Why 100,000 American Jobs May Soon Be Filled By the Spouses of Immigrant Workers

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Scarcely one month after U.S. companies snapped up 85,000 H-1B visas allowing businesses to bring highly skilled foreign workers to this country for full-time work, the Department of Homeland Security is floating two new proposals on the immigration front.

One would help extend the amount of time certain skilled workers could remain in this country, and the other would allow dependent spouses of many H-1B workers to seek employment in the U.S. – a condition not previously allowed.

The draft regulations – which were recently submitted for public comment by July 11, 2014 – would affect up to 100,600 spouses of guest workers already working in the U.S, and another 36,900 annually thereafter. The move, according to DHS, is meant to "ensure that the U.S. has the most skilled workforce in the world."

An effort to retain foreign workers
The motivation behind these changes is to make staying in the U.S. easier and more attractive to immigrant employees. Spouses of H-1B workers, currently classified as H-4, would be allowed to request employment authorization under the new law. Only those who are married to a worker who has petitioned for permanent residence will be covered.

While this benefit would surely be a boon to the H-1B workers and their families, it is hardly good news for the 9.8 million Americans still without work – 3.5 million of whom belong to the ranks of the long-term unemployed. Some critics, such as Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, notes that allowing this change will increase the number of positions already occupied by guest workers, estimated to be about 700,000.

U.S. companies would be well served by this change, as well. Tech and manufacturing industries have lobbied hard to expand the H-1B program, while congress remains bogged down on the issue of immigration reform. U.S. businesses filed 172,500 H-1B petitions for the available 85,000 visas last month, and adding approximately 100,000 more foreign-born workers into the mix would essentially accomplish their goal.

Lots of STEM graduates, with no place to go
Is there really, as tech and other companies complain, a shortage of available American workers?

As DHS says, H-1B visas are used to secure foreign workers in such fields as "science, engineering, or computer programming". But evidence strongly suggests that there are plenty of science, technology, engineering, and math graduates right here in the U.S.

The problem isn't that there is a dearth of qualified STEM applicants right here at home – the issue is that U.S. firms aren't hiring them.

The Center for Immigration Studies, for instance, has noted that the number of STEM degrees awarded consistently outnumber the job openings available in the field, and will continue to do so well into the future. An article in the Columbia Journalism Review last year concurred, and pointed out that, in 2012, only 38% of STEM PhDs had found work in their area of study, as had 50% of master's degree recipients. Only one-third of bachelor's degree graduates had procured full-time jobs, as well.

While there is no reason to doubt the qualifications of foreign workers – or their spouses – the idea that the "best and brightest" employees required to "support companies here at home" must necessarily hail from countries outside of the U.S. is more than slightly insulting to American workers.

To somehow infer that domestic workers cannot learn what foreign workers apparently can is just patently false.

Is the DHS saying, then, that U.S. colleges are somehow inferior to those in other countries? It would seem not: 20,000 of the 2015 85,000 H-1B visas are reserved for foreign students graduating from American institutions of higher learning – for whom domestic companies seem to have a preference, despite the high numbers of U.S. citizens graduating with similar degrees.

If the U.S. government and American businesses really want to help expand the economy, money spent searching overseas for workers could be put to better use right here, making sure that the country reaches full employment sooner, rather than later.

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  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 11:24 AM, VegasSmitty wrote:

    Once again this administration thumbs its nose at the American people. Only a repeat of 1776 will restore a govt FOR THE PEOPLE!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:04 PM, WalkingMan wrote:

    For what it is worth (I know that it is worth less than nothing), I buy bare bones from today's businesses. F 'em. Knowing that it doesn't matter.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:09 PM, summer wrote:

    Companies who hires people who's NOT USA citizens , should be fined $5 million dollars "per illegal immigrants and who's a Traitor ......

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:20 PM, Blanclage wrote:

    Why? - Are foreign STEM workers cheaper, more reliable, or more productive?

    Are US based companies owned by foreign nationals who prefer to hire "their own"?

    There must be a logical reason. What is that reason?

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:24 PM, mperiod wrote:

    Americans who continue to think they should be hired based on their nationality instead of their qualifications will continue to struggle to find jobs. The fact is these companies are hiring now, but you don't have the qualifications, or you are demanding above market value, to work there. Companies aren't ignoring American workers out of spite. Its just American workers refuse to keep up with the rest of the world when it comes to education and training.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:24 PM, lortep wrote:

    Exactly how many unemployed Americans do we have?

    Is there some reason behind our keeping out-of-work Americans on the government dole - and not working and paying taxes - to give American jobs to foreign nationals?

    Why is it that our Universities don't graduate people able to handle our Hi-Tech jobs?

    Why is it that other countries like India completely fund college educations - while our students are burdened by massive student Loan debts?

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:25 PM, chadwicksr wrote:

    idiotic concern. first you have to assume that the spouse speaks English. then that the spouse possess the skills required by an employer . must of these issues will prohibit most spouses from "taking away" jobs from USA citizens

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:28 PM, mperiod wrote:

    @Blanclage

    Unemployment among college grads is around 3% it has less to do with being anti-American worker, and more to do with the skills of the American worker. Education is now "liberal elitism" and "brainwashing" according to a sizeable chunk of this country.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:34 PM, emailnodata wrote:

    All Conservative Americans are focused on hating Liberals. All Liberals are focused on finding work.

    Neither "side" gets the real issue: follow the money. Undocumented and H1B's are here because EMPLOYERS demand they be here....cheap labor, works hard, don't make trouble.

    While we may all be "illegals" in someones's eyes, pragmatically speaking you want to be able to limit who comes into a land you've conquered (yes conquered). However, the average American is losing this battle because the American employer's are looking for greater profits, and the best way to get that is with....undocumented workers!!!

