2016 is Over: What is the Recent Past and Future of IT? Will Information Technology Jobs Survive as a Profession? Will the Trump Administration Come to the Rescue?
Pondering minds wonder what the future holds; here is my take.
When we first started the SAVE page, we only posted sad and revealing stories of IT Pros losing their jobs and maybe an article from Computer World. I posted once a month, it was that dead. Slowly the amount of articles posted has increased exponentially over time. In the last two years some significant progress has occurred on the visa reform playing field. Having read a ton of articles and posted many, I have observed and identified some milestones that have occurred that have improved our plight in the past two years.
Media outlets have increased their coverage dramatically since my life in posting began in the summer of 2014 on August 1. The book Sold Out was published, the New York Times and Sara Blackwell emerged and that has increased public awareness to a point we have not witnessed before. Computerworld has done a great service for IT workers. IT workers are speaking out and demonstrating on the streets and lawsuits are in motion.
The H-1B issue is now becoming more of a national conversation. Compared to two years ago, we are on a roll. When Trump and Blackwell entered the scene, the H-1B and other visa issues exploded on the media scene and the next year or so will tell us whether any change will occur in labor discrimination via various executive actions by the Trump administration.
Our job killing visa issues over time have passed thru various milestones and stages of progression into the world of power and influence.
Milestone 1: Identification of the H-1B, F-1 OPT, L-1 visa problem by means of various social media presence that emerged for education and to excerpt political pressure. IT professionals post their job lost experiences on various article posts. Heartbreaking. Late Summer of 2014. Nobody is listening and nobody cares.
Milestone 2: A major media story on the Disney layoff in the New York Times broke the H-1B issue wide open and educated the general public. Early summer, on June 4, 2015. Thousands of comments were posted on NYT site in outrage. Knowledge transfer and training a foreign guest worker as your replacement to receive severance pay blew minds.
Milestone 3: Publication of the book “Sold Out” in November of 2015. The level of detail and references in which the authors Michelle Malkin and John Miano delve into and describe about the US Government’s fraud ridden guest visa system and its adverse effects on US IT Citizens is amazing and shocking in its scope. The number of citations illustrated is breathtaking.
Milestone 4: Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions publicize H-1B policy in the Presidential campaign and in the February 25, 2015 Senate Committee on the Judiciary Committee “The Impact of High-Skilled Immigration on U.S. Workers” hearings. The H-1B issue hits pay dirt when it was brought up contentiously in the Presidential debate. The Senate hearing was powerful with Leo breakdown over his Disney hell generating thousands of You Tube Video hits. Breaking all social media records for the IT H-1B issue.
Milestone 5: The emergence of Sara Blackwell and her media events and TV interviews and association with the Trump campaign. IT workers have stopped being shy, and they are now protesting on the streets and getting persistent media coverage thanks to Sara and Patrick. This milestone is huge, for media pressure is what these companies do not like, especially local TV and national media coverage, but somehow they do not care and continue the H-1B madness. Witness Carnival Clowns Cruise Lines in Miami.
Milestone 6: The emergence of Breitbart News as the principal moral force with factorial reporting of H-1B layoffs; while the mainstream media ignores the plight of IT hell layoffs. The coverage of H-1B visa abuse has cracked open in several media sites that refused to cover the issue; case in point the Washington Post and Politico. Just to give you an idea, the SAVE or SAITJ page posted 100 headline posts in 2015. In 2016 over 500 headline posts and who knows how many comment posts were published. Suddenly there are H-1B and highly skilled visa workers articles all over the place.
Milestone 7: After years sitting on a rock unnoticed by USA media, the SAVE page has posted tons of Indian based articles. In many cases the Indian media articles are more forthcoming and informative than anything in US media. This page exposed the Indian lobbying group Immigration Voice (IV) and ITServe Alliance. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), the Indian IT Mafia and their RICO practices was identified and fed into the cultural lexicon. They did not like the sunshine and flashlights. Many congressmen were exposed and posted shaking hands with the likes of Immigration Voice (IV) Indians on Capital Hill scheming to get more green cards. Over 125 congressional traitors have signed up for the Indian cause, neglecting their own citizens. We faced bombed them on their FB pages.
Milestone 8: IT professionals have more advocate groups increasing their focus on the issue with groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), IEEE-USA, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and Numbers USA plus Protect US Workers are performing lobbying and social media functions for IT workers. These groups are already gaining clout in Trump Land.
Numbers USA and FAIR have been recently noted as growing in influence in the Washington DC halls of power in their effort to reduce legal immigrants holding illicit H-1B, and spousal H-4 visa and multiplying green cards that eliminate US jobs. Recent news reports indicate that Trump official are collaborating on policy action to remedy the imbalance of legal immigration and the effect on employment prospects of IT and STEM workers. The bleeding must stop so the wounds may heal.
We need a different strategic approach to getting the laws changed in Congress.
We need to target the congressional committees that have jurisdiction over the visa abuse problems that have destroyed lives.
IT workers should target the congressmen in House of Representatives that have jurisdiction in committees and convince them of the nature of the problem – educate them. A letter writing campaign to include social media is required. I saw in articles published that IEEE-USA was effectively lobbying congress along with labor to move the Rep. Darrell Issa “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act” H-1B bill forward, it failed, but now we have congressional attention.
IT workers need lobbyists in DC to walk the halls of congress on our behalf in order to achieve a specific outcome. One baby step at a time outcome is the result.
I have come to the conclusion that no one magic wand will change the laws only a persistent and calculating lobbyist effort aimed at congressional members; both those that support our cause and those who do not support our cause.
