Donald Trump calls out hypocrisy of Silicon Valley on immigration and 'diversity'
While I question his authenticity, there is no question that Donald Trump is doing a great service to Republicans by taking on topics that were formerly untouchable. The most prominent, of course, is illegal immigration, but now Trump has taken on the Silicon Valley moguls who are pushing for more legal immigration, which displaces American workers.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has funded an organization called "Fwd," which is reminiscent of MSNBC's unintentionally homoerotic "lean forward" motto.
Zuckerberg started a public interest group called Fwd.us to push for immigration and lobbying reform along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Neither Facebook (FB, Tech30) nor Fwd.us had an immediate comment on Trump's criticism of Zuckerberg.
Employers are supposed to pay a typical wage to anyone hired under a H-1B visa. But in reality, employees on these visas are typically paid 20 to 45% less than U.S. workers who they are are often replacing, said Ron Hira, a Howard University public policy professor who has studied the visa's pay scale.
It's all about money – in this case, cheap labor for the tech companies.
Zuckerberg is one of the leading tech executives who has called for a more open immigration policy. Specifically, he wants to make more H-1B visas available to tech employers so they can hire foreign skilled workers. Trump said he wants to require employers to pay H-1B workers much more money, which he said would discourage companies from hiring them and boost job prospects for Americans. He also wants to have tech jobs offered to unemployed Americans before they can be filled by workers with H-1B visas.
I believe that is the law now, but like many of our immigration laws, it is not being followed. I like the direction of Trump's idea, but think it needs to go farther: until we get illegal immigration under control, we should restrict legal entry into the country.
"This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg's personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities," Trump wrote in his immigration plan. Rubio is also seeking the Republican nomination for president.
Yep, Rubio did indeed sponsor a bill to expand immigration. But Trump is deluding himself if he thinks restricting H-1Bs will substantially increase the number of women and minority tech workers. The reason there aren't more women and minority tech workers is because they apply in much lower numbers. The end result will be that more American workers will get jobs, but they will be Caucasian or Asian.
But even Caucasians and Asians are Americans, albeit second-class citizens, so Trump's idea is still a good one.
Zuckerberg represents his group as a civic good-government organization when the reality is that it's a lobbying group for cheap foreign labor. Trump is the first to take him on, so bravo to him for confronting people who have views on immigration as bad as Trump's was in 2012.
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