When Joe Biden chose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate, he went against tradition.

Typically, a presidential nominee selects an individual who will help him win a swing state. In 2020, that might have been Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Minnesota went for Hillary Clinton in 2016, but only by a narrow margin, and President Donald Trump thinks he can prevail in the state in 2020.

Instead, previously committed to adding a woman of color to his ticket, Biden strangely went with Harris, who represents the Titanic that’s California. Formerly the Golden State of orange groves and opportunity, today’s California is a picture of income inequality. It’s a “sanctuary” state for illegal aliens, few citizens dare walk its filthy streets populated by homeless people, and it’s plagued by rolling blackouts and wildfires.

Harris has the most liberal voting record in the Senate – further left than socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders. She performed miserably in the nationwide presidential primaries, and dropped out early when it became obvious she couldn’t win even her home state. Harris couldn’t persuade Democratic fundraisers to contribute to her obviously flailing cause.

Nevertheless, Biden cast his lot with Harris, and there she was Tuesday night in Salt Lake City, dodging softball questions thrown her way by left-leaning moderator Susan Page, USA Today’s Washington, D.C., bureau chief. The debate was an exercise in obfuscation. But in a post-debate Fox News wrap-up, Democratic analyst Donna Brazile said that Harris, like all women, want to be judged on her record. That Brazile appears as a television commentator or even has the nerve to appear in public is unfathomable when her record is reviewed. Remember that Brazile, who described herself as a Democratic National Committee operative, admitted feeding 2016 debate questions to Hillary Clinton.

Let’s take Brazile’s advice and judge Harris on her record. In the pandemic era, with about 30 million Americans unemployed or under-employed, jobs are a paramount issue to voters. Yet, Harris has consistently sided with Big Tech and Wall Street, and is firmly aligned with the Chamber of Commerce to oppress American workers.

“Oppress” may seem overly harsh, but the affinity of Silicon Valley and Wall Street for candidate Harris confirms the point. The New York Times wrote that Harris is “a VP that big business can back,” noting that “Silicon Valley is happy about seeing a familiar face.”

In her very brief senate career, Harris voted for higher immigration levels more than 50 times. More immigration results in more employment-authorized workers. Because many of those new and pliable workers will accept lower wages, if the Biden-Harris ticket prevails, Americans risk stagnant wages or worse, job displacement, and a reversal of wage gains made during the Trump administration. These are terrible outcomes for African-American and other minorities whom Harris claims to defend. Under Trump, minority wage growth has outstripped white wage increases.

In 2017, Harris voted to increase the cap that allows businesses to import cheap nonagricultural labor, and thereby denies American minorities and others an opportunity to compete for the jobs they need to support their families. Another disastrous immigration bill that Harris cosponsored is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. This legislation would end the traditional 7 percent country caps for employment-based visas, and help ensure that future visas are awarded to mostly Indian and Chinese nationals, blocking other diverse nationals from obtaining an employment visa.

Harris also cosponsored the “Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019,” a bill that would exempt from numerical limitations foreign nationals with master’s degrees or higher in science, technology, engineering and math from U.S. institutions who have an employment offer. STEM, never congressionally approved, is ruinous for U.S. tech graduates who have seen tens of thousands of jobs for which they’re qualified go to overseas students. But, hours before the debate, in an action that should help the president’s campaign, the Department of Labor announced a long overdue, interim final rule that will protect U.S. tech workers and their wages from rampant H-1B visa fraud and STEM abuse.

Harris has an equally anti-American worker voting record on asylum reduction, border and interior enforcement, and amnesty entitlements, all of which will ultimately lead to employment authorization for migrants, their spouses and their adult children.

Assuming a second Biden-Trump debate occurs, when the topic turns to jobs, the president should emphatically connect the dots between more immigration, which Biden and Harris endorse, and fewer American low- and high-skilled jobs.

Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst who has written about immigration for more than 30 years. Contact him at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org.

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simon1dog

Average wage of a DJ back in the late 1990's was around $24,000.00 a year. Take out for taxes and there was hardly enough to live on. That's why many in the radio profession moonlighted in other jobs. I knew a DJ that pumped gas back in the 70's.

BigBob

What does a DJ's salary in the 1990s have to do with anything? BTW your figure is incorrect.

Davel2

Sorry, but I have to add my commentary. Read it and comprehend, or just comment with something stupid which is more likely the outcome of my wasting my time.