But as this year 2016 ends, we have one big resource in our side; knock on wood, the President of the United States.
In a Washington Post article dated December 12, 2016 and titled: “After years on the outside, foes of legal immigration find a louder voice with Trump’s election”, the following is quoted.
“In his speech, Trump expressed a desire to cut legal immigration levels to “within historical norms,” as measured by a share of the overall population, and he proposed a new federal commission to develop proposals to achieve it.”
“The goal, he said, would be to “select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S. society and their ability to be financially self-sufficient.” The new immigration system should establish “controls to boost wages and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first.”
“Trump has echoed the views of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is perhaps the Senate’s most vocal immigration hard-liner and whom Trump has nominated as U.S. attorney general.”
“Stephen Miller, a longtime Sessions aide who wrote most of Trump’s immigration speeches, has been named senior adviser to the president for policy in the Trump White House. And Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, advocated for reducing legal immigration levels as editor of Breitbart News, a conservative website that reports extensively on the issue.”
“What we need now is immigration moderation: slowing the pace of new arrivals so that wages can rise, welfare rolls can shrink and the forces of assimilation can knit us all more closely together,” Sessions wrote in a Washington Post op-ed last year.
Presented is the SAVE page predictions on the visa alphabet soup front:
The Notorious H-1B: Expect Breitbart News to be on top of the issue on the media front. Computerworld as usual will be watching closely. Do not expect Congress to pass H-1B reform laws that either reduces the program or eliminates it as John Miano proposes. Expect Silicon Valley and the Crapweisals to be all over the Hill to keep the Greed Machine and their precious H-1B slave plantations in operation. Expect that Trump’s DHS will make life as miserable as possible in the H-1B process and regulation arena. For example, if a company pulls a Disney and tries to replace and train fresh H-1B’s, DHS can revoke the visas based on discrimination. The Labor Dept. will most likely investigate and enforce pending complaints in which 100% Indian males replaced a diverse IT shop. Blatant discrimination is not allowed anywhere in our economy; but somehow the Indians get a free pass. Jeff Sessions will be in the march and USCIS will continue what it does best, move slowly and inefficiently. That is a good thing.
The Mysterious L-1 Fly In Visa: The L-1 visa does not get the PR of the H-1B but it is infinitely more dangerous and prominent. Mike Emmons knows the L-1 visa very well. He states, “It’s the L-1 visas, however, that are dangerous to American jobs. The L-1 says nothing about whether or not American workers can be displaced, and there is no requirement that companies pay foreign workers the prevailing local wage. Companies like Tata can file blanket petitions to bring as many workers into the United States as they want, as often as they want.“ He further states, “The L-1 allows multinational corporations to import workers into the U.S. on an “intracompany transfer” basis with little monitoring, regulation or restrictions from the Department of Labor.” Senator Grassley is a major critic of the L-1 visa, but discussion of the L-1 and its complications evade debate and American media attention. It remains to be seen how the Trump Administration will proceed.
The F-1 Student Visa and the OPT Monster: Approximately 10% of US colleges enroll international students, most of them Indian, the figure used to be in the teens. US Universities love international students, the pay full tuition and provide revenue. The Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a program started by W, Bush and greatly expanded by Obama. It provides international students huge advantages in the job market and leaves our US native-born students STEM students at a competitive disadvantage. The OPT program is full of scam, multiple forms of corruption. The Trump DHS should ELIMINATE the OPT program. Whether that happens is up for a coin toss. At the least, the many rules implemented by Obama should be rescinded and that will be a time consuming process that could take up to two years. The F-1 OPT visas are in many minds highly destructive for it dis-encourages STEM based students majors from entering the field for fear of no job upon graduation and for fear of losing a job to an H-1B later in life if STEM graduate was so lucky to escape the parents basement.
The H-4 Bring All Your Relatives to this Country Visa: Expect the Trump Administration to sharply curtail the massive number of spousal family members from obtaining green cards. The Numbers USA goal from the Washington Post, I quote. “Today, the U.S. government awards green cards to more than 1 million foreigners annually, granting them legal permanent residence. Many of these are granted to family members of people already living legally in the United States. Groups such as NumbersUSA want to slash that by a half or more.”
Furthermore the article stated: “Of the 1 million foreigners granted permanent legal residence in 2014, 647,000 — about two-thirds — received green cards based on family ties, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Just 152,000 permanent arrivals were employment-based.” That is a 6 to 1 ratio of family members taking granted legal residence based on just one green card holder. A stunning number.
The Coveted Green Card: The Indian crowd can say goodbye to their coveted green card grab bag H.R.213 – Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015. Maybe the bill’s sponsor Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) of Utah will get his head out of his ass, unlikely. Expect green cards to be cut back and more difficult to obtain especially for Grandma and the whole crew. This would be a great opportunity for the H-1B’s to go back to India and work on fixing their county instead of taking jobs away from our citizens. Remember, once the green card is issued and the guest worker is a US Citizen, game over. They start their own companies, corner the market for Indians only and do not hire Americans. The cycle of employment discrimination runs its wheels.
For the past 25 years, the IT profession in this country has been screwed over royally by the corrupt and blatantly unfair guest visa system devised by the Silicon Valley lobbyists and the Bill Clinton wrecking crew. The H-1B caterpillar contraption was subsequently updated and expanded by both Bush Presidents and by Obama. Now finally in the year 2016 we have reached a point where REAL reforms may actually occur.
The way things are going, all of IT will be Indian; we are at a tipping point. Will the Year 2017 be the Tipping Point? Which way will it go? We are all Eyes!