Bjorn Billhardt, you did NOT immigrate to America – You came here on a non-immigrant guest worker visa, first as a student, and later as a H-1B and you are actively working to destroy opportunity in America for American citizens.

My family on the other hand legally immigrated here and settled around the Comfort Texas area.

They did not go to Washington DC saying that they need the ability to hire people who are NOT Americans.

No, if they needed somebody, they hired their neighbors in their community and they worked side by side with other immigrants to make America the best damn country in the World.

Yet their story will not be told by the media that bends over backward to tell your story.

Why is that?

Could it be that you are using the deep pockets of to fund your stories?

Billhardt recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee as an immigrant entrepreneur, about the economic benefits provided to the country by the H-1B visa program, according to TheHill. He said that he worked hard and built his company in the country. He is also an ambassador for the Austin chapter.

When you testified in front of our Senate you stated that you were not interested in hiring Americans in America unless they are a “Cultural Fit”.

Why is that?

Are Americans in America not good enough for you?

And one more point about Billhardt: In his verbal statements during the hearing, he said that it wasn’t enough for an American applicant to his firm to have the desired technological skill sets. No, what is also crucial, Billhardt said, was that the applicant be a “cultural fit” into Billhardt’s team. A quick glance at Billhardt’s YOUNG team would seem to indicate that the culture he was referring to was that of 20-somethings, with maybe the odd 32-year-old being marginally acceptable. He may have one or two older accountants, say, but older programmers need not apply. Once again, the age issue is central to H-1B, a tragically overlooked point by not only Congress but also even the critics of the H-1B program.

Billhardt’s testimony, of course, repeats the claim that “for every 100 H-1B workers, an additional 183 jobs are created for workers born in the United States.” omitting mention of the fact that this figure is from an industry-sponsored study. Sadly, none of the senators called him on that point.

Funny thing is, Austin’s NPR Station KUT 90.5 will tell your story, but they will not tell the story of the American Families like Gene Nelson, or Craig Diangelo, or Art Grant, or Mike Emmons or any of the other American families who have had their futures destroyed by the H-1B non-immigrant guest worker visa.

Why is that?

Are they actively working to destroy the future of Americans in America so that they can satisfy your need to destroy everything my forefathers and the rest of Americans died to make sure that opportunity existed in America for Americans and those who wanted to legally become Americans?

The American Dream is rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims that “all men are created equal” with the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

All I can say is you should hang your head in Shame Bjorn for actively working to destroy opportunity in America for our citizens and legal immigrants.


He says the fact that he gets so far into the interviewing process proves that his abilities aren’t the problem.

Mike Schlager has gotten plenty of practice at job interviews over the past 15 months.

The 55-year-old from Buffalo lost his job as a lumber-company information systems manager a year ago. He was the highest-paid person in his department when it underwent a management change, so the dismissal didn’t come as a complete surprise. In fact, he’d started looking into new jobs months before he was axed.

Still, he was unprepared for what came next: more than a year of fruitless running on the hiring treadmill. Schlager estimates that he’s applied to 70 or 80 positions. A dozen companies called him back repeatedly. Whenever management or the human-resources department realizes he’s in his 50s, the offer disappears.

“The first thing they say is, ‘Boy, you have a strong resume. We’d love to talk to you,’” says Schlager, who lives alone and has a grown daughter. “Then they bring you in for a one-on-one interview and they see that you aren’t 25, that you’re an older person.”


Rishi S. Bhilawadikar, why do you not tell the stories of the American families whose lives have been destroyed by the H-1B Visa Lottery?

The American dream for some might be a twisted ideal in our national consciousness, but for Rishi S. Bhilawadikar, glimpses of it remain ever real. His film, “For Here or to Go?” — an independent feature exploring the struggles of Bay Area Indians stuck in the limbo of the immigration system — is a reflection of both the anxieties and the boundless possibilities that come with arriving on American soil.

Bhilawadikar, an H-1B visa holder waiting for permanent residence, muscled the film into being with zero experience in the industry, but a relentless passion for the project.

“I don’t think I’d be able to do this anywhere else, probably,” say Bhilawadikar, 33, who wrote and produced the film. “That’s the greatness of this country. It really allows you to pursue your dreams if you demonstrate the passion and are gritty about it. And immigrants have this special secret sauce that, the more barriers you put, the more they want to overcome.”

Bhilawadikar has worked as a user experience designer in Silicon Valley for the last several years after first coming to the U.S. on a student visa for graduate school at Indiana University. He was one of the lucky ones to have found work in the Bay Area’s tech industry and not only receive an H-1B visa (granted to foreigners employed in specialty occupations) via lottery, but also a sponsorship from his employers for a green-card application for permanent residence.

For many Indian immigrants, who comprise the majority of recipients of the 65,000 H-1B visas granted annually, the clock is constantly ticking. Those with H-1Bs can stay a maximum of six years, unless a green-card application is sponsored within five years, after which one-year renewals are allowed indefinitely until a decision is made on the application. The wait for green-card status often lasts years.


They believe it is someone else’s job to take care of the American economy.

The title of this article is definitely what I would consider leadership.

First of all we have to realize that the world that we live in is not a world of free trade; it is a world of mercantilism, a world in which many foreign governments do whatever it takes to make their industries succeed.

And in that world of mercantilism there is a fundamental conflict between the goal of building strong, widely shared prosperity in the United States, and the current actions of our corporations, whose aim is to maximize their profit first and foremost.

They believe it is someone else’s job to take care of the American economy.

Today our great American companies can often maximize their profits by taking their technology and know-how to Asia. There they get subsidies in the form of underpriced currencies, ready-built factories, tax incentives, and sometimes cheap labor.

A country like China can add enough in subsidies to make outsourcing to China much more profitable for our companies than making things in the U.S.

The result is that subsidized imports have often harmed our domestic industries in one sector without being balanced by increased exports in another. So we end up sending wages and technology overseas. We get in return only an increase in profit for the shareholders and top management.

This results in unbalanced trade, now at about $500 billion dollars a year.

If we go on imagining that we are in a free trade world our economy will not improve. And outside of the presidency, signs of change are few and far between.