May 3, 2013
Thursday morning NPR had yet another lobbyist sob story on H-1B.
A small company called GYMPACT has made an H-1B application for a "highly skilled" worker and they do not know if it will be approved.
That inspired me to take a look at the H-1B disclosure data at the Foreign Labor Certification Data Center. Read more...
April 30, 2013
After spending several days reading the Gang of Eight's immigration bill, I share a number of observations:
Observation 1: The current immigration system is 120 pages long. Reform should not take 844 pages. Amnesty for illegal aliens takes up 91 pages. The other 753 pages of mischief should be of greatest concern to the public. Read more...
April 5, 2013
One of the toughest challenges for the media is to put a personal face on a story. They always want to have a subject to show how an issue affects an individual. This can be very tough for a national issue like H-1B visas. Over the years I have frequently received requests from reporters like "Do you know an American living in Peoria who has been replaced by an H-1B worker within the past three months?" This was tough even when I was working as a programmer. I saw Americans being replaced by H-1B workers first hand, but they were always in New Jersey. Read more...
September 21, 2012
Read more on IBM and H-1Bs
In my last blog posting I pondered whether people were placing fake IBM job advertisements or whether IBM instinctively engages in visa abuse.
I have learned conclusively that it is the latter.
An intrepid reader has pointed out that the abusive behavior at IBM is even more flagrant than I had imagined. To view this firsthand, I: Read more...
September 19, 2012
Read more on IBM and H-1Bs
When I think of visa abuse, the first company that comes to mind is IBM. Whenever I am doing research on some aspect of employment-based visa abuse, IBM always seems to pop up. Read more...
August 22, 2012
Keeping on top of the mess that is our guestworker programs keeps me so busy that I do not have enough time to devote to the rest of the immigration system.
The big news there is President Obama's "deferred action" program in which he is granting an amnesty to certain illegal aliens. Through this administrative amnesty, illegal aliens who register can avoid deportation and get a work permit. Read more...
August 6, 2012
Read more on IBM and H-1Bs
Workers from around the country send me examples of H-1B abuse that is taking place around them. I organize this data to decipher patterns. There is usually no legal action that can be taken due to the way the law is structured and the circumstances of the information provider. Generally, I just collect. Read more...
July 31, 2012
The Brookings Institution recently released a report on the geographic distribution of workers using H-1B visas. (My colleague David North attended the press event for the report, which he discussed here.) The report itself is rather benign and presents no surprises to anyone familiar with the H-1B data. H-1B workers are highly concentrated in certain metropolitan areas. Read more...
July 9, 2012
The Washington Post ran an interesting article on July 7 that, when examined in context, illustrates just how much dysfunction there is in Congress.
The title sums up the situation well: "U.S. pushes for more scientists, but the jobs aren't there". Read more...
June 20, 2012
Tim Hernholtz has an interesting blog post on Reuters titled "The NBA has America's model migrant worker program".
Mr. Hernholtz notes the number of foreign players in the NBA and notes that allowing the best players from around the world play in America improves the sport.
To that there is little disagreement. Read more...
April 13, 2012
While examining the Labor Condition Applications for H-1B visas for my previous CIS Backgrounders "H-1B Visa Numbers: No Relationship to Economic Need", and "Low Salaries for Low Skills: Wages and Skill Levels for H-1B Computer Workers, 2005", and "The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers", it was apparent that H-1B workers are highly concentrated in a few states. At the time, unfortunately, the nature of the data made it difficult to quantify where the workers were actually going.
Recently, however, Data.gov released admission data, including the state of destination, which gives a picture of the density of H-1B workers. Read more...
March 31, 2012
In an interview with a Davenport, Iowa, TV station, this exchange occurred with Vice President Joe Biden:
Q: Are two [sic] many H1B visas given out each year? Are too many highly skilled jobs going to people outside the United States?
March 19, 2012
I have been following the H-1B issue for nearly two decades now. The most striking thing I have learned is how Congress dances to big money and has become powerless to act in the public good.
The first government H-1B audit came out in 1996. Read more...
February 28, 2012
Last week the National Academy of Engineering awarded the Charles Stark Draper Prize to George H. Heilmeier, Wolfgang Helfrich, Martin Schadt, and T. Peter Brody for developing the liquid crystal display.
