Media Distortion: U.S. Papers Don’t Tell the American Story

In response to a recent Washington Post article by Petula Dvorak on October 3, 2019, I sent the following response to its author that I would like to share with you as well. It’s easy to read the news and accept it. However, the media often distorts the truth.

Here is what I wrote:

You shared some interesting perspectives in your recent piece, “A D.C. Family Stranded in India by our Dysfunctional Immigration System.”

Foreign workers do come to the U.S. to work, have children and send their children to U.S. schools. Waiting to become American citizens, while enjoying the benefits of being American, is the story of the H1B foreign worker told over and over again by the media. Suggesting that the American immigration system is dysfunctional is absolutely CORRECT!

But, it is dysfunctional for reasons you failed to include in your article.

As working mothers, Marie Larson, Barbara Birch, and I, find the U.S. immigration system to be failing our families, our neighbors, and our country. We established American Workers Coalition (AWC), because we believe immigration should help our children, protect our workforce, and ensure our country is successful. Is that a perspective the Washington Post will share with its readers?

Mazmudar makes a point and refuses to purchase more than his two pairs of pants and shirts while “stranded in India.” In the U.S., we have educated veterans with advanced degrees in technology, science and medicine who also only have two pairs of pants and shirts –  not by choice – but because – they are homeless, often times living out of vehicles or on the street.
Is that a story the Washington Post would cover?

Educated Americans, particularly those over the age of 40, are targets, often replaced from their well paying professions by H1B visa holders like Muzumadar. H1Bs are so prolific in some U.S. professions that U.S. citizens are now completely locked out of job classes and industries.

American mothers with Master’s degrees, PHDs, job experience, and excellent English language skills once enjoyed flexible and/or remote jobs in the U.S., but more recently have been consistently replaced by wives like Ishita who are working on H4 EAD visas with no restrictions whatsoever.

American U.S. professionals and recent American citizen college graduates are being replaced by young, foreign graduates of American universities under the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. A program specifically designed at the behest of Silicon Valley to circumvent the H1B caps and allow medical, business, and technology foreign students to displace and replace American workers while simultaneously gifting their employers with a 15% tax break and robbing social security of contributions.

Forty-something year old Americans who lose their jobs, often are displaced from their homes when they can’t pay their mortgage, suffer from depression, struggle to maintain their friendships, their marriages, and often times must remove their children from classroom settings when hardship strikes. Just like Muzumdar and Ishita, their daily life is disrupted when they lose the opportunity to support themselves and their families. Just like Muzumdar and Ishita, their ability to achieve the American Dream is suddenly stripped away.

Americans similar to Muzumadar and Ishita are playing by the rules: paying taxes, getting an education, buying condos, and having babies. Another similarity is that they are being hurt by U.S. immigration policies. So why isn’t their story being told by the Washington Post?

Is is because the Washington Post is owned by Amazon, one of the biggest employers of H1Bs, OPTs and H4EADS? The stories of the plight of the American educated professional are scarce.

And, although your article is well-meaning, U.S. immigration policy is complex and does little to put American families at the forefront of D.C. policy making. To suggest that S386, The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, is a viable solution illustrates a degree of ignorance to the victimization of the American workforce at the hands of the few companies and countries that monopolize the H1B immigration system today and who would directly benefit from the passage of the anti-diversity legislation that is S386.

Your reporting was heartfelt and sincere to the plight of the educated foreigners denied re-entry as they wait for the U.S. immigration system to process their request to return to the United States. I hope you find it in your heart to cover a similar story about an American family who has suffered far greater hardships because of the dysfunctional U.S. immigration system that puts the political donor class before honest, hardworking, well-meaning 41-year-old Americans!

With warm regards,
Hilarie Gamm
AWC Co-Founder

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