Thursday, September 24, 2015

US Jobs, US Workers? Nope

Remember all that fuss about H1-B's replacing IT workers at SoCalEdison and Disney?

Congress doesn't--or doesn't give a flying damn about those US workers.

Congress is set to drop a $2,000 H-1B visa fee mostly paid by India-based IT services providers.

And (surprise!!!)  NO ONE in Congress will talk about it.

...Russ Harrison, director of government relations of the engineering association IEEE-USA, said eliminating the fee makes no sense, particularly after lawmakers in both parties have expressed outrage over the use of H-1B workers in recent layoffs.

"We had half of Congress tripping over itself trying to get in front of the camera to tell the American public how upset they were about SCE (Southern California Edison), Walt Disney and all the other companies that have used this visa to eliminate American jobs," said Harrison. 

Now, "the only thing Congress is going to manage to do is to make (the H-1B visa) cheaper."

"A middle-class American job is worth a lot more than $2,000 and companies are making tens of thousands of dollars, per visa, per year, off this thing," said Harrison, who would like to see the fee raised....

A Congress which will take your money to pay baby-butchers doesn't even notice the speed-bump of unemployed Americans, of course.

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