    Follow the money.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:35 PM, fastcat wrote:

    They are not hiring local engineers because the foreign ones will work for much less money. I have a friend with a masters in EE who designs computer chips. He has been in the field for 30 years as a consultant. Since 2000 the wages offered have been shrinking from $150/hour to $100/hr to $75/hr and now most companies are offering $65/hr. When he gets work he is surrounded by people from India. They are not more competent, just cheaper. Believe me there are plenty of high quality US engineers but the long term goal of corporations is decrease wages so they are similar across all countries. Get used to it America. Our standard of living is being downsized.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:41 PM, merchantilist wrote:

    The Chamber of Commerce and tech giants are unending in pushing their cheap labor agenda. These leaders should recognize that many are US citizens and have a responsibility to their country beyond the interest of their firm in getting less expensive labor. We do graduate more Americans in STEM fields than there are jobs in these fields. Wages are stagnant in these fields - not a sign of shortage. More generally 1/2 of recent college graduates are unemployed or under employed. Income inequality has grown from weak labor markets. It is pointed out that less skilled workers are severely impacted. More people believe that reductions in legal immigration is good policy than believe that increases in immigration is good policy. Illegal activity should not be rewarded. The Senate comprehensive amnesty amnesty would give legal status to illegals in the country only 3 months before most of the writing of the comprehensive amnesty bill was finished. The Senate bill also massively increases legal immigration- how can the Senate care so little about American workers - their top concern seems to be big donors and foreign citizens.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:41 PM, MMencer0426 wrote:

    @mperiod...Don't you believe it. There's a concerted and ongoing effort from the Left to destroy America from within....They're importing foreigners from all over the Third World and plunking them down in red states to dilute the conservative vote as they breed faster than Americans as a whole and whites in particular, and in the process, suck off of the taxpayers. This administration cannot be kicked out of office quick enough....There are literally million of Americans that would take the jobs mentioned in this article. MIllions. Yet they plan on giving them to foreigners. The enemy within that our founding fathers warned us about is the Democrat party and even some in the GOP.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:45 PM, TheAncient wrote:

    "Scarcely one month after U.S. companies snapped up 85,000 H-1B visas allowing businesses to bring highly skilled foreign workers to this country for full-time work,.."

    This has been going on for decades and NOT NEW since 2009. American companies hiring skilled foreign workers because they are cheaper than their American counterpart. In 2008 alone 5 million Americans lost their jobs that went overseas and American companies brought in on expedited H-1Bs 10's of 1000's if not more foreign workers to take even more American jobs. It is NOT just the Dems but both Parties and only an idiot would ignore this fact.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:46 PM, sagehopper wrote:

    This is cheap "outsourcing". Don;t want to ship a business to another country, so they bring the country in here. .And the Party of Illegals will promote it, because it equals votes from the relatives that are here legally.Pretty soon, there will be no Americans working...all the "entry level" jobs, and minimum wage jobs will be done by illegals, or realtives of illegals. Is that all we get our of NAFTA? Cheap laborers, in exchange for....what?

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:47 PM, stockingshorts wrote:

    A very good friend and coworker, once told me a story of when his daughter was taking a couple of semesters of college overseas in a Euro country. She was more than qualified for the position she applied for and would temporarily fill but was denied because...........because the country she was applying for a job in told her "we take care of our own people first." And consequently she was denied the job. You apparently don't see these greedy corporations VOLUNTEERING to do the same for our kids coming out of colleges here. Billy Gates and his billionaire cronies would rather put Abdul to work FIRST at a reported THIRD of the wage. That's the bottom line. It's more about the money that the "EXPERTISE".........

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:48 PM, UncleRuckus wrote:

    I knew this article was bogus when they said the figures came from CIS. CIS is a member of the pro abortion Tanton Hate Cult. This is akin to asking the KKK what they think about black people.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:49 PM, 5rugrat1 wrote:

    The current government is giving America away, just another way for Obummer to screw America!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:51 PM, deckman wrote:

    Re-read the article. Our recent graduates are not getting hired in favor of Foreign workers / graduates. This is simply Big Tech buying political influence to hire cheaper workers. Nothing more, nothing less. It is not about a shortage of talent, it is not about our graduates being less talented; it is about money.

    Our political system is broken and our businesses will kill their own mother it it meant an extra dollar.

    Simple governmental reform is required; but, our politicians are being bribed in various ways by lobbyists paid by Big Tech.

    The political system in the US is broke. Getting rid of career politicians may loosen the hold of lobbyists enough to make a formative change for We the people again.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:51 PM, DomVendetta wrote:

    mperiod

    You are a clueless pro corporate blowhard. They are after cheaper wages which are below standard and will hire and pay the workers wives less also.

    Don't post on here deceit as if you're stating a fact.

    This country has become a poor cesspool based on corporate greed and you will not post otherwise and blame the workers who are by passed for cheaper foreign workers and are age discriminated against.

    Ever heard of OTJT? It barely exists because your so called institutes of higher learning want a degree for just about everything when there are still many jobs that can pay at least a middle class wage. These jobs can be encouraged by our government in the form of a training stip to pay the Employers to train our countries employees.

    I have recruited, hired and trained and developed people for 15 years and have heard things coming out of young peoples mouths fresh out of college that are completely unacceptable. Where are they learning and forming this Attitude?

    Why should I hire you? Well as you can see Im young and wont have energy issues like older people and obviously you don't have computer illiteracy issues with me.

    She stated nothing about herself or her redeeming qualities except for going on the attack about older candidates she may be competing against.

    I asked her, how old do you think I am? Do you see me falling asleep during this interview process and are you assuming I also can't use a computer?

