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Today’s installment in my colleague Jerry Kammer’s four-part series on “Cheap Labor as Cultural Exchange” focuses on fish-processing in Alaska. Young Hillary Rodham worked in Alaska after graduating from Wellesley but now oversees a cultural exchange program that subsidizes the hiring of foreign students over Americans. Employers using foreign students from the Summer Work Travel program are exempt from Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes, creating a significant incentive to bypass Americans and hire foreigners. This has contributed to a 40 percent decline in real wages in seafood processing in Alaska from the time Hillary worked there. No wonder employers complain about “jobs Americans won’t do.”



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