Some of our “Best” and “Brightest from Guatemala and Mexico destroying our belief in Equal Opportunity

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Three Defendants Charged with Operating Forced Labor Scheme That Exploited Guatemalan Migrants at Ohio Egg Farms

Victims Included Minors as Young as 14 or 15 Years Old

Today, a federal court in the Northern District of Ohio unsealed a 15-count superseding indictment charging three defendants with luring Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then using threats of physical harm to compel their labor at egg farms in Ohio.  The indictment was announced by Head of the CIvil Rights Division, Vanita Gupta, and U.S. Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach of the Northern District of Ohio.  A fourth defendant was charged with related immigration offenses.

Aroldo Castillo-Serrano, 33, Ana Angelica Pedro Juan, 21, both of Guatemala, and Conrado Salgado Soto, 52, of Mexico, are charged with labor trafficking conspiracy.  Castillo-Serrano is also charged with 10 counts of forced labor, and Salgado Soto and Pedro Juan are charged in 8 of those 10 counts.  Castillo-Serrano and Salgado Soto are also charged with related immigration offenses, along with a fourth defendant, Pablo Duran Jr., 23, an American citizen.

According to the indictment, the defendants and their associates recruited workers from Guatemala, some as young as 14 or 15 years old, falsely promising them good jobs and a chance to attend school in the United States.  The defendants then smuggled and transported the workers to a trailer park in Marion, Ohio, where they ordered them to live in dilapidated trailers and to work at physically demanding jobs at Trillium Farms for up to 12 hours a day.  The work included cleaning chicken coops, loading and unloading crates of chickens, de-beaking chickens and vaccinating chickens.

The defendants threatened workers with physical harm and withheld their paychecks in order to compel them to work.  Eight minors and two adults are identified in the indictment as victims of the forced labor scheme.

Castillo-Serrano and Pedro Juan are also charged with witness tampering, and Pedro Juan is further charged with making false statements to law enforcement.

Each of the 11 forced labor and forced labor conspiracy counts carries a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  The charges involving immigration violations, witness tampering and false statements carry statutory maximum sentences of five years in prison.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.  The investigation is ongoing.

This case is being investigated by the FBI Cleveland Office’s Mansfield Resident Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.  The case is being jointly prosecuted by Trial Attorney Dana Mulhauser of the Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chelsea Rice of the Northern District of Ohio.

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/three-defendants-charged-operating-forced-labor-scheme-exploited-guatemalan-migrants-ohio-egg

Nothing like going from the land of opportunity to the land of slavery in 40 years since these Free Trade Agreements and Temporary Workers on Temporary Visas were brought in to displace Americans in America.

 

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So TRW and Ashley Furniture are sticking it to their employees in China?

In mid-May, hundreds of workers struck at an auto parts plant in Ningbo, in Zhejiang province. The plant is owned by ZF TRW Engineered Fasteners & Components, which makes various pieces for cars, such as arm rests, center panels, ash trays, and glove compartments.

Its parent company ZF, formed through a merger this year, is now the second-largest automotive supplier in the world, providing parts to Ford, GM, Volkswagen, and others.

ZF TRW is headquartered in Michigan, with factories in 20 countries. Three are in China—and despite the declining orders at the Ningbo plant, the company plans to open three more plants in China by 2016.

In the months leading up to the strike, ZF TRW tried to pressure workers to resign, by reducing working hours dramatically and lowering salaries to the local minimum wage of $267 a month.

But as the pressure increased, workers at the plant—which has 300 employees—decided to organize for fair compensation for layoffs.

They spread the word through in-plant flyers and social media. Despite the heavy censorship and government monitoring of China’s Internet, it’s still common to use it to communicate about organizing.

When the strike began May 19, the atmosphere was relaxed and optimistic. Workers posted pictures of themselves gathered at the factory gate, eating peanuts and sunflower seeds together.

They kept circulating flyers over the days of the action—encouraging co-workers to stand strong together, discussing daily developments, and analyzing their options and the possible risks of continuing the strike.

Chinese reporters claimed the strike was costing the company 1 million RMB ($161,000) per day.

