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H-1B visas - You have been lied to
by Mike Crane

As we have reported for quite some time, you are being lied to concerning the use of H-1B visas. H-1B Visas are used to "legally" replace American workers with "cheaper" foreign workers in a range of technology fields. This is nothing more than a government "welfare" program for corporate special interests.

Of course you - the tax payer - get to pick up the various social costs of displaced Americans. Unemployment, health care, and the disruption caused when families break down due to financial problems. A majority your elected officials care more about their special interests than the very people they are elected to represent.

How does this scam work, some will ask.

  • It is simple, companies that are granted H-1B visas simply hire a foreign individual for a current American's job and pay them less. Since there are around five billion (5,000,000,000) people who want to move to our country this is a pretty easy process.
     
  • Once they sponsor a foreign worker, the American worked is just a victim in the next round of "layoffs" while the foreign workers are retained. Thus the corporation's labor cost are decreased. The foreign worker will of course get deported if they lose their "H-1B sponsorship."  Funny how they can find and locate foreign workers that lose sponsorship and deport them, but the same government can not find and deport people who are here illegally!
     
  • Then the very same corporations who have laid off American workers go to your elected officials and say they need higher H-1B visa quotas because they have already used up those available.

The article below gives some insight and also provides links to documented facts.

It is plain and simple, you - the citizens are being lied to. Many of your elected officials are ignoring you to pander to special interests. This starts with President Bush and includes both of the major parties, Republicans and Democrats. It will continue until you - the citizens make it change!

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The H-1B swindle

A new study shows that companies hire foreign workers for cheap labor, not skill

Reality Check, By  Ephraim Schwartz
October 25, 2005

It appears there is hard evidence to prove that employers are using the H-1B visa program to hire cheap labor; that is, to pay lower wages than the national average for programming jobs.

 

According to “The Bottom of the Pay Scale: Wages for H-1B Computer Programmers — F.Y. 2004,” a report by Programmers Guild board member John Miano, non-U.S. citizens working in the United States on an H-1B visa are paid “significantly less than their American counterparts.” How much less? “On average, applications for H-1B workers in computer occupations were for wages $13,000 less than Americans in the same occupation and state.”

Miano based his report on OES (Occupational Employment Statistics) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics which estimates wages for the entire country by state and metropolitan area. The report’s H-1B wage data came from the U.S. Department of Labor’s H-1B disclosure Web site.

Miano went out of his way to be balanced, and whenever possible he gave the benefit of the doubt to the employer. For example, he used OES data from 2003 because this is the wage information that would have been available to the employers when filing an LCA (labor condition application).

Miano had some difficulty matching OES job codes with LCA job titles, which employers typically create. Where both the OES and the LCA listed a job as “programmer/analyst,” Miano took the conservative approach of assuming that the LCA was describing a programmer, a job title that typically earns a lower wage than a systems analyst.

Nonetheless, Miano’s report shows that wages paid to H-1B workers in computer programming occupations had a mean salary of $52,312, while the OES mean was $67,700; a difference of $15,388. The report also lists the OES median salary as $65,003, or $12,691 higher than the H-1B median.

When you look at computer job titles by state, California has one of the biggest differentials between OES salaries and H-1B salaries. The average salary for a programmer in California is $73,960, according to the OES. The average salary paid to an H-1B visa worker for the same job is $53,387; a difference of $20,573.

Here are some other interesting national wage comparisons: The mean salary of an H-1B computer scientist is $78,169, versus $90,146 according to the OES. For an H-1B network analyst, the mean salary is $55,358, versus the OES mean salary of $64,799. And for the title “system administrator,” there was a $17,478 difference in salary between the H-1B mean and the OES mean.

H-1B visa workers were also concentrated at the bottom end of the wage scale, with the majority of H-1B visa workers in the 10-24 percentile range. “That means the largest concentration of H-1B workers make less than [the] highest 75 percent of the U.S. wage earners,” the report notes.

While it would be difficult to prove that any one particular employer is hiring foreign workers to pay less, the statistics show us that, for whatever reason, this is exactly what is happening on a nationwide basis. Miano says lobbyists will admit that a small number of companies are abusing the H-1B program, but what he has found in this research is that almost everyone is abusing it.

“Abuse is by far more common than legitimate use,” he says.

Source: http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/10/25/44OPreality_1.html

Reference Articles:

Corporate Welfare - H1-B Visas in Georgia

Stop Foreign Workers Taking U.S. Jobs - H1-B visas

Immigration is out of control - you have been lied to!

About the Author - Mike Crane is the 3rd vice chairman of the Southern Party of Georgia and a strong proponent of the Principles upon which our country was founded. He is a candidate for 51st District - Georgia State Senate.

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