Corporate execs responsible for thousands of layoffs send letter to Congress calling for … immigration reform

posted at 6:41 pm on September 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

You know the old saying about illegals doing the jobs Americans won’t do? Sometimes the reason Americans “won’t” do them is because they’ve been escorted from the premises by security after cleaning out their desks.

The good news? Corporate America’s doing its part to make sure newly legalized illegals don’t end up on welfare. The bad news? Given the state of the Obama economy, the citizens they laid off are probably already cashing unemployment checks.

The officials represent companies with a vast array of business interests: General Electric, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, The Wendy’s Company, Coca-Cola, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Communications, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, and many more. All want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill as well as high-skill workers, in addition to a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants currently in the U.S. illegally…

In addition, at the same time the corporate officers seek higher numbers of immigrants, both low-skill and high-skill, many of their companies are laying off thousands of workers.

For example, Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012. In August of this year, Cisco Systems, whose Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Kathleen Weslock signed the letter, announced plans to lay off 4,000 — in addition to 8,000 cut in the last two years. United Technologies, whose Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organization Elizabeth B. Amato signed the letter, announced layoffs of 3,000 this year. American Express, whose Chief Human Resources Officer L. Kevin Cox signed the letter, cut 5,400 jobs this year. Procter & Gamble, whose Chief Human Resources Officer Mark F. Biegger signed the letter, announced plans to cut 5,700 jobs in 2012.

In fairness, the money saved from paying lower wages to legalized illegals can be used to expand operations, which means creating more jobs … which will presumably also be filled by newly legalized illegals. But who knows? Maybe there’ll be a few crappy part-time jobs created too that can be staffed by Americans who don’t mind reduced hours in the name of ObamaCare compliance.

By the way, has Syria finally killed off amnesty, at least for the rest of the year? Reform advocates are nervous that there’s too much on Congress’s plate and too little time left in the session to get through it for the GOP to take up a hot potato like immigration when they don’t have to. The silver lining if the GOP had voted for a Syria attack is that it would have made them wary about further angering the base by voting for amnesty too, but now that that’s off the table, they still have some political capital to spend. Will there be any left after the bound-to-disappoint debt-ceiling saga plays out? Fingers crossed for “no”!


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Of course they do. They are not required to cover them under Obamacare.

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

Out with the living wage Old. In with the squatters wage new.

Disgusting.

portlandon on September 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

By the way, has Syria finally killed off amnesty, at least for the rest of the year? Reform advocates are nervous that there’s too much on Congress’s plate and too little time left in the session to get through it for the GOP to take up a hot potato like immigration when they don’t have to.

If it hasn’t, I’d suggest that Republicans need to pay attention to what happened in Colorado last night.

Against all odds and being outspent 7 to 1, the grassroots delivered historic rebukes to Democrats by recalling two that worked to pass gun control legislation.

Like Obamacare and guns, immigration is an issue that can light a fire under independents, libertarians, and conservatives.

Repubics that vote for amnesty may find themselves like state senators Morse and Giron: Unemployed.

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Isn’t this simply the Dem donor list?

faraway on September 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

I guess we can expect our betters to admonish us and say “shutup! give up your guns and bibles…and Bread & Circuses”

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

The federal government claims it works for your but it kisses the immigrants’ collective a$$es.

Remember, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Kingfisher on September 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

They’d be singing a different tune if you could hire CEO’s for the day outside of Home Depot. Cable news pundits too…..

rw on September 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

The next time your representative tells you that immigration is good, ask them this question. If they get all our jobs then can we finally have them pay for our welfare and we can stay home for a change?

Somehow, I doubt that idea will receive any support.

Kingfisher on September 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

After 37-years in the business of Wall Street…..F them and all of the Beltway hacks in Congress and the bureaucracy!

tomshup on September 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

scum

pat on September 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Allah smoketh crack if he thinks the bulk of these layoffs were to avoid Obamacare.

Corporations work by trying to project and forecast.

Those that were worried about Barrycare started layoffs after it passed, or got waivers.

The timing of these layoffs suggest “comprehensive immigration” legislation is what they’ve been gaming for.

