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The INS estimates that roughly 3.2 million of the estimated eight million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. (or 40 percent), originally entered the country on non-immigrant visas (such as H-1B, L-1, etc.).  These 3.2 million non-immigrants have become illegal immigrants by overstaying their visas.  Because of its failure to implement an entry-exit system as required by a 1996 law, the INS has no way to identify or locate them.  As more H-1Bs and other non-immigrant visa holders lose their jobs in the recession, and remain in the country until they find work, this number will no doubt be significantly higher.

In addition to making a major contribution to illegal immigration, the Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) program as it now functions has a noticeable impact on the U.S. labor market that is largely unfettered.  In 2001, more than 715,000 foreigners were issued NIVs to fill U.S. jobs, and another 110,000 visitors received permission to work here after arriving.

There is no limit on the total number of non-immigrants who can enter the U.S. each year, although some categories are capped.  The H-1B visa category for skilled workers, many of whom work in the computer and technology field, is nominally limited by statute.  The law caps the number of certain new approvals at 195,000 in 2001, 2002, and 2003.  Unless changed by new legislation, it will revert to 65,000 in 2004.  However, only between on fourth and one half of the people approved as H-1B workers are actually subject to the cap.  Congress excluded those working for educational or non-profit organizations and those extending their stay or changing jobs from being counted against the cap.

NEW MEDIA STORIES IN LINKS & MEDIA LIBRARY:

States, Federal Government Hire Foreign Workers
State and federal government agencies from coast to coast are hiring foreign workers for good-paying jobs at the expense of American citizens. Despite the availability of tens of thousands of highly-trained recent college graduates and high national unemployment rate pegged by the Labor Department at 8.9 percent for white-collar workers, American governments are using the federal H-1B foreigner-employment program to import foreign workers, shutting out unemployed Americans. By Wayne Lutton, Middle American News, April, 2003

Congresswoman Trains Sights On Insurers’ Hiring
U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, hearing that local companies are allegedly abusing a visa program, is asking the chief executives of five Connecticut insurance companies to reveal how many Indian citizens they employ in information technology. By Diane Levick, Courant Staff Writer, May 07, 2003

Foreign Nationals From India Must Now Leave U.S.
The state of New Mexico has been illegally paying for foreign nationals to get green cards. And now, 15 skilled computer programmers will lose their jobs and likely be deported. KOAT Target 7 investigative reporter Larry Barker said it started a couple of years ago — the Taxation and Revenue Department needed computer programmers. So, they hired more than a dozen highly qualified foreign nationals from India, promising to pay their immigration fees. The problem? It’s against the law.
 By Larry Barker, KOAT Target 7 investigative reporter, May 07, 2003

Congress faces decision on visas for foreign workers
Congressional Republicans will soon have a chance to prove whether they do the bidding of corporate contributors or side with hardworking voters.
 By Phylis Schlafly, TownHall.com, May 06, 2003

Offshore coding work raises security concerns
IT professionals are raising serious questions about the U.S. software industry’s reliance on overseas software developers, arguing that the practice puts companies and the U.S. economy at risk. A recent study by Gartner Inc. predicts that by 2004, more than 80% of U.S. companies will consider outsourcing critical IT services, including software development, to countries such as India, Pakistan, Russia and China. 
By Dan Verton, Computerworld, May 05, 2003

Visa Numbers Could Lose Global Appeal
This article is either a prime example of sloppy journalism, or it is a deliberate attempt to promote the H-1B visa. Gregoire’s apparent ignorance of the issues, and lack of objective reporting is appalling. Articles of this kind should never make it past the editors desk, but apparently the standards at the Tampa Tribune are very low
 (Rob Sanchez).  Story By NATASHIA GREGOIRE, The Tampa Tribune, May 03, 2003

A Visa Loophole as Big as a Mainframe
More companies are using L-1 visas to bring in low-wage foreign IT workers–and replace Americans.  By Brian Grow in Orlando, Fla., with Manjeet Kripalani in Bombay, BusinessWeek, March 10, 2003 – slightly different than the March 6 version

Outsourcing bill may drop India name
An amazing story where citizens of India successfully influenced the New Jersey state government, and prevented the passage of a bill that would have protected American citizens in the workplace.  It should be against the law for aliens to lobby and influence our government officials, but it is even more shameful that our government officials actually listened to these aliens, and allowed these aliens to influence OUR laws.  Our government exists to represent the interest of American citizens.  The rest of the world is NOT entitled to control our resources, jobs, and most especially our government.  If you are not outraged by this, then you are not paying attention!
 By K YATISH RAJAWAT, Times News Network, March 8, 2003

Data Reveals Severity of Tech’s Pain
Michael Rolle, a veteran of Oracle Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. who trained at MIT and Stanford, started a new job this week: umpiring junior varsity high school softball for $20 a game
.  By Joseph Menn, LA Times, March 7, 2003

A Mainframe-Size Visa Loophole
More companies are using L-1 visas to bring in low-wage foreign IT workers–and replace Americans.  By Brian Grow in Orlando, Fla., with Manjeet Kripalani in Bombay, BusinessWeek, March 6, 2003 – slightly different than the March 10 version

India’s greatest Institutes of technical education are in decline
What can we do to help reform them?
  This amazing story combined with the amazing rebuttal by Norm Matloff (triggered by the pathetic 60 Minutes IIT story), demonstrates the outright  lying and manipulation of public opinion and the Congress of the United States.  Murthy’s incredible claims about the Indian education system on 60 Minutes were clearly intended for Congress and the American public.  See the real story as he tells it to Indians on SiliconIndia.com.  Rebuttal by Norm Matloff, Story by Narayana N R Murthy, SiliconIndia.com, Feb 25, 2003

The New Face of Global Competition
It’s no surprise that Wipro chairman and managing director Azim H. Premji drives a Lincoln Town Car and is wealthy to the tune of $6 billion. His Bangalore programmers are paid $2 an hour to churn out code for American companies that are standing in line for his cheap services
 (Rob Sanchez).  Story By Keith H. Hammonds, fastcompany.com, Feb, 2003

Former IEEE-USA president joins H-1B visa protest
A group of unemployed high-tech workers demonstrated against the U.S. government’s H-1B visa program on Wednesday (Feb. 12) outside a Dallas hotel where the IEEE-USA’s board was holding its quarterly meeting. A past president of IEEE-USA, an engineering association, was among the six demonstrators at the protest. By Margaret Quan EE Times, Feb 13, 2003

IEEE-USA asks for rollback of H-1B visa quotas
“Despite a grim job outlook for the U.S. high-tech work force, industry has petitioned, and government has granted 799,700 new or renewal H-1B visas in the past two years,” IEEE-USA said. “This includes 163,600 new visas in 2001 and 342,000 in exempt categories. And when FY ’02 ended, another 18,000 new H-1B applications were pending.” By Margaret Quan EE Times, Feb 9, 2003

The New Global Job Shift
The next round of globalization is sending upscale jobs offshore. The sense of resignation inside Bank of America (BAC ) is clear from the e-mail dispatch. “The handwriting is on the wall,” writes a veteran information-technology specialist who says he has been warned not to talk to the press. [...] last fall, his entire 15-engineer team was told their jobs “wouldn’t last through September.” In the past year, BofA has slashed 3,700 of its 25,000 tech and back-office jobs. An additional 1,000 will go by March.  By Pete Engardio, Aaron Bernstein, and Manjeet Kripalani With Frederik Balfour in Manila, Brian Grow in Atlanta, and Jay Greene in Seattle BusinessWeek, Feb 03, 2003

Perilous Currents in the Offshore Shift 
“We anticipate that you’ll see a disproportionate number of layoffs this year and next in info tech. The impact will be very severe,” says Diane Morella, a Gartner research director focusing on workforce issues. “And there’s very little discussion about what this means for the U.S. and Western Europe four or five years from now.”  By Pete Engardio, BusinessWeek, Feb 03, 2003

Big Outsourcing Shift Predicted for IT Jobs
A new report on the IT labor market predicts that 35% to 45% of full-time IT jobs in the U.S. and Canada will be shifted to contractors, consultants, offshore technicians or part-time workers by 2005. And some analysts and IT labor experts said those figures, although eye-popping, may not be far-fetched.
 By Thomas Hoffman, Computerworld, Jan 27, 2003

U.S. departing the First World?
America has turned its back on Americans. Even illegal aliens count higher with the American government than native-born, taxpaying, loyal U.S. citizens, who are regarded by their government as nothing but resources to be exploited.
 By Paul Craig Roberts, The Washington Times, Jan 23, 2003

L1s Slip Past H-1B Curbs
The latest figures released by the Immigration and Naturalization Service show that the number of L1 visas granted climbed from 112,124 in 1995 to 294,658 in 2000. But they still haven’t caught up to the H-1B numbers: In 1995, 117,574 H-1B visas were granted, compared with 355,605 in 2000.  To IT workers such as Emmons who say they feel they’re facing unfair competition from imported workers, statistics mean little. What matters is that they’ve lost their jobs, they’ve had to train their replacements and many of those replacements are here on L1 visas. By Lisa Vaas, eWeek, Jan 06, 2003

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Amazing But True Facts about Hiring American Citizens

The following are amazing but true stories concerning non-immigrant visas and H-1B related issues.

At least 4 million H-1B visas were certified by the INS between 1998-2001.

Many H-1B workers are paid minimum wage as their official salary, and the rest of their salary is paid as “U.S. Living Expenses” that are non-taxable.(2003 Data)

L-1 workers are considered employees of a foreign company and paid by the foreign company. This means that they do not have to pay U.S. taxes. (2003 Data)

Students from India are given an exemption from paying taxes. (IRS Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide, page 14)

At least 800,000 highly-skilled U.S. workers are now unemployed as a direct result of the H-1B visa legislation, which failed to include protection for U.S. workers. (2001 Reporting)

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1 in 5 American workers lost a job during the last three years. Two-thirds of workers received less than 2 weeks notice and no severance pay. Three-fourths did not maintain any health benefits. 35% of these workers are now underemployed. (August 2003)

Since 1985, over 17 million visas have been issued to allow aliens to work in the United States and glut the labor market. These NON-immigrant visas, or NIV, are company-sponsored visas that use a variety of different names including H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, J-1, L-1, and TN. These are not immigrants. These are temporary workers.

Employers hire foreign workers even when qualified and equally qualified Americans are available, and lay off Americans while retaining H-1Bs in the same job category — even though the H-1B program was created solely to fill a “labor shortage” of jobs that could not be filled by American workers. (2003)

“Siemens management mandated Americans to train their foreign replacement workers; in Lake Mary, FL” After training, the Americans were laid off while the foreigners live and work in Lake Mary, FL (2003)

Senator Hillary Clinton cut the tape for the new Tata Consulting Buffalo office. Tata Consulting is the largest importer of cheap foreign H-1B workers. They are currently under investigation for immigration fraud. (2003)

Quote from Colorado Republican Tom Tancredo, on the house floor, June 18, 2003 — “When my colleagues get a letter from a constituent who has been displaced by foreign workers, they should write back to them and say, ‘It is the policy of this government to displace you, to move you into a lower economic income category, because we believe in cheap labor and we believe the politics of open borders helps our party.’”

