Many companies are having staffing issues as the labor market in the U.S. tightens. Rather than address that problem, President Joe Biden's appointee would rather import cheap labor.
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is planning to fill 11 million open jobs in the U.S. by allowing for more immigration, Breitbart reported. Walsh has been accused of being beholden to Wall Street interests as he calls immigration the "only way" to fix staffing issues.
A report last week revealed that the nation has 11.2 million unfilled jobs, which is good economic news but proves a challenge to employers seeking to increase productivity. "If those 11 million jobs had to be filled tomorrow, we certainly don't have enough people in the United States to fill those jobs … the issue of workers has to be addressed, and the only way you can do it is through immigration."
"When I talk to CEOs from companies all across America, they're all in favor of immigration reform," Walsh added. "They're all in favor of pathways — of visas — for people coming into the United States working, and we're going to have to have that real serious conversation because at some point it will begin to impact our economy."
There was no mention of getting employees who have dropped out of the workforce to participate again. However, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is just one of many voicing alternatives.
"There is a number of innovative ideas I would support," he said at a town hall. "[Former Sen.] Phil Gramm came to the Senate where we were talking about our labor shortage, and one of his suggestions was to coax seniors to re-enter the workforce — don't charge them payroll tax," Johnson said.
"They're not paying it anyway, so they want to get back in and earn a few extra bucks," he reasoned. At the same time, other industries are attempting to automate where they can as a solution.
There are many Americans who were sidelined by the pandemic and should be encouraged to re-enter the workforce. However, plugging the holes with foreign workers is cheaper for companies and, therefore, more attractive to Walsh.