And now that it looks like it won’t happen before the mid-terms, they’re ticked.

Hence, more layoffs.

Corporations are souless, zero-allegiance machines. Only hope I had in Barry is that he would break a few of them down to size. Instead, he did the opposite.

budfox on September 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM

“Like Obamacare and guns, immigration is an issue that can light a fire under independents, libertarians, and conservatives.

Repubics that vote for amnesty may find themselves like state senators Morse and Giron: Unemployed.”

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Amen, brother!

tomshup on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Yeah, but almost all those lay offs were of Obama voters… so there is that.

astonerii on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Isn’t this simply the Dem donor list?

faraway on September 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

…plus the extra clowns in the picture!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

They’d be singing a different tune if you could hire CEO’s for the day outside of Home Depot. Cable news pundits too…..

rw on September 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Migrant executives and undocumented reporters.

Flange on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

i just posted this in response to Schadenfreude on the other thread

i think it is important to look at what these huge corporations are saying

Among these was a recommendation that immigration reform “address the reality that there is a global war for talent and that countries are competing to attract and retain the human capital essential to a culture of productivity and innovation.” The report contained a number of recommendations aimed at attracting and retaining immigrants with strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. The Senate bill includes strong provisions along the lines of our recommendations, and we would encourage the House to adopt a similar approach.

Even with the economy still recovering, many of our companies continue to have difficulty finding sufficient American workers to fill certain lesser-skilled positions.

it is pretty clear to me that either they are being massively pressured by the barry/left to get on board….Or, this is a huge vote of No Confidence in our current population.

1. labor participation rate low as is the percent of population that works

2. People quit looking for work in droves each month forcing the unemployment numbers lower

3. no one cares…lots of free stuff…and also lots of tax refundable credits/EITC, etc

4. education sucks big time…no one cares

5. companies wonder why they can’t find people to work…therefore we must import our workers…

r keller on September 11, 2013 at 6:49 PM

r keller on September 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Those that were worried about Barrycare started layoffs after it passed, or got waivers.

budfox on September 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The waivers are not permanent.

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

I just saw that article and was going to post is somewhere! I have been cranking about this since I read Sr-744. Those scum suckers are drooling at the thought of all those fresh serfs.

They hire them and ditch the remainder of the working class.

The economy will definitely crater at that point.

For example, Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012.

Average stay on unemployment is now just over eight months. Of they need workers, they could recall people.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

The waivers are not permanent.

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 6:58 PM

And very few private sector companies got waivers. NH, for example only got a partial waiver… Nevada got a waiver. The whole state.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 7:01 PM

crony capitalism at its finest

burserker on September 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Yeah, but almost all those lay offs were of Obama voters… so there is that.

astonerii on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Um no.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

Migrant executives and undocumented reporters.

Flange on September 11, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Great idea.

faraway on September 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW.

IMMIGRATION LAW was designed to protect the citizens of this nation from the rank predation of illegal aliens.

This applies to crime… but it in particular applies to employment.

Replacing American workers with foreign labor is not only nefarious, reprehensible, and contemptible, it is aiding and abetting that very predation upon American citizens.

Employers don’t have to pay a number of taxes on foreign laborers that they are mandated to pay for American workers. It’s that simple.

We need to end the influx of foreign labor that is leaving the American worker unemployed and chronically under employed. Once replaced by foreign labor in this nation on a visa, the worker faces stiff competition for lower skilled illegal aliens for even part time work.

Call your congressmen and tell that that if they like their jobs, they’d better start seeing that American workers keep theirs.

thatsafactjack on September 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

My hardrworking 24 year old son has a degree in business finance and has been looking for a job for two years and still can’t find one and these clowns are wanting to give his job to a person from another country? I’m making a list of these corporations and will never buy their products again. I suggest we do to them what we’ve done to Hollywood.

neyney on September 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I am increasingly grateful that I am married to a Canadian citizen, which makes my kids Canadian citizens, so they will have a first world country to go to when this one collapses.

ctmom on September 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

crony capitalism at its finest

burserker on September 11, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Squeezed by Cynical Corporations & Corrupt Unions.

