Immigration Policy Disaster caters to small voting base: A reckless Trump is setting up the U.S. for a major economic upheaval in the next decade and beyond. Let's start with all the labor shortage red flags first...keep in mind, this is before the new Trump immigration policies kick in:
1. Since the recession, productivity has risen “more slowly than at any other period in U.S. history. And the Trump administration’s plans to reduce immigration—both legal and illegal—could hamper another source of labor force growth.What, Merit-Based Immigration Repealed Too? Trump has already abandoned his merit-based immigration plan...
2. Valuewalk: From 2017 to 2027, the nation faces a shortage of 8.2 million workers ... It’s the most substantial shortfall in at least 50 years. The crunch threatens to stall America’s economic engine ... Oil and gas stay in the ground because there aren’t enough workers to extract it; homes aren’t built because builders can’t find enough laborers. In Maine this winter, the state couldn’t find enough people to drive snowplows.
3. The labor force participation rate, which measures the percentage of the adult population that’s working or actively seeking employment, has dropped to 63% from 67% in 2000.
The Trump administration is working to slash the number of visas granted to Canadian and Mexican professionals as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations among the three countries ... part of President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative promised during the 2016 campaign. The administration wants to limit the number of eligible professions and decrease the number of visa renewals...Approved occupations for the TN visa include accountants, hotel managers, land surveyors, nutritionists, engineers and computer systems analysts.Trump Rescinding the International Entrepreneur Rule Too? Repealing everything "Obama," this out-of-nowhere rule sounds pretty good, like a real business and job creator to me...
"It is in our national interest to bring the best and brightest minds from around the world to work in America, create companies in America, and create jobs for American workers,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., who represents Silicon Valley, said. “Simply reducing the number of visas available does little to benefit our nation.”
The Department of Homeland Security announced late last week that it was moving ahead with plans to rescind the International Entrepreneur Rule, which would have allowed immigrant founders of startups to remain in the U.S. for up to five years ... Obama-era initiative was designed to allow immigrants who were creating new companies (and new jobs) in the United States to remain in the country for two-and-a-half years (with the possibility for another two-and-a-half year extension) as long as they were meeting milestones for company growth and development ... an attempt to woo more immigrant entrepreneurs (a group that's accounted for the creation of over half of the startups in the U.S. that currently enjoy valuations of over $1 billion) to the country and make America more competitive at a time when countries from France to Singapore are doing more to bring startup founders to their shores.Wow, what's not to like about that? Well, it's an Obama thing - they loved calling it overreach - and "America" comes first, whatever that means...
The rule-making was seen by many Republicans as an example of executive office overreach ... a response to Congress' inability to pass immigration reform ... when other countries were making it easier for entrepreneurially savvy emigres to settle in their borders, according to Obama officials. “It is very entrepreneurial, it is very free market-oriented, and so I think any Republican who is serious about business would have to take this rule seriously,” Leon Rodriguez, the former director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Barack Obama.Pot Head Employees? Sure: Republicans in Wisconsin didn't take seriously a Democratic bill to remove pot from the list of drugs tested for in employees and applicants. Walker is again, behind the curve:
FPI Management, a property company in California, wants to hire dozens of people. Factories from New Hampshire to Michigan need workers. Hotels in Las Vegas are desperate to fill jobs.
Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They're dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees. Marijuana testing — a fixture at large American employers for at least 30 years — excludes too many potential workers, experts say, at a time when filling jobs is more challenging than it's been in nearly two decades.