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    • Today’s March for Science April 23, 2017
      Today’s national March for Science brought perhaps 200 protesters to rally and then parade through the downtown in my city, Walnut Creek in the East San Francisco Bay Area. I am not unsympathetic, but I got the impression that many of the speakers and marchers were insincere and naive. These seemed to me to be […]
    • The President’s Executive Order April 19, 2017
      Today President Trump issued his long-awaited Buy American, Hire American executive order. A number of people have asked me what this means for the H-1B work visa and related programs such as Optional Practical Training (OPT). Let’s take the latter first. As many of you know, OPT is an extension of the F-1 student visa. Though […]
    • Horrific Case Highlights Hidden Policy April 18, 2017
      Too many news items, too little time. For instance, I’d love to explain why the headline, “After a series of flip-flops, Trump prepares to deliver on a key campaign pledge” in the Washington Post is absolutely false on the flip-flops claim and why I am only cautiously optimistic about Trump’s announcement, but I just don’t […]
    • Washington Post Editorial Gets It Wrong Every Which Way April 13, 2017
      Following the lead of the New York Times, the Washington Post has now adopted the Intels Good, Infosyses Bad stance: They say Indian rent-a-programmer firms like Infosys abuse the H-1B work visa, while the mainstream firms like Intel — in the case of the Jeff Bezos-owned Post, firms like Amazon — use the program responsibly. But […]
    • Springtime, and the Planted Articles Are Blooming April 10, 2017
      Planted? Why, yes, what else could one call this article in today’s San Francisco Chronicle? It is chock full of quotes from immigration lawyers promoting the Intels Good, Infosyses bad point of view, with just a token nod to the other side. And guess what? The stars of this article are related to FWD.us, the Mark […]
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    • Executive Order–H1B Made it to the Table April 18, 2017
      Many people were encouraged when the presidential campaigns began speaking about outsourcing and offshoring.  During his campaign, Trump spoke about the horrific uses of H1B visas to replace American workers.  Then, once elected, there is nothing but silence on outsourcing and offshoring from the oval office.  The visa application deadline passed with not even a word […]
    • 60 Minutes Coverage of H1B Abuse March 21, 2017
      Please watch the 60 Minutes piece, share and dig deeper.  There is so much more to this awful business model than just H1B.  We need to know and share the whole truth.  We need people to understand the following: 1.  To save money, business owners are bringing in foreigners to fire Americans because it gives […]
    • 60 Minutes Piece on H1B Abuse, Sunday, March 19, 2017 March 13, 2017
      Must watch 60 Minutes piece on H1B Abuse.  It exposes the real issues and is a main stream media outlet that is bravely talking about the issue of H1B abuse.  Please tell everyone to watch and to challenge President Trump to step up and act prior to the April deadline for an executive order.  Also, […]
    • BEST VIDEO ON OUTSOURCING AND OFFSHORING March 8, 2017
      Thank you to Michelle Malkin for creating such a concise and clear explanation of outsourcing and offshoring.  This is such an incredible piece.  Everyone should watch this and share it with friends and family. https://www.crtv.com/michelle-malkin-investigates?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=trial&utm_term=malkin The post BEST VIDEO ON OUTSOURCING AND OFFSHORING appeared first on Protect US Workers.
    • IBM Uses “Relocation” as a Means of Mass American Termination March 3, 2017
      When IBM Corporation could not be more seedy, greedy and mean, the company starts a new policy of relocation of many of the company’s American workers.  Workers, young and old, single and married, sick and well, are being forced to move across the nation if they want to keep their jobs at IBM.  Many workers […]
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    • More Details on Campus H-1B Abuse April 10, 2017
      I have frequently remarked that the paradox of immigration reform is that fixing the system has to be done by the same folks that screwed it up in the first place. It seems in these days of lobbyist-written legislation that any time Congress tries to fix anything they end up making the situation even worse. […]
    • Is the H-4 Rule on Its Way Out? April 6, 2017
      An update is in order on the H-4 (spouses and children under 21 years of age of H-1B visa holders) work authorization case: Save Jobs USA v. U.S. Dep't of Homeland Security. While the case got little attention initially, over the past few weeks there has been a surge of coverage, consisting largely of misleading […]
    • H-1B Disclosure Data Show Employer's Wage Savings April 5, 2017
      CNBC just posted a story in which the CEO of Vectra Networks promotes the H-1B visa program. He states that the company seeks to hire the "best and brightest" and the H-1B is a "crucial program". This is where the H-1B disclosure data ought to be the reporter's best friend. Sadly very few in the […]
    • Big Missed Opportunity, but Don't Panic on H-1B - Yet April 3, 2017
      Today is the start of this year's H-1B season. Many groups that supported President Trump have been urging him to replace the purely random visa lottery with one that emphasizes wages and skills. A change in the lottery process could easily have been implemented before this year's H-1B season and it would have demonstrated that […]
    • Better Data on H-1B's Effects Needed March 28, 2017
      A number of people have asked my why I have not commented on the recent Wall Street Journal article about a study that found H-1B drives down computer worker wages. Apparently many people think I should be pointing out that H-1B has driven down IT wages by 2.5 percent. The reason I have not promoted […]
