Sessions Slams 'Super-Billionaires' Like Bill Gates for Demanding More Guest Workers Amid Layoffs

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | July 18, 2014 | 2:39 PM EDT

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) slammed "Three of the greatest masters of the universe (Bill Gates, Sheldon Adelson, Warren Buffett) - all super-billionaires" for demanding more guest workers, even though technically-skilled Americans can't find jobs in their fields and companies like Microsoft are announcing layoffs.

"Madam President, three of our greatest 'masters of the universe'-as I like to refer to them-have joined in an op-ed in the New York Times just last week to share their wisdom from on high and to tell us in Congress how to do our business and to conduct immigration reform they think should be pleasing to them. I am sure other super billionaires would be glad to join with these three super billionaires and could agree on legislation that would be acceptable to them."

"Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas casino magnate and Republican supporter; Warren Buffett, the master investor; and Bill Gates, the master founder of Microsoft computer systems, all super billionaires, apparently aren't happy. They don't have much respect for Congress and, by indirection, the people who elect people to Congress, it appears from the tone of their article-you know, American people, that great unwashed group; nativists, narrow-minded patriots, possessors of middle-class values. They just don't understand as we know, we great executives and entrepreneurs."

"So they declare we need to import more foreign workers in computer science, technology, and engineering, because the country is 'badly in need of their services.' They say we are badly in need of importing large numbers of STEM graduates."

"The U.S. Census Bureau reports that three-fourths of Americans with STEM degrees-science, technology, engineering, mathematics-don't have jobs in STEM fields. According to a recent newspaper from the Economic Policy Institute: 'Guest workers may be filling as many as half of all new information technology jobs each year.'"

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