    I told her don't call me, Ill call you and sent her down the road.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:52 PM, CaptAmericaa1 wrote:

    I would really like to see the percentage of our kids graduating now with STEM degrees that have jobs lined up. I think obama and the dems are selling out our kids with their immigration "reform", sticking them with huge college loans and then giving jobs away to foreigners. I know they are selling out the poor and the middle class.They want to flood the entry level job market with illegals, raising unemployment and keeping wages low, hurting the poor disproportionally. And the middle class gets to pay for the health care subsidies and education.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:55 PM, hawaiisurferdude wrote:

    To answer Blanclage's question, YES, it is cheaper to hire a foreign STEM worker than it is to higher a U.S. worker with the same qualifications, no matter where they earned their degree. I worked in the technology industry for six years and both companies I worked at had a good number of H-1B employees. They were all computer programmers and engineers, many of them coming from Russia, Bulgaria & India. They were all paid a lot less money than their U.S. counterparts at the same company, but they all put out the same level of high quality work. The only instances where a foreign employee was receiving compensation similar to a U.S. employee is if they were in management or was the product team lead, which wasn't necessarily a manager of personnel. More like the lead engineer for a product. If you can hire someone to do the same job for (a lot) less and still receive the same level of high quality work, it seems like a no-brainer.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:59 PM, weaver wrote:

    In April, 80,000 college graduates found work, this brings the total to -512,000 jobs for the year.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 1:59 PM, downeysoca wrote:

    The move, according to DHS, is meant to "ensure that the U.S. has the most skilled workforce in the world." I think the DHS has now went passed what they were supposed to do for the country and that was to protect the borders, not to decide what is needed for our labor market, who is skilled or not skilled, be them from America or another country, they are treading into politics they have no need to be in or even enforcing or even making those kinds of decisions!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:04 PM, JohnB1234 wrote:

    One reason the government wants H-1B workers, they don't get unemployment benefits. They pay into them, but they can never collect the benefits.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:04 PM, downeysoca wrote:

    Oh by the way mperiod how about going back to your own country and continue your lobbying to your people, because here your just a blowhole spouting crap!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:14 PM, frellmedead wrote:

    Of course, the companies and the government that does their bidding will say that they cannot find enough skilled or qualified American citizens to fill these positions, which is a lie. They are doing it because they can pay the immigrants one-half or even one-third as much as they would have to pay an American for the same work.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:14 PM, 2smartforlibs wrote:

    I guess they have bills to pay and when you can draw endless unemployment welfare now why go to work let the rest do it. We have become a country of the entitled and as long as radical liberalism rears it ugly head that will never change

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:16 PM, banmate7 wrote:

    In all my experience in hi-tech, I have never come across an American being denied a job in favor of a lesser qualified H1B. In the 90s, I did see a few cases of H1Bs getting marginally less salaries when hired, but that has changed the past few years. Suffice it to say, the salaries are by and large the same.

    Folks, there is a shortage of talent globally. Not even H1Bs can supply the demand for skilled hi-tech labor. We're talking about having a solid data structures, algorithms, programming, and discrete & combinatorial math background. Throw in SQL & NOSQL skills.

    Like it or not, we need a cultural overhaul in the US with regards to STEM education. This needs to be inculcated at a young age. It's too late to address this in high school. The time to win hearts and minds here is in K-8.

    I'm a proud American. I still believe in our country and am bullish for the future. We just need to restore academic and cultural rigor in education. We've lost something here, but the opportunity exists to turn it around.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:30 PM, Hamcallk5co wrote:

    A rapidly increasing number of Americans are living at public expense; we may need the illegal spouse to help pay the taxes needed to support the food stamp-housing assist bunch. Given another couple of years, the Democrats should have pretty well broken this nation and there won't be any work anyway. Many large companies are trying to leave the US as the government here is far too anti-business to tolerate any longer. Until the party of hate is defeated, count on them spending more that we can pay in taxes until all tax will be needed to pay the interest on those loans. That's in five years.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:31 PM, jimwolf511 wrote:

    Only in Obama's America will the illegals criminals get jobs, while Americans starves and lose their homes.. Vote every dam democrat out of office in November to save America..

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:35 PM, Ardadius wrote:

    What's the problem, are American workers not good enough? You have to bring in more workers from overseas?

    Yes, this administration is about jobs - jobs for foreigners.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:36 PM, justhisone wrote:

    I'm Indian on a H1B, and trust me when I say this (and I echo the views of thousands of other h1B workers) - This legislation would be a MASSIVE DISASTER if passed. The opportunity to work in the US should be earned, and you are not entitled to it. I got my education in an American university, and spent over 70 grand on college tuition. I busted my behind to get my degree and again busted my behind to find a job in a competitive job market. And everyday at my job, I work my rear off to stay good and add value. So yes, I deserve to be here. This legislation would be a slap to our faces, and I seriously hope it doesn't get passed, even if it means financial hardship to my fellow immigrants. As for the H1B system, yes it is broken, and no, it is not as bad as you folks think it is. Wages are paid on the standards set by the Bureau of Labor, and contrary to what you think. It is easier to hire an American than a H1B worker. The system can be fixed easily. If you are importing a worker across offices, don't put them on a H1B, create a separate category and limit it to a year and extendable if needed. And don't make it GC eligible. This would discourage visa overstays and encourage employers to groom local talent.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:38 PM, tbarbar90 wrote:

    PhD chemist with 13 years of Li-ion battery experience here.

    I was laid off by Enerdel 2 years ago. Enerdel received $118 MILLION from the stimulus. They went bankrupt. During bankruptcy, I was laid off while the company kept 4 foreigners on H1-B visas (work visas) in similar roles. I am an American. Oh, it was only a month before I got laid off that I was pulled aside individually and was told I was a key employee and they were going to give me a 20% bonus to stay during bankruptcy reorganization.

    Please do not tell me that we need more high tech workers. The companies want cheap labor. It took me another 1.5 years to find a job.

    Oh, all the money to green energy? a waste....Enerdel was bankrupt. A123 bankrupt. Both companies are now in the hands of the Russians and Chinese, respectively. At a trade show in 2012, they had estimated the US had an overcapacity of 300-1000% of Li-ion manufacturing capability. So many will go bankrupt and none will do well. All that funding attracted lots of scientists and now they have nowhere to find a job.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:38 PM, AlAlbert wrote:

    We have high unemployment, yet we are going to give jobs away to non-citizens. Real smart going America !

    If we are going to do something stupid like this how about we at least bring in workers from somewhere other than Mexico for a change ?

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:38 PM, Andy205 wrote:

    I am not sure who is right who is wrong:

    This is my case. I worked in IT for 20 years and struggling to find work (able to work for 7 months - two jobs in past 19 months). As per my experience, companies are looking for high skills, but they are not willing to train American workers and they think that they have sources to find cheap labor with high skills either here or there.

    My wife did a Ph.D and also got a degree in medical field, but she couldn't find a suitable job in her related field. Working as a assistant substitute teacher for $15hr. Why? Whom to blame. I know lot of foreign (H1-B) working here with low salaries because they are still happy as per their country standard of living.

