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Seeking Investors: Immigration for Profit

By John Miano, May 2, 2010

Reading the Reid-Schumer-Menendez "Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform" drives home the inherent paradox of fixing the immigration system:

The same group that broke it in the first place­ -- Congress­ -- would have to do the fixing.

Reid-Schumer-Menendez demonstrate they are not up to the task. Read more...

Making Sure H-1Bs Actually Work for Their "Employers"

By John Miano, January 21, 2010

Read more on IBM and H-1Bs

A couple of news items have converged with research. Recently, I have been reading the legislative history of the H-1B program. It is interesting to see how some things have changed and other things keep repeating. The H-1B visa was created in the Immigration Act of 1990. From the House Judiciary Committee we have the findings that: Read more...

The American-Bashers Revisited

By John Miano, December 15, 2009

Recently I authored a posting titled "The American-Bashers," describing how those who seek to increase the supply of cheap foreign labor in technical fields have resorted to name-calling and the bashing of U.S. natives to promote their agenda. Apparently to prove my point, "The Startup Visa and Why the Xenophobes Need to Go Back into Their Caves" by Vivek Wadhwa appeared just two days later. Read more...

The American-Bashers

By John Miano, December 4, 2009

Those of us who seek to change U.S. immigration policy so that it will no longer serve as a tool to displace, disrupt, and impoverish working Americans get subject to a lot of name calling: "xenophobe," "anti-immigrant," "racist."

Those who bash Americans generally get away unscathed in the press. There has been a surge an American-bashing articles recently. This one, claiming Americans don't do their "fair share," comes from Electronic Design news: Read more...

The Race Baiters

By John Miano, November 29, 2009

Over the past couple of days I have read a couple of editorials on guest workers in which the level of arrogance has reached new heights.

This gem comes from the Austin American Statesman. In it, regular contributor John Young asserts that those of us who want to limit the number of foreign workers do so because our "policy is driven by wanting to curb the flow of brown-skinned people."

Holy race card, Batman! Read more...

Imagine That -- Fact-Checking on TV

By John Miano, November 18, 2009

I just returned home from vacation. While doing the crossword puzzle in the in-flight magazine I came across:

44 Across: Dobbs of CNN

That was a bit out of date. Lou Dobbs has left CNN. And the lunatic fringe is celebrating. Much of what is being written about Dobbs borders on libelous. Read more...

The Big Lie Behind H-1B Visas

By John Miano, November 17, 2009

The concept behind the "Big Lie" is that if you make the lie a big one and repeat it often enough, it becomes a fact.

A Big Lie that has been prominent in the immigration debate has been the existence of a shortage of tech workers. The repeated claims a tech worker shortage has been the rallying cry for industry calls for more cheap foreign labor, generally on H-1B visas. Read more...

WSJ Spin on H-1B Numbers

By John Miano, October 29, 2009

The Wall Street Journal has a front page story today on that portrays a sharp decline in the number of H-1B visas.

The paper reports that "only 46,700" applications had been made for 65,000 H-1B visas available.

Intel's director of work-force policy and manager of the firm's immigration policies, Jenifer Verdery, proclaims that, "The fact that the 65,000-visa cap hasn't been reached this year shows that the market will temper demand when necessary" Read more...

Abuse of H-1B School Teachers

By John Miano, October 28, 2009

The H-1B visa, that was supposed to be used to fill jobs where U.S. workers are unavailable, has created the business of importing people on H-1B visas. These companies are known as "H-1B bodyshops".

The way the system normally works is that a bodyshop gets H-1B visas for workers then rents those workers to other companies. The end company pays the the bodyshop who then pays the workers on H-1B visas. This arrangement allows companies to circumvent worker protections under the law and has detached H-1B usage from economic need. Read more...

Indian Media Remarkably Candid About H-1B Program

By John Miano, October 13, 2009

The Indian news media is notable for its candor in regard to the H-1B visa program. While advocates in America will proudly claim with straight faces (and 13-inch Pinocchio noses) that H-1B cannot be used for cheap labor, the Indian press will tout the benefits of cheap labor that H-1B provides. Read more...

No Green Cards for Grads

By John Miano, July 20, 2009

The U.S. currently has the very sensible policy of not allowing student visas to be the gateway to immigration. Currently the law requires that those seeking student visas must prove they intend only to come to the U.S. to study and will return home at the completion of their studies. There are, however, mechanisms for some students to remain in the U.S. after graduation. Still, as a general policy, the immigration system expects that one comes to the U.S. on a student visa only to be a student. Read more...

H-1B Season!

By John Miano, April 1, 2009

One again H-1B season is upon us. Today USCIS starts taking application for next year's batch of H-1B visas. Although we are in the midst of a severe economic downturn, it is likely the entire visa quota will be exhausted -- demonstrating industry's demand for cheap labor is insatiable. Read more...

Even Symbolic H-1B Curbs Provoke Employer Outcry

By John Miano, March 11, 2009

The latest chapter in the Alice in Wonderland story of the H-1B visa program for cheap foreign labor surrounds provisions applied to employers receiving money from the Troubled Assets Recovery Program ("TARP"). Read more...