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  • The Changing Immigration Labor Landscape

    09/03/2015 7:22:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 11 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | September 2, 2015 | Dan Cadman
    When provisions were added to the Immigration and Nationality Act in 1986 that forbid the hiring (or referring for a fee) of an alien unauthorized to work in the United States, people thought it would be a game-changer. The prohibitions were accompanied by civil fines and even criminal penalties for repeat offenders.The "employer sanctions" laws, as they are usually described, also included prohibitions on "use of labor through contract", reflecting legislators' awareness that without them, employers would try to skirt the law forbidding hiring of illegal aliens by claiming they were contract employees, or by conveniently using subcontractors to do...
  • Mass Legal Immigration Will Finish Conservatism [1 Million Green Cards Per Year!!!]

    08/31/2015 10:39:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | August 31, 2015
    Mass Legal Immigration Will Finish Conservatism by MARK KRIKORIAN August 31, 2015 Conservative luminaries have been warning that Donald Trump poses a threat to the Republican party and to the political future of conservativism. Charles Krauthammer has called him “political poison.” Fred Barnes says Trump has “made the GOP’s future dicey.” George Will thunders characteristically that “every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency.” All this may be true. Trump is indeed a braggart who goes out of his way to antagonize people — not a winning approach in...
  • Indian immigrants make it obvious that the American dream is alive and well

    08/25/2015 7:32:30 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/25/2015 | Vivek Wadhwa
    They have funny accents, wear strange outfits, eat really spicy food and some wear turbans. Indian-Americans constitute less than 1 percent of the U.S. population. Yet you will find them at the helm of great companies such as PepsiCo and MasterCard; as presidents and deans of America’s most prestigious colleges; at the pinnacles of journalism; dominating fields such as technology, scientific research and medicine; --snip-- First, you need to understand the background of this group; it is highly educated and entrepreneurial. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 76 percent of Indian immigrants aged 25 or more have a bachelor’s or...
  • Donald Trump may be good news for India

    08/24/2015 9:05:16 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    Niti Central, niticentral.com ^ | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | Sitaramarao Yechuri
    There have been many news stories in recent days about Donald Trump's proposed policy on H1-B visas and how that would be bad for India. Trump has advocated raising the minimum wage for H1-B visas, lowering the H1-B visa cap and generally making H1-B visas more difficult to obtain. Trump points out that his competitor Florida Senator Marco Rubio has introduced a bill to triple the H-1B visas and Trump contends that this would lower the average wage because the H1-B workers are willing to work harder for a lower wage because they want to get a green card. News...
  • Work in BigTech for Hire: Americans Need Not Apply

    08/24/2015 4:27:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/24/15 | Ian Smith
    A post-graduate student-visa program is just another scheme to displace American technology workers. American technology workers won a big victory in the federal courts this month. The D.C. District Court ruled that a STEM-related visa program created by the Department of Homeland Security was potentially damaging to the domestic labor market and also in violation of federal rule-making procedure. For the plaintiffs in the case, the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, however, the fight against BigTech lobbyists and Homeland Security has only just begun. DHS’s so-called Optional Practical Training (OPT) program allows foreign nationals to live and work in the...
  • Get’cha Honey for Nothin’, Get’cha Chips for Free (I want my, I want my, I want my E-B-T!)

    08/19/2015 9:07:51 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 5 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/19/15 | Trevor Thomas
    The quickest and surest way to make things more expensive for most of us is for someone in our government to attempt to make such things “free” for some. As I noted earlier this year, the largest “charity” in the U.S. is government (which, of course, brags about it!). Americans gave a total of approximately $3.4 billion (about $2.4 billion from individuals) to private charities in 2013. In the same year, Americans received over $600 billion from means-tested (recipients required to be below a certain income level) government programs (housing, food stamps, WIC, Medicaid, and the like). When non means-tested...
  • Scott Walker and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Stadium Deal

