Keeping Wages Down
Labor unions wonder why companies insist they need the visas, because the unemployment rate remains high. In fact, only about half of high school and college students — the type of people well-suited for unskilled seasonal work — are employed, a near-record low. At the same time, a July report by the Census Bureau found that three in four Americans who graduate from college with a degree in science, technology, engineering or math did not take a job in a related field.
Even so, unions haven’t pressed the issue and have tried to trade increases in guest worker visas for other priorities, such as more green cards for immigrants who might become citizens and then join unions.