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Obama can ease the unemployment problem by IMMEDIATELY shutting down the H1-B and L1 Visa program.

Obama has pledged "to stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas," but he hasn't linked the H1-B visa to this issue.

Indian offshore firms such as Wipro, Infosys, Satyam, Tata, GlobalCynex are worried he might make the connection.  In fact, they have set to meet Obama officials in March 2009 to make sure any jobs program he comes up with does not stop the job bleed to India, and take away "the joy from the outsourcing party" !

The H1-B and L1 visa programs creates a glut of workers from abroad who are hired to replace American workers onsite in the US.  These foreign workers often serve as a liaison for offshore operations, which allows many remaining jobs to be offshored, resulting in additional job losses for U.S. workers.  Thus, the H1B and L1 visa programs enable the accelerated offshoring of IT and other knowledge jobs.

Corporate employers are also worried that Obama might call their bluff to move their companies offshore if he stops them from replacing their U.S. workers with cheap foreign white collar workers.

Obama should call their bluff.  Period.  In the last decade, corporate America has outsourced almost every job that can be profitably outsourced.  The jobs that are left in the US have logistics that require the job to be performed here.  US workers in these jobs are BEING REPLACED by H1-B workers at an alarming rate.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley said: "Unfortunately, the H-1B program is so popular that it's now replacing the U.S. labor force."

It is a myth perpetrated by corporate lobyists that there is a "skills shortage" of the U.S. work force.  Unfortunately, this is the biggest myth that Obama has bought, hook, line and sinker from the industry lobbyists looking to import more and more cheap foreign "captive" workers.  

Warning: your jaw will drop when you view this video teaching corporations on how to go out of their way to AVOID HIRING US WORKERS.

The best way to curb offshoring, and give relief to the U.S. unemployment is to end both the H1B and L1 visa programs which floods the U.S. job market with 85,000 foreign workers EVERY YEAR.  These people are ordinary workers doing ordinary work, albeit without benefits and usually at much lower wages.  They are also indentured "captive" workers because of their H1-B status.

Did lawmakers believe that there would be no consequence to bringing 85,000 people and their families each year since 1990 to compete with U.S. workers?  Raw math calculates that the tipping point of this policy has now been reached. This H1-B flood of foreign workers is directly related to the economic downturn now due to unemployment.

As Norm Matloff, an advocate for the U.S. worker, explains, it is a myth that there is a skills shortage in the US, in fact, more often than not, the U.S. workers is the one who end up training their H1-B and L1 replacement. These are excellent teaching, nursing, engineering, IT and other corporate jobs that are the backbone of the U.S. economy.

To see real examples of the damage, one just has to CHECK HERE and read some real world examples of how the H1_B visa decimated the U.S. work force. Here is just one example:


"I have been laid off and had to train my replacement numerous times. Every single time, it's to bring in a lower cost H1-B! I'm going through bankruptcy and possible home foreclosure! I get turned down for reasons that are incredible! I have 13 IT certifications, it's not enough. 15 years in IT, not enough. I've even been told that since I'm not Indian, there would be a culture issue!"
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  •  BrightFutureJobs.com is trying to (13+ / 0-)

    spread the word.

    http://www.brightfuturejobs.com/

    Those who know the secret are getting a bit weary because so many reporters and notables don't know the secret.  In fact, Dr. Michael Teitlebaum said so in his testimony at the House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 5, 2013:

    "There are many criticisms of these temporary visas as they have evolved since 1997, including concerns about wage suppression, indentured workers, and use of such visas to promote offshore outsourcing."

  •  Obama could do a lot of good things (3+ / 0-)
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    pretty much immediately.

    I would not recommend holding your breath.

    Good things and politics are virtual enemies.

  •  2009? nt Is this copy pasta? (4+ / 0-)
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  •  I Would Not Support Shutting the Program Down (2+ / 0-)
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    ...since there are plenty of valid uses of it... but there certainly need to be tighter restrictions on when H1B labor can be sought/engaged (i.e. documented evidence that it's the ONLY option as opposed to the cheapest option).