America is the only developed nation that does not have protectionist legislation that provides disincentives for companies that use imported and offshore cheap foreign labor. (2003)

Each year more than $10 billion is sent back to India by foreign workers who are in the U.S. in the form of remittances. That is $10 billion drained from our economy when it could have been paid to U.S. Citizens who would have spent the vast majority of that money within the U.S. economy. (Fox News 2003)

Immigration from 1925 to 1965 averaged 178,000 per year. Now, we’re taking in approximately 1.1 million legal immigrants and up to 700,000 illegal aliens annually.

Homelessness has now risen above the levels seen during the Great Depression. (July 2003)

At least 9 million Americans are unemployed. At least 17 million skilled, educated Americans are now “underemployed” in low-wage jobs – many part-time without benefits. (June 2003)

By the end of January 2003 more than 70% of laid-off technology workers had exhausted (used up) their unemployment benefits. Unemployment for technology workers has continued to rise, giving little hope for re-employment.

The total number of US technical jobs is around 8.5 million and we have imported around 3-4 million temporary foreign technical workers.

In the year 2001, 9 out of every 10 new job openings for computer/IT were taken by H-1Bs, and despite record unemployment the INS issued 312,000 visas in 2002.

3.3 million jobs are expected to be offshore outsourced to India and China over the next several years. (2003 Business Week)

Missouri residents who call a 1-800 number with questions about their welfare, food stamps, and benefits are being routed to a state call center in India!

66% of Americans say their biggest worry today is whether or not they will have a job tomorrow. (20-June-2003 Fox News)

Special interests have imported more than 17 million noncitizens to glut the labor market between the years 1985-2002. (1985-2002 Reporting)

Bank of America workers who were laid off in favor of cheap foreign labor were asked to sign a waiver stating that they would not talk to the media in order to get their severance benefits.

H-1B is used to import workers for jobs that American employers claim can’t be filled in the “tight American labor market”. Their claim is a lie because there are more than enough Americans to fill these jobs. L-1 visas have no yearly quota and may one day surpass H-1B as a means of importing skilled workers. (2000 Data)

Fraud within the H-1B non-immigrant visa system has become so rampant that an entire industry of “body shops” has sprung up in America.  The body shops sponsor foreign workers’ visas and then place them in jobs with American companies for significantly lower wages than American high tech workers.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 59 percent of all foreign graduate students receive government-funded financial aid, and 40 percent receive direct grants as opposed to loans which must be repaid. (2003)

The legal “caps” or limits for H-1B visas issued have been exceeded every single year since 1987, but the INS does not have an accurate count for any year. Their reporting only indicates the number of H-1B applications, even though any one application can authorize up to 999 visas!

Even though they are legally mandated to do so, the Immigration and naturalization Service (INS) has publicly and willfully refused to deport H-1B workers with expired visas.  Although the law says that H-1B visa holders must leave the country immediately after being laid-off or fired, the INS has told them that no one will be forced to leave, and to keep looking for new jobs.

The INS estimates that roughly 3.2 million of the estimated eight million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. (or 40 percent), originally entered the country on non-immigrant visas (such as H-1B, L-1, etc.).  These 3.2 million non-immigrants have become illegal immigrants by overstaying their visas.  Because of its failure to implement an entry-exit system as required by a 1996 law, the INS has no way to identify or locate them.  As more H-1Bs and other non-immigrant visa holders lose their jobs in the recession, and remain in the country until they find work, this number will no doubt be significantly higher.

In addition to making a major contribution to illegal immigration, the Non-Immigrant Visa (NIV) program as it now functions has a noticeable impact on the U.S. labor market that is largely unfettered.  In 2001, more than 715,000 foreigners were issued NIVs to fill U.S. jobs, and another 110,000 visitors received permission to work here after arriving.

There is no limit on the total number of non-immigrants who can enter the U.S. each year, although some categories are capped.  The H-1B visa category for skilled workers, many of whom work in the computer and technology field, is nominally limited by statute.  The law caps the number of certain new approvals at 195,000 in 2001, 2002, and 2003.  Unless changed by new legislation, it will revert to 65,000 in 2004.  However, only between on fourth and one half of the people approved as H-1B workers are actually subject to the cap.  Congress excluded those working for educational or non-profit organizations and those extending their stay or changing jobs from being counted against the cap.

What is the INS’s policy toward illegal immigrants in the U.S.?  According to INS manager Nina Moniz, “Our job is to explain to people why they are here illegally, help them change that, and help them to get benefits.” 7/23/2001 Interview on Denver’s KOA radio.

INS commissioner James Ziglar’s only law enforcement experience is serving as the Sergeant-at-Arms for the Senate.

The H-1B program (for temporary high-tech work) admits about 500 “fashion models” visas for employment in the U.S. every year.

QWEST, a telephone company that serves a 14 state region in the U.S. makes it a policy to fire American computer consultants, and replace them with cheaper H-1B consultants.  To add insult to injury, they first force the American computer consultants to provide on-the-job training for the H-1B that is replacing them.  This same company replaced one of their Sr. IT executives with an H-1B.  The new executive promptly cancelled numerous software development projects that American citizens were working on, and fired them.  Then the executive hired TATA Consultancy (an infamous H-1B body shop), to restart the cancelled projects under new names using H-1B workers.

Companies who are laying off H-1B visa holders frequently inform the INS that the person’s status has changed to “unpaid leave” rather than “unemployed.”  The H-1B worker is then free to search for another job indefinitely (and compete with American workers in the high-tech job market) without fear of deportation.

Illegal immigrants who enroll in the University of California system are charged in-state tuition.

According to several universities, the INS routinely takes 6 months to respond to notifications from their registrars that foreign students are not attending classes.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had openly declared that he will not enforce U.S. immigration laws.  “…those people who are undocumented do not have to worry about the city government…”

The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General could not find any evidence that the INS was capable of locating visa violators still in the country.  Washington Times 11/07/01

The INS spent $31.2 million on a computer system to track visa holders that overstay their visas.  The system still does not work, and the INS says that it needs an additional $57 million for the system.

State Department form DS-156 — the official nonimmigrant visa application — asks the following question: “Do you seek to enter the U.S. to engage in export control violations, subversive or terrorist activities, or any other unlawful purpose?  Are you a member of a terrorist organization as currently designated by the U.S. Secretary of State?”  The footnote to the question states that “A YES answer does not automatically signify ineligibility for visa.”  Read this application HERE.

Please write your elected officials and the news media about this issue.  The following links make it easy to do…

The White House website
You can write to the President and Vice President on this site.

U.S. Senate website
You can find and write your Senators on this site.

U.S. House of Representatives website
You can find and write your Representative on this site.

Related Links & Media Library

American Worker Replacement Program Mainstream Media News (archived on this site) With rebuttal commentary as needed.

Study notes offshoring downside
U.S. companies that move jobs overseas to cut costs may not be saving as much money as their executives think.  money.cnn.com — March 4, 2004

Outsourcing: what to do?
If you haven’t turned on a TV or read a magazine or a newspaper recently, you probably haven’t heard that your job is moving overseas.  As more U.S. companies move jobs overseas, debate rages on answers to a divisive issue. By Mark Gongloff, money.cnn.com — March 1, 2004

Do Borders Matter To President Bush?
It is no secret that tens of thousands of jobs in the software sector are being shipped to India, nor are many unaware that millions of manufacturing jobs, once filled by America’s blue-collar middle class, have been moved to Communist China where desperate people are willing to work for substandard wages. What may not be understood is that 2.5 million Americans have lost their jobs since 2001, and nearly 400,000 ran out of their federal unemployment benefits in January of this year alone. Indeed the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average salary for U.S. workers has fallen from $44,570 to $35,410 since 2001, with nearly 5 million Americans working at part-time employment to make ends meet.

U.S. jobs jumping ship
As painful as the labor market has been lately, what’s even more painful is that many of the 2.5 million jobs lost in the past few years are never coming back. Cheap overseas labor is not just for manufacturers any more — is your job headed offshore too? money.cnn.com — January 19, 2004

Congresswoman Trains Sights On Insurers’ Hiring
U.S. Rep. Nancy Johnson, hearing that local companies are allegedly abusing a visa program, is asking the chief executives of five Connecticut insurance companies to reveal how many Indian citizens they employ in information technology. By Diane Levick, Courant Staff Writer, May 07, 2003

Foreign Nationals From India Must Now Leave U.S.
The state of New Mexico has been illegally paying for foreign nationals to get green cards. And now, 15 skilled computer programmers will lose their jobs and likely be deported. KOAT Target 7 investigative reporter Larry Barker said it started a couple of years ago — the Taxation and Revenue Department needed computer programmers. So, they hired more than a dozen highly qualified foreign nationals from India, promising to pay their immigration fees. The problem? It’s against the law.
 By Larry Barker, KOAT Target 7 investigative reporter, May 07, 2003

Congress faces decision on visas for foreign workers
Congressional Republicans will soon have a chance to prove whether they do the bidding of corporate contributors or side with hardworking voters.
 By Phylis Schlafly, TownHall.com, May 06, 2003

Offshore coding work raises security concerns
IT professionals are raising serious questions about the U.S. software industry’s reliance on overseas software developers, arguing that the practice puts companies and the U.S. economy at risk. A recent study by Gartner Inc. predicts that by 2004, more than 80% of U.S. companies will consider outsourcing critical IT services, including software development, to countries such as India, Pakistan, Russia and China. 
By Dan Verton, Computerworld, May 05, 2003

Visa Numbers Could Lose Global Appeal
This article is either a prime example of sloppy journalism, or it is a deliberate attempt to promote the H-1B visa. Gregoire’s apparent ignorance of the issues, and lack of objective reporting is appalling. Articles of this kind should never make it past the editors desk, but apparently the standards at the Tampa Tribune are very low
 (Rob Sanchez).  Story By NATASHIA GREGOIRE, The Tampa Tribune, May 03, 2003

States, Federal Government Hire Foreign Workers
State and federal government agencies from coast to coast are hiring foreign workers for good-paying jobs at the expense of American citizens. Despite the availability of tens of thousands of highly-trained recent college graduates and high national unemployment rate pegged by the Labor Department at 8.9 percent for white-collar workers, American governments are using the federal H-1B foreigner-employment program to import foreign workers, shutting out unemployed Americans.
 By Wayne Lutton, Middle American News, April, 2003

A Visa Loophole as Big as a Mainframe
More companies are using L-1 visas to bring in low-wage foreign IT workers–and replace Americans.  By Brian Grow in Orlando, Fla., with Manjeet Kripalani in Bombay, BusinessWeek, March 10, 2003 – slightly different than the March 6 version

Outsourcing bill may drop India name
An amazing story where citizens of India successfully influenced the New Jersey state government, and prevented the passage of a bill that would have protected American citizens in the workplace.  It should be against the law for aliens to lobby and influence our government officials, but it is even more shameful that our government officials actually listened to these aliens, and allowed these aliens to influence OUR laws.  Our government exists to represent the interest of American citizens.  The rest of the world is NOT entitled to control our resources, jobs, and most especially our government.  If you are not outraged by this, then you are not paying attention!
 By K YATISH RAJAWAT, Times News Network, March 8, 2003

Data Reveals Severity of Tech’s Pain
Michael Rolle, a veteran of Oracle Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. who trained at MIT and Stanford, started a new job this week: umpiring junior varsity high school softball for $20 a game
.  By Joseph Menn, LA Times, March 7, 2003

A Mainframe-Size Visa Loophole
More companies are using L-1 visas to bring in low-wage foreign IT workers–and replace Americans.  By Brian Grow in Orlando, Fla., with Manjeet Kripalani in Bombay, BusinessWeek, March 6, 2003 – slightly different than the March 10 version