Yep.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

By the way, has Syria finally killed off amnesty, at least for the rest of the year? Reform advocates are nervous that there’s too much on Congress’s plate and too little time left in the session to get through it for the GOP to take up a hot potato like immigration when they don’t have to.

The gays and the illegals have to be angry at Syria. No wonderthe left became rabid “kill them all” hawks. The reality is that there is no way that either special interest group will get their demands met in an election year and with the budget battles and Obamacare, it’s likely they are expendable. They always were but they thought differently and feelings are all that matter to the left.

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

My hardrworking 24 year old son has a degree in business finance and has been looking for a job for two years and still can’t find one and these clowns are wanting to give his job to a person from another country? I’m making a list of these corporations and will never buy their products again. I suggest we do to them what we’ve done to Hollywood.

neyney on September 11, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Sr-744 will more than double the number of H1-B foreign Guest workers in the US. I posted and posted and posted the actual text of the bill here. Your plan is a good one. None of these firms sell anything you can’t get somewhere else.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Last time things were this bad…Teddy Roosevelt broke it up.

workingclass artist on September 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

For example, Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012.

Just for fun I called this turd. After a few brief minutes (which seemed to leave the poor phone clerk in a stuttering tizzy), he transfered me to a person whose title he couldn’t grasp, finally calling her “Kathy, a p-p-person in the…uhhh…executive”.

Kathy, the affirmative action dope, couldn’t even grasp the point that publicly demanding more immigrant workers while laying off 30,000 Americans might look … inconsistent to some observers. Seriously, she didn’t get it. But she finally demanded my name and assured me that they will get back to me.

Hilarious.

Jaibones on September 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

By the way, has Syria finally killed off amnesty, at least for the rest of the year?

On the contrary, it’s the distraction they need to slip something through while no one is paying attention.

xblade on September 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, is my Congressman:

Strike One was when he joined John McCain in attacking Michele Bachmann and other conservatives when they expressed concerns about Muslims with Muslim Brotherhood ties and then supported NSA full bore.

Strike two: He supported Obama on Syria.

Strike three will be amnesty.

bw222 on September 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Poll: Obama Collapses to 38% Approval with ‘All Adults’

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

I wonder what the demo on that poll was. That’s gonna leave a mark anyway, but I will wager they oversampled dems…

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Poll: Obama Collapses to 38% Approval with ‘All Adults’

Resist We Much on September 11, 2013 at 7:03 PM

But how’d he do among likely Obama voters?

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

But how’d he do among likely Obama voters?

Happy Nomad on September 11, 2013 at 7:12 PM

Zing!

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 7:14 PM

Hewlett-Packard, whose Executive Vice President for Human Resources Tracy Keogh signed the letter, laid off 29,000 employees in 2012.

but… but… according to the NSA list, these were all Tea Party members.

faraway on September 11, 2013 at 7:19 PM

Blowback

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Rubio, McCain, Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Flake…and all who’re for amnesty, you are traitors to the land and to legal American citizens.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Got to love Drudge. He exposes the weasels like no one else would dare to.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Ms. Lindsey is under 50% already.

Keep that trend going.

Schadenfreude on September 11, 2013 at 7:34 PM

….Drudge is bookmarked right after Hot Air!

KOOLAID2 on September 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

I am increasingly grateful that I am married to a Canadian citizen, which makes my kids Canadian citizens, so they will have a first world country to go to when this one collapses.

ctmom on September 11, 2013 at 7:08 PM

You can hope, but when the US catches a cold, Soviet Canuckistan catches Pneumonia. That’s not a bet I would make.

Quartermaster on September 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

In fairness, the money saved from paying lower wages to legalized illegals can be used to expand operations, which means creating more jobs … which will presumably also be filled by newly legalized illegals.

No the money saved will go to bonuses to upper management for cutting costs.

The rest will go to increased dividends for stockholders.

GarandFan on September 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

The “reform” should be to start following the laws that were passed and the Constitution that was ratified.

rgranger on September 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

Related: The STEM Crisis is a Myth

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

In fairness, the money saved from paying lower wages to legalized illegals can be used to expand operations, which means creating more jobs … which will presumably also be filled by newly legalized illegals.

