The Tech Industry’s Immigration Lies

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


immigration_generic_NSH*304One of the primary narratives associated with comprehensive immigration reform has nothing to do with the millions of low-skill workers that would be granted an opportunity to compete against Americans for jobs. As a letter sent to the president and Congressional leaders signed by more than 100 chief executives of major tech companies and trade associations indicates, there is a shortage of highly-skilled American labor that drives reform as well. Yet as the Atlantic’s Michael S. Teitelbaum reveals, that narrative is a lie.

“A compelling body of research is now available, from many leading academic researchers and from respected research organizations such as the National Bureau of Economic Research, the RAND Corporation, and the Urban Institute,” Teitelbaum explains.

No one has been able to find any evidence indicating current widespread labor market shortages or hiring difficulties in science and engineering occupations that require bachelors degrees or higher…All have concluded that U.S. higher education produces far more science and engineering graduates annually than there are S&E job openings—the only disagreement is whether it is 100 percent or 200 percent more.

He then introduces the 800-pound gorilla of Economics 101, as in the reality that a genuine shortage of high-skill workers would pressure those seeking an ostensible scarcity of talent to offer higher levels of compensation to potential workers. Unfortunately, exactly the opposite is occurring. “Most studies report that real wages in many—but not all—science and engineering occupations have been flat or slow-growing, and unemployment as high or higher than in many comparably-skilled occupations.”

How does this reconcile with the claims of people like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer? “Because labor markets in science and engineering differ greatly across fields, industries, and time periods, it is easy to cherry-pick specific specialties that really are in short supply, at least in specific years and locations,” Teitelbaum explains. And while he concedes that high-skill occupations have unemployment rates lower than those of the workforce in general, “surprisingly high unemployment rates prevail for recent graduates even in fields with alleged serious ‘shortages’ such as engineering (7.0 percent), computer science (7.8 percent) and information systems (11.7 percent).”

The Economic Policy Institute (ECI) also hammers home reality about the so-called shortage of foreign workers, revealing that in 2011, the number of college-educated “guest workers” under the age of 30 comprised 66 percent of the 166,000 new college-educated Information Technology (IT) job-holders under the age of 30. They further note that this reality is discouraging many Americans students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields from entering IT. 

With good reason. Americans colleges already graduate 50 percent more computer science majors than are finding jobs in IT. The ECI further notes that if comprehensive immigration reform and/or the Skill Visa Act promoted by Republicans Darryl Issa (R-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) become reality, the conservative estimate of 180,000, “new IT guestworkers and STEM green card beneficiaries will be greater than the number of new hires of young IT college graduates in 2011.”

At the heart of this sellout is the H-1B visa program. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) does its best to obscure reality, stating that most of those visas are used to fill “entry level” positions. Yet EPI confirms Teitelman’s assessment of flat or slow-growing wages, revealing that such workers are not only competing with recent U.S. graduates, but providing a supply of lower-wage guest workers that can take jobs from older workers as well.

Computerworld, which on April 1 received the latest data regarding H-1B visas from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), explains there is such heavy demand anticipated, all of them will be claimed by the end of this week. They further note that the majority of claimants will be firms “that use visa holders to displace U.S. workers.” “The offshore outsourcing firms are once again getting the majority of the visas,” said Ron Hira, a public policy professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. “The program continues to promote the offshoring of high-wage American jobs.” 

The top three companies on the list of visa approval in 2013 were Infosys, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Cognizant. Other players include IBM, Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, Google and Oracle. Many of these firms hire IT workers for offshore outsourcing contracts. Domestic workers who are replaced as a result often have to train their replacements as a condition of their severance package. Companies such as Cognizant insist they maintain a robust effort to hire American workers, but they do not disclose data to support that contention. Moreover, in 2013, Infosys agreed to pay $34 million to resolve a claim by the federal government: they had accused the firm of running an unlawful visa scheme. Infosys also refused to release data on its U.S. workforce. 

Food and agricultural producer Cargill is another company outsourcing its IT jobs, sending them to TCS. Cargill’s home base is in Minnesota, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), along with Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) were developing the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013. The bill aims to initially raise the current H-1B cap of 85,000 visas, comprised of 65,000 H-1Bs, plus an additional 20,000 set aside for advanced degree gradates of American universities, to 115,000. It also includes an increase in the cap based on demand, until it reached 300,000 visas every year thereafter, even as it exempts advance degree STEM students from the total. In addition, the bill won’t apply employment-based green card quotas to foreign students earning a master’s or doctorate in STEM fields at a U.S. university, or their spouses and minor children.