  • RSS Patrick Thibodeau

    • Linux, PCs and Trump’s ‘Buy American’ problem April 21, 2017
      Some PCs are assembled in the U.S., but not many. This includes those from Lenovo, the China-based firm that runs a factory in North Carolina. Apple operates a Mac Pro assembly plant in Austin, but makes many of its other products overseas.Lenovo and Apple may have an edge in selling PCs to the U.S., under […]
    • Machine-to-machine 'voice' has a name, a chirp, and a niche April 20, 2017
      Machines communicating by voice with other machines is a science fiction staple. But it's already being used by a bus service, Shuttl, to ease passenger boarding.Instead of scanning a device with a barcode or using Near Field Communications (NFC), a Shuttl passenger uses her smartphone to transmit an R2D2-like sound to the driver's phone. An […]
    • Trump to order wholesale H-1B reform April 18, 2017
      President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Tuesday dubbed "Buy American, Hire American" that calls for sweeping reform of the H-1B visa process.Its centerpiece is the replacement of the H-1B lottery with a system that distributes visas on the basis of wages, skills and education."We want to switch away from a random lottery system, […]
    • The strange new world of hiring and employee tracking April 18, 2017
      Your employer wants to hire top salespeople and is counting on HR to deliver the best. There's the old-fashioned way: collect resumes, sort for keywords, check on social networks, get referrals and interview.But what about geotagging?Employers often have "top performer clubs" for their salespeople. Incentives for these top performers usually involve rewards such as trips […]
    • H-1B visa demand slips; analysts see Trump effect April 18, 2017
      The U.S. government today said it received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year -- 37,000 less than in 2016.The government will issue 85,000 visas distributed via a computer-generated lottery. The winners will be able to use their visas at the start of the federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.[ Further […]
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    • Justice Dept. Warns Nine Sanctuary Jurisdictions April 21, 2017
      Fri, Apr 21st 2017 @ 1:40 pm EDTThe Department of Justice warned nine jurisdictions that they could lose federal grant funds unless they demonstrate compliance with federal anti-sanctuary law. The nine jurisdictions are Chicago, Cook County Ill. (encompasses Chicago) New Orleans, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, New York City and the California Department of Corrections […]
    • DHS IG Report: Overloaded Deportation Officers Missing Opportunities April 20, 2017
      Thu, Apr 20th 2017 @ 5:14 pm EDTA new report from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found that ICE deportation officers are so overloaded that they lose track of aliens that have been released pending their deportation, including some posing national security risks. Under the Obama Administration, deportation officers based in Washington, D.C., […]
    • New Zealand Strengthens Income Requirements for Skilled Foreign Workers April 19, 2017
      Wed, Apr 19th 2017 @ 1:19 pm EDTNew Zealand announced today that they have made changes to their skilled foreign worker visa program that requires immigrants to meet certain income levels to be eligible for the visa. In order to qualify as a skilled immigrant they must get a job in which they earn at […]
    • Pres. Trump Signs Executive Order to Review H-1B Visa Program April 18, 2017
      Tue, Apr 18th 2017 @ 4:03 pm EDTPres. Trump signed his "Buy American, Hire American" executive order today that will direct government departments to review how H-1B visas are awarded and suggest changes so that only the highly-skilled and higher paid applicants receive the temporary work visa. This order is the first step towards moving […]
    • Australia Ends Skilled Foreign Worker Visa Program April 18, 2017
      Tue, Apr 18th 2017 @ 11:31 am EDTAustralia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today that Australia will stop the temporary 457 visa program that allows foreigners to live and work in the country for up to four years. The visa program has been criticized for allowing businesses to use the program to replace Australian workers […]
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    • Housing's Echo Bubble Now Exceeds the 2006-07 Bubble Peak April 25, 2017
      If you need some evidence that the echo-bubble in housing is global, take a look at this chart of Sweden's housing bubble.A funny thing often occurs after a mania-fueled asset bubble pops: an echo-bubble inflates a few years later, as monetary authorities and all the institutions that depend on rising asset valuations go all-in to reflate the […]
    • Who Will Live in the Suburbs if Millennials Favor Cities? April 24, 2017
      Who's going to pay bubble-valuation prices for the millions of suburban homes Baby Boomers will be off-loading in the coming decade as they retire/ downsize?Longtime readers know I follow the work of urbanist Richard Florida, whose recent book was the topic of Are Cities the Incubators of Decentralized Solutions?(March 14, 2017).Florida's thesis--that urban zones are the […]
    • Our State-Corporate Plantation Economy April 21, 2017
      We've been persuaded that the state-cartel Plantation Economy is "capitalist," but it isn't. It's a rentier skimming machine.I have often discussed the manner in which the U.S. economy is a Plantation Economy, meaning it has a built-in financial hierarchy with corporations at the top dominating a vast populace of debt-serfs/ wage slaves with little functional […]
    • Marx, Orwell and State-Cartel Socialism April 20, 2017
      When "socialist" states have to impose finance-capital extremes that even exceed the financialization of nominally capitalist economies, it gives the lie to their claims of "socialism."OK, so our collective eyes start glazing over when we see Marx and Orwell in the subject line, but refill your beverage and stay with me on this. We're going to […]
