Gene Nelson, Ph.D.

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.


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


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


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


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:\ 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.


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


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.



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


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.


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.


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

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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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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