    My final suggestion is, hire and train American workers if companies/Businesses really care about this country's men and women.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:38 PM, tbarbar90 wrote:

    PhD chemist with 13 years of Li-ion battery experience here.

    I was laid off by Enerdel 2 years ago. Enerdel received $118 MILLION from the stimulus. They went bankrupt. During bankruptcy, I was laid off while the company kept 4 foreigners on H1-B visas (work visas) in similar roles. I am an American. Oh, it was only a month before I got laid off that I was pulled aside individually and was told I was a key employee and they were going to give me a 20% bonus to stay during bankruptcy reorganization.

    Please do not tell me that we need more high tech workers. The companies want cheap labor. It took me another 1.5 years to find a job.

    Oh, all the money to green energy? a waste....Enerdel was bankrupt. A123 bankrupt. Both companies are now in the hands of the Russians and Chinese, respectively. At a trade show in 2012, they had estimated the US had an overcapacity of 300-1000% of Li-ion manufacturing capability. So many will go bankrupt and none will do well. All that funding attracted lots of scientists and now they have nowhere to find a job.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:40 PM, ComputerExpert wrote:

    I'll keep it short and sweet.

    Anybody take a look at the teenage unemployment numbers?

    Anybody notice that AMCIT STEM students are graduating, but having difficulty finding jobs?

    Anybody notice that if "amnesty" even hits the House floor, there will be a reaction from a number of constituents?

    Nov. 2016 can't get here fast enough.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:42 PM, StayDry wrote:

    These immigrants also bring in cultures that are unAmerican, and they badger Americans using their positions. They look down on you, will steal from you (knowledge-wise), even if they are inferior in skills, they want you dead.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:42 PM, weaver wrote:

    Once again, the US has to sweeten the pot in order to convince the temporary?-workers (H-1B) to board the sinking ship.

    1. The H-1B was at one time, a 3 year visa, a second 3 years was then added.

    2. 20,000 visas added for US Postgraduates, unlimited exemptions added for various educational and non-profit employers.

    3. It became a hardship for American employers to pay a little extra for H-1B's to maintain a foreign residence, dual-intent was added, so the foreign residence was no longer required.

    4. AC21 allows unlimited extensions to the now 6 year H-1B for those who can get an employer to sponsor -- H-1B (and L-1) now unlimited for some temporary workers.

    5. OPT (Optional Practical Training) extended from 12 to 29 months for STEM students, no Soc Sec. and Disability withholdings while still on student visa (I.e., waiting for H-1B)

    6. Proposal for employment authorization for (some) H-1B spouses.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:43 PM, StayDry wrote:

    Companies already made too much. Rich getting richer, poor getting poorer, why? Hiring American grads and workers can help close this. Companies should do it.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:46 PM, SarahTX2 wrote:

    It's not hard to figure this one out. Foreign workers take lower pay which lowers everyone's pay. They have a fraction of the experience of American workers. And we're being taken over by this corporate greed. It's not the fault of the foreign workers. It's the fault of private sector employers who have zero loyalty to the country that made it all possible for them. These employers can't even be bothered with hiring our veterans who fought wars for us. Spouses of immigrants will get those jobs. And we're all supposed to believe that all the other people in the world are better than Americans at doing their work. We're all supposed to believe that American education is like the worst there is. This is despicable and it will not have a good outcome.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:48 PM, StayDry wrote:

    It's very true that the so-called 'skilled' workers do not have more skills than US workers. Why companies give them jobs instead of to Americans it's hard to comprehend.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:50 PM, JD25 wrote:

    There are some Illegal Mexicans that live two streets over from me. They have only been here about 6 months, and they just bought a 60,000 dollar Cadillac Escalade. If somebody paid my rent ,utilities, food, medical, and dental, I could drive a Cadillac Escalade too! There is something wrong when an Illegal Mexican has more rights than a law abiding citizen who has been here all his life.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:51 PM, RRIV wrote:

    Foreign students are smarter, work for less money, or less arrogant, more grateful, and don't bring mommy and daddy to their employment interview.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 2:58 PM, arcarson63 wrote:

    It's not that we aren't hiring US employees. Our laws state that we can only hire so many of each race. When that race quota is filled, we are forced to hire outside that race. Each company has to by law hire a certain amount of blacks, whites, asians, hispanics India indians and NAI's.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:02 PM, SarahTX2 wrote:

    I have 38 years experience as a paralegal. I know the courts inside and out. I got drummed out of the job market when the pay went down so low that it's practically half what it used to be. Our one-month's salary Christmas bonus became fifty or a hundred bucks. And don't even bother to ask to take an earned vacation day at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Seniority totally went out the window. Half the employees were Hispanic with a year or two experience and the rest of us had to do half their work just to keep our own work going. It became too galling to see all the typos and have to proofread the work of people who are lowering everyone's pay. I'm in the stock market now, making as much as I used to make back when American employees were valued and respected. Good riddance, work force.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:10 PM, pagina132000 wrote:

    The big issue here is the key words being used "skilled workers." That is what is lacking in this country - a large pool of people with enough skills to fill these jobs. Who is at fault? The people that are "graduating" from our colleges and universities who have selected the wrong studies. Studies that give them an easy degree but does not qualify them with the skills needed for the technological jobs existing in today's working world. Also responsible is our educational system not being able to train and educate our young people and finally parents who do not motivate their children to aspire to be better able to fit in today's work environment.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:21 PM, redneckreaver wrote:

    Focused like a Laser on every possible way to Destroy America. 6 Years and not a Damned thing done to create Jobs for Americans. 100s of Billions of OUR taxpayer money pissed off creating jobs for Foreign Nationals.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:24 PM, jason1979 wrote:

    Again the hypocrisy of pointing the finger at immigrants taking jobs. Americans all want to do pencil pushing, but run from a work that requires a shovel.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:26 PM, MsW wrote:

    Brilliant idea why not offer to relocate qualified Americans who cannot afford to relocate to take a job elsewhere and give them a stipend to live on until they are getting paid on such a job.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:33 PM, johnpsmith wrote:

    When it comes to bringing an end to the government's spitting in the face of America's unemployed and STEM graduates via these labor importation schemes, the only language the government understands is 1776 style violence.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:38 PM, jrc1066 wrote:

    If foreign countries educate their workers so much better than American schools, why do so many foreigners attend American universities and colleges? Many of the foreign workers hired in this country have graduated from US schools. Do schools have separate classes for foreigners where they provide them with a better education? I'm interested in knowing why foreigners are so much more desirable as employees. After much consideration of the matter, it boils down to one thing-----MONEY.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:38 PM, johnpsmith wrote:

    When it comes to bringing an end to the government's spitting in the face of America's unemployed and STEM graduates via these labor importation schemes, the only language the government understands is 1776 style violence.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:39 PM, cvxxx wrote:

    Add age discrimination to that too. Many American workers are not in the preferred generations.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:47 PM, cjdawgct wrote:

    It is absolutely appalling that we, the AMERICAN VOTER AND TAXPAYER allow this to happen. The time has come to VOTE OUT

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:49 PM, cjdawgct wrote:

    US TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS need to take action. Time to demand term limits for those traitor politicians and sell-outs.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 3:51 PM, Robnati wrote:

    Work ethic??

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 4:23 PM, techguy2014 wrote:

    I have worked on H1B for more then decade in USA, I got education in USA and I feel sorry for Americans, but you guys are wrong in missing one point, H1Bs are not cheap as stated by you, lot of them make more money then any American can imagine even in Jobs, this is systematic corruption going on in America. Media doesn't talk reality in name of political correctness and charges like racism etc. There is no way to tell Americans what is going on in reality.

    For those who want to learn more, please visit this site and comment your thoughts so that American side of story is also heard and remember cheap labor is not an argument

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2010-001...

    Now here is the reality in short

    1. Background context

    US IT industry is controlled by Indians from only two states in India, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, as you know India is a diverse country with different languages and cultures with lot of discrimination and infighting among various sections.

    Someone has to say truth, and call spade a spade since in garb of political correctness or racism allegations etc US department shouldn't ignore truth

    2. Practices like slavery, disrespect, dirty politics, discrimination, exploitation are being ported from India in quantified magnitude to USA, look at any IT company what is reality, Indians can't work with anybody except people from Tamil Nadu (Hyper sensitive managers with high end ego) and Andhra (people with fraud degrees, resumes and fake work experience), whatever America has progressed in 200-300 years especially in fields like HR, social sciences will be lost. There won't be any new Innovation because slowly and steadily culture of slavery, nepotism has become norm in last 15 yrs, right now it is at peak in US IT industry.

    3. All recruiting activities in US IT industry are outsourced, people sitting in India are using VOIP phones to call candidates in US, then they push profile of these candidates to American businesses, one company who is actual sponsor of H1B hands over resume to second company and so on till resume reaches desk of a Manager working with end client in USA like Citibank, all these middle men keep charging money every hour by claiming on paper that they are actual sponsor of H1B candidate.

    4.

    In my humble opinion, practically there should be two safeguards if you are going to formalize this rule in any case, this will save future American generation and will close the loop holes.

    Safeguard 1.

    H1B candidates shouldn't be allowed to work at third party, also referred as client site, example can be Citibank. Companies in US should be allowed to sponsor H1B with caveat that keep person in-house, Companies can't market the H1B person to others. This clause may reduce lot of existing problems.

    No EAD for spouses of H1B who are not full time employees with a product company like Microsoft, Face book or end client like JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America etc. EADs has to comply with location constraints of principle H1B; otherwise whole idea of H1B is defeated. H4-EAD needs to have STEM background and can only work in same field, otherwise these people will compete for jobs at McDonald and Wal-Mart level and whole American economy will crash.

    Safeguard 2.

    There should not be any layer involved between end client and H1 Sponsor Company, I am sure with this; all fraudulent Indian companies who are gaming US immigration system will get closed

    Indians who are citing example of Canada, well in Canada there is hardly any illegal immigration and there is no job discrimination against existing people or locals in garb of technical excuses, in USA entire social fabric is getting spoiled due to immigration fraud. Free trade principles with no strong safeguards are back firing and this propose rule will aggravate the situation.

    Attached- Paper for more details with back up data, study was conducted among various job hubs in US across main sectors like Banking, Insurance, retail and pharmaceutical, IT departments of these companies in various regions were studied to understand job strength of Indians and type of work they are doing. A further study was conducted to find out if unemployed Americans were available in that area or not and were these Americans fit to do the job, a contextual and sensitivity analysis was performed to look at depth of this whole paradigm. Numerical analysis clearly showed that Americans were displaced, scarcity of skilled labor is rhetoric and Indians have job monopoly

    Note-This forum doesn't have functionality to attach research paper but it has been submitted to US government website inviting public comments.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 4:23 PM, jamesdm1976 wrote:

    This country is garbage now!!!!!!! Americans can't even get jobs but lets give what jobs there are to immigrants.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 4:23 PM, tranger1 wrote:

    To Chadwicksr: I thought everybody knew they don't have to speak English. "WE" have to learn to speak Spanish. I think it's a requirement.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 4:27 PM, Topdoginvesting1 wrote:

    The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.

    Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

    1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

    2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

    3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.

    4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

    Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.

    These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

    1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

    And here's another one worth considering...

    2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't. Think about it.....

    and Last but not least,

    3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 4:27 PM, Topdoginvesting1 wrote:

    The definition of the word Conundrum is: something that is puzzling or confusing.

    Here are six Conundrums of socialism in the United States of America:

    1. America is capitalist and greedy - yet half of the population is subsidized.

    2. Half of the population is subsidized - yet they think they are victims.

    3. They think they are victims - yet their representatives run the government.

    4. Their representatives run the government - yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    5. The poor keep getting poorer - yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    6. They have things that people in other countries only dream about - yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

    Think about it! And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the USA in the 21st Century. Makes you wonder who is doing the math.

    These three, short sentences tell you a lot about the direction of our current government and cultural environment:

    1. We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works.

    And here's another one worth considering...