India’s greatest Institutes of technical education are in decline
What can we do to help reform them?
  This amazing story combined with the amazing rebuttal by Norm Matloff (triggered by the pathetic 60 Minutes IIT story), demonstrates the outright  lying and manipulation of public opinion and the Congress of the United States.  Murthy’s incredible claims about the Indian education system on 60 Minutes were clearly intended for Congress and the American public.  See the real story as he tells it to Indians on SiliconIndia.com.  Rebuttal by Norm Matloff, Story by Narayana N R Murthy, SiliconIndia.com, Feb 25, 2003

The New Face of Global Competition
It’s no surprise that Wipro chairman and managing director Azim H. Premji drives a Lincoln Town Car and is wealthy to the tune of $6 billion. His Bangalore programmers are paid $2 an hour to churn out code for American companies that are standing in line for his cheap services
 (Rob Sanchez).  Story By Keith H. Hammonds, fastcompany.com, Feb, 2003

Former IEEE-USA president joins H-1B visa protest
A group of unemployed high-tech workers demonstrated against the U.S. government’s H-1B visa program on Wednesday (Feb. 12) outside a Dallas hotel where the IEEE-USA’s board was holding its quarterly meeting. A past president of IEEE-USA, an engineering association, was among the six demonstrators at the protest. 
By Margaret Quan EE Times, Feb 13, 2003

IEEE-USA asks for rollback of H-1B visa quotas
“Despite a grim job outlook for the U.S. high-tech work force, industry has petitioned, and government has granted 799,700 new or renewal H-1B visas in the past two years,” IEEE-USA said. “This includes 163,600 new visas in 2001 and 342,000 in exempt categories. And when FY ’02 ended, another 18,000 new H-1B applications were pending.” By Margaret Quan EE Times, Feb 9, 2003

The New Global Job Shift
The next round of globalization is sending upscale jobs offshore. The sense of resignation inside Bank of America (BAC ) is clear from the e-mail dispatch. “The handwriting is on the wall,” writes a veteran information-technology specialist who says he has been warned not to talk to the press. [...] last fall, his entire 15-engineer team was told their jobs “wouldn’t last through September.” In the past year, BofA has slashed 3,700 of its 25,000 tech and back-office jobs. An additional 1,000 will go by March.  By Pete Engardio, Aaron Bernstein, and Manjeet Kripalani With Frederik Balfour in Manila, Brian Grow in Atlanta, and Jay Greene in Seattle BusinessWeek, Feb 03, 2003

Perilous Currents in the Offshore Shift 
“We anticipate that you’ll see a disproportionate number of layoffs this year and next in info tech. The impact will be very severe,” says Diane Morella, a Gartner research director focusing on workforce issues. “And there’s very little discussion about what this means for the U.S. and Western Europe four or five years from now.”  By Pete Engardio, BusinessWeek, Feb 03, 2003

Big Outsourcing Shift Predicted for IT Jobs
A new report on the IT labor market predicts that 35% to 45% of full-time IT jobs in the U.S. and Canada will be shifted to contractors, consultants, offshore technicians or part-time workers by 2005. And some analysts and IT labor experts said those figures, although eye-popping, may not be far-fetched.
 By Thomas Hoffman, Computerworld, Jan 27, 2003

U.S. departing the First World?
America has turned its back on Americans. Even illegal aliens count higher with the American government than native-born, taxpaying, loyal U.S. citizens, who are regarded by their government as nothing but resources to be exploited.
 By Paul Craig Roberts, The Washington Times, Jan 23, 2003

L1s Slip Past H-1B Curbs
The latest figures released by the Immigration and Naturalization Service show that the number of L1 visas granted climbed from 112,124 in 1995 to 294,658 in 2000. But they still haven’t caught up to the H-1B numbers: In 1995, 117,574 H-1B visas were granted, compared with 355,605 in 2000.  To IT workers such as Emmons who say they feel they’re facing unfair competition from imported workers, statistics mean little. What matters is that they’ve lost their jobs, they’ve had to train their replacements and many of those replacements are here on L1 visas. By Lisa Vaas, eWeek, Jan 06, 2003

Workers Blast ITAA study claims
The skills shortage study was just an attempt to persuade Congress to raise the H-1B cap and flood the IT job market with lower-paid foreigners in order to drive down salaries. By Melissa Solomon, Computerworld, June 03, 2002

Visa plan lets state hire foreign workers
The state is hiring foreign technology workers at the expense of out-of-work domestic programmers by using a controversial visa program that has flooded the United States with computer specialists. Ted Wendling, Plain Dealer Bureau, June 02, 2002

DOD adjusts its plans on hiring foreign workers
Recall that a few months ago the DoD announced that it would not continue to assign foreign nationals to do defense programming. The plan was immediately attacked by the ITAA and other industry lobbyists. Once again, the lobbyists won. By Dawn Onley, Government Computer News, May 29, 2002

ITAA’s job stats doubted, questions raised about H-1B quotas
Outraged over the number of H1-B visas granted to foreign workers, many U.S. IT professionals allege a powerful lobbying group is manipulating lawmakers with bogus employment statistics that benefit the major-league players it represents, such as Microsoft and Sun. By Kate Evans-Correia, Senior News Editor, Search400, May 27, 2002

Tech industry report optimistic
HireAmericanCitizens.org and other local executives blast the latest fabricated worker shortage lies from the ITAA By Jennifer Beauprez, Denver Post Business Writer May 21, 2002

The Big Secret
Computerworld editor blasts the latest fabricated worker shortage lies from the ITAA. “The industry and employers owe these [American] workers an answer.  There is a disconnect here that needs further explanation”. By Patricia Keefe, May 13, 2002

Fair Trade on Jobs?
Tom is now being required to help train a group of 30 Indian programmers. HR support is to be shipped offshore to two Indian companies, HCL Technologies America Inc. and Hexaware Technologies Inc. At the end of this month, once training is completed, Tom will join a total of 70 former Bank of America IT support staff who will have lost their jobs to offshore outsourcing.
 By Lisa Vaas, eWeek, May 13, 2002

Qwest’s overseas hires irk workers
“They want to dismantle it,” Kennedy said, and move the jobs offshore. “We’re going to get a complete picture of the destructive mess of Qwest’s downsizing. It’s nothing but an example of corporate greed, shattered lives, shattered communities.” By Jeff Smith, News Staff Writer May 11, 2002

Study: IT workforce down 5%
Computerworld reporter questions the latest fabricated worker shortage lies from the ITAA By Julia King, May 06, 2002

Q&A: Manpower’s CEO on paranoia and the Y2k hangover
As usual, whenever I see any corporate spokesperson become too sanctimonious about the H-1B program, I check Rob Sanchez’s H-1B database to find out how many that company is paying their H-1Bs. Sure enough, Manpower has employed at least one H-1B programmer at the princely wage of $19 per hour.
 By Don Tennant, Computerworld, May 09, 2002

Permit for exploitation
Employers say the H-1B program lets them recruit foreign workers for specialized jobs they can’t otherwise fill. Critics argue that the program is vulnerable to abuse by giving employers unfair leverage and keeping wages low. By KRIS HUNDLEY, Times Staff Writer St. Petersburg Times, April 29, 2002

Hard Times
More than 200,000, or up to 2%, of the country’s estimated 10.4 million IT workers are now jobless. By Julia King, Computerworld, April 29, 2002

Emotions Run Hot on H-1Bs
Unemployed IT workers and their allies say there’s no labor shortage. They claim that employers are just trying to cut IT costs and drive down wages by hiring foreign workers at lower pay rates. By Brian Sullivan, Computerworld, April 29, 2002

Picture Of Frustration
I’ve submitted resumes and companies say they’ve received 400 resumes. There’s just more IT people out there than there are jobs. By Julia King, Computerworld, April 29, 2002

Tech veterans squeezed out: Overseas hiring, ageism blamed
A flash point is the H-1B visa program under which U.S. companies received approval to hire 163,200 foreign workers during the year — a period during which U.S. high-tech companies announced more than 520,000 layoffs. By Barbara Rose, Chicago Tribune, March 14, 2002

Hiring of Foreign Workers Frustrates Job-Seekers
Washington Post Staff Writer Carrie Johnson, Feb 27, 2002

Not Wanted: ’02 Graduates Seeking Jobs
By Lynnley Browning, February 22, 2002, New York Times

H-1B visas jump in 2001
Demand for skilled foreign workers reached an all-time high in fiscal 2001–despite a recession and massive layoffs of American workers. By Rachel Konrad Staff Writer, CNET News.com January 22, 2002.

Record demand for H-1B visas
Despite the onset of an economic recession and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, demand by U.S. companies to hire skilled foreign workers — those using H-1B visas to work in the U.S. — reached its highest-ever level in 2001.  San Jose BizJournals, January 21, 2002

H-1B applications rise despite slow job market
Though layoffs are striking the technology sector unabated, corporate America is still going overseas to tap skilled workers. By Terry Costlow EETimes July 30, 2001.

Reader’s Digest Story Supports H-1B and Illegal Immigrants
Consider the source they say, but this story is full of mysterious immigration logic.  “How immigrants keep America rolling”.  Not sure if you noticed, but this is not your grandmother’s Reader’s Digest anymore. They seem to be primarily focused on regurgitating magazine articles than books these days.  This story gives you Reader’s Indigestion.

Grassroots effort wages Net war against H-1B increases
“We’re in a fight we don’t have a chance to win,” said Richard Tax, vice president of the American Engineering Association. “We’re going into this fight with slingshots and arrows. But I still can’t understand why a U.S. congressman would vote for something that is so much against American workers.” By Terry Costlow EETimes June 12, 2000.

Links To Academic Studies, Reports, Essays, Testimony, and Other Writings:

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo’s Speech on H-1B
This is an excerpt of Tom Tancredo’s speech presented on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo on H-1B
The H-1B program is not necessary and actually is harmful to our nation’s interests. The sooner Congress scales it back, the better. February 2002.

Why H-1B Visas are Bad for America — Robert Locke
Selling Out America — The H-1B program is shrinking opportunities for American citizens, driving down their wages, and stunting the production of homegrown talent.

Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm
The desire of some sectors of the business community to gain easy access to cut-rate foreign labor leaves America dangerously vulnerable to the infiltration of foreign terrorists.

A Missed Opportunity
Pro-industry report defends “temporary” H-1B visa use, but fails to deal with the fact that it will be permanent.  This is an awesome read that brings much of the H-1B fiasco to light.

Piled Higher and Deeper
By Edwin S. Rubenstein: The alleged shortage of highly educated workers in the U.S. is a myth.  In fact, we’re suffering from a chronic surplus of PhD’s.

Professor of computer science Norman Matloff
An expanded version of his congressional testimony: Debunking the Myth of a Desperate Software Labor Shortage.

High-Tech Trogan Horse – H-1B Visas and the Computer Industry
By Norman Matloff – “the authors of these bills have secreted a Trojan horse, which would flood the labor pool with unlimited numbers of mediocre workers, instead of the “geniuses” they have promised.”

H-1B Temporary Workers: Estimating the Population
By B. Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown University.  This study has many statistics on the numbers of H-1Bs in the U.S. and where they come from.

The H-1B Visa Debate in Historical Perspective: The Evolution of U.S. Policy Toward Foreign-Born Workers
By Margaret L. Usdansky and Thomas J. Espenshade, Princeton University Working Paper No. 11, May 10, 2000. Paper on the history of U.S. legislation regarding employment-based immigration and the admission of foreign-born temporary workers.