– See more at: http://labornotes.org/blogs/2015/07/multinationals-chinese-factory-workers-strike-layoff-compensation#sthash.bp0wZMbi.dpuf

Looks like the snakes in our Ivory Towers are still up to their old games.

They just moved across the border so you wouldn’t know.

Sorry bastards in their ivory towers ought to be banned forever to North Korea.

 

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2 July 2015 – Where are the jobs Mr. President?

The latest jobs totals are out.

To cut through the propaganda we will use the Bierschwale method to show any gains, or losses.

The red lines show the highest point we hit before the depression of 2008.

Any blue lines above that will be a gain, if any.

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IF we subtract the highest point of 139,443,000 from the latest number of 142,817,000 we end up with a gain of 3,374,000 jobs over 2007.

A far cry from the 11 million number I’ve heard in the news.

 

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Mr. President, OPM, VA, Hackers Anonymous – Where are the damn jobs?

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The red lines show the high point we hit before this depression.

The blue lines above the red lines show the growth we have had, if any.

Meanwhile, our government, who should be hiring Veterans first, and Americans second continues to hire temporary workers on temporary visas while they throw the veterans and citizens under the bus.

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Table A-7 (google it) showing “Foreign Born”

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Table A-7 (google it) showing “Native Born”

It should be pretty obvious who is getting thrown under the bus, but if your head is buried in the sands of denial up to your butt, it is the second chart.

So what are American citizens to do if they can’t get hired by private industry, or government service and they have no funds to start a business?

Me, myself, and I – I was offered a job as a food service worker on 27 Apr 2015.

Good Afternoon,

 

The VA would like to consider you for the position as a Food Service Worker – WG-7408-03.

 

I have been trying to get in contact with you with the number you provided however it is disconnected. In order to begin your processing, I need you to contact me by close of business (COB) on April 30, 2015 to let me know if you are still interested in the position.

 

Should a response not be received, it will be interpreted that you are DECLINING this tentative job offer.

 

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

 

 

Respectfully,

Ms. Shaq

Which I gratefully accepted only to be told this:

Good afternoon Mr. Bierschwale,

 

I am sorry for the delay in answering your inquiry this morning about the next step in your employment process.  Our Agency begins to determine basic suitability at the onset receipt of The Declaration for Federal Employment (OF 306) or at any time during the hiring process.  In reviewing this form, I see that you have an outstanding federal debt to IRS and I certainly understand your explanation in Box #16 where you explain that you will make payment arrangements once you are employed.  Mr. Bierschwale, unfortunately, Office of Personnel Management / Federal Investigation Services Division requires that we discuss these matters with the applicant and explain the potential outcome if arrangements are not made in writing with IRS or any other debt.  A subject must show good faith by making some form of written arrangements to repay the debt or it “may be a disqualifying factor under the suitability of Criminal or Dishonest Conduct.”

 

Mr. Bierschwale, I am very sorry but this must be taken care or we will not be allowed to fingerprint you in Kerrville or anywhere else on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  If you can take care of this matter by tomorrow and send something showing you have made arrangements, I will be happy to present it to the adjudication office for further review.

 

By the way, I trust you will take care of the above mentioned situation therefore I have entered your information in the e-QIP program.  You will need to register creating a Username and Password.  I have attached a couple of guidelines to assist you in maneuvering through the e-QIP program. Thank you Sir and if you have any questions, or I can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate in contacting me.  Have a good evening Sir.

 

Please evaluate the services you received from Human Resources Management Services by clicking this link:

 

https://feedback.htm.va.gov/HRQuickCard/feHRQuickCard.aspx

 

 

RACHAEL GONZALES

Human Resources Assistant – Title 5

STVHCS, ALMD

7400 Merton Minter Blvd. (05B)

San Antonio, Texas 78229-4404

Rachael.gonzales@va.gov

(210) 617-5300 EXT 17293

Doing our part to fulfill President Lincoln’s promiseTo care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphanby serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

To which I produced this from the IRS

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Only to be told this:

Hello Mr. Bierschwale,

Thank you for providing this letter however, this letter is from a Taxpayer Advocate Service that reports to Congress. You will need to make payment arrangements with the IRS for your federal debt and provide a payment plan in order for this office to continue the hiring process.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully,

Ms. Shaq

And to make a long story short, this is the status as of yesterday.

