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“Knowledge transfer.” It’s a scholarly sounding name for a vile practice that is stealing jobs from American engineers and forcing those soon-to-be-laid-off tech employees to train their foreign replacements. If American workers refuse to teach the ropes to their non–United States replacements, they will not get severance packages and bonuses. And some must sign a gag order promising not to tell anyone about this corporate rip-off.

However, a sufficient number of Americans fired from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics jobs have defied their former employers and told their stories. Now, the issue is front and center in this year’s presidential race.

Companies noted for their abuse of H-1B visas

The foreign technical workers get visas to come to the United States through the H-1B program, which allows non-American citizens (often from India) to work up to six years in the United States. The San Diego Reader has been following H-1B abuses for five years. Another method for foreigners to swipe American jobs is for students with an F-1 visa to take Optional Practical Training, which permits them to work for a year with an American company.

The companies currently abusing the H-1B program most malodorously include Disney, Southern California Edison, Cargill, and Toys R Us. The blue chips that have been using H-1Bs for a long time include IBM, Microsoft, and San Diego’s Qualcomm.

Ron Hira

Under the law, the hiring of H-1Bs is not supposed to affect wages and working conditions of U.S. workers. In truth, however, the H-1Bs are brought in at significantly lower wages than the Americans they replace, says Ron Hira, researcher for the Economic Policy Institute and a professor at Howard University.

Hira points out that H-1B workers are supposed to be paid the “prevailing wage” for the position they fill. But at Edison, for example, the H-1Bs were paid $66,000 to $71,000 a year for jobs that Edison had been paying its now-fired employees $110,000 annually.

Hira says that one ex-Edison employee said, “They told us they could replace one of us with three, four, or five Indian personnel and still save money. They said, ‘We can get four Indian guys for cheaper than the price of you.’ You could [have heard] a pin drop in the room.”

After Edison’s cruelty became well known, ten senators wrote the United States Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor, asking them to investigate the H-1B program to determine if it was intended “to replace large numbers of American workers” at Edison. “To add insult to injury, many of the replaced American employees report that they have been forced to train the foreign workers who are taking their jobs,” said the letter.

Qualcomm has long been one of the major blue-chip companies using the H-1B program. Last year, the telecom behemoth announced it would sever 15 percent of its total workforce. Immediately, employees began posting bitter statements on thelayoff.com, saying that the H-1Bs, who are hired for less pay, would not get the axe. Not long before the layoff announcement, the company had lobbied the federal government to increase the number of H-1B visas given each year. Says a Qualcomm spokesperson, “Within the U.S., [the layoffs] affected U.S. citizens as well as those working under various types of visas. Indeed, federal law prohibits companies from selecting — or not selecting — individuals for reduction in force because of their visa status.”

Russell Harrison

Wham! Critics of H-1B jump on such a statement, which has been made by other companies. “Companies are claiming they cannot differentiate between citizens and non-citizens when firing,” says Russell Harrison, director of governmental relations for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers–USA. If what Qualcomm says is true, the companies “can’t fire Americans and hire H-1Bs to replace them.” Actions by Edison and Disney would be illegal. Harrison has seen anecdotal evidence of Qualcomm’s discrimination against American engineers during last year’s layoffs. “[The H-1Bs] are cheaper.” Qualcomm is still lobbying for the government to let in more H-1Bs.

Gene Nelson of San Luis Obispo, a PhD in radiation biophysics who spent his career in tech, says, “Qualcomm is one of the worst [companies] for its abuse of H-1Bs. It wants the youngest, least expensive workforce.” Nelson says a primary reason to cut jobs of Americans is to magnify profits and justify “extortionate pay” of top management. Qualcomm is infamous for the pay of its two top executives.

Norm Matloff

Norm Matloff, a professor at the University of California at Davis, has long argued that companies use the H-1B program to lower the general wage levels of engineers. Company lobbyists claim there is a shortage of American-born-and-trained engineers. That’s false, says Matloff. The H-1Bs are “cheap, immobile labor” for as long as they stay in the United States. Companies get away with paying H-1Bs low wages because of “gaping loopholes in H-1B law.” H-1B abuses pervade the entire tech industry, says Matloff.

