100,000 JOBS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS while 1 in 6 young Americans have no job????

SunShine 2012/05/26 14:48:28

Across the Washington area last week, young workers from Europe arrived in droves, heading for jobs at community swimming pools. Lugging duffel bags, they filled out forms, picked up safety gear and chatted in a variety of Slavic languages, eager to plunge into a summer experience of new friends, skills and culture.

“Now I can meet many people and see America,” gushed Anzhala Scherbina, 21, a petite student from Ukraine whose family spent $3,000 so she could fly here and enter a U.S.-sponsored work-travel program. “My parents say this will be a very good experience,” she said with a giggle.

The Obama administration is going to great lengths to make sure Scherbina and about 100,000 other foreign student workers are not disappointed. Last summer, the popular program, aimed at creating good will abroad, was rocked by scandal when students working at a candy warehouse in Pennsylvania staged a protest, complaining of isolation and overwork.

On May 11, the State Department issued rules that ban foreign students from jobs that could be harmful, limited them to light, seasonal occupations that are not likely to displace U.S. workers and required closer scrutiny of their conditions.

But the new rules do not address a broader, more profound question that some immigration and labor experts have raised about many sectors of the economy. Today, more than 50 ­million Americans of traditional working age are not employed, and yet a growing number of domestic jobs — from hotel clerks to nurses to computer scientists — are being performed by foreign-born workers.

For college-age Americans, there is a high rate of unemployment among those from poor families and fierce competition among middle-class students to build résumés that show responsibility. So why, critics wonder, are fewer young Americans snapping up relatively easy summer jobs? In other words, why is Scherbina here?

“The glory isn’t there any more. A lot of young Americans just don’t want to be lifeguards,” said Douglas Winkler, whose Hyattsville company manages 225 pools in residential complexes and hotels. When his father started the firm in the 1950s, all the guards were local kids. Today, one-third of Winkler’s seasonal staff of 650 pool workers are foreign students, mostly from Eastern Europe.

“The international students are really grateful to be here and have a job, while American students have so many other activities and demands on their time now,” he said. “I truly wish we didn’t have to rely so much on international labor, but the bottom line is that we don’t have any choice.”

At the much larger High Sierra Pools in Arlington County, managers hired about 600 Americans and 900 foreign students for the summer. One reason for the lopsided numbers, they said, is the United States’ longer academic years and sports programs that cut into the summer, leaving the company scrambling to fill shifts.

“We have to staff pools from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and the Americans can’t commit to the entire season,” said Radac Kaczor, a manager at High Sierra who is from Poland. “For us to replace them with international workers requires a lot of effort. We have to find them housing and make sure they have good English and swimming skills. If we could fill our staff with 100 percent Americans, we would.”

Some immigration experts and companies that hire local pool guards are skeptical of such claims. They said that profit is the real issue and that foreign students are cheaper because employers get a tax break and are not required to pay Social Security or Medicaid benefits. Most foreigners are hired at job fairs in their native countries; recruiters offer them a package of terms and wages starting at the U.S. minimum of $7.25 an hour. They can’t negotiate or go “pool shopping,” as Winkler put it.

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  • JT For Political Reform 2012/05/26 15:16:20
    JT For Political Reform
    Shovel ready jobs......just shovel those jobs over to more foreigners. I guess if he had a son he would look like a foreign exchange student. But wait!! I forgot, he must have been a foreign exchange student. obama s foreign aid card