    • Our Intellectual Bankruptcy: The "Religion" of Economics, UBI and Medicare For All April 19, 2017
      Clinging to magical-thinking fixes that change nothing on the fundamental level hastens collapse.Here we stand on the precipice, and all we have in our kit is a collection of delusional magical thinking that we label "solutions." We are not just morally and financially bankrupt, we're intellectually bankrupt as well.Here are three examples of magical thinking that […]
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    • Trump signs Executive Order Focusing ‘Buy American, Hire American’ to Stop misuse of H1B visa April 19, 2017
      On Tuesday April 18, Trump signed an executive order that governed federal agencies to implement a “Buy American, Hire American” strategy. The order aimed that Trump would favor American companies for federal contracts and reform the H-1B visa program for foreign workers and stop “misuse” of H1B visas. President Trump signs executive order ,demonstrating that he is... […]
    • What are the alternatives after your H-1B visa gets rejected or denied? April 14, 2017
      Every upcoming Fiscal year, there are large numbers of petitions which are submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S) for H-1B visas. Every year, there is limit to the number of applications which can be filed. Only a fixed number of 85, 000 are permitted to receive an H-1B visa per year; which... […]
    • Computer Programmers may not be eligible for H1B visa | Trump tightens on H-1B abuse April 6, 2017
      The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have ruled that an entry level computer programmer position would not generally qualify as a position in a “specialty occupation”. The United States has raised changes to the existing H-1B visa regime to bar the H-1B visas for hiring computer programmers and warned employers against using the visa... […]
    • H-1B Visa Application Process Rules Released With No Changes in H1B VISA April 3, 2017
      The H1B visa application(s) were lined up to launch Monday April 3rd, and the President Donald Trump’s proposed policy changes appears to be absent and not effective for this year. The USCIS started accepting H1B visa application(s) for the 2018 fiscal year from April 3rd.  The U.S.C.I.S has released the rules for fiscal year 2018... […]
    • Who are H-1B Visa Dependent Employers and what you need to know? March 17, 2017
      The status of the employer changes to “Dependent-employer” when the employer hires too many foreign employees. Similarly “H-1B Dependent Employers” has majority H-1B visa workers as compared to all workers in the company. The US employers find it challenging to hire the employees for the high positions. It is mostly seen in the high technology... […]
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    • Comment on Today’s March for Science by Andrew Saucci April 24, 2017
      The whole thing is absurd. Science as most people understand it is hardly on the ropes these days; if anything it has garnered too much respect and could stand to be knocked down a few pegs. Real science is not used to promote political agendas; it is a pursuit of truth and knowledge. When people […]
    • Comment on Today’s March for Science by JRStern April 23, 2017
      Science needs support from marchers like a fish needs a bicycle, to steal someone else's anti-cliché. The "reproducibility crisis" is a crisis in publishing or academe, not science. Nobody doubts that one of the answers is right and the other is wrong, or there is some separating principle that would reconcile them. Few scientists are […]
    • Comment on Today’s March for Science by FutureUser April 23, 2017
      Great article, Norm. I've noticed the repro problem blossoming, too. I read an article a few years ago about "the hole in the scientific method." Apparently, only the *desired* results get published. You can do a test 50 times, and 3 of those tests give a positive correlation, so you publish those 3 tests and […]
    • Comment on Today’s March for Science by joe anon April 23, 2017
      "downtown in my city, Walnut Creek" Looked it up. It is over 50 miles away from Davis!
    • Comment on Today’s March for Science by matloff April 23, 2017
      Fragomen, the largest immigration law firm in the U.S., is headed by founder Augustus Fragomen. He once said, of the AILA, "We commission studies to support our views."
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    • CBO Report: Foreign Workers in U.S. February 28, 2011
      The Congressional Budget Office reports US looses $66 billion dollars in 2009 to foreign workers. How is the US ever going to resolve its defict if work continues to be outsourced? Hire Americans First and make the US strong again.
    • Jared Polis has proposed a start-up visa to entice "foreigners December 31, 2009
      Congressman Jared Polis has proposed a start-up visa to entice "foreigners with good ideas" to stay in the US. The issue has been gathering steam in Silicon Valley where half of all tech company founders are immigrants, according to Duke University research. "Every day the American economy is losing ground - not to mention high-tech […]
    • US workers are being driven out of the IT business April 16, 2009
      Employer" posted 22 with $138.00 paid for one project. Insulting is not the half of it. When I turned this creep down, he started spamming me with nastygrams and snide jabs like this one "well, i'm sure you have excellent skills, but in this usa economy, we only use overseas talent at $12 - $15 […]
    • Silicon Valley pushes for H1B visas April 9, 2009
      "The H-1B program is good for California and good for the country," wrote San Francisco Chronicle in an editorial today. Speaking out against the provision of the stimulus bill that blocks H-1B hiring by companies which have received federal money....