    Of course, you linked an article from 2008 and talked about 2009 like it was the future so maybe you're just a bot or a low-paid intern from BrightFutureJobs.com instead of a real person who is putting a lot of thought into this.

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 05:47:11 AM PDT

  •  Sick of applying to fake job openings? (4+ / 0-)

    Fake job postings for H1B requirements, reason enough to end it not to mention H1B's role in offshoring.
    Valid uses?
    Like importing student to make candies for crap money at Hershey?
    You haven't been paying attention.

  •  Sure, 80k visas per year create all our (1+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan

    unemployment. Who knew. And of course the President can shut down programs that have been authorized by legislation. It's obviously doesn't violate separation of powers. Maybe he can then pass budgets this way too? An easy way to avoid sequester, just ignore any legislation you don't like.

  •  as much as I'd like to see H1-B program (2+ / 0-)
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    tightened, the President can't do that.

    That's Congress's job.

    good luck.

  •  Jon was right on about the (2+ / 0-)
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    piss poor way we are treating vets.  Obama could create a lot of economy by putting the IT boys and girls to work on making a computer system that is worth a damn and that speaks to one another.  The settled claims would put billions of deserved funds into the economy and provide millions more jobs.  Obama needs to keep his word.

    •  And he would fund this how...? (2+ / 0-)
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      Obama could create a lot of economy by putting the IT boys and girls to work on making a computer system that is worth a damn and that speaks to one another.
      Presumably, we would want to pay these IT workers for their work, if for no other reason than that not paying them wouldn't "create a lot of economy."

      The Constitution does not give the President the power to appropriate funds or increase the Defense Department's budget, so Congress would need to make the funding available to cover this additional expenditure.

      If you want to put pressure on the people with the power to get this done, your representative and senators should be the first people you call.

      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

      by JamesGG on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:43:43 AM PDT

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      •  He could do an executive order (1+ / 0-)
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        that is how to make it work.  Call if whatever you want in the interest of national security.  Get it done.  Of course you want to pay these folks to get the job done.  Hey, we can find the dough to do whatever it is that needs to be done, we do this each and every day.

        I call these  representatives each day on these matters and I would hope that you do the same.  As you know, if you call their offices, you get the same ole "I will let them know that you called with your concerns"  Then they go back to playing grab ass, please no lectures on who or why or when to call, that is all being done.  Nope, Obama can get'r done and right quick like with an executive order, don't give him cover on this.

        •  So you want the President to be a dictator and do (1+ / 0-)
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          what he pleases whether it's constitutional or not?

        •  That's not "how to make it work." (0+ / 0-)

          I don't know if you've read the Constitution lately, but that document pretty explicitly gives the power to levy taxes and appropriate funds to Congressnot to the President.

          Even if we were to presume that this did rise to the level of an emergent national security issue—which I don't think it comes anywhere near—that still doesn't justify an executive order.

          The President has a whole lot of powers he can exercise unilaterally in the name of "national security"—in fact, way too many powers, if you ask me—but appropriating additional funds for any purpose is not one of those powers. That quite simply cannot be done by executive fiat. Congress has the power of the purse.

          "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

          by JamesGG on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 11:18:30 AM PDT

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          •  There are no additional funds involved! (0+ / 0-)

            Just stop collecting work visa applications. That's it.

            •  I wasn't responding to your post. (0+ / 0-)

              I was responding to the above commenter, who suggested that the President should appropriate funds by executive order to make the DoD and VA health records systems compatible.

              "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

              by JamesGG on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 12:32:04 PM PDT

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              •  I had a great Civics class, wish we still had them (0+ / 0-)

                The executive order would be to use IT people to fix the broken system that Jon Stewart was discussing between the VA and the Pentagon.  They do not talk to one another.  If you had an executive order to fix the mess for say, national security as an example, Obama could get it done.  Nobody would bitch and moan about it either as it is the right thing we should do for vets, wouldn't you agree?  By putting IT folks to work, it would help the economy and release millions of records that should go to help settle claims for disabled vets.  That then would release funds to also help the economy.  How the hell else are ya gonna do it?  Wait for a miracle, good luck with that.

