American's should be outraged by our own governments encouragement of outsourcing and simultaneously allowing the mass importing of Foreign Workers to replace American born IT / Programming Professionals. Corporations are no longer interested in hiring American born college degree labor to do the IT jobs. In fact they have openly lied for years about a skilled labor shortage that never exsisted. They will always take the easy and cheap path. And the major India IT firms and their lobbist have sold American CEO's that they need to outsource all their IT labor needs to them to maximize corporate profits. You want proof? We got it-lots of it.
American and Foreign Profiteer's are taking advantage
of foreign labor
But lets now take a look at how American and Foreign Profiteer's are taking advantage of foreign labor too.
If you thought profiteering from transporting illegal Mexican workers into the USA was bad wait till you learn how a local American Sheriff’s deputy profited legally! After reading how he and his co-profiteers charged foreign workers $15,000-$20,000 each, ask yourself why is he still a local Sheriff ?
And if you thought the concept of indenture worker or company run worker camps was abolished in the 18th century, learn how employer Signal International required imported foreign workers to live 20 to a trailer and
pay $35 a day in the 21th century. But wait, there's more. Signal was the sub-contractor for Northrop Grumman, working on a American Taxpayer paid government project!
But this story is only the tip of a Titantic Iceberg, on the American jobs lost since the expansion of guest worker visas to H-1B (specialized skills such as Architects,Engineers,Software Engineers and IT Networking). This well intended program, opened the flood gates for Profiteers seeking a fast fat profit. American and foreign firms profit off importing younger less experianced cheap foreign labor into America. The Profiteers hold-out
the promise of a fast backdoor citizenship into America while earning higher wages relative to the workers home land (most often India). American IT workers often claim they are training less experianced foreign workers so compaines can then transfer the work offshore. Just one example, Patricia Fluno, also a technology professional, said she lost her job at a Siemens unit in Florida to a worker on an L-1 visa. Fluno said Siemens replaced her and other U.S. employees with lower-paid employees of India-based Tata Consultancy Services. Fluno also said she was directed to train her replacement. "This was the most humiliating experience of my life," she said. Ms. Fluno was giving testimony during a 2004 meeting with members of Congress on this topic.
In the mid-90's there was a tremendous demand for IT workers in America, created by gigantic spending on Enterprise Networking, Y2K and Internet projects. This promoted greater support for importing foreign workers under the H-B1 visa program. But buy 2001 the Y2K work ended and by 2002 the Enterprise Network and Internet boom had turned bust. There had been tens of thousands of lay-offs in American IT workers.
I recall a CBS story about an American software engineer of 25 years who needed to become a truck driver to support his family. And when the boom returned age discrimination and a flood of foreign H-B1 labor eliminated any chance of returning to his profession.
The number of students seeking US computer-science bachelor's degrees plummeted by 40 percent from 2001 to 2006 (a key reason was fear of job loss, in part to outsourcing). Meanwhile, companies that profit
from outsourcing and the importation of H-B1 foreign workers whine America needs more foreign IT labor to stay competitive while government bureaucrats say we need more education. America has the most highly educated under-employed and out-of-work skilled labor force in the world thanks to these policies.
The Wright Question©: Economic expansion and contraction along with individual sector booms
and bust is a fact of life. Why after over 40 years of downsizing, layoffs and outsourcing to foreign lands
has America made no lasting effort at retooling American workers for work in areas were employers have shortages? If we expect workers to learn new, in demand skills, should we not expect big government and business to create solutions that do not encourage the importing of foreign labor or exporting of American
jobs? If the H-1B program is not a sham then why do immigration lawyers hold annual seminars on how to not hire quailfied American's so they can earn more fees by importing foreign workers?
How can there be a shortage of IT and Software Engineers when hundreds of thousands lost their jobs back in 2000-2003 due to 9/11/2001, the elimination of Y2K and the internet bust? How can America have a shortage of welders and pipe fitters when thousands have been laid-off? Has American corporations and the government just become to lazy to recall or retool American workers into new positions or has the profit motive just become to great?
After you read this story ask yourself, “Why must America import workers for jobs paying double what America's largest employer Wal-Mart pays?
Now American Medical Professionals Are Worried The H-B1 Program Will Eliminate Qualified American Born Workers
written by Peter Standish-Holmes
In most fields, obtaining an H1B visa is a very difficult process and stringent conditions apply before an H1B petition is approved. In medicine it is just the opposite.
Administrators of hospital residency programs, in contravention of DOL rules and regulations, are routinely offering vacant positions to foreign medical graduates (FMGs) not living in the US without first attempting to fill such vacancies with qualified candidates residing within US borders.
