"Meanwhile, as Congress debates reducing benefits to citizens, this employer bonus denies to the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds more than $9,000 for each foreign worker hired," Krikorian continued. "It's a strange way to help Americans get jobs and balance the budget."
This is not the first time that ICE has taken this kind of action against the Trust Funds, and in favor of foreign students; a similar ruling, dealing with a shorter list of technical and scientific occupations, was issued in 2008. In that ruling the tax breaks for big business and the foreign employees related to a group of occupations in the so-called STEM fields, of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The portion of the F-1 student visa program used in this scheme is called "Optional Practical Training" or OPT.
Krikorian said that the ICE press release on this matter - that did not mention the tax break for business - almost made that enforcement agency sound like a university. It is at http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1105/110512washingtondc2.htm and is headlined:
ICE announces expanded list of science, technology, engineering and math degree programs
Qualifies eligible graduates to extend their post-graduate training
"The OPT program has nothing to do with 'post-graduate' training and is strictly a jobs-for-aliens program with tax breaks for both the employers and the foreign workers," Krikorian said. "In this case the wolf that wants to take jobs from citizens and legal permanent residents is disguised in a sheepskin."
ICE, in its press release on the subject, speaks of this as a means of fixing our "broken immigration system." It is not that at all, according to Krikorian. Recent alien college graduates with the degrees listed in last week's announcement would be fully capable of obtaining another kind of work visa, the H-1B; the difference is that while H-1B employers and their workers (appropriately) pay full FICA and Medicare taxes, OPT employers do not.
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