H-1B defenders say the incoming workers are “the best and the brightest.” Not so, says Matloff on his website. “The average quality of the H-1Bs is lower than that of the Americans.”

Adds Matloff, “Age is a core H-1B issue. Most H-1Bs are under 30, and since younger workers are cheaper than older ones in both wages and health care costs, employers use the H-1B program to avoid hiring older Americans.” That’s legal age discrimination says Matloff.

Harrison says widespread disapproval of the Edison and Disney layoffs has changed the picture in Washington DC, slightly for the better. A bill to expand H-1B has not gone anywhere, although another bill to curb the practices hasn’t moved, either.

If you are an engineer, whom should you vote for? Ted Cruz is cosponsoring a bill that would rein in H-1B. Donald Trump initially came out against H-1B. Then it appeared he had changed his mind. His staff quickly said he remains opposed to H-1B. Bernie Sanders also opposes it. Clinton has said little but has been for it in the past. Rubio, now out of the race, cosponsored one of the pro–H-1B bills. So, Trump, Cruz, and Sanders are the presidential candidates most strongly opposed to H-1B, says Harrison.

Unfortunately, he says, “Most members of Congress still accept the business argument that companies only bring in H-1Bs when no American worker is available. They think there are only a few bad actors.” It isn’t so.

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feeyishes March 30, 2016 @ 3:53 p.m.

I have been in the Tech and Healthcare Tech industry for over 20 years now and its been the same sad tale. At first, it was the threat of hiring young workers fresh out of college that they could burn through and dispose of; that was the first threat to my livelihood. Now, it is all of the out-sourcing to contracting companies like Accenture who can guarantee a foreign work force that they can pay 40 cents an hour to do the same (ahem... similar) job as my co workers and I. I have repeatedly had to have "knowledge transfer" meetings at several San Diego companies and what happens is that the foreign workers, for the most part, cannot deliver the same quality of work. Luckily, the adage of "you get what you pay for" keeps me gainfully employed. If their technical acumen and work ethic were to come up (including learning American English and not her majesty's English) then there would be a serious risk to job loss.

The best thing any American worker can do is to prove their worth and continue to do so each day of their working lives. Any slacking off from that goal and you risk becoming just another disposable technical resource. I agree it is unfair to American workers but, welcome to capitalism. It is your responsibility to stay relevant, owner-worker loyalty does not exist anymore.

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ImJustABill March 30, 2016 @ 9:01 p.m.

Yes - I think if you work hard, are productive, consistently produce quality work, keep your skill set up to date, and don't make any enemies you will always find a job somewhere.

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AlexClarke March 31, 2016 @ 7:14 a.m.

Yup, at McDonalds. You can be all the things you say but the employer will replace you with cheaper labor. This is why companies using the HB1 program are traitors.

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jonnycsd March 31, 2016 @ 8:46 a.m.

McDonalds is investing in automation to replace cooks and even cashiers with robots. Good luck!

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 4:08 p.m.

jonnycsd: Many decades ago there was a hamburger drive-in that used automation to make the burgers. There is nothing new under the sun. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:03 p.m.

AlexClarke: Companies that stash money offshore to cut down on their taxes, or merge with a small company in a low-tax country to cheat on U.S. taxes, are not good citizens. Neither are companies that send so many of their jobs offshore. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:47 a.m.

ImJustABill: You may always find a job, but will it be at an increasing salary? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:46 a.m.

feeyishes: The more one's pay increases, the more vulnerable he or she is to being replaced by an H-1B. There is no incentive to work hard and do a good job. If you do, you may get the axe. Best, Don Bauder

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ImJustABill March 30, 2016 @ 8:42 p.m.

Bob Elmasian

The law of supply and demand shows that as supply of a good (such as engineering labor) increases, the price of that good (such as a salary) decreases.