Professor Clair Brown — UC Berkely
A study finding that evidence does not support industry claims of a high-tech labor shortage, and that American’s salary growth has been inhibited by the influx of foreign engineers.

Economist Dr. Robert Lerman
Testimony to a Senate hearing in 1998 stating that the data does not support the industry’s claims of a labor shortage.

“How and Why Government, Universities, and Industry Create Domestic Labor Shortages of Scientists and High-Tech Workers”
By Eric Weinstein is the classic paper on how the NSF created the “shortage of scientist and engineers” myth.

Congressional Testimony about Visa Fraud
From the House Judiciary Committee. 1999 Oversight Hearing on nonimmigrant visa fraud.

The American Worker Replacement Program
The United States of America does not belong to the rest of the world.  It belongs to the citizens of the United States of America.  However, our own government thinks and acts otherwise.  Our own government feels that it is perfectly fine to replace loyal and hard working American citizens with foreigners, even from countries we consider our enemies. By Richard Armstrong March 11, 2002

H-1B Myth: The Best and the Brightest
Many supporters of the H-1B program claim that H-1B workers are the best and brightest in the world.  H-1B supporters claim that H-1B workers are smarter, more educated, and better qualified for high-tech American jobs than Americans are.  This again, is a myth.  By Richard Armstrong March 18, 2002

The Worst Betrayal Imaginable
American citizens who need and want jobs are kept from those jobs because there are H-1B visa holders in the United States.  American citizens who have been loyal and productive employees to their companies have been shut out by foreign labor.  This is unconscionable. By Richard Armstrong March 25, 2002

H-1B: Flooding the Market and Stealing from America’s Workers
H-1B is a temporary immigration visa law enacted by congress and is the largest special-purpose employment program. H-1B allows a maximum 195,000 foreign professionals to enter the US each year (below you will see how even this number is meaningless).  Each foreign professional is permitted to stay in the US for up to six years, ostensibly to meet short-term, high-skill employment needs in the domestic labor market. By Richard Armstrong April 1, 2002

H-1B: American High Tech Workers = Unemployment
The outrageous slaughter of American high tech professionals continues at a pace that boggles the mind.  The imbalance of foreign tech workers imported to our country to replace qualified Americans under the guise of the H-1B visa program has reached epidemic levels.  By Richard Armstrong April 8, 2002

High Tech Careers: There Never was a Shortage 
Over one million American citizens have already been replaced with aliens on our own soil by the U.S. government sponsored American worker replacement program called H-1B.  It has been going on for years, and the damage is extensive and permanent. By Richard Armstrong  April 22, 2002

Washington We Have a Problem!
Unemployment Up, and H-1B Visas Continue. The April 2002 unemployment numbers have arrived.  Six percent of American citizens are now unemployed.  This is the highest level since 1994.  The April numbers show that 8.6 million American citizens are currently unemployed and looking for work.  They are soon to be joined by over one million new college graduates.  By Richard Armstrong  May 5, 2002

Is there really a nursing shortage?
The University of Colorado Hospital administrators admitted that their beds are not empty because there are not enough patients to fill them, but because they refuse to hire temporary nurses to fill gaps in the workforce.  By Richard Armstrong  May 12, 2002

Qwest Replaces American Citizens with Foreigners 
“They want to dismantle it,” Kennedy said, and move the jobs offshore. “We’re going to get a complete picture of the destructive mess of Qwest’s downsizing.  It’s nothing but an example of corporate greed, shattered lives, and shattered communities.”  May 11, 2002

Total Employment, Not Total Sacrifice 
This amazing speech was given in a small farm town in southern Illinois near Postville where Lincoln practiced. It was given in a small diner with about 10 people. At the end over 30 people were in the diner. By Paul Sand

America, If By The People
Congress refuses to solve the basic fundamental problem. Paul Sand, April 2002

Links To Websites Related to H-1B: 

American Jobs Coalition
A Coalition of groups has formed to stop the American Worker Replacement Programs of the H-1B and L-1 “work visas” and Corporate Off Shoring of American Jobs.  We have come together with agreement to the pursue critical goals.

AmericanLaborFirst.com
American Labor First is a rapidly growing coalition of American citizens who are united in recognizing that a threat nearly as serious as terrorism has invaded our democracy.  This threat has cost hundreds of thousands their jobs, their homes, their education, their security, and their children’s future.

The American Workers Coalition
Organization actively participating in the protesting of the H-1B program and the unemployment issue facing the United States.

American Reformation Project
The mission of the American Reformation Project is to help facilitate the reformation of the American political system.  Their current focus is on eliminating American worker replacement programs.

The National Age Diversity in Employment Association, Inc. (NADEA)
NADEA is a non-profit advocacy association dedicated to supporting, promoting, and improving the employment rights of all people that have reached the age of 40.  We provide and share information on your Age Discrimination rights.”

www.nomoreh1b.com
Where have all the good jobs gone?

H1B.info
Learn how the H-1B technical visa program is costing American jobs and undercutting your wages.

H-1B Visa Sucks
Organization’s purpose is to inform each other about the issues dealing with H1B Visa Immigration Impacting the American Technical Workers.  Our intent is to share each others experiences with this issues and to explore options to improve this situation.  This means we want to hear the good, bad and ugly.

The American Cause
Organization founded by Patrick J. Buchanan, author of The Death of the West.  Their position is to “suspend the H-1B visa program under which 230,000 aliens enter the U.S. each year to the detriment of skilled American workers.”

Project USA
This site contains excellent information about general immigration issues.  They have placed billboards across the country.  This group offers an opportunity for direct action in shaping the public debate about immigration by bypassing traditional media.

Numbers USA
This important site allows you to send free faxes to congress and other officials about immigration issues.

VDARE
This site contains an interesting collection of brilliant writings from distinguished authors who have become experts on immigration and H-1B.  You will find Peter Brimelow, author of Alien Nation on this site.

How To Buy American
If you want to be American and only buy American, you must visit this site.

Americans for Better Immigration
Great site for finding the H-1B voting records of our politicians.  If you want to see where your representatives stand on immigration issues, this is the place to go.  This is a non-partisan organization which lobbies Congress for reductions in immigration numbers.

American Patrol Report
This is a really great site for keeping current on the most recent news stories and events surrounding H-1B and other immigration issues.

FAIR
The Federation for American Immigration Reform.  This website is a must-see for serious immigration research.

USA Border Alert
We need to stop amnesty and take back control of our borders. Its about homeland security, American’s jobs, high cost to legal citizens who’s taxes give so much to illegal immigrants. Impacts financial, social, environmental, criminal, health system, education and more. Racism is not tolerated.

Carrying Capacity Network
A national non-profit advocacy group working to secure the sustainable future of the United States. Here you’ll find articles by some of the best contemporary thinkers in the fields of population stabilization, national revitalization, economic sustainability and resource conservation.

Immigration Forum
A great source of information on such diverse topics as welfare use by immigrants and the role of immigrants in U.S. high-tech firms.  This is the personal outlet of Norman Matloff, a University of Cal-Davis professor of computer science.

Center for Immigration Studies
CIS publishes immigration studies and a quarterly newsletter, organizes conferences, and maintains an e-mail information distribution list of immigration policy issues.  The CIS website contains a database of employers cited by the INS for knowingly hiring illegal aliens.

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS)
FACT: During the 1990′s U.S. population grew 13%, five times the 2.5% growth of all the other industrialized countries combined. Census Bureau demographers attributed these differences to lower fertility rates in other industrialized countries and substantial immigration into the United States.

Coalition for the Future American Worker
A resource site for information on the high-tech temporary worker visa (H-1B) issue.  The organization is a coalition opposing a proposed increase in visas, because it will decrease job opportunities for American citizens.

Affirmative Action for Immigrants
Explains how recent immigrants have gained access to America’s affirmative action programs.

Deport Aliens
A site exposing the failed bureaucracy of the Immigration Court system in the Department of Justice.

Washington Alliance of Tech Workers
A Voice for the Digital Workforce.  An organization of high-tech workers and allies joining together.

The Programmers Guild is a professional society specifically for computer programmers.  They are active in H-1B issues.

American Engineering Association
An organization for engineers that is concerned with immigration, unemployment, loss of our manufacturing base, and many other professional issues.

The Organization for the Rights of American Workers” is a grass-roots initiative demanding that U.S. jobs be  preserved  first and foremost for U.S. citizens.

Action America - “Uncommon insight into common issues” - Providing insightful conservative commentary and research on a variety of subjects and always from a unique perspective, along with hard to find research tools, quotes and political satire.

Immigration and Naturalization Service
The INS offers on this site, statistical information on the most recent year’s immigrants, press releases and background information.

The White House website
You can write to the President and Vice President on this site.

U.S. Senate website
You can find and write your Senators on this site.

U.S. House of Representatives website
You can find and write your Representative on this site.

Links to online petitions you might consider signing.  

Be sure to read these petitions carefully, and make sure you agree with them before signing them.  These petitions were not created by or associated with www.HireAmericanCitizens.org,and therefore we are not responsible for their content.  HireAmericanCitizens.org provides these links for informational  purposes only.  We might or might not agree with all statements contained within the petition.  However, we would not list them here unless they were at least worth bringing to your attention.

Petition for a responsible immigration policy

Please write your elected officials and the news media about the H-1B fiasco.  The following links make this quite easy to do…

For a list of sample letters, click here… 

The White House website
You can write to the President and Vice President on this site.

U.S. Senate website
You can find and write your Senators on this site.

U.S. House of Representatives website
You can find and write your Representative on this site.

Sample Letters

Here are some sample letters you can use to create your own.  You can select the text below and copy/paste it into your favorite editor.  Modify your letter as necessary, and send it by using one of the links at the bottom of this page.  At this time, email is probably the best method.  The links at the end of this page will help you find the contact information for representatives and editors.  When writing letters to the editor of major newspapers, check their submission rules on their websites.  Most will have limits for the number of words in the letters they publish, and almost all require basic contact information from you.

If you would like to know more about effective communication with public officials, check-out this page [How To Communicate With Public Officials]

Sample letters for government representatives

ACTION ALERT Sample:

Dear

Please co-sponsor and support H.R. 2688 – U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo “Repeal of Authorities Relating to H-1B Visas for Temporary Workers” and HR 2702 – U.S. Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro “L-1 Non-Immigrant Reform Act”

U.S. Representative Rosa L. DeLauro introduced HR 2702, a comprehensive bill to close the loopholes in the L-1 visa program which currently allow corporations to bring in lower wage labor at the expense of American workers. The L-1 visa category refers to a non-immigrant visa that permits multinational firms to transfer personnel to their locations in the U.S. for 5 to 7 years. The L-1 visa program has no safeguards in place to ensure that corporations do not abuse this program.

U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo introduced HR 2688, a bill that would stop the H-1B program from displacing American workers.  The H-1B program has already displaced over 1.5 million American citizens in the workplace.  H.R. 2688 stops this American worker replacement program from inflicting further damage to our American citizens and our economy.  H.R. 2688 puts American citizens back to work.

It is estimated that over one million Information Technology workers are on the street looking for work. I am one of them.  Please allow me to once again be a productive member of society by helping me get back to work in my chosen profession.

Thank you!

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to support elimination of guest worker programs

Dear

We must not continue to import millions of foreign workers while 15 million Americans are having trouble finding a job. Please use your position of leadership to do what is right for America, American workers, and the American economy.

