Response to Miriam Jordan’s NY Times Article – One Face of Immigration

In response to your September 16 article:  One Face of Immigration in America Is a Family Tree Rooted in Asia

You got one thing right. “Trump is the first of any modern day president to advocate for reducing legal immigration”… and because of it, it’s my contention that’s why he won the election.  If Trump wants to become more popular with women voters, he should refocus on that message now to attract the millions of American-educated, white-collar professional females he wants to reach.

American women in tech – White, Black, Latino and Asian – have been on a steady decline since the turn of the century, driven out by foreign labor both within and outside our nation’s borders.  American female nurses, physical therapists, doctors, architects, engineers and academics have seen fewer job opportunities, less advancement potential and consistent wage stagnation – all the result of immigration laws enacted in 1990. The ability to substitute white-collar American professional females with a less expensive and less demanding  immigrant workforce has resulted in turning back time in the struggle for income equality.

The millions of legal immigrants who pour into the country through H-1, J-1, F-1, L-1, OPT and J-1 visas displace American students in higher ed, push out workers over the age of 50 in the U.S. technology industry and reduce the employment leverage of American women professionals of every age,  race, religion and national origin.

As a direct result of legal immigration, American-educated professional women, young or old, single or married, have less independence and are significantly disadvantaged in achieving personal financial goals and professional status as a result of diminished white-collar professional job opportunities that offer flexibility, benefits and rising wages.

The story of the first generation immigrant family of the Patels from India who succeeded in the U.S. is admirable and relatable,  but an “immigrant first” policy rather than an “America first” policy means that 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Americans are increasingly less likely to realize the “American Dream.” Should a  John Smith the IV or a 5th generation Jane Doe really be put at a disadvantage because they were born American?

The Trump team continues to applaud their success in job expansion for blue collar and manufacturing roles. The focus, for the collective good of the nation, needs to now turn to white-collar professions. Reducing legal immigration is the single best way to improve job opportunities for every American.