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H1-B Visa issues
« on: December 18, 2008, 02:00:21 am »
Some ramblings articles, since we now have over a million H1-B visa's floating around out there and the slave masters want so many more (slaves)....

The H-1B visa program allows American companies and universities to hire foreign scientists, engineers and programmers. Unfortunately, H-1B law lacks adequate safeguards to protect US workers from being displaced and is abused to provide cheap labor. Although requirements say employers must pay the "prevailing wage," numerous loopholes mean there is little real-world wage protection for either US citizens or the H-1B guest workers. Moreover, employers almost never have to certify that no qualified U.S. workers are available before hiring an H-1B. Certification is nearly an automatic rubber stamp.

Congress needs to increase domestic worker safeguards, tell the Department of Labor to stop rubberstamping H-1B applications, and resist pressure from corporate lobbyists to double the annual H-1B visa limit.

This is an on-line discussion forum called H1B Visa Sucks
H1B Tech Service Workers Sue Employer
by Tracker 2/9/08

H1B Visa workers, usually high-tech and one of the largest sources of the Asian Indian population in the U.S., may unexpectedly be another exploited group in the U.S. Two Asian Indian workers, Vishal Goel and Paueesh Gopal, have filed suit against the Patni company, an Indian contract employer. They claimed that they were paid a base salary of 23,000 dollars, in violation of Patni's promises. Goel and Gopal were contracted out to work for State Farm Insurance in Illinois. Patni had previously paid fines to underpayment of its employees and thus has a record of employee abuse. This is the first suit that H1B visa workers have filed against a technology service company.

There are an estimated half million H1B visa workers in the U.S. Four of the five largest companies applying for these visas are Asian Indian ones, like Wipro. The lone exception is Microsoft. The Asian Indian Technology service companies are highly profitable. Among Indian H1B workers, they are all known to abuse their workers. Many of these workers have tolerated this because of the relative disparity of wages compared to India.

Aside from exploiting workers, how U.S. companies employ the H1B workers may lead to increased layoffs and lower wages for domestic technology workers.
Posted On: December 8, 2008 by Jacob Sapochnick
Lost your H1B Visa Job? - America's layoffs crisis Free Legal support campagin!

In November, the U.S. economy shed jobs at the fastest rate in 34 years - and experts say December could be even worse. The number of jobs lost in the current recession, which began in December 2007, surpasses the 1.6 million jobs lost in the 2001 recession.

As a result, job losses were spread across a wide variety of industries: manufacturing, leisure and hospitality, construction and even, in the midst of the holiday shopping season, retail. Also seeing sharp declines were professional and business services, a category seen by some economists as a proxy for overall economic activity, and financial services, at the heart of the current crisis.

In November the number of people with a higher degree who were out of work rose to 1.413 million from 1.411 million in the previous month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Many of the workers losing their jobs are visa workers. Employees sponsored by companies for visas like H1B's, J1's and H2B's. Once a visa worker looses his job, he must depart the country or find an alternative employer as soon as possible. The longer such an employee stays unemployed, the harder it will be to get the visa transfered.

Industries like software development, research and bio-tech depend on skilled foreign workers to keep innovation going. Unfortunately, at times of economic crisis, when layoffs start, visa workers tend to go first.

We have decided to do our share and help America's Money Crisis by offering free legal support to transitioning H1B visas workers where time is of the essence.
Greenspan Says Flooding the US labor market with Foreign Labor will Solve the Housing Crisis 08/14/2008

"The number of new households in the U.S. is increasing at a rate of about 800,000 a year, of which about a third are immigrants. Perhaps 150,000 of those are loosely classified as skilled. A double or tripling of this number would markedly accelerate the absorption of unsold housing inventory for sale — and hence help stabilize prices."

Here is blog piece, with a video clip of Greenspan talking about repressing US wages:

Greenspan Recommends Wiping out the Middle Class:

Alan Greenspan claims that the answer to solving social inequality is to make everyone poor! (except for those few elites right?) and then tries to suggest that all societies are some sort of sociopathic pecking order!
By Bloomberg News | March 14, 2007

WASHINGTON — Former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan said allowing more skilled immigrants to work in the United States would help keep the income gap from widening.

