I believe that I will leave this airline profession and go to my grave never understanding why pilots believe that they, among all US job categories, have this great threat of “the government” being strong-armed by the major domestic and/or foreign carriers to allow foreign nationals to work within the confines of the United States as surrogate citizens, and to steal legitimate citizens’ pilot jobs.
It’s paranoia. It is absolutely preposterous to me. But this whole union mindset is built up around it. It’s heresy to think otherwise! I bet I’ve debated this a hundred times to my total intellectual dissatisfaction. Any such foreign pilot would need to be provided a Green card, provided a Social Security Number, be employed by a US company (subsidiary), pay US Federal and State taxes, and be subject to US labor and health care laws. There’s not even any economics to justify it. It ain’t gonna happen!