    2. Seems we constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. How come we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money? What's interesting is the first group "worked for" their money, but the second didn't. Think about it.....

    and Last but not least,

    3. Why are we cutting benefits for our veterans, no pay raises for our military and cutting our army to a level lower than before WWII, but we are not stopping the payments or benefits to illegal aliens

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 4:33 PM, rw93003 wrote:

    Too many native born Americans these days have grown up in a society that gives them bigger trophies for just showing up half the time that prior generations got for winning 1st place. They went to schools and colleges where they got preached to by tax supported representatives of Teacher Unions who told them they were entitled to everything and hard work and corporations were bad and people did extra work not on their job descriptions were stupid suckers. Americans aren't what they used to be, so neither are American workers.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:18 PM, kcisobderf wrote:

    This plan literally gives away jobs held by US citizens in favor of docile indentured servants.

    There isn't, and never was a US worker skill shortage, in any industry.

    It's only about saving money for multinational corporations. BTW, ask the internal customers of this newfangled *IT service* at every company and they'll tell you they hate it too.

    Whose country is it anyway?

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:24 PM, duudaa wrote:

    With the cheap labour so far away in Red China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, why not bring those people to the US and have them work for nothing here? Yeah, makes perfect sense.

    Its seems over the last ten years every decision made has been to dismantle America.

    Sooner or later Rome is going to be in serious trouble.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:33 PM, California249 wrote:

    Honestly, for the first time ever, I'm considering moving to another country. I can deal with the high taxes, but not all the buffoonery which has engulfed America. I've always stood by my country, but things are absolutely crazy in this country. Our citizens can't find jobs and college graduates are either moving back in with their parents or working for very low wages. Yet we give jobs to immigrants. Now things like net neutrality is being thrown out and other crap.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:38 PM, sporttster wrote:

    What on earth are these idiots thinking?!?? Seriously? They are really out to destroy this Country, aren't they? They've already moved millions of our jobs overseas and now this. What's it going to take to stop this nonsense??? Who the heck is on OUR side? This is just ridiculous! Unfathomable....

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:41 PM, JoeB0401 wrote:

    VOTE OUT EVERY LAST INCUMBENT!!! EVERY ONE!!! These representatives will not be satisfied until they have America on its knees. Truly -- are they that out of touch to be unable to realize the equality of education and skills abroad are NOT superior to America's??? They are diploma mills, ID thieves, data theft, innovation theft -- they will cripple this nation! It's appalling and absolutely unforgivable to infuse this country with the dredges of other nations -- let them keep their 'skilled laborers' in their own countries! We HAVE skilled, EDUCATED workers with MULTIPLE degrees OUT OF WORK now! Vote out every last incumbent -- they do NOT care about the future of this nation!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:46 PM, lifer101 wrote:

    we can write the jerks we voted into office and protest all this BS.

    Not that it will do any good but its better then doing

    nothing.

    Worst thing we can do is,do nothing

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 5:55 PM, markpa1948 wrote:

    now you don't worry about those 100,000 american jobs, as americans were nothing but dirt trash,But, when you see the keysto the white house being given to the mexicans, then run as fast as you can.hey after all as real americans, we can't get free drivers licenses either.e have to pay for them.How dose it fel to be a 3rd rate citizen of your own country? When this place becomes The United States of Mexico, itwill be too late.What happened to the good old days when things were voted on? And now we have a new government inity making and changing laws Homeland Security.When did they get the power to make law? I may be wrong but i believe that entering a foreign country is a act of terrorism if its by illegial means.Gee that means we have about 60 million terrorists in our country.The USA is on a road to ruin,all for getting a vote, which will not be needed once they take control of what was once YOUR COUNTRY!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 6:09 PM, JunieBee wrote:

    The citizens of this country are in serious trouble! When the good jobs are going to immigrants while Americans can't find work this is nothing but a slap in the face for all Americans. It seems they are trying to destroy this country and the American people.Where else in the world would any country give it's jobs to people that belonged to another country over it's own citizens? America had best wake up!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 6:33 PM, MandiM wrote:

    Great country we live in. If you are a citizen you get the shaft. Come here legally or illegally and the US is your oyster. The government is so worried about others' rights. Stop pandering to all the different groups, make people responsible for their own actions (your illegal, you knew the risk) STOP taking care of the world and start taking care of your citizens.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 7:48 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    I came to the US in 1998 on H1B to work as a MSEE, eventually I met my wife, got married and became a Citizen in 2007 so I know a thing or two about H1B !

    Though the laws state that the employer has to pay the prevailing wage the employer has the capability to influence where the prevailing wage is effectively enabling employers to hire foreign labor a lot cheaper than US workers !

    The prevailing wage is set by the DOL , the employer has to file a request with the DOL to determine the prevailing wage based on a job description and job requirements , just by leaving out some requirements the prevailing wage can be lowered by quite a bit .

    The company I worked for had different design teams , the group I was working in was consisting entirely of US citizens due to the nature of the projects we been working on , most of the other groups were mixed with citizens and non citizens, one year the company decided to hire about 10 new grads from a local university , 3 of them were US citizens the rest was from india , the grads from india got paid $43000 per year the US grads got paid $72000 per year , we figured that out when two of the new hires compared their paychecks one day

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 7:49 PM, frcontrone wrote:

    Our highly skilled workers didn't leave this country, they were laid off in favor of sending jobs over seas, or bringing in cheap as dirt H1B visa holders. The H1b holders are not more skilled nor more experienced. They are just cheaper. They are also not immigrants! Now even more chap labor will be imported. When will the insanity end? We are not the richest country, we do not have even the top 30 in health care, and our economy is in the suck zone. We have congress and the Man who thinks he is God in the white house shitting on us from a considerable height. When will government for the people come back? or is it only going to get worse?

    Now the WH has put caps on medical costs. Not for us, but what the insurance companies will have to pay. Welcome to the gutting of the health care system that we were lied to about. It is going g to make it even more UNafforadable for some procedures. Need your knee replaced? Now it is capped and you will have to pay big bucks out of pocket for your affordable health care. But that is ok, since you know won't have a job to pay for that insurance.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 7:52 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    American companies have been outsourcing jobs for decades , now the model has changed as higher shipping costs and rising cost of operation in the foreign countries is eating into their profits.