Hi Mr. Bierschwale,

I am contacting them, they first came back, and said you don’t have an ability to pay and needs to stay in uncollectable.  I came back and said he needs to pay a small amount as a requirement to obtain this position with the VA.  I have not heard from them yet.

Which means that I will go through yet another independence day flat busted and unemployed even though I have 30 plus years experience wearing all hats in the most demanded industry in America while the temporary workers on temporary visas laugh all the way to the bank making a mockery out of our institutins as described here.

Kumar, I want to state that I am not racist before what I am about to post – I am an American worker who has worked around H-1B workers in the government for the past 10 years and I can say without a doubt that it hurts the majority of Americans and I think it is a very unfair process. Within the US, many prime American government jobs that start off around 65k-100k are flooded with Indian workers, who migrated here and work in these prime jobs while so many qualified Americans cannot find work or get these opportunities.  Not only are these luxury jobs given to these workers, many lie on their 20 page long resumes about their qualifications and get put into positions that pay extremely well and they do not have to do much work to keep their job. They are also treated differently within the workplace, double standards exist everywhere. Indians will usually do the minimum required on any project, nothing more and nothing less, will not ask to move on and await for someone to do something, meanwhile they have no problems watching TV on their phones, running off in groups to talk and hangout while on the clock, come in late and leave early while claiming 8 hours on these jobs knowing full well they were not on-site for the required 8 hours. If anything is said to them, you get accused of being racist, you cannot take action against them without being prejudiced. They form many inner circles, watch out for themselves and build their areas up with only other Indians – all the while moving their entire family members over in the process while they have this secured cushion jobs that many Americans here are not even allowed to be considered towards. One of these places, I met and got involved with an Indian girl, who was an American, she migrated here through college 20 some years ago, she was not a H-1B worker and she even taught me a lot of things about the Indian culture and how they go about securing these types of jobs for themselves and how they cheat the system along the way to get these jobs. Many Americans do not even have a clue how large of an enterprise this is and how many of these luxurious jobs are given to Visa workers while they struggle and pay taxes, and cannot find jobs, even barely minimum wage jobs. But meanwhile nice upper middle class jobs are given away in the thousands to H-1B Indian workers and they go back and forth from India every few months, paid maternal leave, Husband and Wives work for the same dept, it goes on and on. These work visas are killing the American dream for true citizens and it isn’t fair by any means the large scale and thousands of jobs that are given to Indian H-1B workers. I am hoping that this will become more exposed to more Americans because they will become outraged with the truth is finally out there. Now I am all for Immigration, just as my GF is and allowing others to start new lives with their families but not under this horrible program. No offense to you or anyone you may know working like this but it is just a terrible unfair process and I am pushing for legislation to make it stop ASAP.

All I can say is thank you Mr. President, OPM, and VA

 

 

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The truth is in the comments

Saw this comment on one of Kumar’s videos and I thought it was worth sharing as this is also what I have been hearing is happening, and if true, which I believe it is, it will explain how and why these hacks are made possible.