    • Corruption and Greed - Serious Issues with H-1Bs and L1s in Technology Today January 27, 2009
      I will be writing a series of articles in blogs and in columns through various publications regarding the rapidly unfolding events pertaining to the seriousness of the H-1B non immigrant worker and its effects on undercutting competitive US wages.
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    • Trump’s visa order met with mixed reaction from U.S. tech April 21, 2017
      Silicon Valley leaders have been locked in a tense standoff with U.S. President Donald Trump over his hard-line stance on immigration, but the tech industry appears to be embracing Mr. Trump’s latest efforts at immigration reform. An executive order dubbed “Buy American, Hire American” that Mr. Trump signed on Tuesday calls for federal agencies to […]
    • TRANSMOSIS CEO TO SPEAK AT THE INFORMATION ASSURANCE SYMPOSIUM April 21, 2017
      Transmosis CEO, Chase Norlin, to speak at the Information Assurance Symposium Track 3: Sustaining a Cyber Workforce. Tuesday June 20th  [10:15-11:15] The Track 3 “Sustaining a Cyber Workforce” Lead for the NSA Information Assurance Symposium (IAS) 2017 . You are scheduled to brief on Tuesday June 20th 1015-1115. The Information Assurance (IA) mission at NSA is […]
    • Teach Cybersecurity with Apprenticeship Instead April 21, 2017
      Governments, private industry, and tech culture can all benefit from a cyber workforce built on quality apprenticeships What do you think of when you think of apprenticeship? Try to find stock photos for “apprenticeship”, and your search results will abound with safety goggles, bandsaws, and coiled air hoses. Americans imagine apprentices as carpenters, plumbers, and […]
    • TRANSMOSIS CEO TO SPEAK AT THE IEDC 2017 ANNUAL CONFERENCE April 21, 2017
      Transmosis CEO, Chase Norlin, to speak at the IEDC 2017 Annual Conference. With the emergence of new global markets, communities need to work together to encourage competition and advance economic growth. This must-attend event for economic developers – IEDC’s first annual conference outside of the United States – will focus on how to Connect, Collaborate, […]
    • Nevada taking aggressive steps to increase its appeal to tech companies April 19, 2017
      Even with its recent push to attract technology-related companies, Nevada still ranks relatively low compared to the rest of the country in its tech workforce. Nevada is No. 38 in the nation in tech employment, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Cyberstates 2017 report released earlier this month. Nevada also ranked No. 38 […]
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    • IRLI Files Brief in 2nd Federal Appeals Court Defending President Trump’s National Security Executive Order April 24, 2017
      Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United StatesApril 24, 2017(Washington, D.C.) – The Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief (attached here) in an appeal of a federal lawsuit challenging President Trump’s March 6th Executive Order (EO) temporarily freezing the issuance of visas to certain previously designated terror-risk countries.In […]
    • Does mass immigration drive up home prices: One study says 'absolutely' April 17, 2017
      Tucked away in a recent news report on the Turkish-turned-Syrian-refugee town of Kilis was this curious line: “Kilis rents doubled in some neighborhoods after the Syrians began arriving… [a]n apartment that cost $120 shot up to $300 a month…Turkish generosity may be wearing thin...”The remark raises an intriguing yet never-broached topic here in the US: Can immigration drive-up […]
    • Breitbart: Sessions Border Plan Has Entire Political Spectrum Abuzz April 13, 2017
      The crackdown measures on illegal immigration Attorney General Jeff Sessions unveiled in Noagles, Arizona Tuesday continue to draw intense reactions spanning from abject horror to welcome relief.Professor and Washington Post contributor Daniel W. Drezner began the day by issuing a sincere apology for touching off a viral fake news scandal. Immediately after Tuesday’s announcement, Drezner tweeted that the Attorney General had […]
    • The Washington Examiner: Park Service: Illegals destroying federal lands, unsafe for camping April 11, 2017
      Illegal immigration and drug running have destroyed border parklands, further threatened two species on the endangered list and led federal officials to bar visitors and campers in areas considered too dangerous to visit, according to newly released reports.In studies of two parks that make up less than 90 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border, the U.S. Fish and […]
    • Law360: Agency Asks DC Circ. To Pause H-4 Rule Appeal April 5, 2017
       Read the full story by Kevin Penton.
