USA versus globalism–live

Resisting Trump administration policy on immigration laws via state non-cooperation with Feds are the state governors of CA, OR, WA, VA, CT, HI, VT, and perhaps others.  Almost all are Democratic Party governors.  Republican Party governors are seated in 33 USA states.

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Nov 2016   In USA workforce–in Information Technology the numbers are 75 percent being foreign-born, and many are here on H-1B visas earning a much lower wage than their American counterparts.    http://www.mybudget360.com/h1b-visas-low-tech-wage-workers-visas-silicon-valley/

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Big tech companies take advantage of the H1B program to drive their bottom line.  The law permits companies to lay off their own employees in favor of foreign workers doing the work in the states or overseas.  Think about that.  The law does more than look the other way at firms that hire foreign workers instead of American citizens; it allows companies to ditch their own employees so they can hire foreign nationals.  Remember the recent story about laid-off Disney workers who were forced to train their foreign replacements?

Not surprisingly, tech firms use the provision to their advantage.  In late 2014, Microsoft laid off 21,000 workers.  In September 2015, Hewlett Packard announced it was cutting 25,000 to 30,000 workers.  That was on top of the 55,000 jobs it slashed the year before.

Another problem with the H1B program is the law rewards companies for outsourcing their training programs.   About half, or 40,000 of the visas handed out each year, don’t go to firms such as Microsoft, Apple or Facebook, the companies we think about when we hear H1B.  They go to professional offshore outsourcing firms such as Cognizant, which received 9,000 H1B’s last year.

Outsourcing firms operate an almost pyramid-like system:  they bring foreign nationals to the United States, who then learn the jobs of American citizens.  Then these foreign workers return home overseas.  Many times, the best workers in India arrive in a tech-friendly city such as Seattle, learn the ins and outs of their host company, fly back to the subcontinent to run a call center or IT department, and train their workers with the skills they learned in the United States.

To be sure, this is capitalism at work, something I support as an entrepreneur . But it has gone too far.  Allowing companies to outsource their training programs and lay off their own employees in favor of keeping cheap foreign labor undermines our visa program.  As a result, the H1B program does not foster or give priority to American job growth over the long run.   http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/01/14/dont_give_silicon_valley_more_h1b_visas_132795.html

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2-7-17    by Yves Smith        And that’s before getting to the significant level of H-1B visa fraud.  One type is where tech workers are brought to the US with no work lined up.  Those workers are treated as near slaves, held hostage in “guest houses” until they find work.  And the clients aren’t marginal players; major tech firms use these illegal operators.  A second type of fraud is wage theft.

Moreover, it’s false that H-1B visa holders are providing needed and scarce skills. The press has been full of stories of employees being required to train H-1B visa replacements. Disney was challenged by worked who were forced to train H-1B replacements; they lost their challenge on what most people would see at technical grounds, that the H-1B visa holders who took their jobs were employed by contractors, not Disney. That followed ComputerWorld exposing a similar program abuse at Southern California Edison: 

“Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India.  Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs…The H-1B program “was supposed to be for projects and jobs that American workers could not fill,” this worker said.  “But we’re doing our job.  It’s not like they are bringing in these guys for new positions that nobody can fill.  Not one of these jobs being filled by India was a job that an Edison employee wasn’t already performing,” he said…“The majority of the H-1B program is now being used to replace Americans and facilitate the offshoring of high wage jobs,” Hira said.   http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/02/cringley-how-silicon-valley-can-sidestep-trump-h-1b-visa-restrictions.html

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2-6-17    Unknown.jpeg– Robert Cringely says:      Think about it, in this case with IBM as an example.  IBM Global Services sees itself as competing with big H-1B users like Tata and Infosys and an H-1B ban or severe limitation would give IBM–or any similar U.S.-based multinational–an advantage, especially if the L-1B visa program is left untouched.  With L-1B, IBM can use its own Indian employees MAKING INDIAN PAY AND BENEFITS to do the work here in the USA.  No need to pretend you can’t find an American worker as presently required by H-1B.   No need to advertise.  No need to pretend you are paying a locally competitive wage. 

L-1B visas are hardly ever mentioned in the press yet they are even bigger than H-1B already.  It’s worse for American workers than H-1B, too.  So what if Trump cuts back or freezes H-1B numbers without touching the (presently unlimited) L-1B program?  He’ll still be keeping a campaign promise yet also working to enrich Big Business at the expense of the very people who voted for him.     http://www.cringely.com/2017/02/06/trumps-upcoming-move-h-1b-visas/

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