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  • Trump Visa Policy Helps American Tech Workers

    08/05/2018 12:39:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | August 5, 2018 | Petr Svab
    Companies have been showing an increasing preference for hiring Americans since President Donald Trump imposed heavier scrutiny on visas heavily used to hire foreign tech workers. While some companies say they need more of the visas to make up for a shortage of American talent, data suggests the visas have been abused to displace American workers. In April 2017, Trump issued an executive order to “Buy American and Hire American.” In response, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) set on to fight fraud and abuse in the H-1B Visa Program. H-1Bs allow U.S. companies to hire up to 85,000 foreign...
  • DOJ, Labor Dept to target employers that 'discriminate' against Americans by hiring foreign workers

    07/31/2018 9:38:04 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 208 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Jacqueline Thomsen
    The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Labor (DOL) announced an agreement Tuesday to work together in cracking down on companies that "discriminate" against U.S. workers by hiring foreign workers. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the Labor Department will start sharing information on employers, refer issues to the appropriate officials at each department and offer training to each other’s staff under the agreement. Acting Assistant General John Gore said in a statement that the agreement will help the civil rights division’s “ability to identify employers the favor temporary visa holders over U.S. workers who can do the job.” “Employers should...
  • The cost of xenophobia in Trump's America

    08/03/2018 10:38:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | August 3, 2018 | Professor Khaled Beydoun, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and UC-Berkeley
    Donald Trump's onslaught on immigrants continue. This time, however, he is targeting skilled workers at the top instead of the "huddled masses" at the margins. His administration plans to rescind the policy that allows the spouses (and children) of graduate-level workers to work legally while in the United States. This policy, signed by President Barack Obama in 2015, aimed to create additional incentives for high-skilled workers (H-1B visas) to immigrate to the United States to strengthen American economic and industrial interests. Trump's slated elimination of it is fuelled by the very same brazen xenophobia that galvanised support for the Mexico...
  • FBI charges former Apple employee with stealing trade secrets from self-driving car project

    07/11/2018 1:29:06 PM PDT · by Governor Dinwiddie · 20 replies
    The Verge ^ | Jul 10, 2018 | Sean O'Kane
    An engineer who worked on Apple’s secretive autonomous car project allegedly stole trade secrets for a Chinese car startup backed by Alibaba, according to new charges filed by the FBI. Xiaolang Zhang, who worked for Apple from December 2015 until May 2018, has been charged in federal court with stealing trade secrets, and faces 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. Zhang was arrested trying to leave the country this past weekend. The news was first reported by The Mercury News. “Apple takes confidentiality and the protection of our intellectual property very seriously,” a spokesperson for the company said in...
  • College-Grad Salaries Cut by Hidden Army of 1.5 Million Visa-Workers

    07/11/2018 5:44:38 AM PDT · by Javeth · 68 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/6/2018 | Neil Munro
    White-collar salaries are stalling partly because roughly 1.5 million non-immigrant, lower-wage visa-workers have been quietly imported to take many white-collar jobs, sometimes directly from American employees. ... Media descriptions of the controversial H-1B program say it brings in 85,000 foreign graduates per year. But the program actually keeps at least 460,000 foreign workers in the United States. Other estimates put the resident H-1B population at 650,000 or even up to almost 1 million. Similarly, the number of foreign college-grads getting a work-permit via the little-known “Option Practical Training” program rose again in 2018, despite President Donald Trump’s “Hire American” policy....
  • Mar-a-Lago Seeks Permission To Hire 40 More Foreign Workers On H-2 Visas

    07/05/2018 9:13:19 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 62 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05 July 2018
    Mar-a-Lago seeks to hire 40 foreign waiters and waitresses under the H-2B visa program, which allows American employers to hire foreigners on a seasonal basis if there is not a sufficient supply of qualified Americans.
  • Gop leaders propose massive surge low skilled foreign workforce ( 450,000 H 1 Visas )

    06/26/2018 5:47:03 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 97 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 06/26/2018 | Steve Dunham
    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jun/26/gop-leaders-propose-massive-surge-low-skilled-fore/
  • I-9 E-Verify Immigration Compliance - Company Sues Competitor For Employing Undocumented Workers

    06/11/2018 2:30:16 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 20 replies
    Immigration Daily ^ | 30 May 2018 | Bruce Buchanan
    American Elite Molding LLC (AEM), a manufacturer based in Crestview, Florida, is suing a competitor, Advanced Cable Ties Inc. (ACT), for employing undocumented workers.....[AEM] specifically states [that AEM] has lost contracts and had to lower its prices as a result of ACT's alleged labor practices.
  • U.S. May Open Door To More Temporary Immigrant Workers, Trump Aide Says

    06/01/2018 3:57:59 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 17 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 01 June 2018 | Susan Heavey
    The Trump administration is examining ways U.S. industries could hire more immigrant workers on a temporary basis, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Friday, as data showed the United States unemployment rate at an 18-year low.
  • Microsoft’s Brad Smith fears these 3 things will happen under Trump this summer (Ref: Immigration)

    05/30/2018 10:13:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Geek Wire ^ | May 30, 2018 | Monica Nickelsburg
    Most Pacific Northwesterners spend long, rainy months pining for summer. But Microsoft President Brad Smith is having a hard time celebrating because he sees three clouds on the political horizon. During an appearance at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., on Tuesday, Smith told Recode’s Kara Swisher that he has three immigration-related concerns that could make this “a tough summer.” If President Donald Trump takes any of the actions Smith warned about, Microsoft employees would be directly impacted. Smith told Swisher he is worried that Republicans and Democrats will fail to reach a compromise on DACA, a program...
  • Trump Praises Guestworkers In Michigan Speech [28 April 2018]