So ANY H1B hiring decreases US engineering salaries. Of course, the blatant abuses by IT departments in famous recent cases such as Disney and Edison lower salaries and disrupt American workers lives even more than most H1B hiring.

There is no great shortage of engineers. If there were (again by the law of supply and demand) engineering salaries would be skyrocketing. But they're not. Also, if there were a great shortage of engineers companies would be willing to hire less than stellar engineering graduates. But they're not - increasingly a graduate degree from a "name brand" college is required for many engineering positions.

Certainly the H1B program helps American high-tech companies by lowering labor costs. It has been argued that the H1B program has helped establish American cities (esp. silicon valley) as the high tech capitals of the world - and that keeping the high tech work in the US helps provide jobs to support staff (other workers and industries that support the high tech industry). So I suppose it's possible that there are some advantages to the H1B program to certain segments of the population.

But the main results of the H1B program are lower salaries and less job security for American engineers.

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:49 a.m.

ImJustABill: I do not believe there is a shortage of U.S.-trained engineers. But if there were, H-1Bs would be partly to blame. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke March 31, 2016 @ 7:16 a.m.

America first, Americans first. Conservatives want a two class system of the haves and have not's. The elimination of the middle class is the goal.

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:52 a.m.

AlexClarke: Absolutely, U.S. conservatives such as the Koch brothers believe in the elimination of the middle class. They are doing a good job of it. Statistics show that clearly. Best, Don Bauder

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hwstar March 31, 2016 @ 8:49 a.m.

Is this country really a representative democracy, or is it a plutocracy? A democratic government SHOULD promote the welfare of its citizens. The H-1B program needs to be reformed. Job opportunities for citizens must be the the first priority.

The federal government in this country is corrupt. Money buys legislation favourable to those willing to pay for it. This is the root of the problem. We need to get money out of politics. Once we do that, sensible legislation can be passed to reform the H-1B system.

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:55 a.m.

hwstar: We have a plutocracy (government by the rich) and a plutonomy (an economy designed for and being propelled by the rich. A rising tide lifts all yachts. That is the kind of society so-called conservatives want.) Best, Don Bauder

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jonnycsd March 31, 2016 @ 9:03 a.m.

For all his flaws there is only one presidential candidate unequivocally opposed to this systematized exploitation of labor. No, not Sanders. The other guy. If you want to end these practices and policies established by GW Bush and continued/expanded by Obama/Clinton that have been designed to suppress wages and extract concessions from workers then you have to vote for Donald Trump. Why do you think exploiters such as Bain Capital's Mitt Romney and Facebook's Zuckerberg are so hysterical that Trump might win? (hint: neither of them really care about Trump's twitter messages). I will gladly put up with a few silly sexist retweets to get this issue fixed. Some offended egos at a rally do not bother me in the slightest. There was not even one bloody nose -thier is no unbridled "violence" that the press calls it (in comparison to 500 murders in Chicago alone - now that is violence and it has been allowed to continue by the Establishment because they just don't care). And I have no sympathy for the feigned indignation by professional protestors who were bought and paid for by George Soros. Trump is a clear and easy choice for any American who earns, or wants to earn a paycheck.

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 9:59 a.m.

jonnycsd: I disagree, but this is a new and refreshing twist. Please keep sending your messages. Best, Don Bauder

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ImJustABill April 1, 2016 @ 5:27 a.m.

Donald Trump is egotistical, frequently offensive, doesn't have a deep understanding of foreign policy, may be bigoted, unstable, and frankly might even be considered emotionally / mentally ill.

All of the above are certainly valid reasons to not vote for him and I can't disprove any of them.

HOWEVER - despite all of the above I will tell you why I might vote for Trump and why a large number of Americans are voting for him despite the above flaws.

The RNC elites say that illegal immigration, free trade agreements, and H1B visas are good for America. I think illegal immigration, free trade agreements, and H1B visas are all good for very big corporations but very bad for middle class Americans. Trump is the only major candidate who holds all those views. That is why Mitt Romney and the RNC are going ballistic about Trump, not any of the above issues with Trump.