                •  Congress has the power of the purse. Period. (0+ / 0-)
                  I had a great Civics class, wish we still had them
                  You must have been out with the flu, then, on the day when the teacher went over Article I, Section 9:
                  No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law;
                  The process by which laws are made is laid out in Article I, Section 7, and it is very explicit about the fact that Congress must pass a bill in order for it to become law. The President cannot draw money from the treasury by executive order, since that money was not appropriated by any law passed by Congress.

                  So the President could sign executive orders until he got carpal tunnel syndrome, and declare it a "national emergency" until he's blue in the face, but unless Congress sends him a bill to sign that appropriates funds to pay IT workers to fix the DoD/VA computer system, he can't spend federal funds to do it.

                  Your member of Congress and Senators, not the President, are where the pressure must be applied in order for this to happen.

                  "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

                  by JamesGG on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:28:55 PM PDT

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                  •  They already have the funds (0+ / 0-)

                    For the first time in forever, they have the funds.  According to what was shown, the VA has the money to make this happen.  All they need is a leader to force it.  Article II, Section 3, would also be applicable given the extraordinary Occasion.
                    Speaking of funds, we are speaking of disability and the vehicle to accomplish the pay of such.  The funds required are not any different than Social Security disability payments when you think of them.  When you get your disability check from Social Security, does congress need to convene to pay?  Of course not.    Blue in the face, I would like to see that, lol

                    •  Article II, Section 3 still requires Congress. (0+ / 0-)
                      According to what was shown, the VA has the money to make this happen.
                      What was shown where? Got a link to back up not only that the VA has that much extra funding, but that such funding hasn't been appropriated by Congress for another purpose?
                      Article II, Section 3, would also be applicable given the extraordinary Occasion.
                      Article II, Section 3 gives the President the power to convene Congress in extraordinary occasions—not to unilaterally pass bills or appropriate funding without Congressional input.
                      The funds required are not any different than Social Security disability payments when you think of them.  When you get your disability check from Social Security, does congress need to convene to pay?
                      They don't need to approve each individual check, but the funds for the Social Security Administration to pay out as disability payments were indeed appropriated by Congress, and can't be unilaterally changed by the President. That's why we're having this whole budget fight right now.

                      "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

                      by JamesGG on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:47:27 AM PDT

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                      •  I have no link (0+ / 0-)

                        just what I saw the General declare on the Jon Stewart clip.  He said that the money was not an issue now with the current funding, or words to that effect,  and as a veteran myself, this is the first time since 1969 that I ever heard that.

                        Now, I am not arguing the fact of individual disability checks, what I am saying that with such a backlog of claims right now, there will have to be a time when they are paid and there is no way in hell, no matter how much carpal tunnel you may develop, that these can be paid if we wait on Congress.  No way, look at the numbers, they are staggering and the claims are going to be found legitimate too.  This budget bullshit fight, is that, all bullshit.  Someone is going to have to be the leader and unilaterally change the process of how this is done.  That someone should be the commander in chief as he is the one who sends us into harms way and don't even start with that congress declaring war nonsense, didn't happen and this thing was illegal in the first place.  We need Obama to lead this fight and take it up for the veterans and their families.  It actually should be against the law for this to happen in the first place.  Always remember that the first disability or pensions was done  after the Revolutionary War when there was no money.  As you can see, money was not an issue regarding our morals and debts to our veterans.  We need a leader to make this happen.
                        http://www.elderweb.com/...

                        I hope that you have a safe Easter.  Watch out for those bunny candies man, they hurt your chompers.

  •  Btw, you do realize that if we ban all work visas (2+ / 0-)
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    it will mean that no Americans will be able to work abroad?

  •  From where would the President... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...derive the constitutional authority to immediately shut down the H1B and L1 visa programs (and, presumably, rescind the visas that have already been given out, in order to ease unemployment "immediately")?

    The number of visas granted under those programs is set by a law that was duly passed by Congress and signed by whoever was President at the time.

    How would the President immediately and unilaterally shutting down a completely legal visa program, created at the behest of legislation duly passed by Congress, not represent a massive breach of the separation of powers?

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:47:45 AM PDT

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