DHS IG Fails to Report H-1B Usage by Controversial Contractor

By David North on August 31, 2021

The detention unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which detains and deports illegal aliens, had a controversial contract with a major IT consulting firm, which, in turn, seeks thousands of H-1B workers every year.

You might expect that simple fact would have been mentioned in a recent report on the contract by the DHS Office of the Inspector General (IG), but one has to look at the files of myvisajobs.com, a pro-H-1B website, to discover that the IT firm, Capgemini, makes heavy use of H-1B workers.

While employers historically get only about one alien in three requested in the H-1B program, these were the number of requests filed for H-1Bs by the firm in the last four years:

2021   2,560
2020   5,897
2019   7,322
2018   6,312

My point is that the whole system is so rigged on behalf of employers of foreign workers that DHS, the agency that is supposed to regulate them, is a massive, if second-hand, user of the same workers, and this goes unnoticed by the independent IG. While Capgemini has other clients than DHS, I assume that at least some of their thousands of H-1Bs wound up working on DHS projects.

The focus of the IG’s report, released on August 26, was on a totally different aspect of the relationship between DHS and the contractor; DHS signed a contract with Capgemini that had allowed it to overbill by as much as $770,000, peanuts in this town.

That the government, instead of using citizen and green-card workers to help the enforcement of the immigration law, hired an H-1B contractor to do the same thing, is not even mentioned.

If the government is truly interested in expanding jobs for Americans, why don’t its contracts simply state that it will not do business with firms that use foreign workers?