Kumar, I want to state that I am not racist before what I am about to post – I am an American worker who has worked around H-1B workers in the government for the past 10 years and I can say without a doubt that it hurts the majority of Americans and I think it is a very unfair process. Within the US, many prime American government jobs that start off around 65k-100k are flooded with Indian workers, who migrated here and work in these prime jobs while so many qualified Americans cannot find work or get these opportunities.  Not only are these luxury jobs given to these workers, many lie on their 20 page long resumes about their qualifications and get put into positions that pay extremely well and they do not have to do much work to keep their job. They are also treated differently within the workplace, double standards exist everywhere. Indians will usually do the minimum required on any project, nothing more and nothing less, will not ask to move on and await for someone to do something, meanwhile they have no problems watching TV on their phones, running off in groups to talk and hangout while on the clock, come in late and leave early while claiming 8 hours on these jobs knowing full well they were not on-site for the required 8 hours. If anything is said to them, you get accused of being racist, you cannot take action against them without being prejudiced. They form many inner circles, watch out for themselves and build their areas up with only other Indians – all the while moving their entire family members over in the process while they have this secured cushion jobs that many Americans here are not even allowed to be considered towards. One of these places, I met and got involved with an Indian girl, who was an American, she migrated here through college 20 some years ago, she was not a H-1B worker and she even taught me a lot of things about the Indian culture and how they go about securing these types of jobs for themselves and how they cheat the system along the way to get these jobs. Many Americans do not even have a clue how large of an enterprise this is and how many of these luxurious jobs are given to Visa workers while they struggle and pay taxes, and cannot find jobs, even barely minimum wage jobs. But meanwhile nice upper middle class jobs are given away in the thousands to H-1B Indian workers and they go back and forth from India every few months, paid maternal leave, Husband and Wives work for the same dept, it goes on and on. These work visas are killing the American dream for true citizens and it isn’t fair by any means the large scale and thousands of jobs that are given to Indian H-1B workers. I am hoping that this will become more exposed to more Americans because they will become outraged with the truth is finally out there. Now I am all for Immigration, just as my GF is and allowing others to start new lives with their families but not under this horrible program. No offense to you or anyone you may know working like this but it is just a terrible unfair process and I am pushing for legislation to make it stop ASAP.

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Bloomberg is losing their credibility by selling out to the technical industry and their quest for cheap labor

I’ve always admired Bloomberg.

Before I got forced out of the workforce, my plan had been to make a living trading, but first I needed a stake, so I studied and I worked my tail off only to end up living under a tree when the jobs were sent offshore and temporary workers on temporary visas were imported to displace Americans like myself in America.

My point of all of this is, Bloomberg knows markets.

And they know the data.

Which means that they know that no jobs, or very little have been created above the high point we hit in 2007 before this second great depression.

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So you tell me.

Where are these jobs that are being created by these gods that abandoned their country to come to America?

The cheapest way to do this is to admit immigrants with high skill levels. Unfortunately, though many do come here, we keep many others out. A recent testimonial in Vox by William Han gives a wrenching illustration of just how broken our system is. Han, a New Zealander, has been living legally in the U.S. for 15 years, studying at Ivy League schools, working as a lawyer, earning a high income and paying his taxes. Despite this stellar record, he is about to be forced to leave, simply because the U.S. doesn’t have a system for keeping people like him in the country:

To the Americans I have known, it really seems that people, or at least law-abiding people like me, should be able to just go down to the DMV, fill out some paperwork, and get citizenship. Time and again I have had to disabuse my friends of this misconception. … Years spent as a student do not count. Neither do years on a work visa unless your employer is willing to sponsor your green card.

Usually, when we talk about high-skilled immigration, we talk aboutH1-B visas, which are temporary work visas sponsored by employers. But H1-B is a horrible system. The visas last for three years and can be renewed once, for a total of six years. After that, you need an employer to sponsor you for a green card if you want to stay. The need for H1-B renewal and green card sponsorship leaves high-skilled workers dependent on their employers, almost like indentured servants.

The problem with H1-B isn’t just that it eventually kicks high-skilled immigrants out of the country for no good reason. It’s also that by tying high-skilled immigrants to their employers, it prevents them from starting their own companies, like Yet-Ming Chiang did. So although high-skilled immigrants are incredibly entrepreneurial, the H1-B program keeps them competing for your job instead of competing to create new jobs!

This has to end. Not only do we need to let in lots more high-skilled immigrants, we need to make it much, much easier to get a green card, not an H1-B. We need to create a huge pipeline by which skilled immigrants can apply for their own green cards, without the sponsorship of a company. If we don’t do this, a whole generation of American heroes will never become American in the first place.

To contact the author on this story:
Noah Smith at nsmith150@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor on this story:
Paula Dwyer at pdwyer11@bloomberg.net

Time to give Bloomberg the ole Gomer Pyle

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