I also have a lot of respect for Bernie Sanders as he is the other POTUS candidate who clearly cares about the American middle class. However I'm not sure I want to turn America into Scandanvia as Sanders advocates. I realize Scandanavian countries have been successful in many ways but I think there are a lot of differences between the US and Scandanvia which might not make their model work here. There are differences between US culture and Scandanvian culture.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 10:45 a.m.

ImJustABill: Yes, but it has now come out that Trump uses H-1Bs at a number of his operations. Once again, Trump proves to be a liar. How could you trust him?

Have you seen the MSNBC interview in which he claimed women who have abortions should be punished? There was an outcry, and once again, he walked the statement back, and even claimed that MSNBC had edited the copy. It is very clear that was not edited. Trump is a liar, and one who thinks he can get away with his false claims. Up to now, he has been getting away with contradictory statements. I believe the MSNBC episode is a watershed. I think he is going down -- mercifully. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 10:51 a.m.

ImJustABill: Remember this: Sanders is a socialist in the northern European sense. But he is not going to turn our nation into a socialist country. There is such a thing as Congress.

Let me add this: big business is upset about Sanders. But business has nobody to blame but itself for the hugely inequitable wealth and income gap, the losing of jobs overseas, the massive corporate tax cheating, the use of offshore tax and secrecy havens, and other abuses. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:26 a.m.

Add: I want to make one more point. Bernie Sanders was created by American business. Business's greed made Bernie Sanders. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan March 31, 2016 @ 9:41 a.m.

Trump is a crazy lousy speaker backward bully boy who can't understand A-Z. Gonna have to put an intelligent experienced common sense woman in charge this time.

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 4:12 p.m.

shirleyberan: And I will bet you have one such woman in mind. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:28 a.m.

shirleyberan: It looks like an intelligent, experienced, commonsense woman could achieve the presidency in 2016. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 10:02 a.m.

Bob Elmasian: Those are interesting thoughts, but this sifting and winnowing of each H-1B candidate would take up a lot of management's time. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 10:04 a.m.

Scott Wilson: If Trump employs H-1Bs, then that is one more example of his life contradicting what he says. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi March 31, 2016 @ 12:57 p.m.

Sun Aug 2, 2015 Reuters:

"A Reuters analysis of U.S. government data reveals that this is business as usual in the New York property magnate's empire."

"Trump owns companies that have sought to import at least 1,100 foreign workers on temporary visas since 2000, according to U.S. Department of Labor data reviewed by Reuters. Most of the applications were approved, the data show."

"Nine companies majority-owned by Trump have sought to bring in foreign waitresses, cooks, vineyard workers and other laborers on temporary work-visa programs administered by the Labor Department."

"The candidate's foreign talent hunt included applications for an assistant golf-course superintendent, an assistant hotel manager and a banquet manager."

"Two of his companies, Trump Model Management and Trump Management Group LLC, have sought visas for nearly 250 foreign fashion models, the records show."

"Trump’s presidential campaign and a lawyer for the businessman declined to comment. The Mar-a-Lago Club could not be reached for comment."

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-trump-exclusive-idUSKCN0Q62RQ20150802

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 1:30 p.m.

Ponzi: Trump blurts out blatant lies time after time and the press does not check on him. Nor, it seems, do his opponents -- or if they do, the press doesn't pick it up. Hurray for Reuters for exposing this one. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 1:33 p.m.

Reed Richards: The compensation is supposed to be the same now. But it isn't. Companies get away with paying much less to H-1Bs and then get rid of American engineers. Politicians look the other way because of all that money corporate lobbyists throw around Washington DC. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 31, 2016 @ 1:34 p.m.

Scott Wilson: Yes, they are supposed to be paid a prevailing wage, but aren't, because companies take advantage of the many loopholes in the law, and also rake in lobbyists' moolah. Best, Don Bauder

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AmericanWorker March 31, 2016 @ 7:21 p.m.

