Skip to comments.Senators Ask Feds To Investigate Guest Worker Visa Abuse
Posted on 04/10/2015 9:20:32 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom
A bipartisan group of senators urged the Obama administration Thursday to investigate reports that businesses are using a visa program to replace American workers with cheap foreign labor.
The unlikely coalition, led by Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor and Department of Justice, asking them to investigate businesses, such as Southern California Edison, suspected of abusing work visa programs to avoid paying relatively high wages to American workers.
SCE has reportedly been laying off hundreds of American workers and replacing them with foreign workers who hold an H-1B visa and are willing to work for lower wages. Some American employees are basically forced to train their foreign replacements.
Though such reports of H-1B-driven layoffs have been circulating for years, their frequency seems to have increased dramatically in the past year alone, the senators wrote in the letter. (RELATED: Obama Announces Unilateral Action To Bring In More Guest Workers)
They ask whether these businesses are illegally discriminating against American workers based on their citizenship status, whether the applications submitted by foreign workers who replace American workers accurately describe where and what kind of work they will do, whether there is there any evidence of fraud or misrepresentation on the part of the applicant or business, and wether other guest worker programs are similarly abused.
We respectfully request that you investigate the unacceptable replacement of American workers by H-1B workers to ascertain whether SCE or any other U.S. companies that have engaged in this practice, or the IT consulting companies supplying those companies with H-1B workers, have violated the law, they add.
Republican Chuck Grassley, David Vitter, Bill Cassidy, and Jim Inhofe joined Democrats Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown, Claire McCaskill and Bernie Sanders in signing the letter, along with Sessions and Durbin.
The U.S. is graduating twice as many STEM students each year as find jobs in those fields, yet the H-1B program continues to provide IT companies with a large annual supply of lower-wage guest workers to hire in place of more qualified Americans, Sessions said in a statement Thursday. There is no shortage of talented Americans, only a shortage of officials willing to protect them.
Nothing is going to happen because Obama supports expanding H-1B, Cruz supports expanding H-1B, Bush and Walker and any serious presidential candidate you care to mention supports expanding H-1B.
Does this include an investigation of “Dingey” Harry , and his involvement ?
In the 3 years that I’ve been at my current job, I have not seen one person hired who was not either Indian, Asian or Mexican. I’m pretty sure that I only hold my job, because they bought the company I worked for and needed to keep the critical and difficult to replace members of the staff.
What a frikkin Joke, Senator Asshole, if you truly want to know which companies do this, look at your CONTRIBUTORS that you SOLD out America for.
“A bipartisan group of senators urged the Obama administration Thursday to investigate reports that businesses are using a visa program to replace American workers with cheap foreign labor.”
Im quite sure the obama administration will get right on that and jump into action any minute now.
Yessir, any minute now...
Senators ask Kennedy family to investigate debauchery.
Check oshiitehead s visa first.
h1b / guest worker bump for later...
He couldn't get an H-1B - he has no useful skills.
Oh yeh the Feds will jump right on that one. Dream on.
Just lip service. Nothing will come of this.
Sen. Jeff Sessions is one of the good guys - God bless him....
sillycone valley isnt the only place to look. Not with a pot full of real Americans unemployed in the oil business.
Meetings are like attending a UN conference at lots of companies in lots of industries.
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