The bill passed in the Republican-controlled House on Dec. 5, 2013. It has yet to be taken up by the Democratically-controlled Senate.

Even as this amounts to dream legislation for high-tech companies, they are keeping up the pressure on lawmakers. In March, Goodlatte, who is the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, held a high-dollar fundraiser in Silicon Valley with pro-amnesty forces who ponied between $10,000 and $40,000 apiece for the privilege. Ron Conway, a prolific angel investor and venture capitalist, expressed the kind of arrogance one expects from those who seemingly believe government should be particularly responsive to high rollers. “In this case, because there’s been mixed messages from the Republicans, before I write my check, I wanted some assurances that Bob Goodlatte would be prepared to discuss immigration reform and what the timetable is for immigration reform, because we’re coming down the wire here with the [2014] elections and we need accountability,” he declared. 

If genuine accountability is wanted–as opposed to the fulfillment of an agenda–getting the facts right would be a good place to start.

Both Teitelbaum and Michael Anft, senior writer for Johns Hopkins magazine, reveal that stores about a shortage of STEM workers are nothing new. Teitelbaum refers to five “alarm/boom/bust” cycles, each lasting about 10 to 15 years. From just after WWII through 2003, each cycle was initiated by alarms about a worker shortage, followed by policies to increase the supply of STEM workers, followed by the inevitable busts characterized by “mass layoffs, hiring freezes, and funding cuts that inflicted severe damage to careers of both mature professionals and the booming numbers of emerging graduates, while also discouraging new entrants to these fields.” 

Anft speaks to the same phenomenon, noting that prior to Americans worrying about the current emergence of China and India as the primary challengers to our status as the world’s preeminent innovator, “there were ruckuses caused by an increase in foreign auto and electronics imports (Japan) in the 1970s and 80s, a fear that someone else (the U.S.S.R.) would win the space race in the 50s and 60s, and the wartime emergency (Nazi Germany) that led to the Manhattan Project in the 40s.”   

Hira, who has testified before Congress regarding the issue, notes the hypocrisy of high-tech firms like Microsoft, who advocate for more IT visas, even as they lay off thousands of Americans with comparable skills. Norman S. Matloff, a professor of computer science at the University of California at Davis, is far more direct. “This is all about industry wanting to lower wages,” he contends.

Toward that end, high-tech companies are making contingency plans, in case their current push for comprehensive immigration reform proves unsuccessful. As Silicon Valley attorney John Bautista reveals, some companies with solely domestic operations are exploring the idea of opening offices overseas so they can hire people and bring them back to America on visas that allow for internal transfers of existing employees. “Before [corporate boards said], ‘We’ve got someone we want to hire, what’s the best way to bring him over?’” he explained. “Now it’s, ‘We have a hiring problem, let’s use the immigration laws to come up with an overall strategy to bring teams of people on board.’”

Part of that overall strategy includes the oldest strategies of all: pumping loads of cash into political campaigns and lobbying efforts. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the computer and Internet industries showered Democrat and Republican candidates for federal office, as well as political committees, with $62 million during the 2012 election cycle. That same year tech companies spent a record-setting $132.5 million on Washington lobbying efforts, running their ten-year total in that regard to over $1 billion. 

In 2013, the tech sector combined forces with the agricultural sector. They were joined by the Chamber of Commerce, which added another $52.7 million to reform lobbyists’ coffers. “We’re determined to make 2014 the year that immigration reform is finally enacted,” said Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue in January.

By any means necessary, it seems. Whether they get across the finish line remains to be seen. Likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) is the latest Republican to drink the comprehensive Kool-aid, insisting that his party has to get “beyond deportation to the rest of the issues,” if they want to compete for Hispanic votes. Those would be the same Hispanic votes that have never accrued to Republicans in more than three decades of elections. Furthermore, alienating both low-skill and high-skill American workers as a tradeoff is a fool’s errand.  