    08/15/2015 9:07:50 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 80 replies
    Ricochet ^ | 8/13/2015 | John Gabriel
    Two days ago, I praised Gov. Scott Walker’s quiet conservatism. Today, I’ll criticize his inconsistency. The Milwaukee Bucks decided they needed a new basketball arena and they told the government to pay for it. If politicos didn’t cough up $250 million, the NBA warned that the Bucks might leave Wisconsin. Nice team you have here, Milwaukee. It’d be a shame if something happened to it… Taxpayers would rightly be furious if a private business demanded they fund a supermarket, an office building, or a strip mall — why on earth should they send their hard-earned money to millionaire athletes and...
  • ‘Legal GOOD, Illegal BAD!’ – Ted Cruz simplifies the immigration debate (3 min video)

    08/09/2015 6:57:57 PM PDT · by VinL · 167 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 8/9/15 | Staff
    The Crooooozinator got down to brass tacks in this interview with the Shark Tank while discussing immigration and whether he had ever backed a “pathway to citizenship.” Watch below: Unlike most candidates who are afraid to admit their position, Cruz makes it very clear he’s against amnesty, and against a “pathway to citizenship.” And just to make it clear for all the idiots out there who are emotionally invested in blurring the lines between the two, he simplifies it down to “legal good, illegal bad!” LOL!
  • Planned Parenthood on GOP Debate: “Shocking and Disgusting” That They Want to De-Fund Us

    08/09/2015 5:22:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Life news ^ | Aug 7, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    A Planned Parenthood abortion business vice-president is not happy with the pro-life Republicans at last night’s GOP debates who said they would de-fund and investigate Planned Parenthood after it was repeatedly caught selling the body parts of aborted babies. Most of the Republican candidates took strongly pro-life positions on abortion, including Scott Walker, Mario Rubio and Bobby Jindal. That didn’t it well with Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of Planned Parenthood. “It was the most shocking moment of last night’s debate: Senator Marco Rubio proudly coming clean and supporting a complete ban on abortion,” she said. SIGN THE PETITION! Congress...
  • Legal immigration threatens our society

    08/08/2015 8:01:22 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 23 replies
    WND ^ | August 07, 2015 | Curtis Ellis
    [...] Today’s massive influx of people has been devastating to the middle class. “During the low-immigration period from 1948-1973, real median compensation for U.S. workers increased more than 90 percent. By contrast, real average hourly wages were lower in 2014 than they were in 1973, four decades earlier,” the report says. And the number of green cards doesn’t tell the whole story. In addition to permanent resident green cards, Washington has been handing out “temporary” work permits, such as H1B and L1 visas, referred to as “non-immigrant” visas. Immigration reform legislation supported by Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz would...
  • One in Four Employers Say More Foreign Workers Should Be Allowed to Work in the U.S. [3 in 4: no]

    08/07/2015 6:04:09 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 16 replies
    WebWire ^ | August 07, 2015
    [...] The 73 percent of employers who oppose issuing more H-1B visas cited the following reasons: * We should be focused on re-skilling American-born workers instead of importing workers from other countries – 55 percent * It will take jobs away from American-born workers – 54 percent * Companies will then outsource talent abroad after training them in the U.S., resulting in our country offshoring more jobs – 32 percent * It can lower wages if foreign-born workers are willing to accept positions for less money – 30 percent [...[
  • Planned Parenthood Lives for Corporate Welfare, Not Women’s Healthcare

    08/07/2015 11:46:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2015 | Gabriella Hoffman
    At a recent donor retreat in Southern California, libertarian billionaire Charles Koch derided corporate welfare by saying, “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare…This means stopping the subsidies, mandates and special privileges for business that enriches the haves at the expense of the have-nots.” Mr. Koch’s call to end corporate welfare rings true for Planned Parenthood, the “family planning” corporation that received $528.4 million in federal funds according to its most recent annual report. Planned Parenthood has been caught,...
  • Pro-legal immigration discussion vanity thread