    05/28/2018 3:15:12 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 70 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 02 May 2018 | Preston Huennekens
    Trump: "For the farmers its going to get really good. We're going to let your guestworkers come in, because we have to have strong borders, but we have to let your workers in.....But we're gonna let them in because you need them....Guestworkers, don't we agree? We have to have them."
  • At least 13 dead after rare nipah virus breaks out raising fear of global epidemic

    05/28/2018 10:09:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    The disease, which kills up to 75% of those infected, starts with flu-like symptoms and causes a brain-swelling condition known as encephalitis. The virus has not yet spread beyond two areas in south India, according to officials, but they have issued a series of warnings to people living in the stricken towns where more than 200 people are being treated in hospitals. Over 25 people are under strict observation and another three are in a critical condition. … There is no vaccine for nipah, which is listed alongside ebola and zika as one of eight priority diseases by the World...
  • More than half of Wipro's workforce in the US now comprises locals: Rishad Premji

    05/28/2018 5:19:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Gadgets Now ^ | May 28, 2018 | Press Trust of India
    NEW YORK: Indian IT services giant Wipro is "localising more" in the US and more than half of its workforce in the country now consists of locals, the company's Chief Strategy Officer Rishad Premji said asserting that the firm is very committed to the US market. Premji, who is Member of the Board at Wipro, said Wipro currently has a workforce of over 14,000 employees in the US and 58 per cent of those are locals. Under the Donald Trump administration, there is heightened scrutiny of the H1B work visa programme, which several lawmakers allege is being abused to replace...
  • DHS Chooses Late Friday Afternoon To Announce 15,000 More H-2B Visas

    05/27/2018 9:48:55 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 62 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | 25 May 2018 | David North
    The Department of Homeland Security announced at 3:46 pm today [Friday] that it will allow various U.S. employers 15,000 additional H-2B workers this summer; they will do unskilled, non-agricultural seasonal work...The 15,000 will be in addition to the 66,000 permits in this program that have already been issued in keeping with the long-standing statutory ceiling.
  • Three Cheers for a Tight Labor Market; Let's Not Screw Things Up by Importing More Foreign Workers

    05/25/2018 9:13:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/25/2018 | Mark Krikorian
    The unemployment rate is down, and employers are howling for more immigration because they say they can’t get enough workers.Their howling should be music to our ears.I don’t say this out of any animus — my mom and both grandfathers were small businessmen. Heck, I run a small (non-profit) business myself. But a tight labor market means that our fellow citizens who are the least attractive to employers — and on whose support we collectively spend billions — suddenly become a lot more attractive.Advertisement In other words, a tight labor market is the best social policy. America wins when employers...
  • Immigration crackdown shifts to employers as audits surge

    05/14/2018 8:19:02 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 24 replies
    Seattle Times/AP ^ | 5/14/2018 | Elliot Spagat
    Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of compliance” among employers who rely on immigrant labor. Expansive plans also have been drafted for a long-term push to scrutinize employers’ hiring practices more closely. Under a 1986 federal law, companies must verify their employees are authorized to work in the United States by reviewing their documents and verifying to the government the employees’ identity and work authorization. If employers are...
  • Data offer new glimpse into work permit program for H-1B spouses

    05/13/2018 9:56:30 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 8 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 11, 2018 | Trisha Thadani
    Immigration officials published data Friday showing a program that gives spouses of H-1B visa holders permission to work in the United States is largely used by Indian women. The release comes just a few weeks before the Department of Homeland Security is expected to propose a rule that would unwind the program, known as the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses.
  • H-1B visa’s tighter rules illegal, tech outsourcers claim in lawsuit

    05/03/2018 12:58:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | May 3, 2018 | By ETHAN BARON
    A group of outsourcing companies that use the H-1B visa to fill U.S. jobs with foreign workers have filed a lawsuit claiming recent U.S. government restrictions on the visa program are illegal. The legal action attacks a February policy change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration that imposed tighter requirements on outsourcers seeking H-1B visas, which are intended for jobs requiring specialized skills and a bachelor’s degree or higher. In the suit, two companies and a consortium that has been lobbying Congress over H-1B restrictions claimed Citizenship and Immigration lacked the authority to make the rule changes, and that the alleged...
  • Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM [illegally replaces aged with foreigners]

    04/01/2018 8:41:46 AM PDT · by catnipman · 85 replies
    ProPublica ^ | 3/22/2018 | Peter Gosselin and Ariana Tobin
    It slashed IBM’s U.S. workforce by as much as three-quarters from its 1980s peak, replacing a substantial share with younger, less-experienced and lower-paid workers and sending many positions overseas. ProPublica estimates that in the past five years alone, IBM has eliminated more than 20,000 American employees ages 40 and over, about 60 percent of its estimated total U.S. job cuts during those years. In making these cuts, IBM has flouted or outflanked U.S. laws and regulations intended to protect later-career workers from age discrimination, according to a ProPublica review of internal company documents, legal filings and public records, as well...
  • House Allows H-2B [Low Skill Work Visa] Increase in Omnibus Spending Bill

    03/22/2018 7:11:14 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 41 replies
    Center For Immigration Studies ^ | 22 March 2018 | Preston Huennekens
    The new spending bill covering the remainder of the fiscal year includes a provision to again allow the Department of Homeland Security to exceed the annual cap on admissions of unskilled non-agricultural workers. This step, if fully implemented by USCIS, potentially would add as many as 63,000 additional H-2B guest workers next year, nearly doubling the size of this program.