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    • HOWIE CARR: CALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHAT THEY ARE April 24, 2017
      Boston Herald columnist and radio talk show host Howie Carr is a political conservative in ultra-liberal New England, which makes him quite a rare species in that region. Carr recently hosted United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions on his radio show and later wrote a column for the Herald about … Continue reading The post […]
    • TRUMP ORDERS REVIEW OF H-1B VISA PROGRAM April 21, 2017
      President Donald Trump has signed an executive order which requires federal agencies to look at tightening a temporary visa program intended to bring highly-skilled foreign workers to the USA, as Trump tries to carry out his campaign pledges to put “America First.” Trump signed the executive order on enforcing and … Continue reading The post […]
    • TRUMP RIPS OBAMA FOR SPREAD OF MS-13 IN USA April 20, 2017
      President Donald Trump blasted his predecessor for immigration policies that allowed the spread of the violent Central American street gang, MS-13, across the USA. Trump tweeted, “The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS-13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!” … Continue reading The post […]
    • OPENING OUR BORDERS WOULD OVERWHELM AMERICA April 19, 2017
      The Wall Street Journal recently published an opinion piece by Dave Seminara, a former diplomat and foreign service officer, entitled “Opening Our Borders Would Overwhelm America.” In his article, Seminara writes about his days when he screened more than 10,000 visa applications, and how he saw the great number of … Continue reading The post […]
    • TRUMP TO DEPORT 4,000 SOMALI MIGRANTS April 18, 2017
      An estimated 4,000 Somali migrants currently in the USA are expected to be deported by President Donald Trump and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. In a recent interview, Somalia’s Ambassador to the United States, Ahmed Isse Awad said that the number of Somalis that ICE is looking to … Continue reading The post […]
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    • What Employers should know about Hiring International Students April 12, 2017
      8/13/2009 ARCHIVE FROM: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS/Service/career/employer.html USCSTUDENTAffairs OIS Forms Career Information Advising Enrollment Reports Workshops Financial Aid What Employers should know about Hiring International Students    The PDF format introduction Many employers are concerned about liability related to the employment of international…Read more →
    • Reviewing the Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Applications by the city that they will work in March 27, 2017
      You can now view this data in a alphabetical format, sorted by employer name and the SOC_CODE (Job Code) and you can view it by which companies have filed the most applications in your city. The Fiscal Year 2016 Applications…Read more →
    • That 60 minutes episode March 24, 2017
      From time to time I run across an article that sums up exactly what is happening in our job market in the software industry. Yesterday, I found one of those articles and I am posting it here in its entirety…Read more →
    • Programmers Guild H-1b Visa Reforms March 7, 2017
      January 29, 2013 Programmers Guild H-1b Visa Reforms ** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** Increase innovation through H-1b Reform, not H-1b Expansion The U.S. Senate, led by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Utah, is currently drafting legislation that would vastly increase the…Read more →
    • Guild Response to H-1b increases proposed by Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us March 7, 2017
      April 15, 2013 ** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ** Guild Response to H-1b increases proposed by Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us Programmers Guild asks its members to become active on the FWD.us Facebook page and respectfully refute Mark Zuckerberg’s www.FWD.us agenda with facts…Read more →
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    • EB-5 Extension Situation Likened to Three-Dimensional Chess April 25, 2017
      The main part of the EB-5 (immigrant investor) program is due to expire on April 28 and the questions are: Will it be extended unchanged, and/or will either Congress or the executive cause it to be reformed? This is like three-dimensional chess because: The "Four Corners" in D.C. parlance — the Republican chairmen and the […]
    • The Four Dimensions of H-1B Reform April 24, 2017
      When contemplating the reform of the H-1B program, in order to reduce the damage to resident workers, we usually hear about the wages paid, which is appropriate, but less often is there any discussion of the other three dimensions of the situation. (H-1B workers are nonimmigrants and usually college graduates.) Clearly, if a large number […]
    • CORRECTION April 24, 2017
      [The blog post below is incorrect - the AP report did, in fact, include the reference to 41 alien voters, though many sites that posted the story used only the beginning part, before that information was reported. Our apologies to AP reporter Jonathan Drew.] read more
    • Let's Have Honest Names for Visa Offices — Change IPO to VSO April 24, 2017
      The Trump administration says it wants to drain the swamp in Washington; one small backwater in that great big marsh is the practice of giving government programs misleading names and initials. For example, the immigrant investor program (or EB-5) is run by an entity within USCIS called by the initials IPO. read more
    • SCOTUS Leaves in Place Lower Court Ruling Limiting Rights of Illegal Entrants April 21, 2017
      On April 17, 2017, the Supreme Court denied a petition for writ of certiorari in Castro et al. v. Dep't of Homeland Sec., U.S., 2017 WL 1366739 (2017), a case involving the constitutional rights of a group of aliens who had entered the United States illegally. Although "a variety of considerations underlie denials of the […]