    08/06/2015 12:47:59 PM PDT · by impimp · 67 replies
    6 Aug 2015 | impimp
    We need the following: 1. H1-Bs granted based on salary instead of lottery 2. No chain migration 3. No amnesty 4. More H1-Bs 5. More investor visas 6. No "Dreamers" We want the best and brightest from around the world to come here.
  • Exclusive: Jeff Sessions Lays Out America’s Mandate for GOP Debates on Immigration, Trade

    08/06/2015 9:35:51 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Aug 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, told Breitbart News in a wide-ranging exclusive half-hour-long interview via phone on Wednesday that the first Republican debate for the GOP nomination for president in 2016 should hone in on the candidates’ stances on not just illegal immigration but all immigration policy—and on trade policy. [...] “There’s no issue that will bring in more new voters to the Republican side than immigration,” Sessions said. “Our nominee needs to be crystal clear that we will end the illegality and we...
  • Boeing, GE cut off donations to Ex-Im foes

    08/05/2015 8:45:59 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/5/15 | ANNA PALMER and JEREMY HERB
    When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy headlined a fundraiser in early June the room was packed with defense industry lobbyists, but reps from one megacontractor were missing — Boeing. Not only was Boeing absent at that fundraiser, the contractor has cut off all political contributions to the No. 2 House Republican over his support for killing the Export-Import Bank, which facilitates billions of dollars in low-interest loans to U.S. exporters like Boeing. General Electric, also a major supporter of renewing Ex-Im and a benefactor of the agency, has followed suit and has not contributed to the California Republican this year....
  • Sessions releases shocking graphic showing influx of legal immigrants

    08/05/2015 1:05:25 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 32 replies
    Yellowhammer News ^ | August 5, 2015 | Jordan LaPorta
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate Judicial Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, chaired by Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), released this week the text and charts of a report concerning America’s ongoing policy of massive legal immigration. While much political attention has been paid to the issue of illegal aliens entering the country, the overwhelming majority of immigration to the United States is the result of visa policies. Millions of visas are issued every year to temporary workers, foreign students, refugees, those seeking asylum, and permanent immigrants for admission into the United States. The vast majority of these...
  • Marco Rubio Tries to Sell Gang of Eight Talking Points to New Hampshire Voters

    08/05/2015 11:44:15 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 4 Aug 2015 | Julia Hahn
    Only days after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bragged that he personally, “recruited Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to be part of our group of eight” to sell his immigration vision, Rubio appeared in a New Hampshire Republican presidential candidate forum using nearly identical talking points to those he employed to push the Obama-backed Gang of Eight bill through the Senate. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill would have granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, it would have doubled the annual admission of temporary foreign workers, and it would have dispensed 30 million green cards to foreign nationals in the span of just...
  • Tech industry's persistent claim of worker shortage may be phony

    08/04/2015 6:44:35 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 96 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 1, 2015 | Michael Hiltzik
    [...] Yet many studies suggest that the STEM shortage is a myth. In computer science and engineering, says Hal Salzman, an expert on technology education at Rutgers, "the supply of graduates is substantially larger than the demand for them in industry." Qualcomm is not the only high-tech company to be aggressively downsizing. The computer industry, led by Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, cut nearly 60,000 jobs last year, according to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The electronics industry pared an additional 20,000 positions. [...] As we've reported, the majority of H-1B visas go not to marquee high-tech companies such as...
  • Ted Cruz Has Earned a Second Look From Us All

    08/03/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 128 replies
    RedState ^ | August 3rd, 2015 at 12:00 PM | Leon H. Wolf
    I like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 100% a lot as a Senator, but I have never been a huge fan of his candidacy for President – at least until now. Generally speaking, I prefer governors to Senators, and I have an especial wariness for first term Senators. Additionally, I have questions about Cruz’s ability as a coalition builder and I know that he is a polarizing figure, even within the conservative movement.However, episode three billion in the GOP Failure Theater tour, this time featuring Planned Parenthood failure theater, has pushed me into the camp that makes me want, more than...
  • H-1B Visas: Great for American Companies, Terrible for American Workers

