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?