Yuma, Arizona has the highest unemployment rate in America at 34.5%—about 4.5 times the national average, according to new Labor Department data and nearby El Centro, California came in second-highest with 26.1% unemployed.
While some American cities suffer unemployment rates higher than Greece, the U.S. Senate has now paved the way for more foreigners to take over U.S. jobs—and, yes, with an easy path to U.S. citizenship.
High-tech lobbyists have bribed the U.S. Senate to bring in more foreign workers
High-tech companies are looking only at their own profits, at the expense of American workers. These companies (along with the U.S. Government) are ignoring the high tax burden placed on the average American by continued high unemployment.
According to The Hacket Group, approximately 1.5 million IT jobs for Americans will be eliminated by 2017, thanks to sending jobs overseas—off-shoring.
Eric Dorr, the Hackett Group’s research director, states that it is unlikely those positions will ever move back to the United States.
Off-shoring allows U.S. companies to lower their costs at the expense of the American worker. According to The Hackett Group, off-shoring produces an average of 20% in the first year and 6% in subsequent years. “Global business services are here to say,” says Dorr. “No question.”
According to Dorr, “We’re entering the next stage of globalization. A few years from now it will be more of a truly globalized economy,” Dorr says—bad news for American IT workers.
Off-shoring and H-1B visas—a double whammy against American workers
Of the many pork-barrel agreements hidden in the Senate immigration bill passed yesterday, one of the most critical came in the form of increased H-1B visas for foreign workers.
As should be expected, Silicon Valley and other businesses and their lobbyists won a huge expansion of the foreign guest worker visas program.
The final Senate bill would expand the number of H-1B visas that allow U.S. tech companies to bring foreign workers here “temporarily” depressing wages for American workers.
Close watchers of the visa programs say the final bill was a huge win for the tech industry at the expense of Americans.
A provision in the bill allows companies to consider their H-1B and L-1 workers “intending immigrants” if they file for green cards—this way they replace American permanently. Consequently, foreign H-1B workers are on an easy path to U.S. citizenship.
Neeraj Gupta, CEO of the IT company Systems in Motion, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the matter stated, “They won’t talk about it in public, but I have friends who say it’s very obvious and that’s how they’re going to do it,” said Gupta, who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding H-1B visas. He stated, “My grief lies with fact that we are taking away positions that cannot be off-shored — local work — that is being given to workers from outside.”
Bruce Morrison, a former congressman turned lobbyist said the Senate bill provides for unlimited green cards for workers who’ve completed advanced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees, a provision that Morrison says would help keep jobs in the U.S. Yes, jobs for newly arrived foreign workers and not for Americans.
Morrison, who headed the House immigration subcommittee, before turning against Americans said, “…people who come on green cards are free agents. They can enforce their preferences the same way American workers do, which is by bargaining and departing for greener pastures.”
Under the current system, the companies that hire the most H-1B foreigners aren’t famous innovators like Google—they’re lesser-known “body-shops” like New Jersey-based Cognizant which supply labor to other companies. These companies “resell labor” to other companies—thereby displacing American workers for a profit.
Paul Almeida, the head of the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees, stated, “And if an employer can save 20 to 25% of payroll on these employees, we’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars. To spend some small amount to lobby to push this through is a drop in the bucket.”
Meanwhile, Bruce Morrison makes good money by selling Americans jobs to foreigners.
It’s all part of Washington’s game.
Here’s how one Senator gets her (alleged) bribes
Frank Snellings was exposed this weekby the Washington Examiner which reported that he stands to make a cool $50,000 selling the home of “super-lobbyist” Tony Podesta.
Podesta’s lobbying firm represents clients who, from time to time, have issues with bills making their way through the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security subcommittee, which Snelling’s wife, Senator Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisana), chairs. Get the picture?
Snelling’s past clients, include lobbyist John Breaux, who works for a law and lobbying firm, Patton Boggs, whose employees are big contributors to Landrieu’s campaigns; Acadian Ambulance Services CEO Richard Zuschlag (company employees have donated more than $85,000 to Landrieu campaigns over the years); Comcast lobbyist Milissa Maxfield (who’s hosted three Landrieu fundraisers); and Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association lobbyist Chris John (who defended Landrieu in the Washington Post in 2007 when she voted with Republicans to maintain oil industry subsidies)-and the list goes on.
Senator Mary Landrieu avoids using her married name of Snellings (rhymes with “smellings”). This way she hides her connection to her (alleged) bagman Frank Snellings.