    08/03/2015 5:28:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2015 | Ian Tuttle
    In 2013, when it was revealed that a developer was planning to purchase one of the four properties next to Mark Zuckerberg’s Palo Alto, Calif., home, and pitch potential buyers on the idea of living next-door to the founder of Facebook, the 29-year-old multi-billionaire purchased all four residential properties and leased them back to their current occupants, whose neighborly discretion he valued. Businessmen do business to make money. But occasionally, as Mr. Zuckerberg found out firsthand, business ventures have human costs. In a 2013 letter to President Obama and congressional leaders, more than 100 tech executives, Zuckerberg among them,...
  • Charles Koch Urges Conservatives to Skip ‘Corporate Welfare

    08/01/2015 11:19:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Time ^ | August 1, 2015 | Philip Elliot
    Conservative billionaire Charles Koch told his ultra-rich friends that they face a “life and death” decision whether to keep lobbying for tax breaks and government subsidies. “Business leaders (must) recognize that their behavior is suicide, that it is suicide long term. To survive, long-term, they have to start opposing, rather than promoting, corporate welfare,” Koch told about 450 allies at an Orange County, Calif., summit that began Saturday. ....“Obviously, this prescription will not be an easy pill for many business people to swallow. Because short term, taking the principled path is going to cost some companies some profits, as it...
  • Qualcomm Lays Off 4,500 Workers While Demanding More H-1bs

    07/31/2015 8:22:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 81 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 07/29/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Another tech giant that says it must import foreign workers because there aren’t enough skilled American workers in the industry is laying off thousands of workers.Qualcomm — a major producer of smartphone chips — announced last week it’s eliminating 15 percent of its workforce or about 4,500 employees, just weeks after fellow tech giant Microsoft announced a massive round of layoffs.Both companies are top beneficiaries of the H-1b visa program, which backers say allows companies to temporarily hire foreign workers for jobs they can’t find qualified Americans workers to fill. Critics contend the program is really used to cut costs. (RELATED:...
  • A Shortage of STEM Workers?

    05/23/2014 6:54:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Alex Nowrasteh at the Cato Institute and Philip Wolgin at the Center for American Progress (CAP) each comment on, but don't really try to refute, a new report that I co-authored on the lack of a shortage of STEM workers. The American Immigration Lawyers Association's Paul McDaniel also comments on the report at the association's American Immigration Council website. Like Nowrasteh and Wolgin, McDaniel doesn't really try to refute the report. He cites Cato and CAP and also repeat a number of the points from our report. Let me address Cato's blog first because both Wolgin and McDaniel partly rely...
  • Intel Advocates For More H1B Visas; Lays Off American Workers

    07/23/2015 6:33:20 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 53 replies
    ValueWalk ^ | July 22, 2015 | Aman Jain
    Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) recently laid off more American workers, sending a strong and clear message that the company will continue its policy of hiring many foreign workers.. However, laying off American workers in large numbers to replace them with foreign labor has become a political debate, notes a report from Breitbart. Is Intel being unfair to employees? Business Insider notes that even though the chipmaker is adamant about laying off American workers, it is advocating for an increase in H1B visa workers. Back in March, Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest,...
  • Marco Rubio Continues His Jihad Against America’s Middle Class

    07/14/2015 12:52:14 PM PDT · by xzins · 46 replies
    Conservative HQ ^ | 7/14/2015 | CHQ Staff
    A few weeks ago we told you how Senator Marco Rubio provided the final 60th vote to grant “fast track” trade promotion authority to President Obama, and how he supports Obama’s intended expansion of the H-1B foreign guest worker program, in spite of the devastating effects expanding the program will have on American workers. Now our friends at Breitbart report that Rubio has doubled down on his support of the H-1B program, even as workers he allegedly represents in Florida are being laid-off, forced to train their foreign replacements and allegedly being blacklisted by their former employer – Disney. As...
  • The Takeaway: The war over H-1Bs heats up