Inequality of incomes is the “critical area where capitalist systems are most vulnerable,” Greenspan said yesterday in Washington at a conference on maintaining the competitiveness of US capital markets convened by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “You cannot have a system that we have unless the people who participate in it believe it is just.”

Allowing more skilled workers into the country would bring down the salaries of top earners in the United States, easing tensions over the mounting wage gap, Greenspan said.

“Our skilled wages are higher than anywhere in the world,” he said. “If we open up a significant window for skilled workers, that would suppress the skilled-wage level and end the concentration of income.”

Washington, DC - Longtime Federal Reserve Chief Alan Greenspan has been named "The Sexiest Man Alive," during a short ceremony and certificate exchange with his wife during dinner Thursday

Greenspan's wife, NBC journalist Andrea Mitchell, whom he married in 1997, was proud to give her husband the award and says she almost gave it to Stone Phillips, but then changed her mind at the last minute.
For Greenspan’s Wife, Covering the Financial Crisis Is on a Case-by-Case Basis
“To me it’s a pretty easy balancing act,” Mr. Capus said in an interview Sunday. “She knows where to draw the line.”
For the same reasons, the network decided that Ms. Mitchell would not take the lead in covering the recent Congressional hearings about the economy.
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Re: H1-B Visa issues
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008, 02:18:59 am »

I can't find any later article (2006), so how many visa over-stays are there today?
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Are Over Half of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. Visa Overstays?
Monday, June 05, 2006

By John Gibson

The Immigration Service says of the 12 million illegals in this country, at least half entered the country legally.

How could that happen?

Well, according to the Immigration Service six million illegals in this country are visa overstays. That is, they got a visa legally in their home country, they came here to visit and then they never left.

Now wait. I know people from Europe and Asian countries do this, but do you mean to tell me illegal Mexicans here are visa overstays?

Yes, I mean to tell you precisely that.

According to the Immigration Service, in 2005 there were 5.4 million temporary visas issued, and 17 percent went to Mexicans. That's about three quarters of a million people. Not all of them are overstays, but it appears it is a very large number, in as much as somehow six million overstay illegals are in the country now.

So what are we to think about what's happening at the border? We don't have 850,000 illegals streaming across the border? Evidently it's questionable. Apparently there is a large number coming across, which is a problem we must do something about. But, in addition, there are visa overstays who make up at least half the illegal population.

Now I would think you could do something about the visa overstays fairly easily. Couldn't you make it more difficult for somebody who is here legally on a visa just disappear in the woodwork and not leave when they were supposed to?

Shouldn't we have also mobilized a bunch of State Department cops to chase down people who didn't go home when their visa expired?

We can't have people who enter the country legally make a mockery of illegal immigration. If you're going to be illegal, you at least have to get by our wall. No fair you tricking us into letting you in legally.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: H1-B Visa issues
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2018, 10:04:04 am »
IBM Laid Off 20K Older Americans, Sought to Import 37K Foreign Workers
30 Aug 2018

Outsourcing corporation IBM laid off about 20,000 older Americans in the last five years, a new investigation reveals, while the tech multinational sought to import at least 37,000 foreign workers to take U.S. jobs.

A joint investigation by ProPublica and Mother Jones reveals that about 60 percent of the Americans that were laid off by IBM in the last five years were workers over the age of forty. This amounts to about 20,000 40-years-old and older Americans being laid off by IBM since 2014.

At the same time, IBM has attempted to import at least 37,000 foreign workers on H-1B visas since 2016.

Every year, more than 100,000 foreign workers are brought to the U.S. on the H-1B visa and are allowed to stay for up to six years. That number has ballooned to potentially hundreds of thousands each year, as universities and non-profits are exempt from the cap. With more entering the U.S. through the visa, Americans are often replaced and forced to train their foreign replacements.
As Breitbart News has chronicled, American workers have been readily laid off from outsourcing firms like IBM, Infosys, Tata Consulting, and Capgemini, all of which are responsible for allegedly forcing their laid-off Americans employees to train their H-1B foreign replacements.

In cases highlighted by 60 Minutes, American workers laid off and replaced by H-1B foreign workers revealed that many of their offices, once entirely made up of Americans, had shifted to primarily male, Indian nationals.

Despite laying off thousands of American workers, and now having more employees on the payroll in India rather than the U.S., IBM CEO Ginni Rometty?s salary has continued to climb.

