U.S. economy in customer service, call centers, chip building, bio-medical research, architecture, engineering, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and technology. The U.S. loses its ability to innovate and maintain global industry leadership positions when it trains the rest of the world to do the jobs Americans are experts at, then pushes the diverse and educated American workforce to the unemployment line.
– When social media becomes as powerful a messenger as main stream media, the workers evaluating the social media messaging and determining if they are acceptable or should be censored control the free speech of users. Democracy is undermined when more than 75% of those working for social media companies in Silicon Valley and deciding which messages and social media users are acceptable are foreigners working on H1B, L1, H4 EAD and OPT visas rather than American citizens.
– National Security is compromised when U.S. companies store their data offshore and employ foreign nationals in foreign countries to maintain the systems and the technology that manage our banks, our national electric grid, our local, state and federal government agencies, consumer health data and consumer financial data. Every American citizen and institution is more vulnerable to hacking, theft and spying and dependent on the integrity of the physical connections of cable and wire and infrastructure across the globe. American intellectual property is far safer when it is safeguarded by American citizen labor and housed on American servers on American soil. Outsourcing and offshoring non-manufacturing U.S. industry risks national security and the American way of life.
– The recent pandemic has called into center stage the veracity of “working remotely” as companies see that employees can successfully work from home or work virtually. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook recently stated on a CNN interview that Facebook would now lead in developing a “remote workforce”, which sounds good on the surface, but when you look at the Facebook website – they are seeking to employ “globally”. If laws to keep American data are not enacted, the new “remote” craze might result in more jobs leaving the U.S. rather than more Americans being employed remotely.