    So the smart guys came up with a new sneaky approach, instead of outsourcing the jobs they just import cheap foreign workers

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 7:52 PM, USFirst wrote:

    Immigration both legal and illegal has gotten way, way out of hand. The American people are handing over the destiny of the country to those who are here for purely economic reasons--not because they are drawn to our culture, history or values. I can not believe what I am witnessing as the American people are sowing the very seeds of their own displacement. In another 50 years, everyone will openly see this and agree--but it will be too late.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:05 PM, RickJordan wrote:

    We need another French Revolution, where the people march on the nation's capital, and drag the scum-bag politicians out into the street to face the guillotine. Then, after we've cleaned house, we will ask "Who's next?". It would be a bloody, well-deserved lesson for those in power who pretend to represent us, but instead rape us. The French revolution saw REAL justice: short, sweet, swift, and to the point.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:09 PM, damconcerded wrote:

    WOW WHERES JOBS FOR AMERICANS ALREADY HERE NOW U GIVE TO H_1B IMMAGRANTS OUR JOBS THAT AMERICANS NEED NOT RYTE

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:24 PM, ChMacQueen wrote:

    Its simple why the companies want foreign workers. Foreign workers have less of a turnover rate and will often work for far less for skilled jobs. Those foreign workers if the conditions aren't great can't just go and look for another job, they are locked in or lose their work visa. Further they are willing to work for far less because often back home such jobs would pay significantly less then in the US, often less then 1/2 with harsher hours and no benefits. Yet in the US they will gladly work for 2/3 the salary and few benefits.

    Again, all about money.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:26 PM, RFTECH3000 wrote:

    The biggest crime ever committed by the American industrialists and politicians was the outsourcing wave that started under Clinton,

    American companies went to china , Malaysia and other countries laying off entire factories , this had two consequences , the first one was a significant loss of intellectual power and skills as many highly skilled workers and engineers went to work in other , unrelated job fields or retired early .

    The second much more severe consequence however was that you people with a interest in science and technology were no longer seeking degrees in electronics and mechanical engineering, as a result universities tried to make up for the slumping enrollment numbers by recruiting and training foreign students, most of them returned to their home countries after graduating starting companies to compete with US businesses while others took assignments at universities educating students in their home country and by doing so creating a large pool of college graduates unable to secure employment in their home countries .

    So where do those grads go ? to the US on H1B of course

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:37 PM, 2care4nextgen wrote:

    Big...big...large...large yes from previous individuals comments that companies already made toooooooooooooooo much. And, as I have said from my other blog comments on other websites that rich getting richer, poor getting poorer, why? Hiring American grads and workers can help close this which is exactly right. Our poor children and next generation who graduated from universities or colleges that has tons of school loans could not find a job and middle class families and parents who have had sacrifice themselves sending their children to earned their degree and final outcome could 'NOT' find a job because it's too competitive with these H-1B visas and now the corrupted congress will pass a law again about Spouses of H-1B workers, currently classified as H-4 to be allowed and requested employment authorization under the new law.

    ***THIS ALL WHAT I COULD SAY AMERICA BECAUSE I COULD FILE MY RETIREMENT ANY DAY AT ANY TIME BUT I DO CARE WITH OUR POOR NEXT GENERATION MIDDLE CLASS CHILDREN WHOM SOMEDAY WILL HAVE THEIR FAMILIES BUT JOBLESS. I DON'T VOTE NEITHER DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN BECAUSE THEY ALL THE SAME (CORRUPTED). I'VE ONLY ADMIRED AND HIGHLY APPRECIATED/THANKED JUST 1 PRESIDENT WHO IS JFK. "THINK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOURSELF"

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 8:54 PM, techguy2014 wrote:

    I am wondering why Americans are not going to government website which is inviting public comments for this proposed rule, just try to use data and persuade government with your side of story, whatever it is worth for, at-least officials will be reading your comments also as you know Indian H1B population is huge, they will just bully authorities to get this law passed, act before more of you loose jobs.

    Here is the government link on which you can comment

    http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2010-001...

    and below is the link to understand how Indian H1Bs are thinking to get this law passed

    http://www.trackitt.com/uk-discussion-forums/i765/740339151/...

    Act now before even flipping burgers jobs become competitive as these H4s will be fighting alongside Americans for those jobs as well @ $3 per hour which is lot cheaper

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 9:05 PM, isthisromperroom wrote:

    They aren't cheaper. Companies bring in H1B's (specifically my former employer which was a huge sponsor of all things Indian-Oracle) and have to post the wages for that job. Most H1B's made more than I did, even at entry level. They were not smarter, they seemed to not get technical concepts and they certainly were not cheaper. The wives would actually have a different name so yes, they would get work there also. It's unfortunate that America cannot take care of it's own and wants it to look like little India or Mexico here. I had to train people to take over my job. They don't work harder, in fact, a lot of them are very lazy. But they have figured out how to make lots of money at American worker's expense and they send dollars home. I think every company who hires H1B's should be fined, and they should have to prove that they did a search with unemployed people or college grads.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 9:14 PM, Philadelphian wrote:

    Next month it will be ten years since I lost my job and profession to outsourcing. What allowed this action, which is equivalent to cutting ours noses off to spite our collective faces, was the allowance of H1-B Visas.

    The LIE of the necessity of H1-B Visas has done as much as any single act to hurt the hard-working American worker. The purpose of H1-B Visas is supposed to provide businesses the means to hire foreign workers because of a shortage of American workers to do the job. This always was and continues to be a lie today.

    Today the argument for H1B visas is just as much a lie as it was 10 years ago and along with the outsourcing of jobs and illegal immigration are the main reasons that the United States of America is headed toward third world status with the blessing of its political leaders.

    It frightens me to say that too many Americans are so busy worrying about I PADS, smartphones, and the NFL draft to realize that the two major political parties in this country are abiding by the wishes of big business and purposely allowing more American citizens than ever to eventually be below the poverty line.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 10:27 PM, sporked wrote:

    A lot of pontificating and long posts. I will make it simple...It eventually comes down to one thing..

