By Roy Beck, Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 6:44 PM EST – posted on NumbersUSA
Pres. Obama’s own staff has produced the data to show that the President was wrong Monday when he said America doesn’t have enough engineers, was wrong last week in the State of the Union to say we need more high-skilled foreign workers, and was wrong in sending out spokespersons to claim that not enough Americans are obtaining engineering degrees. But the President — like most Republican leaders — tends not to look for facts when thinking about immigration but just looks to his elite business cronies.
Look at the numbers in this shocking new report . . .
DR. CAMAROTA CATCHES THE PRESIDENT WITH HIS ENGINEER STATS DOWN
Earlier this week, Pres. Obama was caught off-guard in an internet Q&A when a woman asked why the government continues to issue work visas to foreign engineers while her engineer husband can’t find a job.
Look at the exchange here:
The President found the question “interesting” because “industry tells me that they don’t have enough highly skilled engineers.”
The White House sent out spokespersons to defend the President by talking about how not enough Americans are getting engineering degrees.
My immediate question was: How many Americans with engineering degrees don’t have an engineering job?
Amazingly just this afternoon, Dr. Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies has published a report that answers the question.
We will talk more about the meaning of these stats in our weekly webcast at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday.. But chew on the numbers.
U.S.-BORN INDIVIDUALS WITH ENGINEERING DEGREES (under age 66) (based on most recent American Community Survey by the Obama Administration itself)
101,000 — U.S. engineers looking for a job who can’t find any work at all
244,000 — U.S. engineers who have dropped completely out of the labor market
1,470,000 — U.S. engineers who are working but no longer as engineers ========================================================
1.8 million — Total U.S.-born individuals under the age of 66 who have engineering degrees but don’t have an engineering job
There is a lot to say about all those numbers. But one thing that can’t be said is that the United States doesn’t “have enough highly skilled engineers” among its own citizens.
These numbers were compiled by Pres. Obama’s own staff. But he apparently never thought to check on the facts. He was perfectly willing to take the word of the business elites with whom he hobnobs when they claim they have to have more foreign engineers.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA