The Niskanen numbers show the program is strongly skewed in favor of investors and universities in coastal Democrat states and against heartland states, companies, and employees.
If each OPT employee costs $20,000 less than an equivalent American, the Niskanen report suggests that the White House OPT program annually provides a cheap labor stimulus of $2.8 billion to Democrat states.
“Why do Republicans support a policy that creates jobs in Democrat states by taking jobs from GOP states?” said John Miano, a lawyer at the Immigration Law Reform Institute.
The DHS data shows that colleges and universities are providing 500,000 cheap foreign employees to American employers each year.
So if the federal subsidy is counted at only $20,000 per employee, the DHS data shows the program provides $10 billion in annual wage subsidies, most of which goes to wealthy employers in wealthy states.
Universities lobby a Microsoft exec in Trump's WH to protect the 'OPT' cash-cow created by Microsoft in 2007.
The Optional Practical Training program allows 300K++ foreigners to buy work permits via colleges, so denying good starter jobs to US grads#H1Bhttps://t.co/6B0WJ6Sdpd
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) May 22, 2020
Fortune 500 CEOs & VPs can happily ignore & boot US professionals b/c the execs instead hire their own army of compliant, silent H-1B visa-workers.
This economic class war is obscured by the estb media's fangirling for 'vibrantly diverse immigrants'#H1B https://t.co/EgkcLsf4Xm
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) May 21, 2020