    07/14/2015 8:37:08 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 49 replies
    CIO.com ^ | Jul 13, 2015 | Ken Mingis
    Microsoft is among the companies supporting a bill in Congress that would, among other things, raise the limit on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 195,000 and eliminate a cap on people who get an advanced degree in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). The company has also talked about a "skills gap" in the U.S. that makes raising the cap H-1B visa workers important. So when Microsoft announced layoffs last week, opponents of the "I-Squared" bill quickly weighed in. As Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala.), noted, the Microsoft cuts show "there is a surplus -- not a shortage of skilled, talented...
  • Trump Is Right On Immigration

    07/12/2015 7:02:29 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 48 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/12/15 | Douglas Gibbs
    Trump is right. First, let's secure the border Donald Trump is making a lot of noise, and as a Presidential candidate, he’s on the rise. But, candidates that spark interest early in presidential campaigns never last in the upper atmosphere, and always come hurdling earthward once the real business of campaigning leaps into full swing. However, Trump’s noise should not be ignored. He is gaining this political popularity because of his stance on illegal immigration, and despite corporations running away from him, right-of-center voters are flocking to him. The fascinating part of all of this is that the media’s reporting...
  • Here are the 12 most influential programmers working today

    07/11/2015 9:17:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2015 | MATT WEINBERGER
    The apps and games you use every day don't exist in a vacuum — someone, somewhere, wrote the code. That also goes for the underlying platforms and hardware that those apps run on. And the web. And the entire Internet itself. Even the programming languages that people use to build this stuff first had to be written by somebody else. So who's at the top of the programming pyramid? 1) Linus Torvalds created Linux, a free operating system, in his dorm room at the University of Helsinki. Today, Linux is the operating system of choice for data centers, supercomputers, and...
  • Microsoft Lays Off Thousands While Demanding More H1-B Visas

    07/08/2015 6:31:51 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/8/15 | Blake Neff
    Tech giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will be laying off approximately 7,800 employees worldwide, bringing a denunciation from a federal lawmaker who says the firings expose the company’s calls for more immigration.The firings, which will eliminate about 7 percent of the company’s workforce, are concentrated in Microsoft’s troubled mobile phone business, and will eliminate most of the remaining employees from its purchase of Nokia’s phone operation in 2013. Only some of the layoffs are in the U.S., with Finland being hit especially hard with over 2,ooo jobs lost. The firings follow up on the 18,000 layoffs the company made...
  • JEFF SESSIONS TARGETS MARCO RUBIO’S H-1B VISA BILL, SAYS HE’S ‘QUASHING’ AMERICANS’ DREAMS

    07/09/2015 7:20:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 8, 2015 | Adelle Nazarian
    The war on the American worker is kicking into a new gear. Microsoft is laying off an additional 7,800 U.S. workers, on top of the 18,000 it has already terminated. Meanwhile, the software giant is lobbying in Washington for an increase in H1B visas — allowing the company to replace these workers with foreigners who are willing to work for far less. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL)80% , Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, responded to the grim news and singled out 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)80% ’s (R-FL) I-Squared bill, which Microsoft is pushing...
  • Cruz: ‘Proud to Defend’ Trump, Expand H-1B Visas For ‘Educated,’ ‘Talented’ Job Creators

    07/08/2015 6:44:04 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 170 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jul 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) declared “I am proud to defend Donald Trump” and promoted his “legislation to increase the number of H-1B visas if there are people who are educated and talented and creating jobs” on Tuesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show. [...] The discussion turned to legal immigration, Cruz said, “we should improve and streamline legal immigration.” He also discussed H-1B visas arguing that in the status quo, “every year US colleges and universities educate tens of thousands of foreign students who are getting masters and PhDs in engineering and math and computer science, and...
  • Primer For Reporters Looking Into the H-1B Program