Hospital residency positions, including internships, are filled through a centralized electronic application system. Anyone, anywhere in the world with internet access can use this system to apply for hospital residency positions. This allows applicants from abroad to apply at the same time as US citizens and permanent residents.
Since the number of applicants from abroad far outnumber US citizens and permanent residents applying for each vacancy, qualified US citizens and permanent residents are frequently never interviewed for some positions which ultimately are given to non-resident foreign applicants who are then supplied with H1B visas enabling them to work as physicians in the US.
Hospitals are therefore determining who receive visas. Screening of these H1B recipients is minimal at best as hospitals are virtually unfettered in sponsoring H1B visas for candidates they hire from abroad.
Hospitals receive federal, city and state funds from tax dollars, yet citizens and permanent residents residing in the US who contribute these tax dollars are being outnumbered and ignored.
There are currently thousands of unemployed, qualified graduates of foreign medical schools; both US citizens and permanent residents; residing in the US capable of filling these vacancies.
Only after all US citizens and permanent residents who apply are found not suitable, should programs be free to hire non-resident applicants. To interview and subsequently employ non-resident applicants without first interviewing US citizens and permanent resident applicants in order to ascertain their suitability, is utter disregard for US labor laws.
This practice is dangerous in that doctors provided with H1B visas in this manner are not screened as thoroughly as other prospective immigrants are. This practice must be stopped outright.
Please sign this petition and help safeguard the health and safety of our communities.
I ask your help to ensure that:
1.Current laws are respected and enforced.
2.Applicants are appropriately screened before being provided with H1B visas.
3.Regulations stipulating that vacant positions be offered to qualified US citizens and permanent residents before attempting to fill such vacancies with applicants from abroad are complied with.
There are already thousands of qualified, unemployed foreign medical graduates residing in the USA capable of filling these vacancies.
H-1B visa outsourcing abuse under investigation by US Senate
Two U.S. senators on Monday asked nine foreign-based companies to explain how they are using their United States H-1B work permits that they have obtained for their employees. Recent information about misuse of the program has created a heated debate in the U.S. Congress as it moves into the final stages of presenting immigration reform measures this month.
Of greatest concern is that the limited number of visas are being used to outsource American jobs, instead of bringing in educated and skilled professionals to work for U.S. businesses.
This year the entire quota of regular United States H-1B visas evaporated in one day. Petitions for the 65,000 standard H-1B's exceeded the available quota by more than a 2:1 ratio. Last year the available cap had been reached in the record time of about seven weeks.
Previously, people could expect the H-1B petition process to remain open through the summer from the standard begin date of 01 April every year for the upcoming fiscal year.
An additional 20,000 H-1B's are available beyond the standard cap for foreign-born professionals who have graduated from an American university with an advanced degree. Some of these usually remain available at least through the end of the year. This year they were all gone in just over four weeks, with all submissions after 30 April being rejected.
U.S. scientific and technical industries, especially the IT sector, have been lobbying hard to have the quotas increased for several years now. Notably, highly visible CEO's like Bill Gates of Microsoft and Larry Ellison of Oracle have personally made appearances before the U.S. Congress, virtually demanding that the caps be raised.
These industry leaders have regularly argued that there were thousands of unfilled jobs in the United States that require people with education and skills from around the world to keep American businesses competitive and innovative. They claim that the quotas are too low and that tens of thousands of qualified people were being kept out of the United States, and that this was hurting American businesses.
Some countries have been lobbying the U.S government to raise the cap, too. In particular, the Indian government has been pressuring George Bush to introduce immigration reform measures that would favor Indian nationals attempting to work in the U.S.
After the stunning demand for the H-1B visa this year, people began to investigate the problem. Congress and the White House are trying to craft major immigration reform this year, and an understanding of the situation is critical.
What has been noticed is that between 70% and 80% of the H-1B visas granted in 2006 went to India-based outsourcing firms. Employees of these firms were not being hired to work for U.S. businesses but, rather, to effectively study how U.S. businesses operate and to determine their needs and methods.
Then, using their newly forged contacts in U.S. industries, these firms then outsource the work back to India-based industries. Many of these people only use their coveted H-1B for two to four years, rather than the full six-year limit, causing resentment among people who would wish to have an H-1B as a means to leverage permanent immigration to the U.S.
While technically not illegal, this practice violates the intent of the H-1B program. The H1B visa program was launched in 1990 to allow foreign scientists, engineers and technologists to be employed for up to six years in the U.S., at the end of which they must obtain permanent residency or return home. It is also possible for the sponsoring company to petition for H-1B extensions which are exempt from the caps.
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, and Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said in letters to the companies that they had received reports of fraud and abuse of the H-1B visa program.
At the same time, they have introduced measures in the U.S. Senate targeted at the H-1B and the L-1 visas to ensure that the programs perform their intended function - to allow foreign born professionals to bring their skills into the U.S. when those skills cannot be found domestically.
