Trade Deals Erode Sovereignty

CAPS — We Americans are proud of our nation’s sovereignty. That word affirms that we the American people practice self-government and self-determination. Our charter documents, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, proclaim that our sovereignty is the basis of our liberties.

Under our system of government, the people express their will through their elected representatives who make our laws. To illustrate with one example, many Americans are angry that some U.S. companies are employing foreign workers, using H-1B and L-1 temporary visas, instead of hiring Americans who are willing and able to fill job openings. In response to this sentiment, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Bill Pascrell and Dana Rohrabacher, have introduced legislation to crack down on abuse of these visa programs.

Their bill would tighten existing provisions which require companies to seek American employees before hiring foreigners. Also it would prohibit companies from hiring more visa holders if those foreign workers already comprise 50 percent or more of their workforce.

If the House and Senate approve this legislation, and the president signs it, American workers can expect some relief. Or maybe not. The reason is that our sovereignty is being challenged. In this particular case, the country of India has made it known that it will take legal action to stop restriction of U.S. visas.

And just how can a foreign country do that? The Indians maintain that the proposed law would violate the International Agreement on Trade in Services which the U.S. has signed. They say they will bring their complaint to the World Trade Organization to have the U.S. law overturned.

This possibility is a practical consequence of the ideology of globalism. Its proponents claim that international agreements, particularly trade deals, will foster goodwill among nations and prosperity. But they neglect to acknowledge that such agreements and treaties can impinge on national sovereignty and the right of peoples to democratic self-rule. Critics of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) charge that its provisions could significantly undermine U.S. immigration laws for the benefit of foreign countries. TPP was agreed to by 12 countries in February and here in the U.S. is awaiting Congressional sign-off.

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