    07/01/2015 6:22:40 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 8 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 01 July 2015 | John Miano
    American media, I welcome you to the H-1B cesspool. After decades of neglect, I am happily surprised that Southern California Edison and Disney have drawn new attention to the H-1B program. I do have one nit to pick. Many of you are referring to "loopholes" and "abuse". That is entirely incorrect. Disney and SCE show that the H-1B program is working as it designed to work. You need to start looking deeper.
  • Ted Cruz just upped the populist ante for 2016 Republicans

    06/24/2015 7:57:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Fortune ^ | June 24, 2015 | Tory Newmyer
    In a Wednesday talk at the Heritage Foundation, the Texas senator sharpened anti-corporatist critique. Ted Cruz just raised the bar for Republican presidential hopefuls angling for the fiery populist mantle. In a 40-minute stemwinder delivered to a friendly crowd at the Heritage Foundation on Wednesday, the junior senator from Texas inveighed against a corrupt alignment of corporate and political power that he shorthanded as the “Washington Cartel.” That’s apparently new coinage, and you can expect to hear a lot more of it as Cruz tries to elbow his way out of the GOP presidential primary’s second tier and into serious...
  • Marco Rubio Provides The Final Vote To Give Away More American Jobs

    06/24/2015 7:00:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 73 replies
    CHQ ^ | 6/23/2015 | George Rasley
    Yesterday’s procedural vote in the Republican-controlled Senate to give Obama Trade Promotion Authority, or “fast track” as it used to be called, passed by just one vote – that of Florida’s Republican Senator and presidential aspirant Marco Rubio. Why would Rubio vote to give Obama more power? No one knows for certain, but Senator Jeff Sessions, in a statement released after the vote gave us some insight into the dynamics of what went on on Capitol Hill prior to the vote. “Americans increasingly believe that their country isn’t serving its own citizens. They need look no further than a bipartisan...
  • H-1B visa fracas flares up again as US probes Infosys, TCS

    06/22/2015 6:13:59 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 32 replies
    ZDNet ^ | June 19, 2015 | Rajiv Rao
    It is an especially humiliating thing to lose your job overnight, kind of like being at the receiving end of a summary execution at the crack of dawn. But it must be an entirely different kind of feeling to be given delayed marching orders and then be forced to stick around to train your replacement, who has just been shipped in from a foreign country, under the additional threat that not doing so will cost you your severance. h1b-one.jpg This is apparently what two companies -- Walt Disney and power utility Southern California Edison -- did over the last year,...
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s Cynical Ploy to Get Cheap Foreign Labor

    06/17/2015 7:16:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/17/2015 | Mark Krikorian
    There are two kinds of commemorative days/weeks/months. There’s the nonprofit, “awareness” type, such as Black History Month or World Down Syndrome Day, intended to show solidarity for some cause. Then there’s the for-profit, commercial variety, like International Pickle Week or California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month, which are simply business marketing campaigns. And then there’s the profit-seeking effort masquerading as cause-promotion. That’s what June’s Immigrant Heritage Month is. Just as International Pickle Week was dreamed up by the Pickle Packers International trade association to sell more fermented cucumbers, Immigrant Heritage Month is a project that Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg dreamed...
  • The H-1B visa program is a scam

    06/16/2015 7:21:40 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 21 replies
    BetaNews ^ | June 16, 2015 | Robert X. Cringely
    This is the second of three columns relating to the recent story of Disney replacing 250 IT workers with foreign workers holding H-1B visas. Over the years I have written many columns about outsourcing (here) and the H-1B visa program in particular (here). Not wanting to just cover again that old material, this column looks at an important misconception that underlies the whole H-1B problem, then gives the unique view of a longtime reader of this column who has H-1B program experience.First the misconception as laid out in a blog post shared with me by a reader. This blogger maintains...
  • U.S. Investigates Use of Workers on H-1B Visas at India’s Infosys and TCS