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    • Trump’s Draft High-Skill Visa Policy Threatens US Economy February 10, 2017
      Last Saturday a preliminary draft order titled “Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs” surfaced that targets H-1B “genius” visas.  The order signals a second wave of the new administration’s immigration agenda—with potentially catastrophic effects to our economy.  I’ve written and spoken extensively on the H-1B topic recently […]
    • The Assured Cost of Clamping Down On H-1B “Genius” Visas February 9, 2017
      The entire US economy is at stake with Trump’s draft work-visa order About a month before President Trump was sworn into office, CNBC asked me what I would do if I held the executive office for one day. My answer to Kayla Tausche was that I’d work to fix the growing student visa and H-1B visa […]
    • The Days of Invisible Small Business May Soon Be Over September 16, 2015
      A week ago today, a small business in my community called ‘Costume Capers’ closed its doors after 30 years of continuous operation in the coastal hamlet of San Luis Obispo. When the local Tribune asked partner-proprietors Debi and Keith why they were throwing in the towel, their answer came without equivocation: enterprise business moved into […]
    • Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work July 15, 2015
      Artificial Intelligence has been the topic de jour lately with every corner of intellectual thought sounding in on the perils, and the potential rewards, of synthesizing a machine intelligence that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human can.  Elon Musk, Bill Gates and even Stephen Hawking have all suggested that an AI with […]
    • Your Digital Privacy Is Under Attack, Again July 2, 2015
      It’s hard to pick up a paper, or an iPad, without reading about some bit of privacy that Americans have lost—or given up—in exchange for one convenience or another. It’s rare however that such an egregious attack on our privacy, like the one underway against every website owner in the world today and in the […]
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    • The President’s Executive Order April 19, 2017
      Originally posted on Upon Closer inspection: Today President Trump issued his long-awaited Buy American, Hire American executive order. A number of people have asked me what this means for the H-1B work visa and related programs such as Optional Practical Training (OPT). Let’s take the latter first. As many of you know, OPT is an extension…
    • American Victims of H-1B Get Their Chance — Will They Take It? April 4, 2017
      Originally posted on Upon Closer inspection: Two key parts of the Trump administration have now announced something of a get-tough policy on H-1B employers. Today USCIS released a memo announcing the policy, and DOJ released a similar statement. To my knowledge, this is the first time that American STEM workers have been given a voice.…
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    • Lured by Seattle’s Tech Boom November 15, 2016
      Lured by Seattle’s Tech Boom, but Being Left Behind The New York Times By KIRK JOHNSON 8 hrs. ago S © Evan McGlinn for The New York Times     Mary Delp and her partner, J.D. Cox, with Krystallynn, 7, left, and…Read more →
    • The Outsourcing Continues. UCSF joins the betrayal. October 26, 2016
      UCSF will outsource dozens of tech jobs to India By Matier & Ross October 26, 2016 Updated: October 26, 2016 10:38am   Photo: Lea Suzuki, The Chronicle Ashley Moore-Motte,primary care nurse, UCSF Citywide Rene Cazenave Team, types on the computer while working…Read more →
    • Liking your job, but worried to death? October 6, 2016
      Americans like their jobs, but worry about keeping them Posted: Oct 06, 2016 10:12 AM EDTUpdated: Oct 06, 2016 11:13 AM EDT By Tami Luhby   NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Americans generally enjoy what they do for a living, but they are…Read more →
    • Biggest Threat to US Workers – Outsourcing October 6, 2016
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    • Debunking the ‘Bot-Net’ Allegation, Human Parents will Tweet to #StopCommonCore, April 17 April 9, 2017
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      I decided to make a part 4. This article here shows more of the problems with the Common Core and fed ed:  http://www.bearslordnetwork.com/city-on-a-hill-blog/who-can-stand-idly-by-while-children-are-led-to-destruction   Here is a post from an Ohio anti-Common Core group: VOUCHERS AND ESSA GOOD READ FROM KAREN BRACKEN Vouchers, Education Savings Accounts. It is your money……right? WRONG. It is your money […]
    • Companies Offshoring or using cheap overseas labor March 27, 2017
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    • The State of Illinois caught red handed violating federal law? March 9, 2017
      Ok, I have found out the following.    Via this  document, I found that they aren’t supposed to be adding DACA/DAPA illegals to Get Covered Illinois.  However, they also said, conveniently for cheaters, that: GCI Screening Tool does not include any questions about immigration/non-citizen status and, therefore, some people who have income below the Medicaid level […]
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    • Link: New H-1B visa rules: Indian IT companies may have to pay 50% more April 25, 2017
      Sanjay Kapoor posted a link to H-1B & IT Outsourcing from Computerworld's wall: American president Donald Trump doesn’t want to save jobs of Indians working in the US. With a new executive order in place, Indian IT companies will have to hire more... (5 likes, 2 comments)
    • Wallflux demonstration (live) April 25, 2017
      You are viewing content through a demonstration-version of the Wallflux of the H-1B & IT Outsourcing from Computerworld-Facebook group. To remove this notice, and get access to the live Wallflux-feed, register it at https://www.wallflux.com/ To display images and comments in your Wallflux, use the Wallflux Atom: https://wallflux.com/atom/1487763804597717 If you are interested in a custom Wallflux, […]