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  • Spider20 2012/06/02 09:47:03
    And don't forget us older Americans, who hold degrees and have experience, who are also out of work and looking for employment
  • SunShine Spider20 2012/06/04 05:44:01
    while true this was meant to contrast what the situation is here and what obama is doing to help foreigners and not our own students!!
  • Spider20 SunShine 2012/06/04 17:32:38 (edited)
    I know that....but we also can't forget ALL those who are out of work.....no offense, but many students can still live at home if they can't find work.....older folks can't do that, they are possibly losing their homes.....I see that as the more important issue of the two....and if the more important issue is being ignored, it's a good bet the lesser of the 2 is also......
  • SunShine Spider20 2012/06/05 05:16:57
    I agree.. absolutely..
  • Boo 2012/05/30 18:44:50
    "Foreign students are cheaper because employers get a tax break and are not required to pay Social Security or Medicaid benefits." That and the fact that the Obama Administration is pushing it are the real reawsons!
  • ruthannhausman 2012/05/30 04:48:49
    Skip the excuses and reasoning, blah, blah, blah. This country is in fiscal disaster mode. Take care of numero uno first, people. Employ Americans in American jobs. Time for generosity once we straighten out our economic picture. Where in God's name is the common sense in this country? Jeez, I swear we used to have some. Duh.
  • SiliconSorcerer 2012/05/28 18:12:55
    Welcome to 0bama's America
  • Borat Obama 2012/05/28 05:29:16
    Borat Obama
    This is the same reasons KIng Odumba should not win the election. He supports stupid things like this or creates it.
  • Ken 2012/05/28 03:22:37
    This is more of Obama's plan to destroy the US economy.
  • gary ® 2012/05/28 00:09:21
    gary ®
    During prosperous times, there would be no problem having European students come over and spend the summer working here. But these are hard times. And I highly doubt thing are going well enough over there for any of our students to be able to do the same. I think we used to call this a student exchange program -- I don't know what it is now, but it stinks.
  • sara 2012/05/27 20:59:33
    Since when are nurses considered domestic jobs, sounds like a bone head that wrote this BS. This inbred half wit President of ours is a total goff ball. He needs our help to move America forward. Lets give it to him, vote his useless azz out of office & replace him with Romney who has experience creating jobs. Obama has experience sitting on his worthless butt in the senate passing bills that should have been vetoed- idiot
  • SunShine sara 2012/05/28 06:26:00
    I believe he is saying that those are domestic jobs.. meaning .. jobs HERE.. DOMESTIC AS IN IN OUR COUNTRY>.
  • none 2012/05/27 17:59:06
  • mac9 2012/05/27 17:19:49 (edited)
    Figures....Obama is for everyone but Americans. He continues to punish America for his warped opinion. of our country and how bad we are. How did this imposter ever get elected in the first place? DEFEAT OBAMA 2012.
  • sara mac9 2012/05/27 17:42:59
    Dumb Americans elected him that's how he got to be president. They wanted a "black" president & he fit the bill even if he's half white. He's a token puppet for bringing down
    our country. Americans allow minorities & actors to sway common sense. This guy is an imposter, liar, muslim loving dictator. Count our loses & learn, never again allow another BS teleprompter reader to get in office. Vote the bum out send a message loud & clear NO MORE NON-AMERICANS AS PRESIDENT !!!!!
  • wtw 2012/05/27 15:57:39
    Absolute travesty!
  • Elleryqueen 2012/05/27 12:23:41
    Business as usual under current administration.
  • Redskin 2012/05/27 05:38:13
    Have Ya Seen Greece Lately?

    ya greece
  • GeneM Redskin 2012/05/30 00:05:27
    I have never been to Greece but I know as I look at this picture I am facing west. It's no mystery look closely you can see socialist France in the distance!
  • Redskin GeneM 2012/05/30 00:13:34
    The whole E.U is gonna collapse sooner or later.
    It's only a matter of time
  • S. Gompers 2012/05/27 05:19:55
    S. Gompers
    The new "American way" for several decades now has been to cater to foreigners at the expense of Americans.
  • Stoney 2012/05/27 02:50:38
    WELCOME TO OBAMA LAND! .......stupid Americans fell for the Hope & Change Kool-Aide.........so, Drink up and enjoy! You might try to get a job overseas.......who knows?