For example, Rometty?s salary has climbed to now upwards of $33 million a year. In 2014, Rometty?s salary was roughly $18 million, though that was before she gave herself a raise in 2015 when she raked in close to $20 million.
Since President Trump?s administration set up a hotline for Americans to report H-1B visa abuse, there have been more than 5,000 cases of alleged abuse within the visa program reported.

Tech conglomerates like Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple hide their H-1B foreign worker hires through outsourcing firms like Cognizant, Tata, and Infosys, as Breitbart News has reported.
Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: H1-B Visa issues
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2018, 10:51:25 am »
Canada was revealed to be granted a meager 1% of those H1-B visas.

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Re: H1-B Visa issues
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2018, 10:41:32 am »
NY Times: Business Needs More Foreign H-1B Workers, Stat!
2 Sep 2018

CEOs and investors need the government to import more H-1B visa-workers for U.S. jobs because ?a sustained reduction in immigration could dampen growth,? says a report in the New York Times.

While touting the need for more ?economic growth,? the article hides the huge scale of the H-1B program and it dismisses the evidence that hundreds of billions of dollars have been transferred from graduates? per-capita salaries over to the investors on Wall Street.

The two authors, Nelson D. Schwartz and Steve Lohr, repeatedly put Wall Street?s priority of economic growth ahead of Americans? desire to grow their own wages and salaries:

    The Business Roundtable, a group of corporate leaders, recently challenged the Trump administration over changes that it says threaten the livelihoods of thousands of skilled foreign workers, and economic growth and competitiveness.

The article repeatedly complains that agency officials working for President Donald Trump are making it difficult for companies to import replacement visa-workers. For example, the headline declared that ?Companies Say Trump Is Hurting Business by Limiting Legal Immigration.?

The headline mistakenly suggested that visa workers are immigrants. They are not immigrants. They are visa workers hired under a temporary contract to work for companies in the United States. Some classes of visa workers can apply for immigrant status.

On August 29, the Department of Justice revealed one of the largest fraud cases yet. ?The criminal complaint describes how two companies incorporated by [CEO Pradyumna Kumar Samal]  in 2010 and 2011, engaged in a scheme sometimes referred to as a ?bench-and-switch? scheme, to exploit foreign-national workers, compete unlawfully in the market, and defraud the U.S. government,? said the statement from the Department of Justice.

Many GOP and some Democratic legislators support the outsourcing programs, including Kansas GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder.

Yoder is pushing his HR 392 legislation into the 2019 spending bill that would put roughly 400,000 Indian and Chinese H-1B visa-workers ? plus their families and relatives ? on a fast-track to green-cards. If passed, the Yoder legislation would further increase the supply of white-collar workers competing for jobs in the United States.



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GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder has been downgraded to a ?toss-up? candidate amid voter concerns over his pro-migration votes and rising Democratic enthusiasm, according to an election-tracking firm.

?Yoder took an underwhelming 68 percent against two opponents who hardly spent any money,? said the Cook Political Report?s analysis of Yoder?s primary race in Kansas? third district. It added:
The Cook Report missed the importance of Yoder?s July 25 vote to put 200,000 Indian visa-workers on a fast track to citizenship, even though those workers were hired to take white-collar jobs from American college-graduates ? including several hundred graduates in his own Kansas district.

Roughly 44 percent of people in Yoder?s district aged 25 or older earned college degrees ? and many are threatened by the salary-cutting expansion of visa-enabled outsourcing into a wide variety of college-grad jobs.

?That 44 percent, they?re the people that are replaced by recipients of H-1B visas,? said Robert Heath, an Americans software engineer in Boynton Beach, Fla. Heath runs the website which collates data about the location of H-1B workers, including those in Yoder?s district.

Nationwide, roughly 1.5 million college-graduate jobs are occupied by cheap visa-workers, most of whom are from India, and many of whom are employed by Indian-owned outsourcing firms, dubbed ?body shops.?

Yoder is using his chairmanship of the House homeland-defense appropriations panel to remove the ?country caps? that prevent migrants from any one country getting more than 7 percent of the 140,000 Employer-Based green cards which are awarded each year to employees of U.S.-based firms. If the caps are removed, roughly 200,000 Indian visa-workers ? plus roughly 200,000 family members ? will be put on a fast-track to getting green-cards.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5