Unfortunately, for un- or under-employed Americans, the outright lie that there’s a shortage of high-tech workers apparently takes precedence over their well-being. For Democrats, virtually anything the expands the dependency of Americans has become, rather than a badge of shame, an integral part of their party platform. For Republicans, the sop of accommodating their business allies, and siren song of possibly newfound Hispanic fealty that drives their ambitions. In a better world, the efforts by both parties would be seen as the contempt for the rule of law and the utter lack of concern for Americans they truly represent. In this one, the narrative, no matter how duplicitous and despicable, rules the roost.

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  • objectivefactsmatter

    Give amnesty, open the borders, and then raise minimum wage. The country will be destroyed before 0′Bama finishes his term.

  • onecornpone

    Sir, your mention of Cargill’s contribution to this push for immigration reform seemed somewhat vague.

    Cargill operates meat slaughter plants across America, where lightly supervised Hispanic gangs rule over the revolving-door workforce. Naive Anglo applicants learn quickly of the danger of being in close quarters with coworkers predisposed toward tribalism, working with very sharp knives, who see them as an unwelcome threat, truly rendering those jobs in the category of “jobs Americans won’t do”. According to my research stabbing incidents are a matter of course, although somehow the company’s reputation fails to suffer. Going to work in a war zone every day, just to have a job is untenable to most native born Americans.

    • 1Indioviejo1

      Truly an eye opener, sir. I believe we do have an immigration law which no one will enforce. E-verify to check status, a complete border control, and I believe the unemployed alliens will have to go home. We also need to shut down immigration for 5 years, and pass laws to confiscate the property of employers who brake the law.

      • Glob Design

        Start suing the companies themselves under Federal law. Title 8, Section 1182 INADMISSIBLE ALIENS.

        Surprise! ALL foreign workers are ILLEGAL as long as US citizens are unemployed!

  • Mick

    yes indeed – they have the same arguments for more ‘guest workers’ here in Australia too. would look like some kind of idealist agenda in simple terms.

    • BG

      Same thing is going on here in Canada. It seems to be going on in a lot of countries. It’s a massive betrayal, and I consider it damn near treasonous.

  • doubleblack4

    A question. Why do so many leaders want to destroy America as we know it?
    Can they all be one-worlders, self-hating America hating psychos, or just plain greedy beyond greed?
    Any chance a group of psychiatrists could analyze these folks and then plan a course of treatment?

    • Sheik Yerbouti

      I too have wondered this. Destroying the entire economy would be a bad play for the wealthy (although the ones with huge family compounds in other nations, like the Bush’s, may fare better). However, an incremental draw down would hit a tipping point that would cause massive unemployment and numerous city and even state bankruptcies.

      The benefit for the wealthy would be the ability to discharge large pension obligations at nearly no cost. If it was all part of dastardly plan to rob Americans, it couldn’t be staged better. And at a shrink of about 17% the supporting systems like SNAP and Medicaid will collapse. Expect a mass die-off of older Americans (the ones who remember what American used to mean) and a valley between the classes that mimics Brazil.

      They don’t want to destroy the US, they only want to destroy Americans!

      • A Z

        What are we talking about …

        Kingdom of Soissons?

        Would the walled family estate of Syagrius count as “compound” in Lame Stream Media speak?

        Clovis I (i.e Louis 1st) had Syagrius beheaded, when the the Roman RUMP state lost to the Franks (French).

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingdom_of_Soissons

      • Glob Design

        Too much prosperity threatens bankers. You don’t need LOANS if you have a high tech salary now do you?

        DO YOU?

    • A Z

      American psychiatry is a 50 /50 proposition or worse. It needs a lot of work.

    • WhiteHunter

      All of the above, my friend. All of the above. It’s the only explanation that fits all of the facts for all of them all of the time.

    • NAHALKIDES

      I can analyze our “leaders” for you at far less cost than a trained psychiatrist – of course, we could bring someone in on an H1-B visa who’d do it even cheaper than I would!

      Basically, our political leaders fall into two categories, Democratic Leftists and Republican Establishment. The Democratic Leftists do indeed hate America and want to destroy it – they plan to seize total power after a series of crises has wracked the country. The Republican Establishment basically seeks to preserve the status quo and with it their many perks and privileges, and is too stupid to realize that undermining the middle class this way will lead to massive unrest, while continued immigration leads to the end of the Republican Party as an opposition force. Not that they would care that much about the latter as the Establishment is o.k. with forever cutting deals with the Democrats, not realizing that the inevitable result will be collapse.