"More and more it appears that companies are using H-1B visas to displace qualified, American workers," Grassley said in a statement.
The senators said some visas were being used to train foreign workers in the United States to perform jobs that were later transferred to India and other countries. "The reality is that too many H-1B visas are being used to facilitate the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries," Durbin said.
Besides the India-based giants Infosys, Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services, the senators also sent letters to Patni Computer Systems, I-Flex Solutions Inc., Satyam Computers Services Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Infotech Ltd., Tech Mahindra Americas Inc. and Mphasis Corp.
They asked the companies for information on the number of visas they hold, wages, efforts to recruit qualified American workers, outsourcing of jobs to other countries and whether any U.S. workers have had their responsibilities outsourced.
In April, a number of measures were proposed for upcoming immigration reform efforts in the Congress. The U.S. is trying to provide a bill by the end of May, with the hopes of passing significant reform before the end of this summer. Among those measures are proposals to greatly increase proof of efforts by companies to find U.S. citizens and residents to fill positions before they may be offered to foreign nationals.
The senators have introduced legislation aimed at protecting U.S. workers and limiting the ability of companies to use the visas to train workers with the aim of shifting jobs overseas. Aides said the measure would be offered as an amendment to comprehensive immigration legislation that the Senate could take up as early as this week.
"As we move closer to the debate on an immigration bill, I continue to hear how people want to increase the number of H1B visas that are available to companies. Considering the high amount of fraud and abuse in the visa program, we need to take a good, hard look at the employers who are using H1B visas and how they are using them," Grassley said in a statement.
"Supporters claim the goal of the H1B program is to help the American economy by allowing companies to hire needed foreign workers. The reality is that too many H1B visas are being used to facilitate the outsourcing of American jobs to other countries," Durbin said.
"We have to look at the system that generates these visas and the way they are used. This legislation will help protect American workers first by stopping H-1Bs from being exploited and used as outsourcing visas."
• Outgoing US Senator highlights concerns over H-1B visas
• Indian outsourcing companies take the lion's share of U.S. H-1B visas
• US granting larger numbers of H-1B & student visas to Indians in 2006
• US H-1B visa cap reached in one day
• US H-1B visas should not have limits: Bill Gates
• US tech industry pushes for more H-1B visas
• The US Congress will begin immigration reform, again
Guest worker visas come under fire
By Ed Frauenheim
Staff Writer, CNET News.com Published: February 4, 2004
L-1 visas and other guest-worker visas have been misused by companies to harm U.S. workers, witnesses told a congressional panel on Wednesday. And a number of members of Congress made it clear they are ready to change the visas, which have been described by critics as a vehicle for shipping middle-class jobs overseas.
"We can certainly do better for America's workers," Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., said at the hearing. "It's time for reform."
The hearing of the House Committee on International Relations focused on concerns that the L-1 visa program is fraught with fraud and abuse. L-1 visas allow companies to temporarily bring in employees from other countries for managerial or executive work, or for work that entails specialized knowledge. There is no annual cap on L-1 visas, nor is there a required pay rate. The number of L-1 visas issued by the U.S. government has tripled during the past 20 years, to about 113,000 in 2002, according to Hyde's office.
Another controversial guest-worker visa program is the H-1B program. It lets U.S. employers import highly skilled workers, such as computer programmers, for a period of up to 6 years (two 3 year terms). There is an annual cap this year of 65,000 new H-1B visas, although some exceptions apply. But this cap does not include the prior years workers and all are allowed up to 3 year work visas. Employers also are supposed to pay the prevailing wage for the job.
Both programs have come under scrutiny after massive job losses hit the technology sector. Defenders of the visas say they help keep U.S. employers competitive and that more work would transfer offshore if the programs were eliminated.
According to Hyde's office, a State Department memo from 1996 presents documentation indicating that, at that time, "ninety percent of the L petitions investigated by the American Consulate in Guangzhou proved to be fraudulent."
Two witnesses at the hearing said they were directly harmed by L-1 visas. Sona Shah, a U.S. citizen and computer programmer, told the committee that a former employer had abused the L-1 and other visas in the course of underpaying foreign guest workers and failing to give U.S. employees work assignments or training. Shah said a subsidiary of computer services company Automatic Data Processing had kept her and other U.S. technology professionals around temporarily to obscure its use of cheap foreign labor.
Patricia Fluno, also a technology professional, said she lost her job at a Siemens unit in Florida to a worker on an L-1 visa. Fluno said Siemens replaced her and other U.S. employees with lower-paid employees of India-based Tata Consultancy Services. Fluno also said she was directed to train her replacement. "This was the most humiliating experience of my life," she said.
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