    • Link: Q&A: Skilled Foreign Work Visas – Sen. Chuck Grassley – Medium April 25, 2017
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    • Link: Are H-1B visa workers really paid less than Americans? April 25, 2017
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    • Link: H-1B visa needs reform to make it fairer to migrant and American workers April 25, 2017
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    • What President Trump Can Do About H-1B? April 18, 2017
      What President Trump Can Do About H-1B?The Secretary of Labor needs to consider available data.by weaver on Sunday November 13, 2016Updated: Thursday February 9, 2017, 7:55am Subjects: Trump, H-1B, Secretary of Labor, Computer occupations, unemployment .lowerAlpha{margin-left: 0cm;} .numeric{margin-left: 1cm;} .upperAlpha{margin-left: 1.5cm;} .lowerRomanNumeral{margin-left: 2cm;} .upperRomanNumeral{margin-left: 2.5cm;} .doubleLowerAlpha{margin-left: 3cm;} h2 {font-size:125%;} After a few days reviewing the […]
    • How many H-1B in the United States? April 5, 2017
      How many H-1B in the United States?Many more H-1B than the experts have estimatedWritten by Steve Kritzer on July 24th 2016Updated March 19th 2017 Subjects: H-1B, Michelle Malkin, Center for Immigration Studies, Economic Policy InstituteAt about 13:00 mmss in the accompaying video, Malkin looks to the panel for confirmation that 650,000 H-1B are in the […]
    • H-1B: How many continue beyond the six years? March 15, 2017
      H-1B: How many continue beyond the six years?In Computer Occupations, 22,000 second extensions granted annually.Written by Steve Kritzer March 14th 2017Updated March 15th 2017 Subjects: H-1B, Characteristics, AC21, PERM, Computer Occupations I stumbled onto the 2015 H-1B Characteristics report, date-stamped March 17, 2016, it was embargoed from the public for almost a year. I think it […]
    • Debunked: Shortage in Math and Computer Science January 29, 2017
      table, th, td {border: 1px solid black; style="font-size: 150%;"}Debunked: Shortage in Math and Computer ScienceShortage of Computer Science and Mathematics Debunked -- Professionals crowded out by H-1BWritten by Steve Kritzer on May 21st 2015Updated January 28th 2017Subjects: H-1B visa, STEM shortage myth, Bachelors Degree, STEM shortage debunked, Math and Computer Science degrees College employment outcomes […]
    • H-1B Lottery Application Abuse December 4, 2016
      H-1B Lottery Application AbuseH-1B applications nine times the amount of job growth.Written by weaver on October 27th 2016Updated October 27th 2016 Subjects: Labor Condition Application, H-1B, Employment, Keep America at WorkKeep America at Work posted some LCA data today, which reminded me that I wanted to see some comparisons.9 H-1B applications compared to each job […]
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    • What the Newest Labor Groups Mean For US Workers – Fortune – 4/18/17 April 19, 2017
      Fortune April 18, 2017 What the Newest Labor Groups Mean For US Workers by Rick Wartzman Tensions are mounting this week as the Writers Guild of America attempts to hammer out a new labor agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, with scripts being stockpiled in case no contract is reached and the industry […]
    • Trump’s New Order Speeds the Race to the Bottom – 4-18-17 April 18, 2017
      On April 18, 2017, the Trump Administration released an executive order addressing federal guestworker visa programs. Below is a statement by National Guestworker Alliance (NGA) Executive Director Saket Soni: “Today’s executive order threatens to erode the rights both of guestworkers, and of U.S. workers in similar jobs, on the pretext of protecting only the latter. […]
    • ‘A gift to human traffickers’: report warns of dangers of Trump immigration policy – The Guardian – 3/10/17 March 10, 2017
      The Guardian March 10, 2017 ‘A gift to human traffickers’: report warns of dangers of Trump immigration policy By Kate Hodal Donald Trump’s hardline approach to immigration has been branded a “gift to human traffickers” amid concerns that stricter deportation and border regulations will push undocumented migrant workers underground, putting them at greater risk of […]
    • After Kansas – The Indian Express – 3/2/17 March 2, 2017
      The Indian Express March 2, 2017 After Kansas: Posing as a ‘model minority’ cannot keep Indian migrants safe in Trump’s America. By Saket Soni The scene at the Kansas bar was every immigrant’s nightmare. Two Indian H-1B guestworkers, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were sharing an after-work whiskey in a bar in Olathe, Kansas. A white […]
    • Andy Puzder’s Withdrawal Is a Victory for All Workers February 16, 2017
      On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Trump Labor Secretary pick Andy Puzder withdrew his candidacy. Below is a statement by Saket Soni, Executive Director of the National Guestworker Alliance: “The withdrawal of Andy Puzder is a victory for every worker in the U.S.–starting with the restaurant workers who suffered wage theft, sexual harassment, and health and […]
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    • 9/11 Destroyed America April 24, 2017
      9/11 Destroyed America Paul Craig Roberts The events on September 11, 2001, changed the world. It was the excuse for the US government to launch military attacks on seven Middle Eastern countries, causing civilian casualties in the millions and sending waves of Muslim refugees into the Western world. The US government wasted trillions of dollars… […]
    • Paul Craig Roberts interviewed by Julian Charles, The Mind Renewed, UK April 22, 2017
      Paul Craig Roberts interviewed by Julian Charles, The Mind Renewed, UK The Failure of Trump’s Presidency http://themindrenewed.com/interviews/2017/1035-int130 The post Paul Craig Roberts interviewed by Julian Charles, The Mind Renewed, UK appeared first on PaulCraigRoberts.org.