      In short, (Establishment) Republicans are the Stupid Party; Democrats are the Evil Party.

      • Cruzmeanstotaldestruction

        TEA PARTY MEANS instant death for america. atleast est. reps and dems america would survive for another 200 years. but with ted cruz becomign last president of USA, just think what tea party can do to USA.

    • Glob Design

      Not leaders. Jealous globalists who thought they ran us. Rockefellers, Soros, Rothschids. East coasters, Wall St, and DC thought they ran the country – until the internet came along. Also high-paying tech salaries means you can get out of debt doesn’t it? You don’t need a car LOAN if you’re making $150K a year now do you?

      Tech and prosperity are threats to the bankers, Wall St, and those seeking control. That’s why they hate the American middle class and want to destroy USA.

      American tech workers overturned the slave plantation disguised as “The American Dream” – get in debt, pay your mortgage, pay your car loans, and gas, and insurance, and everything else – to the Korporate masters. And if you get a little too prosperous and pay everything off, well then they will wreck you.

  • dangdavew

    These IT companies want workers who will work the 60 hour a week sweatshops they operate without complaining. They also want them to be on call 24/7.

  • another_engineer

    We produce 50% more STEM grads than there are jobs. The whole thing is a snow job to try and get more cheap foreign labor into the US.

    http://www.cis.org/more-us-stem-grads-than-jobs

  • Seek

    It is in the nature of employers to shift their production costs from labor to capital, as much as the labor market will allow. Immigration restriction, not socialism, is the best check on the excesses of this tendency.

  • antioli

    You have no Idea how glad I am to see that Front page magazine has finally brought up this issue. The whole problem is a nasty bag of worms. Bought Congressmen obeying their pay masters to the detriment of 70% of the American Population. One law firm specializes in showing the tech companies how to legally discrimiate against American workers especially in tech.
    Symantec hires only from India. Oddly the company seem on the verge of failing.
    Black farm workers have been turned away from their customary fields as farmers now only hire Hispanics.

  • Tim N

    As far as needing to import tech talent that we just can’t find here – bull.
    Example: I have seen job postings listed for work I (or many others) were capable of. When I inquired about the position I was told with a smirk that that was just posted so they could justify keeping (name withheld) here on his H1B. They just posted it as a fig leaf.
    I have seen friends thrown out of jobs that were to be outsourced to India and forced to train their replacements. I’ve seen companies bring in H1B’s from India, put them up 4 to an apartment and pay them chicken feed.
    We have good tech talent here in the U.S. some, like me, are getting older and therefore deemed expendable. Some have been looking for years and have just given up.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Tim – thanks for your post. I’ve seen exactly the same thing. The companies’ behavior is disgraceful; the politicians’ behavior is worse.

  • NAHALKIDES

    One of Ahlert’s best articles. This is an aspect of the immigration debate that isn’t discussed as much as it should be. How on earth Republicans can delude themselves like this is beyond me.

    • BG

      Remember how people used to be ridiculed for even suggesting that immigrants were taking jobs from natural born citizens? Guess it wasn’t so ridiculous after all.

      • NAHALKIDES

        Nope, it wasn’t. And Republicans are blowing a priceless opportunity to portray the Democrats as uncaring about the average citizen, which they are, by not caring any more than the Dems do.

  • GSR

    Most of these “shortages” are fake in order to bring more people to the US, to lowers wages and salaries and to move the country further to the left, since more foreigners skew to the left politically and can be classified as “minorities” and thus legally allowed to receive govt. social programs.
    The US is going down and won’t likely return.

    • BG

      So why then does the right also support it?

      • NAHALKIDES

        The “Right” meaning Conservatives, does not. The Republican Establishment does, and there’s all the difference in the world between them and Conservatives even though many are trying to pretend there’s no such thing as the Establishment.

        • BG

          The thing is, this sort of thing is happening in numerous countries, and it is supported by both the right and the left in all of those countries. They may express their support in different ways, using different buzz words and phrases, but make no mistake, they both support it.
          Then again, you could have a point and it’s really The Establishment Right and The Establishment Left that support it, which is really just The Establishment, period, no matter which political stripes they happen to paint themselves with.