    06/15/2015 7:43:35 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Jun 13, 2015 | Miriam Jordan and Sean McLain
    The U.S. government is investigating two Indian outsourcing firms and a California power company over whether they violated labor and immigration laws by replacing American workers with foreigners on temporary work visas. The Labor Department said it is trying to ensure the Indian companies and Southern California Edison complied with the terms of the nation’s skilled-worker-visa system. Controversy has exploded in recent months over whether these foreign workers, who typically have visas known as H-1Bs, displace or complement U.S. workers. A Labor Department spokeswoman said she couldn’t provide any more details of an “open investigation.” [...]
  • Disney ABC Cancels Plans To Layoff Dozens Of Tech Workers

    06/12/2015 9:09:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 12, 2015 | Photo of Rachel Stoltzfoos Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Disney ABC Television Group reversed a decision to lay off about 35 tech workers this week, following recent reports that Disney laid off hundreds of tech workers in January after forcing them to train their replacements. Two weeks ago, Disney ABC told a team of between 30 and 35 application developers they were being laid off, some at the end of July, and that their jobs were going to an IT contractor with large offshore operations, reported Computer World. But on Thursday, Disney ABC told the workers plans had changed and they would not be laid off. Some of the...
  • ‘You’re Fired – Now Train Your Much Cheaper Foreign Replacement’

    06/11/2015 6:13:24 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    The Economic Collapse ^ | 06/10/15 | Michael Snyder
    f you were laid off from your job, would you be willing to train your replacement if your company threatened to take away your severance pay if you didn’t do it? And how would you feel if your replacement came from India, and the only reason your company was replacing you was because the foreign worker was a lot less expensive? Sadly, this is happening all over America – especially in the information technology field. Huge corporations such as Disney and Southern California Edison are coldly firing existing tech workers and filling those jobs with much cheaper foreign replacements. They...
  • Fiorina Slams Disney, Then Admits She Used H-1B Program At HP

    06/11/2015 6:38:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 10, 2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina admitted Wednesday she used the H-1b visa program to hire foreign workers while CEO at Hewlett-Packard, but rejected any comparison to Disney’s recently reported use of the program to displace American tech workers. “Did we ask American workers to train foreign workers with H-1b visas so that we can pay them less and lay them off?” she said on the Howie Carr radio show Wednesday. “The answer is most definitely no.” “I can’t remember exactly — it was a long time ago — how many [were brought in],” she added. “But there were some particular...
  • Disney Blacklisted Displaced American Workers

    06/10/2015 2:51:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/9/15 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    The American tech workers Disney laid off in January after forcing them to train their foreign replacements were put on a “black list” that disqualified them from hire by any contractor that works with Disney, emails obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation between one of the laid off workers and a recruiting firm show.The worker, who asked to remain anonymous because he is waiting on legal advice, learned of the black list when he sent his resume and performance review to a local IT recruiting firm that wanted to place him with a company contracting with Disney.He had plenty...
  • National Journal : Ted Cruz Tries to Unite ‘Movement Conservatives’

    06/09/2015 4:24:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 9, 2015 | Staff
    National Journal provides a look inside as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) attempts to convince key conservatives that he can unite the GOP: [E]ight months out from the Iowa caucuses, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is closer to proving it can be done. Because after walking into a Tysons Corner hotel in May, the door closing behind him, Cruz delivered something none of his competitors could—a campaign plan that has persuaded some of the most influential conservatives in America that they might defeat the GOP establishment’s candidate for the first time in a generation. This has been the stuff of dreams and...
  • As Barack Obama's term ends, immigration and visa issues may hurt Indian IT services companies