The labor market regulates itself, if not manipulated. It adjusts supply and demand, sets wages upward or downward according to actual need. Yet our government has been pouring massive numbers of temporary foreign guest workers into the labor market. Isn’t this simply government intervention in the marketplace?

How do  you explain to American workers who have lost their jobs why Corporate America should be subsidized for hiring foreign workers?

Businesses that don’t use foreign worker programs should not be penalized because their competitors are getting a government subsidy through cheap foreign labor. In fact, by 3 to 1, small business owners belonging to National Federation of Independent Business oppose guest worker programs and amnesties.

Please stand up for small business owners and hardworking Americans and eliminate these American worker replacement programs disguised as guest worker programs.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to support elimination of non-immigrant guest worker visa programs and to create an offshoring penalty

Dear,

The addiction US employers have for exploiting non-immigrant guest worker visa programs and sending jobs overseas has caused significant losses in wealth and prosperity to middle-class Americans, and significant losses in wealth to our states, cities, and communities. American workers are fighting a daily battle to remain employed and earn an American wage in an environment that gives preference to cheaper foreign labor.

The massive number of cheaper foreign workers these visa programs have brought into the US workforce has resulted in career changes for millions of American workers who have permanently lost their jobs in their chosen profession. Non-immigrant guest worker visas have seriously undermined and compromised the US workforce. The suffering these programs have inflicted will be felt for generations of US workers in the future.

American worker replacement programs will ultimately result in our country losing the ability to provide for itself. US employers are leaving millions of American workers behind without a job or a future. This is a permanent loss of American jobs and capital from our country.

One can only conclude:

1) Non-immigrant guest worker visa programs are not needed, and must be abolished. Their use for replacing American workers on our own soil and their use as tools for sending US jobs offshore is well documented. Hiring guest workers instead of US workers and using guest worker visas to drive down the wages of American workers trying to earn an American wage must end immediately.

2) The addiction of US employers sending jobs overseas in search of cheaper labor is a sickness that must be cured by creating off-shoring penalties that will offset the economic imbalances in wage competition between workers in third-world countries and US workers.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to oppose the new Bush guest worker proposal

Dear,

I am concerned about President Bush’s support for a guest worker program. Please oppose it.  This proposal is being “SOLD” as a program that fills jobs that American workers won’t do.  However, this is not the truth.

Margaret Spellings from the White House spoke on Friday (Jan 16th) at a forum on the president’s immigration plan at the CATO Institute. She made it clear that the plan would definitely include high-skilled workers. In other words, it would make H-1B and L-1 high-tech visas obsolete.

The Bush plan does NOTHING to stop illegal immigration, because the employers who already hire them will continue to do so to save money. The employers of illegals today would not want to pay health insurance, Social Security, workman’s comp etc.. Most jobs done by illegals now would CONTINUE to be done by illegals. Therefore, this plan wouldn’t make even a small dent in illegal immigration.

The real effect (and likely, the real intention) of the Bush plan is to open all jobs in the U.S. (EACH AND EVERY ONE) to the lowest bidder–and, given the disparities in standards of living, the lowest bids will be very low indeed.

What we have here is yet another American worker replacement program!

Imagine your boss coming to you and saying: “I’m going to post your job on the new guest worker program website and put your job up for bid… And if no American will take the job at the cheaper rate I want to pay, I will import a cheaper foreign worker to take your job…” That’s the Bush plan!  Do not let this happen to America.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to oppose the new Bush guest worker proposal

Dear,

I hope you will work against the President’s recent proposal to create a massive foreign worker importation program.

History is full of examples of failed temporary guest workers programs. Guest worker programs are displacing American workers and driving down wages in all job categories, including the so-called jobs that American workers won’t do.

In my opinion, fair and secure immigration reform would not open the door to millions of foreign workers while 15 million Americans are having trouble finding a job. Please use your position of leadership to prevent the President’s plan from moving forward.

The President’s guest worker program is built on a series of misconceptions that revolve around the assumption that American workers are fully employed with good wages.

The facts tell a different story.

There are 15 million Americans who can’t find a full time job.

Almost half (49%) of black men without a college degree are jobless.

The nation has 3.5 million fewer jobs now than when the President took office.

In light of these facts, a massive guest worker program seems nothing short of irresponsible.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to support a reduction in visas for foreign programmers

Dear

Please consider measures that would reform the H-1B program and protect American workers from job displacement resulting from the importation of foreign high-tech workers.

Under current law, over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will be admitted to the U.S. over the next three years, an all-time high!  American employers imported 382,000 H-1B workers last year. During the same period, high tech companies announced over 600,000 job cuts.

At a time of increased layoffs and rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers do not have protection against this government-sponsored worker replacement program. Any company can (and most do) hire H-1B workers and replace their American citizen workers for monetary reasons.

It’s time for legislation that would limit the annual number of H-1B visas and allow for a reduction in such numbers based on U.S. unemployment rates, if necessary.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your Representative to abolish the H-1B program

Dear

Please abolish the H-1B visa program and protect American high-tech workers from job displacement resulting from the importation of foreign high-tech workers.

The truth is that there is not a shortage of American high-tech workers.  There never has been.  The industry wanted cheap high-tech labor and manufactured a “shortage” claim to get Congress to increase the H-1B visa quota.  Formal studies by highly pro-business groups such as the National Research Council, the Department of Commerce, and the Computing Research Association, etc. have all found that they could not confirm the shortage claim.

At a time of increased layoffs, rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), and national security concerns, one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers are being replaced by foreigners by this government-sponsored worker replacement program. Companies are abusing the H-1B program, and using it to replace American citizens with cheaper foreign labor.

It’s time to stop the H-1B program, and give American high-tech workers their jobs back.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to reform the H-1B program

Dear

Please consider measures that would reform the H-1B program and protect American workers from job displacement resulting from the importation of foreign high-tech workers.

Under current law, over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will be admitted to the U.S. over the next three years, an all-time high! American employers imported 382,000 H-1B workers last year. During the same period, high tech companies announced over 600,000 job cuts.

At a time of increased layoffs and rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers do not have protection against this government-sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let another go. Any company can (and most do) hire H-1B workers and replace their American citizen workers for monetary reasons.

It’s time for legislation that would limit the annual number of H-1B visas and allow for a reduction in such numbers based on U.S. unemployment rates, if necessary.

Please stand up for the American worker and do what is right on this issue.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to stop the abuse of the H-1B program

Dear

After a year of mass layoffs of programmers, it is time for a moratorium on all H-1B visas.

Please look up the website www.ZaZona.com

There you will find information on how the H-1B visa is actually being used to replace American workers — even though it is supposed to be used to hire highly skilled foreign workers for jobs for which there are no Americans available.

You will see lists of companies that hire H-1B workers for thousands of dollars less than their American counterparts. The source of this information: actual requests from each company using the H-1B visa, as filed with the U.S. Department of Labor.

The disparaging salary each H1 employee receives provides proof, but not the only proof, of a problem with this controversial program.

The General Accounting Office recently published “H-1B Foreign Workers: Better Controls Needed to Help Employers and Protect Workers” showing problems with H-1B. Among their findings:

“The program is vulnerable to abuse – both by employers who do not have bona fide jobs to fill or do not meet required labor conditions, and by potential workers who present false credentials.” (page 15)

“According to ETA (Employment and Training Administration) officials, even if they know a prevailing wage [on an application] is incorrect, they must approve the LCA (Labor Certification Application).” (page 16)

“The Department of Labor ‘cannot initiate enforcement actions’ even if it believes employers are violating the law.” (page 4)

Workers do not have protection against this government sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let another go.

Under current law, in the next 3 years – over 1.2 million H-1B visas will be distributed.

Please make every effort this year to stop this abusive hiring practice by repealing the H1-B visa program unless real worker protections can be implemented.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to support H.R. 3222

Dear

Tom Tancredo’s H.R. 3222 would reduce the number of H-1B visas granted annually. Please cosponsor this legislation.

As signs of a recession continue to grow, I can’t help but wonder why our government is continuing to import foreign high-tech workers at record levels.

As a result of the H-1B quota increases passed by Congress, H-1B visas are now at an all time high and over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will come to the United States over the next three years as a result.

There are unemployed and underemployed Americans who could fill those jobs!

Please support a reduction in the annual limit of H-1B visas and provisions that would allow for fluctuations of the cap based on unemployment rates.

Thank you,

SAMPLE: Ask your representative to support H.R. 3222

Dear

American programmers and other high-tech workers are being laid off, yet we continue to import foreign, high-tech workers. WHY?

In light of fact that our economy has slowed and unemployment rates are rising, doesn’t it seem sensible that we should re-evaluate our foreign worker importation programs?

H.R. 3222 would do just that. It would reduce the number of H-1B visas to its tradition level of 65,000 a year and allow for further reductions based on unemployment rates if necessary.

American workers have little protection against the H-1B program. It displaces many workers and depresses the wages for all of the rest.

Please rethink this foreign worker importation program.

Thank you,

SAMPLE : Ask your Pro-H-1B representative to support H.R. 3222

Dear

Under current law, over a half a million foreign high-tech workers will be admitted to the U.S. over the next three years, an all-time high!

At a time of increased layoffs and rising unemployment rates (especially in high-tech fields), one must question the sense in continuing to import foreign high-tech workers.

American workers have no protection against this government sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let another go.  American employers imported 382,000 H-1B workers last year. During the same period, high tech companies announced over 600,000 job cuts.

H.R. 3222 would reduce the annual limit on H-1B visas to 65,000 a year and allow for a reduction in such numbers based on U.S. unemployment rates if necessary.

The job market for computer professionals is terrible. Your support of H-1B has put hundreds of thousands of qualified American citizens on the unemployment role. If you have any doubt about the damage H-1B has done, I invite you to visit the website at www.HireAmericanCitizens.org.

Thank you,

Sample letters for writing editors of newspapers and other media

SAMPLE 1: The American High-Tech Worker Shortage Myth

Dear editor,

The truth is there is not a shortage of American High-tech workers.  There never has been.  The industry wanted more cheap high-tech labor and manufactured a “shortage” claim to get Congress to increase the H-1B visa quota.  Formal studies have repeatedly failed to confirm a shortage.

According to Dr. Matloff of The University of California at Davis, ”Studies by highly pro-business groups such as the National Research Council, the Department of Commerce, the Computing Research Association, etc. have all found that they could not confirm the shortage claim.”  He goes on to say, “Employers only hire about 2% of their software applicants, and they admit that they reject the vast majority of applicants without even an interview.  Software employers, large or small, across the nation, concede that they receive huge numbers of resumes.”

In 1997 industry lobbyists claimed more H-1B visas were needed to address a programmer shortage.  The Department of Commerce was, at that time, in complete embarrassing alliance with these lobbyists.  However, in 1999 and 2000 the Department of Commerce reported that the available data does not confirm the industry’s shortage claims.  Phillip J. Bond (Undersecretary of Commerce for Technology — Department of Commerce) reaffirmed in January 2002, their position that the available data over the past several years have not confirmed the industry lobbyists’ claims of an IT labor shortage.

The underlying evidence is at the employer level.  Employers, headhunters, and recruiters freely admit that there are plenty of American programmers available.

If Congress can needlessly flood the high-tech labor market, they can do it to your job also.

