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Sessions slams Obama’s closed-door meetings on immigration

Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

A new report by a federal agency, the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services, showed that more companies are getting H-1b visas for teachers and professors, accountants and auditors as well as engineers and programmers.

In 2011, amid a tough recession, companies got 17,859 visas for higher-education jobs, and 8,750 auditing and accounting jobs, plus 16,470 engineers’ jobs and 17,859 programmers’ jobs.

On Feb. 5, Obama held a White House meeting with a series of industry leaders, progressive advocates and ethic lobbies, including La Raza, to boost support for his plan that would provide a conditional amnesty to 11 million illegal immigrants, allow new immigrants to get residency for their relatives and elderly parents, and also establish rules for a “Future Flow” of skilled and unskilled workers.

The invitees included the CEO of Goldman-Sachs, Motorola, Marriott and DeLoitte.

This coalition of business, ethnic and progressive groups is fragile, and may fly apart as it did in 2006 and 2007 when labor unions persuaded Senators to curb business’ ability to bring in more immigrants.

For example, Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson said Feb. 5 that his company is chiefly interested in rules that would allow illegal immigrants to get work permits. He’s also backing progressives’ demands that immigrants be allowed on a “path to citizenship” that would give them access to welfare programs — such as Obamacare — and eventually to a voting card.

In contrast, Joe Echevarria, the CEO the international accounting firm Deloitte LLP, told reporters that he’s interested in ensuring the continued immigration of skilled experts. More immigrants, he told The Daily Caller, will increase the size of the economy.

However he twice declined to answer TheDC’s question asking how more immigrants will improve the wages and job opportunities of Americans.

“After Microsoft, the top 2 H-1B requesting corporations are in the financial industry: Deloitte, one of the ‘Big 4’ professional services firms, and Tata Consultancy Services, an arm of the India-based Tata Group that offers business and technology solutions,” according to a Feb. 4 posting on the “ImmigrationProf” blog.

“Who at the White House is speaking for the working people of this country?” Sessions said in his statement.

“Who is speaking for the $15-an-hour legal worker who doesn’t want to lose his job to federally subsidized illegal labor? … Somehow I doubt Goldman Sachs or La Raza is speaking for these Americans,” he said.

“We have seen this before: the ‘masters of the universe’ want low wages and cheap labor and don’t seem to care much about how it impacts workers or taxpayers.”

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