This blog is dedicated to exposing: 1) Corporate abuse/misuse of non-immigrant visas (B-1, H-1B, L-1, etc) 2) Discrimination against American workers in favor of hiring cheap foreign labor 3) The corruption and backscratching that occurs between corporate lobbyists/industry associations and Federal legislators.
Just as the SKIL fiasco was averted, here comes its second incarnation, brought to you by such senators as Kennedy and Cornyn, called the STRIVE bill. This is more of the same in a relentless attack on resident workers.
December 15, 2006:
Engineers stole trade secrets
SAN JOSE - Two engineers were moments away from boarding a flight to China when they were singled out for what appeared to be a routine customs inspection. They didn't know FBI agents were waiting nearby, ready to examine their luggage.
The contents, investigators said, were startling: Thousands of pages of trade secrets stolen from four Silicon Valley companies, including microchip blueprints and other closely guarded documents, many marked "Proprietary" or "Confidential" or both. The men were arrested and their homes raided.
Documents seized there allegedly revealed a plot to smuggle trade secrets to China to start a microprocessor company backed by Chinese government entities.
Fei Ye, 40, a U.S. citizen from China, and Ming Zhong, 39, a permanent U.S. resident from China, pleaded guilty this week to the rare charge of economic espionage to benefit a foreign nation. Legal experts said Friday that the convictions - the first of their kind - were crucial victories for federal prosecutors.
November 2, 2006:
United States has the best democracy money can buy!
...Whether the Democrats or Republicans take control of the House and Senate, corporate America has just bought a license to outsource more middle-class jobs to cheap foreign labor markets, to continue unabated so-called free trade and the destruction of more manufacturing jobs, and most likely to promote amnesty for the 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens living in this country.
Americans are aware that their political class may not always act in their best interest. This belief is enshrined in the American character, its laws, and the very philosophy underpinning the U.S. Constitution. The Founding Fathers crafted things so that the "knaves" will be forced to abide by the will of the people, but they warned that their "natural progress" is to find ways to remain in power and increase that power at the people's expense. They therefore also urged eternal vigilance, spiritedness, and the occasional revolt of the people.
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and others got it right—the knaves have, by and large, behaved, and their actions largely reflect in some way the will of the American people. Americans do not need to engage their politicians in an uncivil way—as happens most elsewhere—since the ballot box, the media, and other constitutional tools largely suffice. Indeed, the American political system works remarkably well. However, there are a handful of topics where the elites do not act in the interests of those they govern. Of these, the most notorious is the contentious issue of immigration. Why are politicians so keen on mass immigration while the common American is not? This has perplexed analysts...
Foreign Alums cope with visa troubles (from the Yale Daily News):
...A brief history of the H-1B
The H-1B is given to nonimmigrant foreign workers who are temporarily employed in a "specialty occupation," such as education, law, business or medicine, or as a highly skilled fashion model. This visa is the main route by which non-American graduate and undergraduate students qualify for work in the United States, Georgetown international migration professor Susan Martin said.
A graduate's job must be related to the his or her field of study, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an American Immigration Lawyers Association member and adjunct professor of law at Cornell,
"You have to be working in a job that requires your degree," Yale-Loehr said. "You can't get a history degree from Yale and flip hamburgers with an H-1B visa."
Current legislation limits the annual number of H-1B visas to 65,000, but in the past the cap was raised due to an increased demand in the technology job market.
The H-1B visa was established under the "Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1990," which expanded opportunities for employment-based immigration into the United States. The annual visa quota, which was initially set at 65,000, was exceeded for several years after the information technology boom, Martin said. The cap was raised to 115,000 for the fiscal years 1999 and 2000 and eventually to 195,000 for 2001 to 2003.
"As long as the boom stayed, there was political support for doing that because it was a win-win situation for everybody," said Martin, who is the director of Georgetown's Institute for the Study of International Migration...
for Sale: Free training! Guaranteed job placement! Caveat: You MUST be a foreign
student that has recently graduated from an American University to qualify for
this special offer. (I didn't think that the "best and brightest" needed to be
trained - DUMB ME: I guess I was wrong...)
September 23, 2006 - Dallas-area businessman found guilty of wire and mail fraud in connection with scheme to defraud Indian H-1B workers.
United States Attorney Richard Roper announced that former Dallas area resident
Suman K. Varanasi was found guilty on Monday, September 18, 2006, of mail fraud
and wire fraud following a trial before the Honorable Jane J. Boyle, United
States District Judge. Specifically, Varanasi was found guilty of six
counts of mail fraud and six counts of wire fraud, and faces a maximum statutory
sentence on each count of twenty years, a $250,000 fine, and restitution.
Varanasi is in federal custody and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Boyle
on December 14, 2006.
Varanasi, a citizen of India present in the United
States on a non-immigrant H1-B employment-based visa, founded Zenstra Solutions,
an placement service for IT professionals, in April 2003. Zenstra did
business at 14001 Dallas Parkway, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas, through November
2004, when the business closed.
According to the evidence presented in court,
from October 2003 through November 2004, Varanasi executed a scheme to defraud
Indian IT professionals in the United States on H1-B employment-based visas by
offering to hire them for a permanent position with the company and, in exchange
for a fee, to file forms with the Department of Homeland Security Bureau of
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that would enable them to obtain
lawful permanent residence
15, 2006 -
DC—Secretary Chertoff told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Committee in testimony on September 12, “We have also fully deployed our
biometric US-VISIT program…” Either he was misspeaking, misleading Congress, or
declaring the administration’s intent to leave a permanent loophole in the
The fact is that the US-VISIT program for electronically collecting
information on all arriving and departing foreigners is not fully deployed.
Information on most foreigners entering from Canada and Mexico is still not
being collected, and the system is only capturing information on a miniscule
portion of departing foreigners. The significance of the enormous loophole that
remains is that the government cannot match entry and exit data to know who is
staying illegally in the United States. In addition, at present anyone of any
nationality who presents a Canadian drivers’ license or Border Crossing Card can
easily enter the country by land with no identity check or check against any
H-1B is her No. 1 battle
Reports, studies shatter myth that H-1B visa holders are paid same wages as U.S. citizensWASHINGTON (6 September 2006) -- U.S. industry spokespeople say repeatedly that
18, 2006 - A group representing IT workers has begun filing about 380 lawsuits
against U.S. companies who advertise, in violation of the U.S. law, that they
prefer to hire foreign workers with H-1B temporary work visas.