From the Daily Caller:
Businesses in Bar Harbor, Maine are turning to locals to make up for a shortage of foreign guest workers that normally fill summer jobs in the bustling seaside resort town.
Because the H-2B visa program has already reached its annual quota, Bar Harbor’s hotels, restaurants and shops can’t bring in any more foreign workers for the rest of the busy summer tourist season. Like hundreds of similar coastal resort towns, Bar Harbor has for many years depended on the H-2B visas for temporary workers. The program allows non-agricultural companies to bring in foreign labor if they are unable to find suitable employees domestically.
Now they are coming up with creative ways to attract local labor, reports the Bangor Daily News.
The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce will hold a job fair Saturday in an effort to recruit significant numbers of workers from the region. Just about every kind of business in the town is looking for help, says chamber executive director Martha Searchfield.
I’m just wondering if anyone is seeing the picture here:
Locals need jobs > Businesses need workers > Locals get hired > Locals spend money > Economy flourishes
More illegals and foreign workers > Fill jobs that could be used by locals > Locals who could work, aren’t working > Unemployment rises > Other businesses fail due to lack of local economy > Bad
I fail to see how using actual live, real Americans could be a bad thing. If that happened more, and on a large enough scale, there’s the possibility of wages increasing, economies working better, and standards of living going up, but…
Unfortunately, we’ve got Keynes to thank for our horrible economic system and a Federal Reserve which inflates our currency and funds wars.
Well, here’s to wishing the light will be seen.