Thank you,

SAMPLE 2: Congress Decides Who Will Pursue The American Dream

Dear editor,

The American Dream is every citizen’s right to pursue.  Correct?  Wrong, congress really decides who does and who doesn’t.

First look at the owners of major league baseball clubs.  Congress has granted them an exemption from the anti-trust laws leaving them free to manipulate the market and grow wealthy beyond comprehension.

Then look at American high-tech workers.  Late in the 90’s with Y2K work and the dot-com explosion the demand for workers with specific high-tech skills was very high.  Their salaries rose, as they would in a market economy.  But big business was unwilling to pay so they fabricated a worker shortage myth.  Congress responded to their request and flooded the market with high-tech labor from overseas using the H-1B visa program.  Y2K and the dot-com explosion ended long ago.  Today the national unemployment rate is high, but the high-tech unemployment rate is even higher.  Countless small high-tech businesses have been forced to close.

I know life isn’t fair, but none of us need congress to tip the scale and take from us our right to pursue the American Dream.

Thank you,


Please write your elected officials and the news media about this issue.  The following links make it easy to do…


The White House website
You can write to the President and Vice President on this site.

U.S. Senate website
You can find and write your Senators on this site.

U.S. House of Representatives website
You can find and write your Representative on this site.

Common H-1B Myths

America’s best paying jobs should be held by American Citizens.

Congress sold our high-tech jobs to foreigners and industry lobbyists.  Companies continue to import foreigners at the same time they are laying-off Americans.

Be American… Hire American!
Replace H-1B Workers With Citizens!

Below is a list of common arguments used by supporters of H-1B workers and industry lobbyists.  Click on the argument to learn the true facts that show that the argument just plain wrong.  

Additional content is added daily to this site.  Please check back often to browse through the latest content.

American Colleges and Universities are not creating enough High-tech graduates.

There is a shortage of American High-tech workers.

The H-1B fees paid by employers of H-1B’s are used to provide education programs that create more American High-tech workers.

H-1B workers are paid the same prevailing wage as American workers are.

The INS requires a company applying for an H-1B slot to state that it searched for and couldn’t find a qualified American worker for the job.

Companies hire H-1B workers only  when no American citizen is available.

H-1B workers are only temporary.

Hiring H-1B workers creates additional jobs for American workers.

Hiring H-1B workers strengthens America’s High-Tech infrastructure and High-Tech competitive edge over other countries.

Those against H-1B workers are bigots and racists.

H-1B workers are smarter, more educated, and better qualified for High-Tech American jobs than Americans are.

The INS ensures that H-1B workers go back home when their job ends.

American workers are not being displaced by H-1B workers.

Companies must layoff H-1B temporary workers before American citizens. Companies cannot hire an H-1B if they just laid off American workers that performed the same job.

The quota for H-1B workers was not reached, therefore, the program is working.

H-1B workers do not affect me, why should I care?

American Jobs: State Legislation Efforts

Will you sign the petition that keeps jobs in America?

The State of Colorado is using YOUR TAX DOLLARS to hire cheaper foreign workers instead of American citizens!  Did you know the State of Colorado is making changes to the computer programming on the state’s unemployment computer systems, and is employing FOREIGN WORKERS to do this work?  Taxpayer money should NOT be used to hire foreign workers when 15 million American citizens can’t find a fulltime job!  Taxpayer money should NOT be used to displace American citizens and hire foreign workers when American citizens NEED THESE JOBS!  There are over 1 million American Information Technology workers on the street looking for work, yet the State of Colorado is not hiring them to do these jobs.  The State of Colorado is allowing companies that perform these services to hire foreign workers!  This problem is not just about IT workers.  The State has many contracts for many services that are going to foreign workers.  What state jobs are going offshore?  Lab work, Food Stamp call centers and processing, Welfare call centers and processing, Accounting, Legal work, Documentation, etc. NO State Service Job Is Safe!  This issue affects 7% of Colorado’s workforce!

UPDATE: 08-02-04 Press Release of November 2004 Colorado efforts:

Unfortunately, we didn’t get enough petitions back to make it on this year’s ballot. We called Rose on Monday at the elections division and told her we needed to reschedule our appointment with her for the next election cycle.

There are 25 signatures on each petition form.  We had over 3,500 petitions in circulation.  We received 1800 petitions back from volunteers at last count… which is 45,000 signatures.  We expect to get more petitions returned to us over the next few days, but they won’t be in time.  This is far more than we were told we would get with an all-volunteer signature crew.  We had a big surge of volunteers in the last 3 weeks, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome the short 11 weeks we had to gather the 68,000 signatures we needed.

It is VERY important to note…  There was no shortage of people wanting to sign our petition, and no shortage of people supporting our cause.  Our shortage was first and foremost a shortage in time, and a slower than expected ramp-up in getting enough volunteers to gather the signatures in that short 11 weeks.  95% of the people we asked to sign the petition did so eagerly.

This ballot initiative will be back for the next election cycle.  This effort has resulted in a considerable increase in support for our organization and our cause.  We are much bigger and stronger as an organization now than when we started this project.  We are going to mobilize and organize our volunteers and members to work on many new projects designed to fight American worker replacement programs.

Our focus will now be to unseat the four Colorado state senators who voted against the American worker this year, and to ensure that candidates at all levels of our government who are on the side of the American worker get elected over those who are against the American worker.

We need to replace the elected officials who have abandoned America and lost their economic patriotism.  We need to get this ballot initiative back into the legislative process and let legislators have another try at representing those who have elected them.

I wish the story for this ballot initiative was a different one, as we worked very hard night and day to get this on the ballot.  The Colorado voters wanted this on the ballot, and they wanted to see it pass.  However, there is much we can still do to fight American worker replacement programs while we plan for the next election cycle for this particular ballot initiative.

HireAmericanCitizens.org is a national 100% volunteer grassroots organization fighting American worker replacement programs in all forms.  We have over 6,500 members representing all 50 United States.

END OF PRESS RELEASE…

The Colorado Ballot Proposal is as follows:

Ballot Proposal #139 - Protection of American Workers
FINAL Language submitted to Secretary of State:

Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado:

Article XVIII of the constitution of the state of Colorado is amended BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW SECTION to read:

Section 15. Protection of American Workers

(1) The people of the state of Colorado hereby find and declare that state funds should be used to employ people permanently residing in the United States and to prevent the loss of jobs to foreign countries and temporary foreign workers with non-immigrant visas.

(2) Every state contract for the performance of services shall contain provisions that specify that only citizens of the United States and permanent legal resident aliens in the United States shall be employed in performance of services under the contract or any subcontract awarded under the contract.


Ballot Proposal #139 – Protection of American Workers is a very simple amendment to the Colorado constitution that forces the companies who perform state contracts to only use American citizens and Greencard holders for the work they perform related to those state contracts. The term Permanent Legal Residents is the legal reference to greencard holders. This prevents the use of temporary guest workers and foreigners from working on state contracts for services. For example, the state could not outsource its food stamp call center to a company that would move that call center to India, and could not use temporary non-immigrant guest workers on H-1B or L-1 to perform this work. It is important to not only stop the offshoring of these jobs, but to also stop the use of temporary foreign guest workers on H-1B and L-1 visas. Like most states, Colorado is a “lowest bid always wins the contract” state. The only way to prevent the loss of American jobs under this policy is to stipulate that the contracts must be performed by American citizens or Greencard holders. Using taxpayer dollars to hire foreign workers whether offshore or here in the U.S. is inexcusable when we have 15 million American workers who cannot find a fulltime job. It is scandalous to use the people’s money to replace the people’s citizens in the process of doing the people’s business.

This amendment is VERY important for many reasons. First, it prevents taxpayer dollars from being used against American workers. It keeps taxpayer dollars here in the US where further downstream revenue can be generated, and further tax revenues can be collected. When taxpayer dollars are sent offshore, they are gone forever. They don’t get churned in the local economy and don’t get used to support the local economy. States are fighting tax deficits, and American workers are fighting to not lose their jobs to cheaper foreign workers. This is a win-win situation between the state and the citizens the state is required to represent and serve. It helps stop the bleeding of the tax coffers, puts American citizens back to work, and helps the economy.

Second, this amendment puts the decision in the hands of the voters, which is exactly where it belongs. Our organization has been fighting tooth and nail at the federal and state levels to get the attention of our elected officials. We have their attention, and we can almost always get legislation introduced… but the American worker has yet to win the battle against corporate lobbyists that line the pockets of the elected officials (with the money and blood of the American workers). It is time that this issue be decided by the people… The American worker.

Third, states must be able to provide for themselves. The reliance upon foreign labor puts a state and a country at risk of not being able to provide for itself. The loss of security and privacy associated with using foreign workers for state services is just plain dangerous, and shows complete a lack of responsibility for an entity that has the huge responsibility for ensuring the safe and secure handling of the people’s business.

Fourth, this amendment will keep the issue in the press and in the public. This is the election year that American workers must stand up and make a difference. The public must be educated about this issue on a constant basis, and cast their votes in November accordingly. Having a statewide ballot initiative will give the American worker a chance to fight with their vote directly. If passed, it will send a very strong and clear message to other states, and to the federal level. The American worker wants to stop American worker replacement programs, and the taxpayer wants taxpayer dollars to be used at home to employ those who need these American jobs the most – The American Worker.

Other State Legislation Efforts:

We are currently working diligently to introduce state-level legislation that would protect American workers by banning states from directly or indirectly hiring temporary foreign guest workers for state services and projects. This is a multi-state effort, and we are organizing teams around the country to pull this off. This is taking much of our time to organize. We have four states working on this at the same time (Colorado, Ohio, Georgia, Florida), and are ramping up a few more (including California). WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HIT THE STREETS WITH US! If you can help us gather signatures for our ballot initiatives, please contact us.

There is NO protection for American workers

Myth:
Companies must layoff H-1B temporary workers before American citizens. Companies cannot hire an H-1B if they just laid off American workers that performed the same job.

Truth:
There is nothing concrete in the H-1B laws concerning the pecking order in a layoff situation.  There is nothing to stop a company from hiring enough H-1Bs to replace their American workers, and then fire all of the American workers.  Once a company hires an H-1B, they can let an American worker go.  For the reverse, there are some rules.  A company is not supposed to hire an H-1B within 90 days of firing an American worker for the same job.  However, as with all of the other H-1B laws intended to protect American workers, compliance is not checked or enforced.

Although many interpret the H-1B laws as having protections for American citizens, the frightening truth according to the Department of Labor in Washington D.C.  is: “Except in certain very specific conditions, outlined in the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998, it’s perfectly legal to replace U.S. workers with H-1Bs.”  A detailed reference of the law is available HERE.

Hire American Citizens Action Alert

URGENT! Action Alert Announcement:

ASAP: Phone Appropriators who are allowing H-1B increase to come to Floor
[Roy Beck]
Dear friends of America’s programmers, engineers, therapists, scientists… [and ANYONE with a 4 year college degree...]Rosemary has just informed me that the House Republican Members of the Appropriations Committee have now caved on allowing the H-1B increase to be folded into the giant Omnibus Appropriations Bill that is coming up for a vote today.Those Members had through yesterday been telling House leaders they didn’t want to do it.

But something changed their minds.

(Please read my “Thursday Update” Alert I sent last night for more details of how this has been changed to a new 20,000 annual cap category for advanced-degree foreign workers.)

Most important calls to make right now!

Besides the calls I requested in my Thursday Update, the most important calls you can make at this moment to try to minimize the damage of the H-1B increase in visas, are these:

1. Look on the list below and find your state. Call any Members of the House or Senate Appropriations Committee who are on that list. Those are the calls that will be most accepted and weighed seriously in those offices.

2. If you are really worked up about this and want to blow off some steam that will be of less benefit but of some benefit nonetheless, then call Members from other states, too.

The message

Your action request is for the Member to do everything possible to keep the H-1B increase out of the Omnibus Appropriations bill.

We do not know which Members of Appropriations may or may not have spoken up for American tech workers. We DO know that as a group, the Committee Members let the H-1B increase get into the Omnibus bill at this moment.

We CAN be sure that nearly all the Members are guilty.

Express your deep displeasure at this happening. Unless you know that the Member has a good record on protecting tech workers, you might as well talk as if the Member sold you out on the Omnibus bill.

The main point here is to counter the thoughts that these folks had that they could do this without any political pain or particularly being noticed.

If you get a big protest that the Member had tried to stand up for you, get details and pass them on to us ASAP. And thank them. I don’t think you’ll hear that from more than one or two on this whole list.

DEMAND THAT THE MEMBER WORK TO PULL THIS INCREASE OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE. THERE STILL IS TIME.

Use any time you get to decry the fact that this provision will mean that 20,000 MORE American tech workers will be without a job during the next year because this Member decided that historic high unemployment among tech workers wasn’t high enough and needed more foreign workers.

Be sure to mention that thousands of Americans with graduate degrees are unemployed and underemployed because the tech industry doesn’t have jobs for them.

If you haven’t noticed the one yet, I’ll be explicit and note that these calls are outrage calls which are a desperation move to try to change the results today. They also definitely will discourage Members from pulling this kind of stunt again soon.

It is imperative that you call them before the bill comes to the floor.

If they ask who told you to call…

We are getting reports from many of you this morning who already are making the leadership calls.

Leadership apparently is getting a LOT of calls. Staffers are asking who is running this calling campaign.

Although NumbersUSA has nothing to be ashamed of if we are named, the best approach for the offices to understand that there is a BROAD opposition to this kind of thing.

You might just want to say that the Internet and radio are full of alerts, emails, blogs about the sell-out of the American worker. And that people are following developments by the hour.

You can also say that you are hearing from a lot of organizations representing America’s engineers and programmers, from the AFL-CIO and from immigration groups.

Please do not hold off calling. The calls only count if you do them now. It will soon be too late.

We need every one of you who reads this in time to pick up that phone and make a call or two. If you don’t do it, who will be there to stand up for America’s tech workers and students?

 

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Alabama
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Rep. Aderholt, Robert
600 Broad Street, Suite 107,
Gadsden, AL 359013745
(256-546-0201)

1710 Alabama Avenue, Room 247,
Jasper, AL 355015400
(205-221-2310)

205 Fourth Avenue, Northeast, Suite 104,
Cullman, AL 35055
(256-734-6043)

1433 LHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-4876)

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Rep. Cramer, Robert
1011 George Wallace Blvd,
Tuscumbia, AL 35674
(256-381-3450)

626 Clinton Aveue, West,
Huntsville, AL 358014210
(256-551-0190)

302 Lee Street, PO Box 668,
Decatur, AL 35602
(256-355-9400)

2367 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-4801)

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Arizona
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Rep. Kolbe, Jim
1661 North Swan Road, Suite 112,
Tucson, AZ 85712
(520-881-3588)

77 Calle Portal, Suite B-160,
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635
(520-459-3115)

2266 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-2542)

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Rep. Pastor, Ed
411 North Central Avenue,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602-256-0551)

2465 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-4065)

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Arkansas
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Rep. Berry, Marion
116 North First Street, Suite C-1,
Cabot, AR 72023
(501-843-3043)

180 East Huntington,
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(800-866-2701)

1113 LHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-4076)

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California
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Rep. Cunningham, Randy
613 West Valley Parkway, Suite 320,
Escondido, CA 920252552
(760-737-8438)

2350 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-5452)

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Rep. Doolittle, John
4230 Douglas Blvd., Suite 200,
Granite Bay, CA 95746
(916-786-5560)

2410 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-2511)

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Rep. Farr, Sam
100 West Alisal Street,
Salinas, CA 93901
(800-340-3277)

701 Ocean Avenue, Room 318,
Santa Cruz, CA 950604002
(831-429-1976)

1221 LHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-2861)

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Rep. Lewis, Jerry
1150 Brookside Avenue, Suite J-5,
Redlands, CA 92373
(800-233-1700)

2112 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-5861)

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Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille
255 East Temple Street, Suite 1860,
Los Angeles, CA 900123334
(213-628-9230)

2435 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-1766)

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Connecticut
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Rep. DeLauro, Rosa
59 Elm Street,
New Haven, CT 065102047
(203-562-3718)

2262 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-3661)

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Florida
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Rep. Boyd, Allen
301 South Monroe Street, Suite 108,
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850-561-3979)

30 West Government Street, Suite 203,
Panama City, FL 32401
(850-785-0812)

107 CHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-5235)

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Rep. Crenshaw, Ander
1061 Riverside Avenue, Suite 100,
Jacksonville, FL 32204
(904-598-0481)

127 CHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-2501)

212 North Marion Avenue,
Lake City, FL 32055
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Rep. Weldon, Dave
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Bldg. C,,
Melbourne, FL 32940
(800-939-3515)

332 CHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-3671)

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Rep. Young, C.W.
360 Central Avenue, Suite 1480,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727-893-3191)

801 West Bay Drive, Suite 606,
Largo, FL 33770
(727-581-0980)

2407 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-5961)

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Georgia
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Rep. Bishop, Sanford
235 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 114,
Albany, GA 317012640
(229-439-8067)

401 North Patterson Street, Room 255,
Valdosta, GA 316014627
(229-247-9705)

101 South Main Street,
Dawson, GA 317421497
(229-995-3991)

2429 RHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-3631)

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Rep. Kingston, Jack
PO Box 9348,
Warner Robins, GA 31095
(478-923-8987)

PO Box 40,
Baxley, GA 31515
(912-367-7403)

1 Diamond Causeway,
Savannah, GA 31406
(912-352-0101)

1034 LHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-5831)

805 Gloucester Street,
Brunswick, GA 31520
(912-265-9010)

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Idaho
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Rep. Simpson, Mike
1201 Falls Avenue East, Suite 103,
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208-734-7219)

490 Memorial Drive, Suite 103,
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208-523-6701)

801 East Sherman, Suite 194,
Pocatello, ID 832015730
(208-478-4160)

802 West Bannok, Suite 600,
Boise, ID 837025820
(208-334-1953)

1440 LHOB,
Washington, DC 20515
(202-225-5531)

SENATE

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Alabama
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Sen. Shelby, Richard
Huntsville International Airport,
Huntsville, AL 35284
(205-772-0460)

Federal Courthouse,
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334-223-7303)

Federal Courthouse,
Mobile, AL 36602
(334-694-4164)

Federal Building,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205-759-5047)

U.S. Courthouse,
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205-731-1384)

SH-110,
Washington, DC 20510
(202-224-5744)

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California
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Sen. Feinstein, Dianne
750 B Street – Suite 1030,
San Diego, CA 92101
(619-231-9712)

Federal Office Building,
Fresno, CA 93721
(559-485-7430)

11111 San Monica Blvd. – Suite 915,
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310-914-7300)

United States Senate,
Washington, DC 20510
(202-224-3841)

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Colorado
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Sen. Campbell, Ben
503 North Main Street – Suite 648,
Pueblo, CO 81003
(719-542-6987)

6950 East Belleview Ave. – Suite 200,
Englewood, CO 80111
(303-843-4100)

3500 JFK Pkwy,
Ft. Collins, CO 80525
(970-224-1909)

Federal Building,
Grand Junction, CO 81501
(970-241-6631)

105 East Vermijo – Suite 600,
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(719-636-9092)

411 Thatcher Bldg.,
Pueblo, CO 81003
(719-634-6071)

SR-380,
Washington, DC 20510
(202-224-5852)

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Hawaii
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Sen. Inouye, Daniel
24 North Church Street – Suite 407,
Wailuku, Maui, HI 96793
(808-242-9702)

101 Aupuni Street – No. 205,
Hilo, HI 96720
(808-935-0844)

300 Ala Moana Boulevard – Suite 7325,
Honolulu, HI 96850
(808-541-2542)

P. O. Box 573,
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
(808-642-0203)

2853 A Mokoi Street,
Lihue, Kauai, HI 96766
(808-245-4620)

P. O. Box 41,
Kealakekua, HI 96750
(808-935-0844)

SH-722,
Washington, DC 20510
(202-224-3934)

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Idaho
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Sen. Craig, Larry
1292 Addison Avenue East,
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208-734-6780)

801 East Sherman Street – Room 193,
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208-236-6817)

846 Main Street,
Lewiston, ID 83501
(208-743-0792)

Harbor Plaza,
Coeur D’Alene, ID 83814
(208-667-6130)

225 North 9th Street,
Boise, ID 83702
(208-342-7985)

490 Memorial Drive – Suite 101,
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208-523-5541)

SH-520,
Washington, DC 20510
(202-224-2752)

End of current AlertPrevious Alert:

Congress ready to put cheap & illegal labor over U.S. workers & security………Last chance to call

The outlook on Capitol Hill tonight is pretty grim.
On the plus side, your incredible phoning and faxing this week to stop a gigantic loophole for foreign tech workers appears to have led to a much narrower H-1B visa expansion (see below for details).But Congress is almost certain tomorrow to vote for an increase in foreign tech workers while U.S. tech workers have higher unemployment than the general population! We might call this the Voter Retribution Bill (motto: Punish The Voters and Import a New Electorate).

And the Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate have almost certainly decided to strip from the 9/11 Response Bill nearly all provisions that would have fought illegal immigration.

As soon as we find out exactly what negotiations produce tonight, we will come to you first thing in the morning with emergency requests for action. We probably will ask for a huge effort to persuade your Member of the House to vote against a rule to bring the 9/11 bill to the floor.

The families of 9/11 victims who are in the 9/11 Families for a Secure America say it is better to have no bill at all than to pass one that does not address the immigration loopholes that were the key ways that the terrorists were able to kill their family members.

1. H-1B UPDATE……..Visa increase still moving forward but loophole may be dead
Your phoning and faxing this week totally caught the foreign-worker lobby off guard and unnerved them.They have been working all day on watering down their visa-increase plan in a last-ditch effort to keep it in the appropriations bill coming to a vote in the next couple of days.

Microsoft and the other tech giants had figured that the nation would be distracted by the elections and not paying attention when they persuaded Sen. Chambliss (R-GA) and Sen. Kennedy (D-MA) to sneak a giant loophole into the end-of-year, must-pass omnibus spending bill.

But our Hill Team reports that your protest has genuinely caught many supporters of the sneak attack off guard. They are a little wobbly-kneed to have been outed and to receive such vigorous opposition.

Because of your opposition the H-1B attachment has been scaled back considerably. It has been improved in these ways (according to our sources):

A. Sec. 203 has been removed. That would have cut the wages of some H-1B workers and, therefore, created downward pressure on all Americans’ wages. The importation of H-1B foreign workers will still depress tech wages, but not by as much and not by law.

B. The loophole has been removed. That loophole would have allowed an UNLIMITED number of foreign skilled workers to take U.S. jobs if they simply came to a U.S. college and earned a Masters degree or better. Millions of ambitious parents around the globe would have seen this as the perfect loophole to establish their children in the United States as anchors for the whole family. University enrollments would have exploded with foreign admissions and tech and other skilled occupations would have been flooded with the foreign competition.

