Snap-On, why are you hiring non-immigrant guest workers when Americans are available to do the work in America?

Shame, Shame, Shame as Gomer Pyle used to say.

The tool manufacturer, based in Kenosha, Wis., sought H-1B visas for two tech workers in 2016 — a computer programmer and a computer systems analyst who were to work out of San Jose.

Snap-on said it would pay the computer programmer $75,000 a year, according to the application filed with the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification. That salary falls well below the average wage of $94,000 for a computer programmer in Santa Clara County, according to a Labor Department wage database.

What Snap-on is doing is perfectly legal — and it illustrates a key problem critics, including Trump himself, have with the H-1B visa program: the legal minimum companies must pay H-1B workers, known as the “local prevailing wage,” are set at levels well below the average of what most workers in similar positions in the United States earn. Under the program, the minimum wage for a computer programmer in Santa Clara County is $52,000.

Companies say they use the H-1B program to bring top foreign workers to U.S. jobs when there aren’t enough trained Americans. The program is especially popular in the technology industry, where it draws the most workers from India.


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