Young likely voters are eager for President Trump to end the abuses of the H-1B visa and Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, an American college student says.
As Trump considers expanding his immigration executive order to potentially end the OPT program and halt the admission of H-1B foreign visa workers while more than 36 million Americans are unemployed, President of the SDSU College Republicans Oliver Krvaric told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that young likely voters are hungry for action.
Krvaric’s group, along with 29 college student organizations, sent a letter to Trump asking him to use his executive power to halt the visa programs. Krvaric said American graduates face significant disadvantages when entering the white-collar labor market because they are forced to compete against cheaper foreign graduates.
“It’s essentially just giving a signal to the administration, letting them know that there is an appetite — especially among young likely voters — to take care of the egregious H-1B and OPT abuse that’s displacing American graduates and professionals across the board,” Krvaric said of the letter.
Krvaric said he finds it “unconscionable” that the foreign worker visa programs have not yet been ended when so many Americans are jobless.
“American patriots going back to the 1990s, and even further on, have repeatedly sounded the alarm on the guest worker abuse that’s displacing American workers,” Krvaric said. “So it’s puzzling to see that almost four years into an administration that this is sort of an area where action has not been taken decisively.”
Krvaric said there is “absolutely a conflict of interest” on the part of American universities who benefit hugely from exorbitant tuition and fees paid by foreign students.
“What’s best for the market, what’s best for the GDP is not necessarily always what’s best for the American worker or the American college graduate,” Krvaric said. “It seems like there’s an incredible lack of incision on this issue.”
The OPT program ensures that corporations like Amazon, Google, Deloitte, and Intel can continue to hire thousands of OPT foreign workers over American STEM graduates every year at a 15 percent discount. The program helps shift billions of dollars from heartland communities to metropolises in blue states with wealthy residents.
Similarly, there are about 650,000 H-1B visa workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements. More than 85,000 Americans annually potentially lose their jobs to H-1B visa workers.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.