‘Industry Tells Me . . . ’

by Mark Krikorian

Following up on the president’s response that “industry tells me” there aren’t enough American engineers, so the government has to import more: My colleague Steven Camarota has calculated that there are 1.8 million working-age, native-born Americans with degrees in engineering who aren’t working as engineers, either because they’re unemployed, dropped out of the labor force, or are working but in other jobs. So when businessmen complain that excessive taxes and regulations are harming them, leftists scoff, but when they want special rights to import foreigners, suddenly they’re so authoritative that their claims are beyond question?

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