I’ve never thought this was a good argument to be pushed by the supposed ‘humanitarians’ receiving millions from the US taxpayer to place refugees in hundreds of US towns and cities, but they are doing it in the age of Trump.
Hurting most from the slowdown in the arrival of fresh grunt laborers (aka refugees), according to a new report from the International Rescue Committee headed by former British Labor Party official, David Miliband, are employers in key U.S. industries—including manufacturing, hospitality and meatpacking!
Why must US taxpayers subsidize big business?
If those industries can’t fill their labor needs, maybe they need to raise wages!
And, besides why is it the taxpayers’ duty to subsidize globalists like the BIG MEAT giants by supplying them with third world laborers while paying fake humanitarian groups, like the IRC, gobs of money to sign them up for welfare to supplement those meager wages before moving on to the next fresh batch of paying clients.
Here is one of several news stories the IRC Report has generated. It is from the San Diego Union-Tribune, but rerun in my local newspaper (the paper whose lack of interest in the refugee issue in 2007 caused me to begin writing this blog).
SAN DIEGO — With the flow of refugees into the U.S. at a trickle, many who work with new arrivals worry that the low numbers will have a lasting impact on economies, schools and families in places like San Diego, where many used to resettle.
The International Rescue Committee, a resettlement agency with offices in the San Diego area, released a report this week detailing what it has seen around San Diego Country since arrivals fell to the lowest numbers the program has seen since it began in 1980.
Since President Donald Trump initiated the first travel ban, refugee arrivals plummeted across the country. So far in fiscal 2018, the U.S. has resettled 14,331 refugees, less than a third of the 45,000 ceiling set by Trump.
Employers in industries like hospitality, manufacturing and meatpacking are facing labor shortages without new arrivals eager for work experience that doesn’t require English-language fluency, the IRC report says.
Donna Duvin, executive director for the IRC in San Diego, said her office gets calls at least weekly from area employers asking if there are new arrivals looking for work.
“In the past, we would call them and ask for placements,” Duvin said. “Now employers are calling us seeking potential employees.”
Duvin noted that many San Diego jobs are also tied to assisting refugees and worried that organizations would shrink if arrivals don’t increase soon. [She may be worried for her job, but are the fat cats*** at the top of the IRC worried too?—ed]
He said he’s constantly hearing from fellow restaurant owners about the trouble they’re having finding line cooks or dishwashers.
“There’s a lot of competition for labor, and it’s hard to find good help,” Knab said.
“The refugee community has been a place where we have found good employees who are committed and contribute in a positive way.” [And, are desperate and willing to work for cheap wages!—ed]
And, this (below) is news I don’t mind repeating until I am blue in the face!
For new readers see my David Miliband file here, and go here for dozens of stories about meatpackers changing the heartland.
*** Fat cat salaries at the International Rescue Committee, from a recent IRS Form 990: