Over the last two decades thousands of hard working middle class Americans have seen their lives turned upside down, caused mainly by the rampant use/misuse of the H-1B, L-1, J-1, H4EAD and OPT work visas.
These visas were meant to bring into this country “a limited number of highly skilled workers from a diverse global array of talented individuals” – in other words, a small number of truly gifted individuals who could add real value to the nation. NOT take over all the American IT jobs so no American has a chance to be hired in IT and kick the ones who are there now to the street.
By bringing foreign workers in, and then by artificially lowering salaries for foreign workers government creates “arbitrage opportunities” in labour markets, where assets are actual people: Corporations “buy” foreign workers and “dump” American workers to profit!
Social Contract between American Workers vs. American Government and Corporations
“Within the social contract of many nations, including the U.S., native workers are recognized as having a right of preferential access to the native labor market. If one supposes that the extraordinary rights of a nation, such as the right to conscript soldiers, are being counter-balanced in part by the responsibility to provide preferential access to labor markets.”Eric Weinstein, “Migration For The Benefit of All: Towards a New Paradigm for Migrant Labor“
“In the United States, the civil right that is being eaten by the elite cannibals is each Americans’ right to make a living in their shared, American-only, national labor market.”Eric Weinstein: Immigration Is Cannibalization by the Elite
“You have the right to your own [national] labor market. Given that your country maintains a right to conscript you [for war, and] to tax you, [then one] part of the social contract is that [Americans] get a share in your country’s wealth through having a right [to work in the United States, without competition from foreign nationals]. Now the interesting part about it is, if we [elites] can just get your right declared [to be] an impediment to the free market, we can take your right [by forcing you to compete against foreign workers in the United States] without having to pay you anything for it.”Eric Weinstein: Immigration Is Cannibalization by the Elite
Capitalism with DISPLACED American Workers does NOT exist!
If Capital is not able to recognize the right of the American WORKERS, similar to consumers, communities, environmentalists, etc., to the right of access to the market, then there are two possible solutions.
– One, we regulate the hell out of capitalism, with substantial penalties for violating the trust they are given, which would work for everyone including capitalists (although they wouldn’t amass money so quickly.)
– Two, we just make capitalism illegal in all its forms, which would probably work for no one
From day one in kindergarten, all Americans should be taught that “free market” means proportional influence of the market by all stakeholders, and that we only allow capitalism (or any other system) if it sticks to this standard. Foreigners, who are not familiar with this law, should be mandatory educated about it, so they never violate it in the future!
Because American Workers have a right of preferential access to the American labor market, American Workers Demand:
Minimum salary for ALL Foreign workers should be set above 75th percentile. HOSTING company MUST TREAT FOREIGN WORKERS THE SAME WAY THEY TREAT AMERICAN EMPLOYEES: pay foreign workers air and hotel expenses, plus daily allowance $120 (to contribute to local economies), plus private school for their kids and health insurance for the whole family! Companies already do it when their employees are doing business travel!
Every One Percent Increase in Foreign Workers in American Corporations should result in One Percent increase in Corporate Taxes for that company. American Jobs are for AMERICANS ONLY!
Any American Corporation that employs more than 10% of Foreign Workers Should Be denied participation in American Financial Markets and its financial instruments delisted from all American Stock Exchanges and Trading Platforms! GO UNDERWRITE in India and China, where you employ your workers! American Corporations that don’t employ American workers BRING NO VALUE TO AMERICA AND AMERICAN PEOPLE! Only AMERICANS HAVE A RIGHT FOR THESE JOBS!
American Data is American Treasure! For America to lead in this data-driven way of life, we MUST migrate the control and ownership of American data back to America — in other words, AMERICAN WEALTH back to every American! Data of the American Citizens should be handled by the American citizens and stored on the American soil! Foreign citizens, such as H-1Bs and OPT, SHALL NOT TOUCH IT! DON’T EXPORT IT OVERSEAS!!!
H-1B Revamp Could Radically Reduce Visa Users
A proposed revamp of the H-1B visa program is underway, although its specifics remain under wraps. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has submitted notice of the adjustment to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, under the title: “Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program.”
In the accompanying abstract, DHS states that it wants to “revise the definition of specialty occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B program, and revise the definition of employment and employer-employee relationship to better protect U.S. workers and wages.” On top of that, DHS also wants to implement “additional requirements designed to ensure employers pay appropriate wages to H-1B visa holders.”
The abstract also states that the move will be “economically significant.” Changing the definition of “specialty occupation” could prove a very big deal, as it would potentially restrict companies to only using the H-1B to source unique and hard-to-find talent from overseas. That could impact the business-services and outplacement firms that utilize massive numbers of H-1B visas to secure software developers, engineers, and other technologists with relatively commonplace skillsets.
Although the specifics are under wraps, that didn’t stop Fragomen, a law firm specializing in immigration law, from hypothesizing in a blog post about the changes’ potential impact on the H-1B: “This could lead to a requirement that H-1B employers and end clients jointly obtain labor condition applications (LCAs) for H-1B workers at client sites. A joint LCA requirement could create de facto joint employer liability for compliance with obligations concerning H-1B wages and working conditions. The regulation could also address other aspects of H-1B wage requirements.”
Any such regulation could also force companies to hire technologists who are U.S. citizens, which has been a longtime goal of the Trump administration’s H-1B actions. Hal Salzman, a professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University, recently re-emphasized that there’s more than enough talent coming from U.S. universities to power tech companies’ needs: “Are we to believe the talent these companies are looking for is so extraordinarily rare and greater than doctoral scientists? Or engineers?”
H-1B Revamp Could Radically Reduce Visa Users
The proposed DHS revamp suggests that Trump’s executive order temporarily banning H-1Bs won’t become permanent (although the situation could always change). Over the past few years, various tweaks to H-1B policy, including a substantial adjustment to fees, has led to a rising rate of application and renewal denials. Changing the definition of “specialty occupation,” however, could end up having an even larger impact on how tech firms utilize the visa.