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Greg Flakus
August 21, 2014 11:39 PM
U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed comprehensive immigration reform remains stalled in a politically divided Congress, but business leaders around the country say immigration reform is needed to keep the economy growing. The situation was the focus of a recent business forum in Houston, where VOA’s Greg Flakus filed this report.

US Business Leaders Argue for Immigration Reform

Greg Flakus

Published August 21, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed comprehensive immigration reform remains stalled in a politically divided Congress, but business leaders around the country say immigration reform is needed to keep the economy growing. The situation was the focus of a recent business forum in Houston, where VOA’s Greg Flakus filed this report.


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by: Theodore Whittlinger from: NV
August 22, 2014 4:12 PM
Translated they are saying "we need to fire these Americans who want too much money and hire cheaper labor from outside the US"


by: mike from: wv
August 22, 2014 3:55 PM
the only reason business want illegals to stay is because they are cheap labor nothing else. what should happen is all these companies that say yeah to illegals staying need to be investigated to see if Illegals are already working if they are the company needs to be fined heavily and forced to pay illegal back taxes


by: edward from: jacksonville fl
August 22, 2014 1:00 PM
this is what businesses really want, Smithfield Meats in Kinston, NC had a workforce in the 90's that was about 60 % black , the illegals started showing up and 10 years later , every black was gone and the Mexicans were lined up to work for less than minimum wage, there is a mobile home repair company in south Georgia that only hires guys from the Ukraine, they work for 17/hr. instead of the normal 20-22 that Americans get and they don't ask for overtime, I can go on


by: adam
August 22, 2014 12:59 PM
The H1-B is exploited by indian companies and also by local US companies. I have seen US companies lay off american workers and hire H1-B visas. I am in one of these large fortune 500 companies. Over the yrs I have seen the number of H1-B visa folks increase significantly, and these are not high skilled jobs. These jobs can be done by any American worker very easily. It is all about the bottom line folks. Benefits and Salary is one of the largest expenses a company has to incur.

eg. If a company hires an IT person for 120-140K they also have to pay for benefits. The Indian companies offer H1-B visa holders to american companies for significantly cheaper and also the american companies don't have to pay any benefits. Who do you think is cheaper overall? This is not about not having skilled people in the work force. It is only about Cheap labor. With Profits stagnating this is one big way a company can help their bottom line. Don't be fooled about all this talk about the lack of skilled labor....there is no shortage.


by: Hazel from: Oregon
August 22, 2014 12:28 PM
Many corporations have stopped hiring Americans. The Americans train their replacements with the H1b and are promptly fired. These large corporations are no loyal to any country only the corporation. They should not and cannot make our policies, that belongs to all the American people not companies or corporations.


by: Zeeblebit from: Illinois
August 22, 2014 12:24 PM
Business doesn't know what it wants, but, cheap labor and overpopulation. This will crash our economy, put USA Citizens out of work, and make Ferguson Riots a taste of what justice will ordeal to remove all illegal aliens. Get an education


by: Cindy Le from: Northern California
August 22, 2014 11:58 AM
Our president and Gov. Jerry Brown of California are making plans to replace those of us who are poor and unskilled, with illegal Hispanic immigrants which, will disproportionately devastate poor US communities. Those of us who are educated don't care and are willing to allow our disadvantaged brothers and sisters to be replaced by illegal Hispanic immigrants. If we do not take it upon ourselves to stop The Great Replacement of American citizens a large percentage of us will be displaced - economically and educationally.


by: Fleendar the magnificent from: ohio
August 22, 2014 10:53 AM
Yeah. CHEAP labor that hurts America and Americans MORE and benefits only the globalists and corporatists.

Deport all illegal aliens.


by: mickey from: kearny,nj
August 22, 2014 8:37 AM
now you see how powerful these people are to dictate to our mr. Obama. cheap labor and millions of American citizens out of work and no chance of competing for cheap wages that these mutts want to force on our country. but at the same time they want the American taxpayer to pay for all the illegals benefits they get from our government.


by: Jeff Holland from: Arizona
August 22, 2014 2:25 AM
I have no problem with the H1B aspect of immigration reform for skilled workers as long as it does not prevent American citizens from obtaining jobs. However to lump that together and say that we must give amnesty to the 11 million, (which is actually closer to 20 million) illegals in this country as part of the H1B plan is ludicrous. We currently have an open border with more illegals arriving every day because of the Dream act amnesty that President Obama signed without congressional approval. He has no credibility with congress and the American people due to the sneaky way he has been allowing illegals into this country and dropping them off into various states without regard for state rights. To place this undue burden on the United States citizens during widespread joblessness and an already fractured economy is politics at its worst. To bow down to unrealistic demands from illegal aliens who do not care enough about this country to assimilate and/or learn the language is criminal and a slap in the face of true immigrants who have patiently waited and proceeded the legal and right way for citizenship. It sends the wrong message and does nothing to alleviate the problems we are now facing as a nation.

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