    IT'S ALWAYS THE MONEY!

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 10:39 PM, delm31 wrote:

    A good idea who's time has come.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 10:39 PM, delm31 wrote:

    And it will keep families together.

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 10:54 PM, taug99 wrote:

    THANK YOU DEMOCRATS !

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 11:53 PM, WalkerT wrote:

    Thanx for nothing Dems.....

  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2014, at 11:57 PM, fhfhfh84 wrote:

    Welcome to globalization. Americans need to cope and compete with the rest of the world. You guys are the first to force and embrace globalization, so do not whine and learn to compete.

    I am an immigrant currently holding a Green Card. I went to US university for my bachelor and master and compete with US Citizen for job. In my opinion, H-1B is a broken program and it is the one that suppress the wages for American, not the foreign worker itself. Foreign workers are not stupid and they want the highest wages that they can get, same or more than their US Citizen counterpart.

    H-1B does not allow you to change employer and pursue better opportunities, unless your future employer are willing to sponsor as well. This is detrimental to everyone since H-1B worker stuck at their old job and old/low salary. They can not moved to job with higher salary. US Gov should modify H-1B program to employee/workers sponsored and remove the limitation to change company. This will allow H-1B worker to find another job if they feel they were under compensated. This will force the employer to offer more competitive salary to keep the skilled workers.

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 3:11 AM, stant9104 wrote:

    Well. I was laid off for lack of work. A story in and of itself. From networking source found out a company was hiring. Applied to a posted job. Got an email immediately saying will you move to Greenville Texas. Started to explore their web site. Found out they have applied to get two H1B visa workers. Seems to me the real advantage of H1B worker is it would be willing to work anywhere in the US. IE don't have kids in school or a house. The pay for the job was very low too. IE they are working for next to nothing. Accepting such a low pay is unprofessional. Basically got screwed by the lack of age discrimination law enforcement and now by H1B visa laws. The US government is really kicking the US citizen in the teeth to be friends with wealthy business owners. IE capitalism at its finest. A reboot of the American system is going to occur. Just a question of when now.

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 3:51 AM, leejam wrote:

    We need to look at these corporations as Traitors to our Country and treat them for what they are, jobs to people from other Countries take our housing and cost Americans not just jobs but we have to compete with these people for our daily needs.

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 5:50 AM, cricket23 wrote:

    This came out "Before" the 2012 election!

    So if you still voted for Obama,don't whine.

    Obama Administration to Help Visa Holders Find Jobs

    The Department of Homeland Security announced last week it intends to issue

    regulations in the coming months to amend several visa programs in order to

    help aliens find jobs in the U.S. or keep the jobs they have.

    (DHS Website,

    Jan. 31, 2012)

    One of the major changes the Obama Administration intends to enact is

    expanding the scope of qualifying students who may stay and work for an

    extended period in the U.S. after graduation.

    President Obama plans to

    implement this policy shift by expanding the Optional Practical Training

    (OPT) program, which currently allows foreign students (F-1 visa holders)

    who graduate from U.S. colleges and universities in certain fields to remain

    in the U.S. to work for up to a year following graduation. (See 8 CFR

    214.2(f)(10)(ii)) Last spring, the Administration extended the program an

    additional 17 months for students graduating with a STEM degree to allow

    them to remain in the country to work for a total of 29 months upon

    graduation. (FAIR Legislative Update, May 23, 2011; ICE Press Release, May

    12, 2011) The Administration's latest announcement proposes to expand

    eligibility for the 29 month OPT program to foreign students currently

    completing a non-STEM degree so long as they have previously obtained one.

    The Administration also stated that it intends to continue reviewing

    additional fields to add to a list of qualifying STEM programs.

    Another major policy shift proposed by the Administration is to grant work

    authorization to certain spouses of H-1B holders. Incorrectly touted by the

    business lobby as a "high-skilled" visa program, the H-1B program allows

    employers to petition for an alien to come to the U.S. to fill a vacancy in

    a "specialty occupation" that may not even require a four-year degree.

    Under the Administration's proposal, certain spouses of H-1B visa holders would be

    allowed to work, taking scarce American jobs, while the H-1B holding spouse

    seeks a green card.

    Read rest of story below:

    http://www.fairus.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=248...

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 5:51 AM, greyhound44 wrote:

    Seriously, is everyone in DC certifiably insane??

    I can certainly understand the need for "cheap labor" to compete on the world stage, but this is ridiculous.

    Anyone want a job as a full time live in cook?

    retired expatriate (11 years in Conde Nast's 2013 "World's Best City") MD: NBME; ABIM; ABNM; ABR w/spec comp NR

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 7:31 AM, ajcx wrote:

    Here is what I do. Encourage all to do the same. I buy my clothes at thrift stores only, grow my own food as much as possible, never buy from large chains as much as possible, go to craft fairs, craft fairs are where you pay Americans to make products. Although some of the raw materials may come from abroad, you will pay an American to make it

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 9:20 AM, StephanieSmithen wrote:

    Politicians only understand when vote off of office. So, VOTE this November and get the INCUMBENTS OUT whether they are D or R

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 10:05 AM, jaymack47 wrote:

    this is so easy, they pay these foreigners less, we are not going to have a country is this keeps up.

  • Report this Comment On May 19, 2014, at 12:49 PM, Veggieman wrote:

    We Have millions of qualified Americans to take these jobs if only it wasn't more lucrative for them to receive government assistance !

  • Report this Comment On May 21, 2014, at 3:50 PM, fletzie wrote:

    After scrolling through a lot of these comments what many do not know is that there is an H4 visa for the spouses and dependents of H1B visas holders they can get. HOWEVER, those do NOT allow them to work here. Let them come but no rights to work. Actually I am opposed to their coming here because any children born here immediately become US citizens and can 'anchor' the parents here even though an H1B worker has no reasonable expectation of being granted citizenship...they are temporary workers ONLY.

  • Report this Comment On May 21, 2014, at 3:52 PM, fletzie wrote:

    @ cricket23 thank you for stating and giving the connection to fairus.org.

    At a time of severe unemployment we do not need more competition from foreign workers. For many

    reasons both economic and cultural.

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