  • kevinstroup

    I am self-employed. I am an HVAC contractor in Louisiana. I also have a M.S. in biotechnology. I have seen the devastation that illegal immigration wrecks in the blue collar and white collar fields. Once we are all impoverished, how exactly, will this be a better nation? How are our lives going to improve? I see nothing but social instability and eventual civil war coming from this.

    • NAHALKIDES

      Social instability certainly, and civil war possibly. At the very least, there are going to be more calls for peaceful secession (I know because I’m likely to write the moral justification for this myself). This is the issue that might finally sunder the GOP coalition – and the morons in the “leadership” can’t see it unfolding right in front of them.

      • John Nastrom

        “This is the issue that might finally sunder the GOP coalition”
        Hate to break the news to you, but Democrats are more in favor of expanding H1Bs than are republicans.

        • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

          Could be, but I expect the Democrats to try to destroy the country; I don’t expect the GOP to follow suit.

          • John Nastrom

            Good point.

  • CAStr8talk

    I worked in the IT business for 25 years. There has never been a shortage of qualified workers in that field. The claim of needing more H-1B visas is a fraud.

  • CaoMoo

    We could just legalize slavery but then these employers would be mad that their new slaves were enjoying the privilege of working without paying them for it.

  • repealH1bvisa

    H1B VISA is a fraud committed by NASSCOM in connivance with ICE AND corrupt visa officers. (there is b1 in lieuu of h1 fraud as well ,of which, most Americans don’t know about .( this is huge billions of dollars scam). coming to h1b, just making a score of 7.5 across all bands on IELTS would make 65,000 h1b quota last full year. Most of those who come to US on h1bs on the so called h1bs can’t even write a single sentence properly. Their communication skills are abysmal. (so are their computer science subject skills). Most of them are .net ,java, testing programmers, which requires school education at the maximum. Removing h1b and L1 program and just stopping EB2 AND EB3 TO h1s with immediate effect (like canada did, returning all pending applications) and issuing green cards to phds is the best way forward.

  • antioli

    Any push to stop discrimination against hiring Americans must also include the discrimination against blacks who also do farm work. The farmers have pushed them out of the fields and replaced them with illegals. The Black worker will show up to work as usual and find the farmer has fired him and replaced him with illegal labor.

  • 20pizzapies

    Big Business , Big Corporations are the liars . They are the reason Americans don’t have jobs . Especially in the IT business . Customer service has all gone overseas and I challenge anyone to go to a Target , Beal’s , Kohl’s and find a shirt madre here , or a tool , or a toy , or socks , or shoes . 40 years ago cars had bumper stickers reading ” Buy American the Job you save May be your Own ” , There was a time when mostly every bedsheet pillow case or towel was made in N.Carolina ,S.Carolina , Georgia and Alabama , and THERE WERE NO UNIONS TO BLAME for The Sellout . N,Carolina used to be the premier American Furniture Maker , again no unions , but they sold out US made cars didn’t slack off due to Unions , you cant blame a craftsman for using cheap materials , and undependable cars , The Big Three were the last ones to get the message on fuel economy ,the damn cars couldn’t even hold a factory paint job for more than 4 years and in addition they were UGLY and the quality sucked …..can’t blame the Unions for all of it . Profits were down because NO ONE was buying there cars and they were competing with SUBSIDIZED Japanese cars . They were slick , the Govt . did not directly subsidize the car makers but they did the housing and the benefits of the workers .

  • dave harris

    I have read a lot on this issue lately but it still doesn’t make sense to me. Why would a high tech company go through all the hassle and expense of bringing in a foreign employee if there were americans available. They have to pay prevailing wages, and tha rate is set by DOL. They are then audited to make sure they are paying it. At the end of the day the longest thy can keep the employee more than 6 years. There has to be an angle. I don’t doubt the out-of-work engineers, but I just don’t see where business profits under this system. Anyone know?

    • Tim_Rothchilds

      right, I agree. Companies would never make up lies in order to get cheap indentured labor, perish the thought…nothing unethical I’m sure

      • dave harris

        I don’t know how you agreed with my post. It wasn’t a statement. It was a question. But you can always count on some ignorant fool out here to make a stupid comment.

        • Tim_Rothchilds

          it just seemed like such sage wisdom, I had no choice but to agree with your brilliance.

