Yet the tech industry will do nothing to hire displaced americans – why will our mainstream media not demand an answer why?
By the way, where are those 20 jobs?
Lets see now, 2.5 million h-1b workers since 1990 times 20 jobs would be 50 million jobs.
How come we only have about 140 million people working on the nonfarm payroll totals?
Turmoil in the U.S. immigration system is hurting tech companies. That’s the consensus of panelists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Microsoft, and Phone2Action, speaking at a session on immigration at CES in Las Vegas last week.
The mess is not brand new, it’s just getting worse, the panelists indicated. Companies struggle with the limitations of the H-1B visa program, they say, and a backlog in permanent resident applications is making the H-1B crunch worse. H1-B visas allow U.S. companies to employ foreign workers with certain specialized skills or educational backgrounds.
“The system has not been functioning well for a long time,” said Portia Wu, director of workforce policy for Microsoft.
“It’s a domino effect,” said Jon Baselice, director of immigration policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “If a country hits the green card cap for a year, that forces people to wait. And then that hurts the H-1B cap, because the people who can’t get green cards have to renew their H-1Bs.”
Because of the bottlenecks in the permanent resident pipeline, Microsoft immediately sponsors anyone the company hires on an H-1B visa for a green card, says Wu. “They may be temporary on their visa, but they are not temporary to us,” she said. “They are permanent workers.”
The tech industry isn’t without blame for today’s H-1B problems, Wu admitted. “There are troubling examples of the way programs have been used,” she said. “The H-1B system is supposed to allow us to bring in the best and brightest—not for wage degradation, not for temporary replacements. If administration wants to tighten on that, we support that.” But, she said, the whole system has to speed up. “If you have to wait nine months,” she said, “you lose your top talent to Canada or the UK.”
And the tech companies need this immigrant talent—as does the economy as a whole, the panelists indicated.
Baselice pointed out that a recent study discovered that cities with lower rejection rates for H-1B visa applications had better track records in creating jobs for American workers.
“One engineer can create 20 jobs,” argued Ximena Hartsock, cofounder of Phone2Action, which bills itself as a platform for digital advocacy.
I get what our veterans are going through.
I get that they are not getting anything other than lip service from our government agencies.
That is why I am so glad that I stumbled on this group in a vfw magazine the other day when I was at work at the VA.
Here is a sample of what they are doing.
This spreadsheet shows only the computer and mathematical jobs as well as the gain or loss when compared against the previous years total.
The total jobs data comes from this site
This report shows the total number of H-1B petitions filed by year and the report comes from this site.
As you can see, this overwhelming tidal wave of non-immigrant guest workers is simply overloading the number of jobs being created.
This is because we are sending the jobs being created to other countries via free trade agreements which decreases the number of jobs available here in America.
And then we are allowing this tidal wave of non-immigrant guest workers to be imported which is totally overwhelming any jobs created, which also decreases the number of jobs available here in America for American citizens, both native born, and foreign born.
Do you not believe that the American citizens whose lives have been destroyed by these Indian Companies who refuse to hire Americans in America and condemn everything we believe in, should have an American Congressman, or woman, standing up tall and proud besides them and telling their story?
Infosys management routinely disparaged Americans, including Mrs. Awasthi, as not having “family values,” and stated that layoffs in America are good because the jobs will be outsourced.
Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi for celebrating the American holiday of Thanksgiving, telling her that she should not celebrate Thanksgiving because she is Indian, and that therefore she must work on Thanksgiving Day.
Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthiâ€™s children for celebrating Thanksgiving, and called them “ABCD” short for “American-Born Confused Desi,” and “IBCD” short for “Indian-Born Confused Desi,” insulting terms used to criticize people of Indian ancestry who are Americanized.
Infosys management ridiculed Mrs. Awasthi for celebrating Christmas, saying that “we” do not celebrate Christmas, and that she should not celebrate Christmas. Infosys management repeatedly discussed the quality of Mrs. Awasthi`s work by explicitly commenting on their expectations for “a woman your age.”
My own story can be seen in this chart.
Six years of Radio Communications leading to six more years working with electronics, leading to over 25 years where I wore all hats in software, and I currently am working as a janitor at the local VA hospital simply because our Government Officials REFUSE to stand up for Americans in America.
And now I read this stuff, making me wonder who has my back as an American Citizen and a Navy Veteran who did my part to play by the rules.
JH: Even if a company did want to offshore, wouldn’t it only apply to back office functions like HR, finance and IT?
KW: It’s a common misconception that only back office, manually intensive, repetitive or commodity tasks can, and should, be offshored. This hasn’t been true for at least a decade or more. Low-cost locations have their fair share of scientists, PhDs, medical doctors, veterinarians and other skilled professionals. This has allowed specialist services such as project management, pharmacovigilance, data management, biostatistics and testing to be provided to human pharma for years.
JH: But the savings from any functions or roles that have been offshored wouldn’t really be significant, would they?
KW: The differential (labor cost arbitrage) between the total annual compensation cost for a local employee in a high cost location (e.g. the US, western Europe, Japan, etc.) and an offshore worker is just too great to ignore.
Let’s do the arithmetic. Payroll typically comprises 70% of the cost base (excluding manufacturing) for any company. Let’s assume half of the roles can be offshored and labor cost arbitrage savings are 75%. That works out to a bottom line reduction of over 25% not including additional savings from the reduced need for office space and infrastructure.
JH: How easy is it to push through offshoring strategies? Don’t governments and employee unions oppose these sorts of plans? And can management risk a large number of experienced employees being made redundant and the rest continually worried about their job security?
KW: Despite public statements to ‘bring jobs home’, several federal and state governments around the world continue to outsource actively (to service providers whose offshore teams do the work) because it offers value-for-money to taxpayers.
Admittedly, governments set up ‘enterprise zones’, often in deprived areas within the country itself, offering tax breaks that reduce the labor cost arbitrage compared to offshoring. Unfortunately, these zones find it challenging to attract the volume and type of talent needed to be world class. Unions and the remaining workforce tend to accept offshoring when they recognise the alternative might be the closure of the entire business if their cost base remains non-competitive.
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