I always find these type of articles insulting to one's intelligence, especially the ones that come from Progressives for Immigration Reform. The author writes as if he cares about wages and the under-employed. He does this while the party his organization supports, (Republican) does not even support an established federal minimum wage. He attacks Sanders, when Sanders was the candidate that was fighting for wage increases. Does that make sense? No. He attacks Harris by accusing her of being a candidate that big business can back, when once again the party he supports, is all about big business and Wall Street. He pretends he actually cares about African-Americans, when the party he supports has tuned the issue of Police Brutality into Black Americans being rioters and looters. He attacks the Blue State that Harris represents as if it's some sort of haven for evil. a state that is the biggest agricultural state in the nation and dependent on non-citizen migrant labor to pick it's produce. As if we are to believe Americans would actually take these jobs. I also find it interesting that someone seeks to solely blame politicians for the problems with immigration, when Trump gives unconditional tax breaks to big business that is responsible for hiring the very people that the author is complaining about. To be fair, about these tech jobs, one has to understand that these companies are international and seek to hire the world's best and brightest. IBM did it for decades and they didn't pay them any less than American workers. When one considers that Sanders was the candidate that was in support of free education for Americans, so as to make our citizens more competitive in the job markets that offers better pay, one wonders yet again, why the author would simply blow off Sanders as a "Socialist." This is a right-wing group that tries to disguise themselves by appearing to be in support of issues that liberals normally are associated with, but their real goal is to build walls and eliminate immigration. Literally the keep America white organization that wants to give the impression they care about other causes to so as to disguise their real objective. So many of these articles are disingenuous on so many levels. One can only hope that readers are intelligent enough to question the contents and actual motives. Of course reading some of the comments below, my hopes are greatly diminished, but than this is Havasu, where the majority hate immigrants, legal or illegal, unless their giving them a good price on their landscaping. Just like their President and his family that hire them to work in their hotels and also manufacture everything from casino souvenirs to fashion accessories in China. Yes, I am a big Sanders fan, but I just proudly sent off my ballot voting for Biden/Harris as there is a much greater likelihood that they will do

right by workers as opposed to Trump who will lie, tell half-truths, and exaggerate about all he has done... Just like the author of the article in question here.

CVA-42

Yep. a waste of your time.

BigBob

Hey CV, I guess you missed my lesson about Social Security yesterday because you failed to answer my question. Remember you said only fools don't draw SS ASAP? And I told you how the longer you wait to draw SS the higher your benefit. In my case had I started as soon as I was eligible at 62 I would be receiving roughly $1,350 a month. Waiting changed that to $2,485.

And here was my question - Now who is the fool? Come on, little guy, tell me who the fool is? Still waiting.

CVA-42

You missed it. Looks like you never did make much money.

IcePick

Little BoB. I just cant stop Laughing with you. How fun it must be during the Holidays https://youtu.be/Sn9-nNLzcWE

Davel2

CVA-42 Yep. Stupid Comment

CVA-42

Not stupid. Was the truth.

deaton

So Twit why is it you continue to waste your time, “or just comment with something stupid which is more likely the outcome of my wasting my time.”? As for commenting with “something stupid”, heck you’ve already done that with this “comment”! “Yes, I am a big Sanders fan, but I just proudly sent off my ballot voting for Biden/Harris as there is a much greater likelihood that they will do”. Of course if I were a despondent Bernie Bro and based on the “corruption” allegations being reported as “breaking news” this afternoon about the Biden clan you might want to think about “fishing” that mail in ballot back out of the mail collection box? Something to think about Twit? #Re-Elect45! [thumbup][huh][tongue] Deaton

Davel2

deaton... Yep Stupid Comment... I'm persistent and you're predictable.

deaton

Yup, right on “que” the Twit “I’m persistently stupid and predictably weird! Show a little compassion and empathy Twit! [thumbup][tongue][whistling] Deaton

HavasuGuy

Davel2 - Thank you for your intelligent comments, there are good people out here that are willing to read, think and learn about important issues like this, you are not wasting your time. I'm sure there are other readers who do not comment but do read these comments, they are the ones that can benefit from some deeper thinking on immigration and other important topics.

Keep up the good work!

deaton

“they are the ones that can benefit from some deeper thinking on immigration and other important topics.” I agree moron [batman], you could benefit from “deeper thinking” the question is, are you capable of any deeper thinking? Based on the mumbling you do here, I seriously doubt it? Re-Elect45! [thumbup][whistling] Deaton

23merkaba

The D's just need a puppet to carry out the marching orders of the Chinese Communist Party. But the walls are closing in on the deep state. The documents and audio recordings are going to start being released, exposing the traitors.