The Draper Prize is the most prestigious award in the world for engineering achievement.
No major mainstream media outlet covered the award. Read more...
February 12, 2012
The H-1B program has been in the news lately as a result of President Obama's nonsensical response to a woman whose husband is an unemployed engineer.
When confronted with the question of why the U.S. is importing foreign engineers when Americans are out of work, the president respond, "There is a huge demand around the country for engineers." Read more...
February 3, 2012
Those of us who went through the H-1B expansion battle in 1998 know well that industry does not have good faith when it comes to H-1B visas. Now that the H-1B visa has again come to the attention of the public, let me take this opportunity to describe how things work in Washington. Read more...
February 2, 2012
The recent incident where a woman asked president Obama why we are importing foreign workers on H-1B visas has attracted much attention to the issue...and has brought out the worst in American media. Read more...
January 31, 2012
President Obama says that "The H-1B should be reserved only for those companies who say they cannot find somebody in that particular field."
Well Mr. President, when are you and the Democrats going to propose legislation to ensure that only companies that cannot find Americans can get H-1B visas? Read more...
December 16, 2011
The Washington Post documents Rep. Tim Griffin's (R-Ark) difficultly in deciding on a name for a new bill to give green cards to aliens simply because they get graduate degrees in the U.S. He apparently started with the NERDS Act (New Employees for Research & Development and STEM) but settled on BRAIN Act (Bringing and Retaining Accomplished Innovators for the Nation). Read more...
September 18, 2011
Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General has a new report out, "H-1B Workers' Use of Social Security Numbers". The OIG found that about 18 percent of Social Security numbers issued to H-1B workers were being used to report wages from sources other than the approved employer or were reporting no wages at all.
This follows a 2008 report from USCIS that found a violation rate in the H-1B program of over 20 percent.
The most recent Department of Labor Inspector General report on H-1B is available as well.
All of these audits from government agencies provide a striking contrast to the propaganda view of the H-1B program put forth by lobbyists.
August 23, 2011
Advocates for cheap-labor guestworker programs, like H-1B, long ago found a solution to their problem of lacking data to support their position: simply make it up.
The latest example comes in a press release from MonolithIC 3D Inc. That press release states: Read more...
May 12, 2011
Over the years industry lobbyists have come up with a number of different marketing campaigns for cheap labor in technology fields. In the past we have seen the "best and brightest" campaign and the "We educate them – why send them home?" campaign. The pitch from these used car salesmen is that all these H-1B workers are really entrepreneurs ready to start companies and build up the economy. America just needs to set these H-1B workers loose to revive the economy. Read more...
May 8, 2011
The U.S. imports about 100,000 people a year on H-1B visas. The public is constantly told that this mass of labor imports represent the "Best and Brightest" in the world.
Where are the big accomplishments from those on H-1B visas?
The citations of "H-1B" accomplishments from program supporters illustrate this problem. The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that: Read more...
May 2, 2011
This week provided a wonderful example of why public funding for NPR should be cut off.
In the tech industry it has become routine for Americans to be replaced by lower-paid foreign workers on H-1B visas. The repeating pattern is for the U.S. employer to contract with an H-1B bodyshop to supply labor to replace its American workers. The U.S. employer then requires its American workers train their foreign replacements. Read more...
September 27, 2010
I recently wrote about how two separate newspapers ran nearly word-for-word identical editorials on H-1B visas. The piece at issue he was published as an opinion of the newspaper without attribution to another source.
It has happened again with the same text. This time at September 26 editorial in the Ventura County Star: Read more...
September 10, 2010
Political correctness is the guiding force in most of the mainstream media's coverage of immigration issues. Very often the media's hunger for political correctness goes from out of touch with reality into the truly bizarre.
A September 5 editorial from the Metrowest Daily News in Massachusetts starts off like this:
In a rare show of bipartisanship last month, Congress approved a $600 million border-security bill to help cut off the flow of illegal immigrants.
July 15, 2010
I would like to bring an urgent situation to Attorney General Holder's attention. That is that the state of New Jersey is unconstitutionally interfering with the federal government's authority under Article I of the Constitution to coin money and punish counterfeiting.
New Jersey's action creates a patchwork of state and local policies would seriously disrupt federal currency enforcement. Read more...