Don: Excellent story. This is a dreadful system. While there may have originally been some rational need for the H-1B, there is none today. These jerks at these big companies are looking for nothing but cheap labor. I have for many years been in a scientific computing area, and there are many H-1Bs there. They do not have the initiative, the cleverness, of medium skilled US STEM/IT folks. They are here to get the green card, and of course, that is a big swindle. One little thing - there is a lot of fraud in the document verification firms who verify credentials. You should look into that. I can't tell you how I know, but many firms have false signings. India is one of the world's great locales for cheating on academic areas. There are stories occasionally about the cheating, but India is desperate to unload it's billions of surplus people here. Finally, why is it that Obama, the supposed friend of the working man/woman, keeps sticking the knife in the back of the American STEM worker? They actually believe that if they can keep a lot of Chinese and Indians here, the home countries, our enemies China and India, will be damaged. That is why Obama continues to make it easier to hire an Indian in the US than to hire an American. You know that OPT visa? If you hire an Indian or Chinese on that, you get a cheap-ass half-adequate code monkey, but you also get a $10,000 break on your taxes. Disgusting.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:37 a.m.

American Worker: Few politicians fight the H-1B system because of the manna they rake in from corporate lobbyists. But if they decide to run for president, they are likely to switch sides and blast H-1B. Best, Don Bauder

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AmericanWorker March 31, 2016 @ 7:27 p.m.

Don: there's another visa program you can look into as well. The J-1 brings in "college students" from around the world to do jobs that American college students used to do. At Mt Rushmore, a top-10 ice cream destination, you buy your ice cream from .... a CHINESE. Within 100 miles of Mt Rushmore, there are 50,000 Dakota, Nakota, Lakota Indians who need jobs. And why do Chinese get jobs at Mt. Rushmore? Because the employer, the Xanterra Company, a US Park Service contractor, get tax breaks for these chinese, and because they can work them in slave conditions. They don't pay SS tax, or medicare/caid (don't remember) or unemployment tax. All of those summer camps HS kids used to get jobs in? Now it's all Romanians and Russians, here on J-1 visas. Lifeguards in Pokipsee NJ? Moldova. Ski workers in Park City and Breckinridge? Austrians, Ukrainians, Russians, Swiss. Where do the Americans work? Oh, they don't.

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Ponzi March 31, 2016 @ 8:59 p.m.

Why are our national parks contracting with foreign companies to operate concessions in our parks? Someone must have had a big bag of money or Swiss bank account to sign off on that. This is exactly what has been spoiling the opportunities for our children's future in America.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:43 a.m.

Ponzi: I did not know about national parks bringing in people with visas to take short-term jobs.

Is it any surprise that young people overwhelmingly favor Bernie Sanders? Our young people are the ones who get horse-whipped by these programs. Best, Don Bauder

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AmericanWorker April 1, 2016 @ 5:02 p.m.

Here's a quote that I found by google "national parks j-1" "INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS Thank you for your interest in working at Yellowstone National Parks Lodges! We employ international students each summer season. Most students participate in the Work and Travel Program with J-1 visas. We also accept a small number of F-1 visa students. Please see specifics below." This is a Xanterra site. It's disgusting. Why do we have foreign scabs at our national parks?

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:40 a.m.

American Worker: Yes, there are a number of short-term visa programs, and businesses rush to utilize them just to save a few bucks of labor costs. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:45 a.m.

American Worker: This is absolutely disgusting, unless it is a key part of a State Department arrangement with foreign countries Best, Don Bauder

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AmericanWorker March 31, 2016 @ 7:38 p.m.

And who brings in the Russians, Moldovans, Ukrainians, Swiss? A whole NEST of companies who get fees from the workers and fees from the companies that hire these "college students" (who are sometimes 35). Check out this website: http:\www.jobofer.ru It's a Russian website which has an English page. They charge "students" a fee. And guess who hires these students? Disneyworld. Old Mickey actually speaks Russian. That's why none of those characters in Disneyworld ever talk. Because none of them speak English.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:48 a.m.

American Worker: Unless this is a part of a student exchange program set up by the State Department, it would appear to smell. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi March 31, 2016 @ 8:47 p.m.

I have been fighting the H-1B’s since 1989 at McDonnell-Douglas, now Boeing. I started running into more of them in the 1990’s as the technology companies grew. When I lived in Seattle, I was given a Chinese H-1B who did not work out as a mechanical engineer in their engineering wing. Even though she claimed to have a master degree in engineering. She claimed she knew programming, but we ended up having her maintain web pages.

Something a high school student could have done. In other words, we were giving on-the-job training to a foreign national rather than a local. The reason they could not fire her is that they didn’t have the stomach. In some cases, there is so much expense to firing them, which they just keep them busy until their time runs out.

She was one of the many “two 4 ones” that I encountered in my career. Her husband worked at a biotech firm in Seattle. Somehow, maybe magic and divine intervention, both husband and wife gets H-1B visas and work in the same vicinity. Really, what is happening is one or both of them lie about their academic credentials and experience. China and India are filled with sham colleges and firms that create fake degrees, and falsified transcripts. It isn’t a little problem, it is epidemic.

Later when I returned to San Diego, I worked for a firm that only had 200 employees but decided to hire a Chinese H-1B worker. Her husband worked for a pharmaceutical company in La Jolla. Another two-4-one! She was supposed to have a master degree in computer science. We had to train her. When the company had to let go 20 people, she remained. I objected and later left the company.

I have run across many Indian and Chinese H-1B’s over the years. I am friendly with them, but not friends. They are here for the green card or to drop an anchor baby. Most don’t return to their homeland. Many eventually leave the technology field and open restaurants or other mom and pop businesses where they exclusively hire their own nationality. I know someone who came from India to work for a communications giant and now, with green card in hand, installs solar panels (and hire Indians to do the grunt work).

It’s difficult to not be jaded about what I have witnessed over the years. The foreigner writes spaghetti code, they are no brighter than Americans and usually not very team oriented. Companies say they want people with “good communications skills” and then dump the people who are very difficult to understand into their teams. When I changed my modus operandi to consulting and contracting, I worked for many tech companies on short assignments. (I did this to escape the politics and unpredictability of working for a single company). There was one place I worked that smelled like curry all the time.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 11:59 a.m.

Ponzi1: I think most Americans don't know the ugly side of these programs. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi March 31, 2016 @ 8:48 p.m.

One of the Indians I worked with was so full of himself about his university back in India. I did some research and found it to be a “college” that had about 40 students for four years! The pictures I found of it were hilarious. Chickens running around overgrown weeds and students walking around without shirts or shoes in what looked like a projects apartment building. Higher education my arse.

It has taken far too long for the mainstream media and the public to learn what an H-1B visa is. The visa's are like alphabet soup, there are so many abused visas that companies, universities and other use. They overstay (aka never leave) There are the J-1 or the L-1, which lets foreign companies, bring their workers over here and avoid our labor laws and taxes.

If our leaders want to make a bold statement about supporting middle class Americans, they can start by shutting down all of the visa's except for tourists. (A lot of them don't leave either). The H-1B are not the best and brightest. Some are smart, some hard working, but none are superior. The best and brightest are still here in America. If companies continue to stagnate (and lower) wages with these visa scams, it’s no wonder less and less American youth will want to take STEM subjects. Why work so hard on math and science if your payoff is working with third-world grunts with fake educations. Even the H-1B’s don’t want to work in high tech for long. They want to move here to escape their overpopulated slum-countries and start their own business or just use our generous welfare system.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:02 p.m.

Ponzi2: Everythiing I hear is that H-1Bs are not the best and brightest. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 1, 2016 @ 10:56 a.m.

When the man is debating over whether a bigger boner gives him a better chance at world domination or blindness, Hillary will be looking for logical solutions like higher pay for wage workers, less illegal entry here using updated technology in homeland security, actual issues. Don T will cowtow to corporate Greed, ending the need for that so stressful public speaking or ability to make real progress, use diplomacy, find big words, keep our kids out of war then the moving onto another younger woman whereby he gives them each a baby so they stay awhile, his priorities... wall building???!

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AmericanWorker April 1, 2016 @ 11:10 a.m.

That's actually a huge lie. Hillary and Barack have never seen an American job that they didn't want to outsource. Hillary, like Bill, does not want Americans to have jobs. Bill cost American workers more than 1,000,000 jobs with NAFTA. Hillary is salivating over the TPP, and is desperate to sign it. She is horrible for American workers.

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Ponzi April 1, 2016 @ 12:03 p.m.

Both sides of the aisle support the H-1B. They get contributions from companies like Qualcomm that give money to both democrats and republicans. The H-1B lobby is powerful. There is an entire industry built around in-sourcing foreign nationals. Firms like InfoSys and Tata have a powerful lobby.

People have been complaining to their representatives for years, but it falls on deaf ears. They just talk about it and no one actually does anything to reduce the numbers. The tech industry just wants to increase the number of visa's. As it stands, there are over 1 million foreign nationals in the U.S. today using these visas. And companies like SCE and Disney are getting bold and laying off hundreds of Americas after they train their Indian replacements.

I only wish we could use the H-1 visa to replace our lawyers and politicians.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:12 p.m.

Ponzi: Yes, both sides of he aisle support H-1B, other visa programs, and trade pacts that harm American workers. Best, Don Bauder

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AmericanWorker April 3, 2016 @ 6:37 a.m.

I agree that both sides do it. Bill Clinton, however, signed NAFTA. He lied over and over about it. Yes, both sides do it. But Obama has betrayed the American worker with more zeal and enthusiasm than either Bush did. Obama has been a total betrayer. He is doing it because his Chief Techologist was an Indian scumbag. He got lied to, but now lives the lie. He has been a disaster. Hillary will be a horrible disaster for US IT/STEM workers. She will increase H-1Bs, L-1, J-1, F-1. No American job is safe.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:09 p.m.

American Worker: I doubt if she is salivating now, with the election right around the corner. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:04 p.m.

shirleyberan: You have your finger on the right villain: corporate greed. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:07 p.m.

shirleyberan: Trump appears to be bowing at the feet of foreign visa providers, no matter what he says. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:10 p.m.

shirleyberan: It is quite difficult to make a case that Hillary and Bill Clinton oppose greed. They have too much of a track record. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:16 p.m.

shirleyberan: Trump doesn't simply kowtow to corporate greed. He is a model of it. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 1, 2016 @ 11:51 a.m.

Americans are dumb as it appears then and still see Socialism as a dirty word. Poor Bernie. Maybe American workers need an Arab summer. Still she's not as nuts as DJT and I'm sticking to it. The "she does not want Americans to have jobs" is a stretch. She might want to become a better president than her husband out of spite.

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Don Bauder April 1, 2016 @ 12:14 p.m.

shirleyberan: Or if she is elected, will her husband actually be president? Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 1, 2016 @ 1:26 p.m.

I've seen the new Bill rallying for Hillary looking pretty feeble. He was speaking to a group somewhere and said in a sincere manner something about not liking to be married to her, can't recall exact words. Not helpful. I think it will be easier for her to separate herself even further from him. He's lost his edge and any leverage. Chelsea's safely grown up. HRC really wants the chance.

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Don Bauder April 2, 2016 @ 8:44 a.m.

shirleyberan: I can't Bill denigrating Hillary. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 1, 2016 @ 2:04 p.m.

Maybe a majority of Americans can't resolve their own sexism, we'll see. Many of the same voters believe a black man wasn't supposed to ever be President either. Obstructionists be damned. I'm a Proud Progressive.

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Don Bauder April 2, 2016 @ 8:46 a.m.

shirleyberan: Sexism may play a role in the 2016 election. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 2, 2016 @ 2:42 p.m.

Don - Sexsm is a big problem, not a game. Evangelicals and ultraConservates make me crazy and can't sympathize with Cruz. How sick I will be if Cruz or Trump have any control over us. Hillary has survived embarasment and beyond still working and well connected, doesn't need Bill. Looking forward to a battle of the Sexist Trumpeteer.

