The 1/31/08 BusinessWeek article "Are H-1B Workers Getting Bilked?" exposes how H-1b are being used by Indian consulting firms to bring in cheap labor, driving American consulting firms out of business, and displacing highly-skilled U.S. workers. Four of the top five users of H-1b are Indian consulting firms.
If you have been displaced or harmed by the H-1b program, please submit your story at www.HireAmericansFirst.org
New organization www.HireAmericansFirst.org is gearing up to oppose Industry efforts to increase the H-1b visa cap in 2008, and to educate Congress on the harm caused by the H-1b program. Please join us.
Please sign Programmers Guild letter to Congress opposing expansion of employment-based green cards here: PROGRAMMERS GUILD PETITION
On June 4th Governor Schwarzenegger sent a LETTER TO THE U.S. SENATE indicating his support for an H-1b quota increase and reduced administrative hassles - e.g., attempting to first recruit qualified Americans.
On June 6th by 10am the Programmers Guild will hand-deliver this objection to his office.
You may phone GOVERNOR SCHWARZENEGGER'S office at: 916-445-2841
READ MORE AT PROGRAMMERS GUILD BLOG
Among the provisions of the H-1b immigration reform is a fee of less than $1200 on each H-1b, that would be used to fund NSF scholarships for American college students. Oracle is opposed to the fee, calling it "onerous."
PLEASE VISIT PROGRAMMERS GUILD BLOG FOR ARTICLE REFERENCES.
On the May 18, 2007 edition of CNN's "India 360: Indian IT troubles for US," Indian companies categorically deny that they abuse the H-1b visa to hire Indians at wages below what Americans earn.
However, back in September 2006, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a top user of H-1b within the U.S. admitted to substantially underpaying their H-1b workers, citing that underpayment as their "competitive advantage."
REQUEST FOR ACTION
AMNESTY VOTE SCHEDULED FOR MONDAY! Tomorrow please take 5 minutes and make two phone calls to your Senators, voicing your:
- opposition to Amnesty and H-1b visa increases
- Support for the Durbin/Grassley H-1b protections for American workers
Request to speak with your Senator and the operator will route your call: Senate Switchboard: 202-224-3121
Senators Durbin and Grassley have sent a letter to nine H-1b users inquiring about their usage. In that AP article, Compete America counters that H-1b "abuse is the exception rather than the rule." The Programmers Guild rebuts, explaining why H-1b abuse is pervasive.
The Gutierrez-Flake STRIVE Act would exempt from the H-1b cap anyone in any country with a master’s and higher degree in science, technology, engineering and math - obtained at any school anywhere in the world. This would open every tech job in the U.S. to upwards of one million people around the world, desperate to make any sacrifice to become a U.S. citizen, and undermining the careers of U.S. tech workers within the stagnant 3.5 million job sector.