PFIR Unveils Its H1-B Visa Database

May 8, 2017 | Kevin

On Friday, May 5, 2017, PFIR unveiled its H1-B visa database which will be a tool activists, journalists and legislators can use to get get the facts and figures on the program by state, city, zip code and/or congressional district. Joining Kevin on stage was Dena Moore, a tech worker who was fired by her employer, Walt Disney and offered a severance only if she trained her H1-B replacement for 90 days. We were also joined by Jay Palmer, a former principal in the tech outsourcing indusrty who blew the whistile on the illegal practices that happen all to regularly with H1-B visa workers.
8:56 – Dena Moore Presentation
17:14 – Jay Palmer Presentation
26:49 – Software Demonstration
39:10 – Q&A

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There is no STEM crisis. There is in fact a surplus of US workers for STEM:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2014/06/06/true-or-false-america-desperately-needs-more-stem-workers/

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/the-administration/257041-obamas-latest-plan-to-rewrite-immigration-law

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/immigration/item/21801-sen-sessions-rep-brat-warn-colleagues-to-curb-immigration

Watch Dan Rather’s Doc: No Thanks For Everything
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeoBWzIRuic

http://spectrum.ieee.org/static/the-stem-crisis-is-a-myth-an-ongoing-discussion
The STEM Crisis is a Myth: An Ongoing Discussion
Throughout the month of September, we’ll provide continuing coverage and debate

https://gspp.berkeley.edu/assets/uploads/research/pdf/h1b.pdf
The Effects of High-Skilled Immigration Policy on Firms: Evidence from H-1B Visa Lotteries

http://www.epi.org/blog/h-1b-visas-do-not-create-jobs-or-improve-conditions-for-u-s-workers/
H-1B Visas Do Not Create Jobs or Improve Conditions for U.S. Workers

The immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explain how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCbFEgFajGU

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Programmers_Guild

On May 2, 2008 a civil court judge sided with the Programmers Guild in their complaint against a Pittsburgh computer consulting company and ordered it to pay $45,000 in penalties for discriminating against legal US residents by advertising only for developers on H-1B visas. The case was brought against iGate Mastech for placing an advertisement for thirty computer programmers in 2006 “that expressly favored H-1B visa holders to the exclusion of US citizens, lawful permanent citizens and other legal US workers” according to the US Department of Justice.[8]

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/did-you-know-obama-just-took-new-executive-action-on-immigration/article/2562053

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/28/obama-prepares-give-away-white-collar-jobs-citizenship-foreign-graduates/
Obama Prepares Give-Away of White-Collar Jobs And Citizenship To Foreign Graduates

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/international/238574-trade-agreement-is-a-trojan-horse-for-obamas-immigration

Obama just expanded definitions of “specialized knowledge” and no rule to hire US workers first leads to even more abuse of the L1-B Visas

Here’s where Job Brokers abuse the H1B Visas, provide fake job histories and resumes, provide bogus training:

http://www.revealnews.org/article/job-brokers-steal-wages-entrap-indian-tech-workers-in-us/

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/Grassley-Statement-Concerning-Immigration-Reforms-296630751.html

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The Government Accountability Office put out a report on the H-1B visa that discusses at some length the fact that the vast majority of H-1B workers are hired into entry-level positions. In fact, most are at “Level I”, which is officially defined by the Dept. of Labor as those who have a “basic understanding of duties and perform routine tasks requiring limited judgment”. Moreover, the GAO found that a mere 6% of H-1B workers are at “Level IV”, which is officially defined by the US Dept. of Labor as those who are “fully competent” [1]. This belies the industry lobbyists’ claims that H-1B workers are hired because they’re experts that can’t be found among the U.S. workforce.

So this means one of two things: either companies are looking for entry-level workers (in which case, their rhetoric about needing “the best and brightest” is meaningless), or they’re looking for more experienced workers but only paying them at the Level I, entry-level pay scale. In my opinion, companies are using the H-1B visa to engage in legalized age discrimination, as the vast majority of H-1B workers are under the age of 35 [2], especially those at the Level I and Level II
categories.

Any way you slice it, it amounts to H-1B visa abuse, all facilitated and with the blessings of the US government.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has never shown a sharp upward trend of Computer Science graduate starting salaries, which would indicate a labor shortage (remember – the vast majority of H-1B visas are granted for computer-related positions). In fact, according to their survey for Fall 2015, starting salaries for CS grads went down by 4% from the prior year. This is particularly interesting in that salaries overall rose 5.2% [3][4].

References:
[1] http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d1126.pdf
GAO-11-26: H-1B VISA PROGRAM – Reforms Are Needed to Minimize the Risks and Costs of Current Program
[2] https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/USCIS/Resources/Reports%20and%20Studies/H-1B/h-1B-characteristics-report-14.pdf
Characteristics of H-1B Specialty Occupation Workers Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report to Congress October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014
[3] https://web.wpi.edu/Images/CMS/CDC/2015-fall-salary-survey_(1).pdf
NACE Fall 2015 Salary Survey
[4] http://career.sa.ucsb.edu/files/docs/handouts/2014-september-salary-survey-executive-summary.pdf
NACE Salary Survey – September 2014 Executive Summary

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    Thank you Don for taking the time to post so many interesting references. I now have my reading list for the weekend! 🙂

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Hello

Let me first thank your group and Jay Palmer for the work you have done in testifying to the congress about the prevailing use of the H-1b visa is destroying the American workers. Whatever he said in the press conference is spot on . I can myself attest to this – every word of what he spoke about big foreign based outsourcing companies is true.

I am myself a US worker who has a Masters degree in Finance and 10 yrs experience , half of which right on Wall St. I had been laid off last year by an L-1 worker who got to keep his visa despite of “re-organization” . I have been looking for jobs since the beginning of the year. Most of the firms that I have applied for 100s of jobs each have filled the same jobs using the H-1b visa (as I could see clearly in the LCA data) . Is there any recourse for US workers for this kind of situation? Any suggestions?

Thanks.

AM

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