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Don Bauder April 3, 2016 @ 6:13 p.m.

shirleyberan: Agreed: Trump and Cruz are frightening. The difference between the two is that Trump knows next to nothing about domestic and foreign affairs. When he comes out with a preposterous statement (say, that the U.S. may threaten to use the bomb, or Muslims will be banned "until we straighten this out," ad nauseam) Trump does not know that as president he could not snap his fingers and accomplish these things. He is simply ignorant about how government works.

Cruz, however, is a true constitutional expert. He KNOWS that as president he could not snap his fingers and accomplish his wild schemes such as abolishing the IRS or getting rid of Obamacare as soon as he got into office.

So which do you want? Pretty scary, isn't it? Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 3, 2016 @ 9:38 a.m.

A woman is not her husband (in some states). Trump products are made in Mexico and China.

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Don Bauder April 3, 2016 @ 6:17 p.m.

shirleyberan: "A woman is not her husband (in some states.) Huh? Explicate, please. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan April 4, 2016 @ 12:15 p.m.

Don - a woman has separate thoughts and opinions from her husband especially after personal growth. Trying to be funny when saying that it only occurs in a small part of the country.

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Don Bauder April 5, 2016 @ 2:19 p.m.

shirleyberan: Absolutely, husbands and wives often have different opinions. I don't know that these usually relate to fundamental differences between the sexes. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi April 4, 2016 @ 1:43 p.m.

It's amazing how many "nonimmigrant" visa's there are. Yet, a hefty percentage of these visa holders contact an attorney and begin the residency process the day they step off the airplane.

https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/general/all-visa-categories.html

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Don Bauder April 5, 2016 @ 2:21 p.m.

Ponzi: There is no doubt about that. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 5, 2016 @ 2:23 p.m.

shirleyberan: it's better to look at median housejold income growth or contraction than it is to look at jobs growth. Best, Don Bauder

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Flapper April 7, 2016 @ 3:40 a.m.

"Up to now, he has been getting away with contradictory statements." --Don Bauder

Unfortunately, doing so has almost always worked in the past by other politicians, and there is little indication that voters will wise up.

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Don Bauder April 12, 2016 @ 11:43 a.m.

Flapper: Voters haven't wised up to political double-talk for centuries. Why should they stoop now? Best, Don Bauder

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eastlaker April 7, 2016 @ 9:05 a.m.

Trump may be crumbling. It looks like forces are in combination to derail his momentum. Not that any reasonable alternatives have appeared on the Republican side of things. Maybe they are reaping the wind?

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Don Bauder April 12, 2016 @ 11:49 a.m.

eastlaker: Reaping the wind? More like raping the truth. Trump appears to be crumbling but he will win New York and some other eastern states, and get close to the number needed to win the nomination. If he falls short and an open convention goes for a non-candidate like Ryan, all hell could break loose. All hell WILL break loose if Trump wins the nomination.Best, Don Bauder

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Gene Nelson, Ph.D. April 7, 2016 @ 10:02 p.m.

Thank you, Don for your new article regarding the harms of the controversial H-1B Visa program.

The underlying motivation for the controversial H-1B Visa program is greed. Forbes Magazine noted that William Gates, III was the wealthiest man in the United States for the past 22 years, with current wealth at $76 billion on 06 October 2015.

Microsoft has the dubious distinction of obtaining the greatest number of H-1B visas directly since 2001. The cumulative number is about 40,000 now. Gates used Microsoft lobbyist (and felon) Jack A. Abramoff to help game the immigration system for his private benefit. To learn more, please search by title for the PDF version of "The Greedy Gates Immigration Gambit." The first part of my article was written in 2007 and the second part in 2014.

For additional background, please search for both phrases "Gene Nelson" and "H-1B" Google showed 1,150 results on 07 April 2016.

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Don Bauder April 12, 2016 @ 12:44 p.m.

Gene Nelson: Keep up your valiant work in slowing the spread of H-1B, and perhaps reversing it. Best, Don Bauder

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