          • dave harris

            I took a quick look at your other posts. H1B bad, Indians bad, H1B bad, Indians bad…….. You are maybe right on both counts but I didn’t see any reasoning for your claims. My suspicion is that you are an out of work engineer. Hate to tell you, but I don’t think that that has anything to do with the H1B program.

          • Vince Neil

            no one is looking for your ignorant advice

    • Aging Hipster

      Because there are a thousand ways to pay them less without getting caught. Such as underclassifying the job title, or filing for them from a low-pay area then moving them to work in a high pay area. The state of Maine saw a lot of this a few years back. Audits are actually few and far between (and there are ways to game them too).

      • dave harris

        Interesting that they can transfer the employees. On its face the program protects American workers. I was certainly intended to. You are right about audits, but most of the visas are taken up by the big players- mirosoft and the like. Its hard to see them committing fraud to save a few bucks. They have too much to lose.

    • windskisong

      You can get an H1B worker to work 80 hrs per week in a salaried position. Aging hipster has some other good ones. It doesn’t make sense for one or two jobs, but when 60-80% of your low skilled workers are these folks, it is a big cut to your bottom line, and it keeps the rest of your workers under control, because they see where their job will go.

  • Tim_Rothchilds

    H1B is economic terrorism on our country and society. What started out some 20 years ago as a progressive vehicle to bring in truly talented individuals with skills that lacked at home, has been bastardized into a monster to replace American workers, ship away jobs, and lower wages. All of this is H1B, and it’s actually weakened us considerably, by rotting us from the inside out. H1B needs to end right now

  • Glob Design

    From: Rajesh Kumar Ramachandran (Collabera)
    Subject: Listen to me A******!!
    Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 20:49:20 -0700 (PDT)

    “Now listen carefully to me a******.. dont just bark around in the corner like a rabies stricken stray dog about your pathetic views about politics and jobs. If your insecure about your skills and abilities thats your f****** problem not Indians or any other politicians.. Well you want me to provoke you well then hear this, we are gonna take all your jobs away.. we gonna make sure that you dont even have money to buy s*** and eat, we gonna take evrything thatwas yours. we gonna drape the Statue of Liberty with a saree (you dont know wahta saree iis, well its a dress which Indian women wear).. now get your f****** stinking face out of here A******!!!!!”

    • windskisong

      Wow. That’s good to know that some people think this way…

  • R Davis

    Excellent article. It covers all of the areas that I’ve seen discussed elsewhere and brought up some new ones. Those include the following:

    1) The “skills gap” is a myth as described in the articles listed at http://econdataus.com/skillsgap.html .

    2) Real wages are growing much more slowly and unemployment is much higher than one would expect if there was a shortage of workers.

    3) Two-thirds of new college-educated Information Technology (IT) job-holders under the age of 30 are guest workers. This is in line with numbers at http://econdataus.com/svworkers.html which shows about 37% of Software Developers in California are citizens by birth, about 26% are naturalized citizens, and about 38% are non-citizens. The numbers in Silicon Valley are about 25%, 26%, and 49%.

    4) Besides lower wages, another aim seem to be to replace older workers (see http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117088/silicons-valleys-brutal-ageism ).

    5) Most of the H-1B visas are going to offshore outsourcing firms.

    6) It appears that Congress is being influenced by big money contributions. It reminds me of Upton Sinclair’s famous quote: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”. The only hope is that these facts can be made so clear as to force are Congress to “understand it”. This article is a good start.

  • rickArg

    Realistically, you can stop spending. That’s the only way for those who are employed to protest and protect themselves.

    American IT workers and Indian H1B’s, both are suffering. Top mgmt in America and Indian consuluting companies are the real winners.

    H1B’s are paid almost same as american IT workers. But H1B’s are expected to go home and take vonage phone and have 2-3 hrs call with offshore.
    Asked to be on call 24/7 with out any extra pay.

    IT QA has a different problem. H4 (spouse of H1b employee) normally take a course and fake resume, with connections get in to the job.Once in a job, with little common sense, you can keep low paying IT QA job.

  • Chi_n_me

    As an employee of Tata Consultancy services, I was bought to US for a job I wasn’t completely qualified for. And I have a 10,000 USD bond in India, so I ain’t gonna switch companies either. It is against their policy to file green card. So I will work here for 5 years and then go back with some savings to India. I get a pretty good deal, for a person from India. SO I don’t exactly have any hatred towards the company. I just thought you guys would like to know this.