Who are you kidding? Any savings will go to bigger bonuses to the higher-ups.

Ukiah on September 11, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Related: The STEM Crisis is a Myth

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Yeah, but it makes for great politics. And that is all The One is about. He has been pushing this STEM increase since he was in the Senate, even the same exact numbers. He can’t even bring himself to change his shtick from year-to-year.

Patriot Vet on September 11, 2013 at 9:44 PM

See, it’s just like I’ve been saying, the Democrats want amnesty for votes and the Republicans want amnesty to continue cheap labor for their corporate donors. Time to let them know that we are one to them.

Cindy Munford on September 11, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Of (if) they need workers, they could recall people.

dogsoldier on September 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Possibly the company is taking advantage of the recession to dump deadwood or union incompetents and hoping for better replacements.
Not saying that’s the case, but it’s a possibility.

This, however, is more likely.

Related: The STEM Crisis is a Myth

slickwillie2001 on September 11, 2013 at 8:47 PM

AesopFan on September 11, 2013 at 11:43 PM

AesopFan on September 11, 2013 at 11:43 PM

It is a myth. Check out Norm Matloff’s writings.

dogsoldier on September 12, 2013 at 5:45 AM

This article is deeper than the headlines, well, as usual?

All of these are international companies. They do business all around the world and all have international employees already, except, they can’t come here easily. These companies often keep the money at the location where they do business, so they usually don’t bring the money home, they spend it there. Likewise they train up employees in these locations.

These companies are not all in the same business, and have differing needs for international employees, and in the U.S. employees who are not legally here, including seasonal employee needs. When they join together to speak out, it is in their own varying interests, and not intended to create a lower class of workers specifically. But it looks terrible when our people are not working and you hear this. And some of it is political, they are forced by boards…Coca Cola for instance…to diversify their workforce for PC reasons and to be in favor of diversity and multicultral reasons to appear cool and not be boycotted by political forces beyond their control.

I am not in favor of amnesty. I am not in favor of H-1 visas, really, but this is not as simplistic as the media is making it, and conservatives or republicans have seized the argument to say that we don’t have jobs now and these companies want to hire illegals. Well, many of these people are employed already, they just cannot come into the U.S., like the money cannot come here. An advantage in the short term is that right now it looks like these employees won’t need to be covered with benefits under Obama care standards.

But, on the H-1 skilled visa front: in high technology the reason there are so many foreign workers coming in and the reason they say we don’t have the skilled engineers, is that the U.S. education policies favor giving most of the scholarship money to become an engineer, or a scientist to Pell Grant students who waste the money and never get a degree. The colleges have to fill all the financial need of lesser able Pell Grant students before they give out any other financial aid. Pell Grants should be merit based for this reason… and given to people who want to pursue, math science and technology. The current Pell Grant system is a welfare program that pays too much for remedial non college courses to bring low students up to average level. Our colleges and the educational establishment does not feel good about giving young white males scholarships for math and science jobs. Foreign students are chosen by merit in their home countries and do not pay for undergraduate educations the way we do here. Some of their home countries even pay for them to come here. (Now of course they do expect them to come back.) But in our country the war on the young white male is that he is privileged and on his own. We don’t want engineers unless they are diverse or female, and the companies that hire are forced to take foreign workers to make their companies look like they are “diverse.” They dump old white male engineers and won’t pay to retrain them in new technologies. There would be plenty of American engineers, but sadly they would be middle aged white men, not cool enough for us. And the companies today? they want the government to train the workers, they don’t want to invest in training to keep on the more expensive workers when they can hire newly trained ones for less.

And in states with good higher education systems, god knows they get enough cash from taxpayers to pay for everything, and then on top of that they charge the students tuition. I think that math science, technology and medical coursework should be tuition free and merit based on grades and scores. Fairness Fairness has been addressed in some states with the “top ten percent” of high school students being eligible for programs to avoid having to count diversity students, and this would work. States have to stop paying for students that are below average…and “be more like Europe,” where you don’t get to go to college, but can choose a technology or trade route. We are spending too much and ending up with no one qualified for the best jobs.

Fleuries on September 12, 2013 at 10:57 AM