BigBob

You're so funny! We've heard all of this BS before, even before the reign of error of Typhoid Donny. FACT - there are no documents or audio recordings and never have been, but you just go along with your ignorant conspiracy theories because they give rational people a big laugh. Oh BTW the greatest danger to our nation, until President Biden is sworn in and puts a stop to it, are the conservative/fascists doing Putin's will to destroy our nation.

Davel2

23merkaba... I'll keep an eye and ear out for that information Mr. QAnon.

Aren't you even just a little embarrassed by your insane comments?

HavasuGuy

We don't need documents and audio recordings to expose the traitors, tRUMP and the republican leadership have been exposing their traitorous behavior in plain sight for the world to see. All that tRUMP and his followers can come up with is phony conspiracy stories to try and feed his supporters something to hate. Look at the investigations that tRUMP's Justice Department has done lately and the results have all come back that there has been no wrong doing by Obama's administration on investigating tRUMP's election team and their communications with Russia or with Biden's son's dealings with Ukraine. TRUMP's administration found nothing, nada, zilch.

But take a second and think, what other American running for the office of the President of The United States ever worked so closely with a dictator and enemy of our country like Putin and Russia to get elected? Anyone?

Too old for this

Remember Obama's off-the-mic promise to Putin before the 2012 election? "I will be able to be more flexible if I am elected to a second term," or words to that effect. That sounds like a President who was hoping for more time to suck up to Putin, and sell him our uranium. The "investigations" from both parties are an embarrassment! None of them have brought us evidence of criminal behavior. Both parties need to grow up and remember they are supposed to be representing 330 million people, not 10,000 lobbyists.

Cooldan

So was there anything in Joe Guzzardi's article that wasn't true? BigBob.

HavasuGuy

Yes there was quite a bit that was not true in the article. Check your facts before you post opinions like this

deaton

Why HavasuGuy [batman] must everybody else have to “check your facts” when and your Pals, post “bogus” propaganda and lies here on a daily basis? Who was it that appointed you, our “village moron”, as the person who determines what posts requires “fact checking” and what doesn’t? Turn your “T-Blocker” on moron, that should fix your problem? [thumbdown][ohmy][tongue] Deaton

BigBob

Of course there was, the guy is a known liar.

Blazer

Joe nailed it.

BigBob

If you mean he told a bunch of lies to nail the fools who believe his trash, yes he did.

BigBob

Progressives for Immigration Reform is a right-wing hate group that hates all immigration.

pegymo

BigBob, is a leftwing hate group, that just hates in general, and his vile words prove it.

BigBob

Uhh, no I am not a "hate group." I simply post the truth and facts. Don't like it stop reading my comments.

PFIR - Progressives for Immigration Reform - is not a progressive organization. Who says so? The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which has documented decades of hate groups across the United States. They say that PFIR is a front group - astro-turf - for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) which was founded by white nationalist John Tanton.

Progressives for Immigration Reform (PFIR), a right-wing hate group that purports to represent liberal environmentalists, is headed by Leah Durant, an attorney who once worked for the nativist Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of FAIR. John Tanton, who remains on FAIR's board, has written about the need to use progressive or liberal environmental organizations as a means of insulating nativists against charges of racism.

samsah

ummm, OK, sure, the same SPLC who has a history of hate-listing Christian and Conservative groups... Sorry, I never got the memo that the uber-left wing SPLC is the harbinger and decider of all things hate. If they were, then they might have added themselves to the list after decades of discrimination and sexual harassment within their own organization. Honestly, you would have more credibility quoting HuffPo than the SPLC...

deaton

Uhh, yes most if not all, but a couple of foolish indoctrinated clones stopped reading your “comments” some time ago BigBob. This is, because your comments consist of nothing more then overblown lies, propaganda and stupidity concocted by lefty loons and democrats, which you C & P here “Ad nauseam”! Now just a couple of things to reflect on “six to three conservative Justices” on the Supreme Court and twenty days until your worst nightmare, BigBob! I can’t wait. #Re-Elect45! [thumbup][love][tongue] Deaton

Too old for this

SPLC is really not the most objective group out there. Media Bias/Fact Check lists them on the far left of the bias spectrum. They may have started out as an objective group trying to destroy racism, but that bus left the station long ago. Why am I not surprised that you put your trust in them?

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