    • Oklahoma City Bombing — Feedback from a Reader April 21, 2017
      Oklahoma City Bombing — Feedback from a Reader I remember much of this myself. Truth-telling by the local media in Oklahoma City lasted for about 4 hours until Washington arrived, put a stop to truth-telling, and gave us the officially approved story. I also remember that for a couple of hours the news anchors replaying… […]
    • If This Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny? April 20, 2017
      If This Is Freedom and Democracy, What Is Tyranny? Paul Craig Roberts John Whitehead “Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is the numbers of people all over the world who have obeyed the dictates of the leaders of their government and have gone to war, and millions have been killed because of this obedience…… […]
    • President Trump’s Disappearance April 20, 2017
      President Trump’s Disappearance Paul Craig Roberts In my long experience in Washington, vice presidents did not make major foreign policy announcements or threaten other countries with war. Not even Dick Cheney stole this role from the weak president George W. Bush. But yesterday the world witnessed VP Pence threaten North Korea with war. “The sword… […]
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    • Breaking Up the Big Wall Street Banks Is Back in the Headlines April 24, 2017
      Breaking Up the Big Wall Street Banks Is Back in the Headlines By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: April 24, 2017 In the past two weeks, newspaper headlines have revived the debate on whether the mega Wall Street banks continue to pose a systemic threat to the U.S. banking system and the economy. This is […]
    • Has Former Goldman Sachs President, Gary Cohn, Gone Rogue on Glass-Steagall? April 17, 2017
      Has Former Goldman Sachs President, Gary Cohn, Gone Rogue on Glass-Steagall? By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: April 17, 2017 There are a few important things to know about Gary Cohn. Until Donald Trump tapped him to be the Director of the National Economic Council, he had worked at Goldman Sachs for a quarter century, […]
    • Barclays’ Whistleblower-Gate Raises Alarms Bells April 10, 2017
      Barclays’ Whistleblower-Gate Raises Alarms Bells By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: April 10, 2017 It is not a promising development for changing the culture of Wall Street when today’s newswires are reporting the sordid details of how the big Wall Street player, Barclays, engaged U.S. law enforcement in an attempt to hunt down the identity […]
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    • USINPAC Transition Team Membership Benefits December 2, 2016
      US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), www.usinpac.com is the political voice of over 3 million Indian Americans. USINPAC is engaged in activities important to the Indian American community. It also acts as a watchdog for the community on political issues. Besides its Primary objective of working closely with key members […]
    • President Elect Donald Trump Administration November 21, 2016
      President Elect Trump has promised to change Washington, DC and that will start with identifying and recruiting the finest men and women from across the country to serve in his Administration. Any individual who wishes to serve the Administration should utilize this online application in order to participate. The President Elect will make appointments for […]
    • Paul Ryan, US House Speaker, Invites Narendra Modi to Address the Congress May 3, 2016
      US House Speaker Paul Ryan’s decision of inviting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address  a joint meeting of Congress was welcomed by the lawmakers. After a decade, Modi will be the fifth prime minister of India to visit Congress and is the first announced foreign leader to address a joint meeting under Ryan’s speakership. Modi is all […]
    • President Barack Obama nominates Indian-American Geeta Pasi as US envoy to Chad! April 21, 2016
      On the 19th of April, 2016, United States President Barack Obama nominated Geeta Pasi, an Indian-American, as the country’s next envoy to Chad. Ms Pasi served as the United States Ambassador to Djibouti from 2011 to 2014, is a career member of the Foreign Service and Class of Minister-Counselor. At present, she serves as the […]
    • US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s visit to India – Another milestone to strengthen ties between the two nations April 15, 2016
      The logistics support agreement which has been under negotiations for over 10 years was finally brought to a conclusion on Tuesday, where the two countries agreed “in principle” to a logistics exchange agreement to enable both militaries to use each other’s assets and bases for repair and replenishment of supplies. However, Defense Minister, Manohar Parrikar […]
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    • Understanding the Recent H1B Changes April 5, 2017
      As we discussed in our recent blog post, on April 3 the Trump administration announced a new level of H1B visa rule enforcement that is a game changer for those seeking a non-immigrant work visa.  The fact this rule change was announced on the day this year’s petitions began to be accepted, means that there […]
    • BREAKING: New Enforcement of Worker Qualification Rules April 4, 2017
      On Monday, April 3, the 2017 H1B visa season began as the USCIS started to accept petitions for skilled non-immigrant workers in the US.  The same day, the Trump administration announced that the USCIS and US Justice Department will begin enforcing a new level of scrutiny of petitions to make sure that foreign workers can […]
    • President Trump Under Fire for Inaction on H1B Visa Reform April 3, 2017
      As we have been discussing the past three months on our blog, President Trump took office with the expressed intention to bring changes to the H1B visa program for skilled foreign workers.  He made the H1B visa a target in his campaign, and part of his promise to make ‘America first’ when it came to […]
    • Trump May Support Latest H1B Bill March 30, 2017
      Congressman Darrell Issa recently introduced a new bill that would dramatically increase the minimum salary for any foreign worker on an H1B visa.  While this is one of several H1B visa reform bills being considered, Issa has recently made the claim that President Trump specifically supports this bill, the first time that any comment has […]
    • Indian IT Outsourcing Companies are Reacting to Proposed H1B Visa Changes March 24, 2017
      The IT outsourcing industry is watching closely any changes to the H1B visa program which is a cornerstone of their business strategy in the US.  The top IT outsourcing firms account for nearly 70% of the 85,000 H1B visas awarded each year, and any program reform will affect how they operate in the future. Fewer […]
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