    06/08/2015 6:51:07 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 17 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | 8 Jun, 2015 | Neha Alawadhi
    NEW DELHI: Immigration and visa issues, which have long plagued the information technology sector, could come back to hurt Indian IT services companies this year as the US heads towards Presidential elections in 2016. In the US, the biggest market for the Indian IT services sector, "this will be a bloody, contentious election and immigration reform is right up there for discussion," said Phil Fersht, founder and chief executive of HfS Research. "The displacement of US IT and back-office jobs will be a significant issue leading up to 2016." India's $146 billion IT outsourcing industry has been a beneficiary of...
  • Last Task After Layoff at Disney: Train Foreign Replacements

    06/03/2015 8:32:49 AM PDT · by Theoria · 61 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 June 2015 | Julia Preston
    The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that...
  • Pink Slips at Disney. But First, Training Foreign Replacements.

    06/04/2015 5:39:40 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 105 replies
    NY Times ^ | JUNE 3, 2015 | JULIA PRESTON
    ORLANDO, Fla. — The employees who kept the data systems humming in the vast Walt Disney fantasy fief did not suspect trouble when they were suddenly summoned to meetings with their boss. While families rode the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and searched for Nemo on clamobiles in the theme parks, these workers monitored computers in industrial buildings nearby, making sure millions of Walt Disney World ticket sales, store purchases and hotel reservations went through without a hitch. Some were performing so well that they thought they had been called in for bonuses. Instead, about 250 Disney employees were told in...
  • U.S. Firms, Workers Try to Beat H-1B Visa Lottery System

    06/02/2015 6:41:45 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 2, 2015 | Miriam Jordan
    Companies eager to hire foreign talent, mostly in the tech sector, and workers hoping for jobs in the U.S. have found ways to game a government lottery used to distribute a limited number of visas each year. Immigration lawyers involved in the process say they have helped companies file multiple H-1B skilled-worker visa applications for the same person. Some workers, meanwhile, are accepting offers from multiple employers, each of whom files a petition on their behalf, the lawyers say. Such practices, which aren’t illegal, likely have occurred in the past without public notice but appear to be proliferating as the...
  • How study contradicts benefits of H-1B visas

    06/01/2015 9:13:59 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 29 replies
    The Times of India ^ | May 25, 2015 | Ishani Duttagupta
    A recent study in the US by three economists – Kirk Doran of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, Alexander Gelber of the University of California, Berkeley, and Adam Isen of the office of tax analysis at the US department of the treasury – has found that H-1B visas do not lead to any significant increase in the number of patents and nor do they result in any significant job creation in America. The findings of this study contradict many highlights of earlier reports, including one by big IT companies which was discussed at the US congress last month....
  • Team Rand Attacks ‘Canadian’ Ted Cruz

    05/29/2015 10:33:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 148 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 29, 2015 | Charlie Spiering
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’s America’s Liberty Super PAC is out with a new ad attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) as a “Canadian” who supports President Obama on domestic surveillance extensions in the Patriot Act. The extreme-style smackdown ad features Paul as the shirtless hero of a Sunday brawl in the Senate over the NSA and the right to privacy. Featuring a picture of Cruz with Obama and the backdrop of a Canadian flag, the ad calls the Texas Senator a “capitulating Canadian” who is “backing Barack’s bill.” Technically, the ad is not endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)'s campaign, but...
  • Obama immigration policy encourages displacement of American high tech workers

    05/27/2015 11:21:41 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 21 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Whittington
    The Washington Times reported on Monday that a district court has refused to halt part of President Obama’s immigration program that allows spouses of legal guest workers from seeking employment in the United States. Federal District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ruled that a claim by a group of technology workers that they were being displaced by foreign workers was “highly speculative.” The Obama administration has also refused to consider what seems to be a growing problem for American high-tech workers who are finding themselves out of a job in favor of cheaper foreign guest workers under the H-1B visa system....