‘They come out of sham universities in Bangalore with no specializations whatsoever…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) The White House may be softening its approach to the immigration issue, at least when it comes to legal immigration.
There are plans in the works to increase employment green cards and temporary visas.
But a report from the Center for Immigration Studies says those would be bad moves.
Called “Untold Stories: The American Workers Replaced by the H-1B Visa Program,” the report highlights American tech workers who have lost their jobs to foreigners. These laid-off workers have been ignored by the media.
The report undermines the narrative that there are not enough skilled American STEM workers. (Another report released last month debunked myths about the economic impacts of immigration.)
Matt Sussis, who authored the latest report, said: “Our analysis finds that [this narrative] is completely false and is backed up by American tech workers who have been fired from their careers, humiliated by their employers and forced to train their unqualified H-1B guest-worker replacements.”
In fact, only a third of Americans with degrees in STEM fields work in STEM-related jobs—meaning there is actually a surplus of qualified Americans that tech companies could recruit before turning to foreigners.
In addition, despite the claims of tech companies that Americans simply lack the right credentials and training, it turns out that foreign-educated immigrants are less-skilled than college-educated Americans on multiple tests. For all the talk of their immense qualifications, the average immigrant is no more skilled than an American with only a high school diploma.
Says one anonymous woman whose story is told in the report, a STEM worker who has worked in Dallas-area finance: “The notion that these H-1B visa holders are specialized is a complete sham. They come out of sham universities in Bangalore with no specializations whatsoever.”
The woman says she was forced to train her unqualified replacement—and if she didn’t, she’d be denied her severance package.
“I was told that I’d only get my severance if I agreed to train my replacement, who was far less qualified than I was, and if I promised not to sue,” she said. “It’s an insult.”
The report also relates the story of an anonymous man who worked in tech for a major department store chain—until he, too, was forced to train his replacements, from Infosys and Wipro. And his replacements didn’t evince much in the way of skills.
“Their work was such a mess that they had to hire me back to fix it after laying me off, only to then outsource me again,” said the man. “IT overhead was 2-3 percent when it was all Americans, and is 4-5 percent now. They’re not even saving money because the guest workers make so many mistakes.”
Then there’s the single mother who worked in IT since the beginning of the H-1B program, until she was laid off last year. “At first, foreign labor was used to complement the U.S. workers,” she stated. “They performed on the off-hours. Then they brought in the next wave of workers, but this time it was to replace us.”
This same woman has been laid off repeatedly, forcing her and her children to move around the country constantly. She worries about how this will impact her children’s development.
Another woman, from Ohio, tells of how she was laid off from a major insurance company. It’s taken a major toll on her. “Decade by decade, India completely took over,” she said. Astonishingly, the guest workers are now in leadership positions. There, they hold “shadow meetings” with other foreigners, excluding the Americans.
These are just some of the stories from the report—and the report contains only a tiny fraction of Americans affected by Big Tech’s greed. Yet, these stories often go untold.
President Trump campaigned on putting American workers first, so he should meet with laid-off STEM workers in order to hear what they have to say, the report recommends, saying it would be an important first step toward enacting laws that put American workers first.