There is a common misconception among those who favor bypassing available, qualified American workers for the STEM jobs in the US. Some either really believe, or they prefer to say, that the number of STEM workers who enter the country each year to replace American workers is only 65,000.
The real numbers are much higher than that, and they are readily available online. The State Department issues the visas. A few of the visa programs require a certification process, amounting to absolutely no protections for US workers, from the DOL. The DOL official policy, in fact, is that US workers can be replaced even if they are available and want the job.
Refer to this previous diary for the relevant information.
Most companies can explicitly discriminate against American workers by recruiting and hiring only H-1B visa holders. As the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has said:
H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of a foreign worker.
I cringed when I saw this interview. Vivek Wadhwa, CEO and entrepreneur, lashed out repeatedly at Ph.D. and widely recognized outsourcing expert Ron Hira. According to Wadhwa, Americans and green card holders should not have priority for the jobs over workers who are in the US on an H-1B visa. Instead of fairness, he calls this
Other points of view are as follows:
Senator Fritz Hollings, in an article published in the Huffington Post
With stimulus, we bail as fast as we can to stop the leaks, but do nothing to plug the hole in the hull ripped by offshoring. Stimulation can be a total success and we'll still lose more jobs than are created.
Today the U. S. Chamber of Commerce opposes "Buy America" in the stimulus. The government's and Corporate America's policy remains getting rid of jobs.
The DOL is indicating that it will represent union workers instead of exclusively backing business interests in the US, and depriving US workers of pay and benefits in the name of increased profits.
...better jobs with a decent wage and benefits.
Hilda Solis, the new Labor Secretary, had these words for young workers last week, at a union training facility in Florida, according to AFL-CIO reports.
Obama indicated that organized labor will play a key role in the nation's economic recovery.
labor unions are a big part of the solution.
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Government data showed an increase in job loss today.
Hilda Solis, Labor Secretary, addressed the situation this morning, according to a Reuters report.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will do whatever is necessary to break "the destructive cycle of job loss," Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Friday after new data showed the U.S. unemployment rate had hit a 25-year high.
U.S. employers cut 651,000 jobs in February, according to government data that also showed that a combined 161,000 more jobs were lost in January and December than previously believed.
Solis said she was boosting by $3.5 billion the money available to states for education, training and re-employment.
This diary does not intend, nor does it imply any negativity toward foreign citizens or workers present in the US. It is only a discussion of employer visas, and the current policies of US government with respect to labor practices by US employers.
AFL-CIO reports indicate that the new sheriff, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, will waste no time in cleaning up the town.
Hilda Solis has asked for a review of the visas that were granted so that building contractors in Florida would be able to hire workers from abroad. When the visas were issued, more than 1,000 members of the Sheet Metal Workers union (SMWIA) were out of work in the same area. The issue concerns work on the St. Regis Hotel project in Bal Harbour, Fla.
This diary does not intend nor does it imply any negativity toward foreign citizens or workers present in the US. It is only a discussion of employer visas, and the current policies of US government with respect to labor practices by US employers.
At a time when unemployment is on the uptick in 46 out of 50 states, employers are continuing to hire H-1B workers for high-paying jobs in the US as they ignore the pool of qualified, locally available US citizens and green card holders.
Preliminary figures are available for 2008 from the US Department of State. Compare the total number of visas issued for these visa programs to those from the previous years:
1998 = 91,360
1999 = 116,513
2000 = 133,290
2001 = 161,643
2002 = 118,352
2003 = 107,196
2004 = 138,965
2005 = 124,099
2006 = 135,421
2007 = 154,053
2008 = 129,464
1998 = 38,307
1999 = 41,739
2000 = 54,963
2001 = 59,384
2002 = 57,721
2003 = 57,245
2004 = 62,700
2005 = 65,458
2006 = 72,613
2007 = 84,532
2008 = 84,078
Unemployment is on the rise.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- New jobless claims rose more than expected last week and the number of Americans continuing to receive unemployment benefits has topped 5.1 million, fresh evidence the recession is increasingly forcing employers to shed jobs.
Yet, there's still a huge market for bringing tech workers in to the US on employer visas.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that four have pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining visas and green cards.
Four men from India pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to participating in an immigration scam that authorities say was run by an Edison businessman.
The defendants said they paid the man, Nilesh Dasondi, thousands of dollars in exchange for his help to illegally secure work visas and green cards. Dasondi, a former Edison zoning official, was charged in June with conspiracy and is free on bail.
They all face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced in May.
Hilda Solis, Labor Secretary-Designate, will be the next subject in the increasingly contentious process by the new administration of assembling a cabinet. A vote by the Senate has been slated for February 24, according to a news report by People's Weekly World.
Congresswoman Hilda Solis' confirmation to be our new Secretary of Labor is now scheduled for a "test" vote on Tuesday, February 24th, in the Senate. This means that she must get 60 votes to stop a filibuster before she can be confirmed.
The Republicans are fully mobilized by big business and the far right to try and prevent her confirmation. Her husband's taxes have nothing to do with it. They are determined to stop her nomination as a way of fighting against the Employee Free Choice Act. She, like President Obama, strongly supports the bill.
The economics of free trade are hitting home. The Washington Post reports: Tech Layoffs Skyrocket. These figures were cited for January and February following reports to Tech Crunch, a blog that chronicles news reports that cover the specific numbers of jobs lost in tech companies.
At the same time, workers are being recruited from overseas for jobs in the US.
Even entry-level jobs are going to the inexperienced from abroad. The required skill is that the worker enter the US on a visa, rather than have the authorization to work here already.
The stimulus package has entered the job creation phase for businesses in the US. Who will get the jobs? US citizens and green card holders or fresh recruits from overseas?
Here's the status quo: a recent ad for entry-level, to be filled by a foreign worker. Why does Congress allow this? Ask them. You may also want to join Bright Future Jobs.
This one is for qualified/experienced IT friends/relatives who may be overseas. What are the chances that US citizens or green card holders will get one of these jobs?
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