A Picture Emerges – As Benevolent As They Seem?

2591209468_ff1e1802b4_oBack in 2007, Mark Zuckerberg claimed that “Young people are just smarter. Why are most chess masters under 30? I don’t know. Young people just have simpler lives. We may not own a car. We may not have family. Simplicity in life allows you to focus on what’s important.”

Anyone who would say this would sanction age discrimination – they make it tough for older Americans who lost their jobs in the 2008-9 recession. More recently, there’s evidence that some of these companies are engaging in illegal hiring practices, agreeing to “non-poaching” policies in violation of U.S. law, and a number of them have reached settlement agreements with the Department of Justice. We also know that nearly half of all the H-1b visas issued this year went to companies that used those visas to outsource jobs (the H-1b workers are trained by U.S. workers and then the jobs are moved overseas). And we also know that most of these companies do not hire many African American or Hispanic workers here, while at the same time several of them have been caught using fraudulent job listings to recruit foreign workers.

A picture is emerging there: companies that supposedly represent the future of the American labor force are engaging in fraud, age and ethnic discrimination, while using exploitable foreign workers through fraud to outsource good American jobs.  It’s reasonable to ask what commitment they have to the American community and why Congress and the American people should listen with equanimity to their importuning on amnesty.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.


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    “No amnesty period”

    Maybe this phrase has a different meaning to Zuckerberg’s PAC than it means to us. I have been to pro amnesty events at which the star speaker ideologue has said that a legalization should not be seen as an amnesty. Their proposition was not that it was going to be a phased, earned process. It was that a person who was or wanted to be a head of family or parent owed their primary loyalty to their children. No one could be so heartless as to expect them ignore the best interest of the children. If someone moved to the United States they could make many more dollars per day worked. They could also receive free children’s education since education is an American value. Besides this they could access free health care because people are not turned away by hospitals. America has learned that turning someone ill away because it is unlikely the hospital will be paid is un-American. A person or family that lacks official residency can still live in public housing. A good home is very important for a family or future possible parent its an American value. For goodness sake we could not expect a person or family to go without food how unAmerican. So residence and the right to work and receive benefits who wants to live the American dream is a desirable American goal. So no amnesty refers to something a person should feel guilty for receiving while the nation accepting the presence and rights of someone who just lacks a piece of paper should be seen as justice So it is “no amnesty period”. Now that I have successfully channeled the spirit of the advocates I feel queasy and need to go use the porcelain home fixture.

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    Peter Clawson on

    “Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg: Hire only young technical people”………………..???????????????????????

    may be for his non-technical Facebook company…………..I don’t see how a 22 year old can take us to Jupiter and build a ship ……

    I guess instead of ignorance is a bliss it i snow either young inexperience dumb people Zuckerbeg = IS A BLISS!

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    Last, young people are just smarter?……………well if it is measured the way he built up Facebook…………it is actually called purely luck and stealing somebody else’s idea and work.

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      Last example, let’s compare Wernher von Braun from Nasa a German American to Facebook Mike…NO COMPARISON and trhe man was twice+ his age and took us to the moon,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,or a man made all american Galvin from Motorola….also took us to the moon and products for consumers…………older……..big mark as an Maerican Icin Technology Company…………….AND last Steve Jobs definitely older…………

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    Dan I have seen it myself….60-year-old Top-Notch RF engineers that could be teaching the young ones and beat the competition not being hired because of age discrimination…………………the Facebook guy knows nothing about experience because simply he got lucky and never had to go through the effort of getting the real experience so if a person by 30 does not have a car, he/she is a loser…………..

    No differently from Google that sold Motorola to Lenovo and think they can hire young guys to do the job that takes30+ yearsof experience in the Technology World of Electronics………again even thought the made it, rich, ithey still have no concept of what it is to run a hardware company……………however the Chinese are learning fast and in addition they own the factories……………..hopefully the Chinese are smart enough to work together with us else we will be cooked…..

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    Age Discrimination Won’t Get You the Best Employees for Your Company

    Lack of job experience isn’t filled by college or youth; they don’t teach specific skills at Facebook or any company, you learn them on the job…..specialized on-the-job skills sometimes take 10+ years to master. This pragmatic fact makes new green carded immigrants subpar and their lack of English makes it very difficult to mentor these specialized skills, if at at all.

    Hamburger flipping or other low skilled jobs are another separate issue……perhaps Facebook is that simple minded to work at?

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    All you had to do was watch 60 Minutes last night. The report focused on the non existent line between Congress and corporate campaign funding, a lot of which is being used by members for personal expenses and lavish vacations, all in the name of the people’s business. The report pointed out that half of retired Congress members become lobbyists. It’s no coincidence that Chuck Schumer, one of the Senate “reform” gang of 8, is a huge proponent of H1B visas and at the same time one of the biggest recipients of tech campaign money.

    As for Zuckerberg, the guy is simply a new version of the cutthroat capitalists of a hundred years ago. He will say and do anything that gives him more power and money. Look at the primary election in North Carolina last week. His PAC money produced ads that proclaimed Renee Ellmers supported “no amnesty period”, when in fact that was the position of her opponent, her opponent unfortunately being outspent 40 to 1.