  • Dan (Politicaly Incorrect) 2012/05/27 00:25:07
    Dan (Politicaly Incorrect)
    Obama's Jobs plan, sending taxpayers money to foreign oil companies and bringing foreigners here to work. Says volumes about how he feels about REAL Americans.
  • kaZappoo 2012/05/26 23:57:29
    what a fricking lying sack of dung ,,,,

    there is so much annamostty towards this pied piper ,,it's ammazing that his sheeples actually believe him ....
  • MIZ®  ₱д₸Ɽ¡Ö₸ ₩дⱤⱤ¡ÖⱤ   †
    America didn't get to be the greatest country on Earth by having a liberal in the White House. The one there now has no respect for America or Americans, which is why the libs love him so much.

    take America back
  • MIZ® ₱... MIZ® ₱... 2012/05/27 07:39:44
    MIZ®  ₱д₸Ɽ¡Ö₸ ₩дⱤⱤ¡ÖⱤ   †
    You guys know what I meant!!! LMAO!! Thank you SS~:)
  • frank 2012/05/26 22:53:17
    Well that give us an explanation of how Obama feels about the American worker.
  • tncdel 2012/05/26 22:40:16
    The Obama administration has also given 3 million U.S. work visas to foreigners, plus Obama himself, by executive order, gave 300,000 work permits to ILLEGAL ALIENS last year. See:
  • sara tncdel 2012/05/27 21:20:13
    Obama & his croonies should be deported with all the middle eastern crap they let in this country. There should be a war on illegal aliens & middle easterners who cause more terror than Afghanastan in our country. Close the borders & keep ALL these rabble rousers OUT
  • RicardoCabeza 2012/05/26 22:17:23
    1 in 6? it is more like 1in 3... and the answer is that there are big kick backs for the employers of these foreign youngsters and all sorts of perks that involve the retention of their passports....
  • ed 2012/05/26 22:05:06
    That's so nice of our government to put foreigners to work in America when so many AMERICANS have no job at all.WAY TO GO OBAMA YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN. obama has screwed american again
  • templer003 2012/05/26 18:55:52
    Had enough yet America ????
    How many AMERICAN students went over there to work for the summer ??? how many were from the middle class and lower ??? Why is there no mention of them ???
  • HelmetGirl 2012/05/26 18:54:40
    Crazy but true. I can tell you that the local casinos fill hundreds of service jobs with employees from out of the country as well as out of the state. Eastern Europeans fill service as well as other occupations. They are paid less than the US workers. The casinos also offer a program whereby they provide bus service to and from an area in NYC (I'll leave it at that), so these employees can work for a week and then return home after the 5 day work week and start all over again the following week. I know a number of US workers whose hours were cut or they were laid off and replaced with these workers. It's crazy how unemployment is still so rampant, yet instead of outsourcing, they in-source. Where will it end?
  • Pedro Doller ~Inc. 2012/05/26 18:49:18
    Pedro Doller ~Inc.
    These are sleeper cells. They will be assembled when they get the signal, then armed with weapons and ammunition. They will be working for TSA, manning checkpoints and guarding FEMA camps. Innocent students, give me a break!
  • kaZappoo Pedro D... 2012/05/27 00:00:17
    yeah and the smart american's have their weapons ready for these folks ....

    you right under the disguise ot FES ...actually UN forces .....
  • Leinad 2012/05/26 17:43:26
    YEP...just feeding the staus quo,, EVERYTHING FOREIGN is the new rage.. POLITICS , ECONOMICS and what else their STUDENTS..
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/05/26 17:41:55
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    Are you surprised? He said in Europe during the campaign that he was a
    "citizen of the world"; so why would anyone think that he would be devoted to the
    good of America?
  • SunShine No nons... 2012/05/26 19:12:23
    I don't think he is devoted to anyone or anything besides himself.
  • No nons... SunShine 2012/05/26 21:04:20
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    You got that right!

  • Dave0626 2012/05/26 17:23:13
    { At the much larger High Sierra Pools in Arlington County, managers hired about 600 Americans and 900 foreign students for the summer. One reason for the lopsided numbers, they said, is the United States’ longer academic years and sports programs that cut into the summer, leaving the company scrambling to fill shifts. } ......

    Oh, so I'm to believe they simply can't hire non-students to do the work?!

    Make a note of this all you 18 yr. old kids...next time your at the voting polls!! Obama does not have you in mind...Why should you have him in mind??!

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