C. Instead of allowing an UNLIMITED number of H-1B workers with Masters degrees, the proposal now apparently in effect creates a new category for foreign workers with the graduate degrees and caps it at 20,000 per year.

The AFL-CIO had estimated that without a cap the exempted category would have brought in an additional 30,000 to 40,000 foreign workers in the first year or two. Then that number would have gone up dramatically once the world caught on to the loophole.

So, a 20,000 cap indeed limits the majority of the potential damage of the original Chambliss/Kennedy proposal.

Nonetheless, it is a 30% increase over the 65,000 H-1B visas now offered each year, further attacking a beleaguered U.S. occupational force.

And the visa system remains entirely fraudulant so that there are virtually no controls to limit the visas to foreign workers of exceptional skill who fill jobs for which there truly are no American workers.

The pressure for raising the visa level was based on the fact that the year’s entire 65,000 visa allotment was used up the first day of October which was the first day of the new federal year. You can be sure that the new 20,000 visas will all be used up the first day next year. That is because corporations do a land rush to grab up every single visa and then spend the rest of the year finding ways to scam the system to create “unfillable vacacies” to justify using the visas.

I am indeed sorry for our programmer, engineer and other tech friends who will be further harmed by this action.

But please take some satisfaction in the political pain you have inflicted thus far on the perpetrators of this callous move … and in the fact that you scaled back their greedy hopes by so much.

Here is the original proposal:
http://www.numbersusa.com/hottopic/Chambliss-KennedyH-1Bincrease.pdf 

 

2. ACTION………Make one last set of phone calls and try for a miracle victory
As bad as it looks tonight, it is still possible that the Senate and House leadership could decline at the last moment to put the H-1B increases in the appropriations bill when they bring it to the floor.

We believe your calls are best channeled right now to the top leaders of Congress who act as imperial gatekeepers when nearly all the funding for government gets wrapped up in one bill of thousands of pages.

Republicans control Congress. Because of all the controversy, this provision would not be brought to the floor except with the consent of the top GOP leaders — House Speaker Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Frist.

Both of them are hearing from an impressive group of influential Republican Members who have written letters and made calls to the two urging them to bar the H-1B increase.

No matter what their staffs may tell you, Hastert and Frist as of today are either encouraging the visa increase or allowing it to move forward. They most definitely are not opposing it or staying neutral.

If you want to save 20,000 jobs this year for American programmers and engineers who otherwise will have to work in other occupations, call Hastert’s and Frist’s offices and hold them accountable for their leadership (or non-leadership) for the American working families.

You might want to play on the theme of how it will look if the first action of Congress after Republicans have won resoundingly in elections is to fulfill all the worst slams against the party as being a party that favors the rich over the wage-earning families.

Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert

202-225-2976 2369 RHOB Washington, DC 20515

630-406-1114 27 North River Street Batavia, IL 605102666

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

202-224-3344 SR-416 Washington, DC 20510

865-602-7977 12 Oaks Executive Park Knoxville, TN 37919

615-352-9411 28 White Bridge Road – Suite 211 Nashville, TN 37205

Now for the Democrats: Although the Democratic leadership cannot easily derail a plan like this, there is some belief that the Republicans wouldn’t even try to pull a stunt like this if they knew the Democrats would put up a squeal.

But, in fact, the Democrats are in on the deed from start to finish. House Minority Leader Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader-Elect Reid have given the green light to this gambit to rob from American tech workers and give to the filthy-rich high-tech robber barons.

Any wonder that the American working class has trouble these days feeling a loyalty to the Democratic Party?

You might want to ask their offices when it might be convenient for them to speak up for the interests of American workers again.

Nancy Pelosi

202-225-4965 2457 RHOB Washington, DC 20515

415-556-4862 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 14th Floor San Francisco, CA 941023661

Harry Reid

202-224-3542 SH-528 Washington, DC 20510

702-388-5020 333 Las Vegas Blvd., South – Suite 8016 Las Vegas, NV 89101

 

3. ACTION……….Out of state? Call off-hours
One of our super-active faxer/phoners from Florida told me tonight that people should really try to call offices during off-hours if they are not from the same state.

Many offices will ask where you live and have caller-ID to see if you are probably telling the truth. If you are from another state, they tend to dismiss or greatly diminish the value of your call.

But when you call off-hours and if you get an answering machine, you can unload your thoughts without having to give your address. (We always encourage honesty.)

Nonetheless, all of you have a right to talk to the above four people as national leaders. They need to get a taste of what the four corners and the expansive middle of this country thinks about this type of action.

 

4. HEROES……..Some Members of Congress have shown real valor; salute them
All during this week, a few Members of Congress have acted like they believe that those elected to govern are supposed to serve the interests of the governed.

Sen. Byrd (D-WV) and his staff have been in the thick of it scrapping and conniving to try to derail this transfer of jobs from Americans to foreign students.

Sen. Inhoffe (R-OK) and his staff have been especially active in standing for common sense and American workers.

Others that deserve special mention are Rep. Sullivan (R-OK) and Rep. Tancredo (R-CO) in addition to at least a couple of dozen others who have signed letters to their party leaders.

It is a sad day when it can be said that it takes valor to oppose importing more workers when American workers are crying for jobs. But that is the climate in Washington this week. Perhaps it is related to nearly all House Members having Districts drawn so it is almost impossible for them to lose an election and to most Senators being incredibly beholden to those who kept their campaigns funded.

 

5. OUR MOTTO……We nearly always fight for a miracle victory and at least to win strategic advantage even if we suffer a tactical loss


We have sometimes won by just not giving up and forcing a change in atmospherics at the last moment. There is little chance to surprise yourself by winning if you don’t fight to win until the last moment.

More often when we are in seemingly impossible situations like this one, we really do lose a vote. But we try to make the loss as narrow as possible. And we try to make the victory so painful for congressional leaders that they seek to avoid this kind of fight again soon.

I urge all of you who care about this H-1B visa issue to pick up your phones right now and give this one more push throughout Friday.

As for the 9/11 bill in which we helped the House pass some wonderful provisions against illegal immigration, I will offer you a course of action as soon as our Hill team formulates them early tomorrow.

Please make a point of checking your emails early Friday and continuously.

– ROY

End of Alert

Previous Alert:

BAD NEWS…….GOP leadership caving on giant H-1B visa loophole………PHONE NOW!!!!!!
[Roy Beck]
Our Capitol Hill team just learned very discouraging news for unemployed and underemployed American tech workers.
It appears that the Republican leaders in both House and Senate are preparing to cave on the giant H-1B visa loophole.Only your most vigorous phoning and faxing has any chance of stopping a huge increase in H-1B visas for mostly higher skilled foreign workers (heavily information technology).

The GOP leaders are preparing to allow the loophole to be placed in the omnibus appropriations bill that will be voted late this week in the lame-duck session.

If those leaders allow the insertion, the only way to stop the loophole is to vote down the whole appropriations bill and risk shutting down government. There is close to no chance that either House or Senate would actually vote against whatever is presented.

So, our only hope is to persuade the GOP leaders to back away from their commitment to allow a limitless supply of foreign graduate students to take as many U.S. tech jobs as they desire.

Because all of this is being done in the dark of night, these leaders will be quite surprised if all day Tuesday and Wednesday they are totally bombarded on this issue. You might just shake their confidence about being able to get by with such callousness.

This end-of-session disaster for American tech workers is happening because most Members of Congress have a soft spot in their hearts for the technology industry which pours immense sums of money into both political parties.

They all hope you are not watching and won’t say anything. Please prove them wrong.

1. ACTION ……… Phone top GOP leaders to leave out H-1B loopholeFive GOP leaders have the power to prevent the H-1B loophole. Please call their offices now.=====================
Speaker of House Dennis Hastert

202-225-2976
2369 RHOB
Washington, DC 20515

630-406-1114
27 North River Street
Batavia, IL 605102666

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Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist

202-224-3344 SR-416 Washington, DC 20510

423-323-1252 10368 Wallace Alley Street – Suite 7 Kingsport, TN 37663

865-602-7977 12 Oaks Executive Park Knoxville, TN 37919

901-683-1910 5100 Popular Avenue – Suite 605 Memphis, TN 38137

423-894-2203 6000 Building Chattanooga, TN 37411

615-352-9411 28 White Bridge Road – Suite 211 Nashville, TN 37205

901-424-9655 South Royal Depot Building Jackson, TN 38301

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Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell

202-224-2541 SR-361a Washington, DC 20510

502-781-1673 Federal Building Bowling Green, KY 42101

502-582-6304 601 West Broadway – Room 630 Louisville, KY 40202

859-224-8286 343 Waller Avenue – Room 108 Lexington, KY 40504

606-864-2026 301 South Main Street London, KY 40741

606-578-0188 1885 Dixie Higyway – Suite 345 Fort Wright, KY 41011

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House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

281-240-3700 10701 Corporate Drive, Suite 118 Stafford, TX 77477

202-225-5951 2370 RHOB Washington, DC 20515

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House Majority Whip Roy Blunt

202-225-6536 217 CHOB Washington, DC 20515

417-781-1041 Northpark Mall, 101 Rangeline Joplin, MO 64801

417-889-1800 2740-B East Sunshine Springfield, MO 658042047

2. ACTION ………. Samples for your phone message

Because so many of you will be calling the same offies, it is important that you try to personalize your phone messages as much as possible.

I will be giving you a number of talking points. But, if possible, try not to read directly from the talking points. Put your concerns into your own words. Choose combinations for the following and put into your own order.

Options to identify the issue about which you are calling:

a. I’m calling about the omnibus appropriations bill and provisions about H-1B visas.

b. I’m concerned about putting a big increase in H-1B visas in the omnibus appropriations bill.

c. Please express my opinion about adding H-1B visas to the omnibus spending bill.

d. Including H-1B visas in the spending bills this week is my concern.

Options for your action request:

a. I’m asking Sen./Rep. xmxmxmxm to block any H-1B visa increases.

b. Please put me down as totally opposed to increasing the number of H-1B visas.

c. Sen./Rep. xmxmxmx has to stop any attempt to increase foreign workers in the programming and engineering fields.

d. I am hearing that Sen./Rep. is ready to create this giant loophole for more foreign tech workers and am wanting assurance that he will NOT do that.

e. (You can easily create your own wording for the demand from some of the info provided above.)

Fashioning your arguments if given a chance:

a. I hope many of you will mention the Washington Post article from last week that told the tragic personal tales of American programmers and their families forced to live a nomadic existence in order to keep working. How in the world can these Republican leaders be so callous as to immediately the next week threaten the lives of those American workers even more?

Look over the article here:

http://www.numbersusa.com/actionbuffet/?action=showtext&ID=2541&keywords=programmer

b. The loophole is really gigantic. It would exempt from the annual H-1B cap foreign graduates of U.S. institutions with masters or PhD degrees.

c. According to some estimates, this proposed exemption would likely result in 30,000 to 40,000 additional H-1B visas per year.

d. This new exemption would amount to a 60% increase in H-1B visas over and above the current 65,000 cap (and many believe this is a low-ball estimate).

e. At a time of mass layoffs, especially in the high-tech field, the H-1B visa program has deeply hurt American high-tech workers.

f. While reforms of the H-1B and L-1 visa programs are desperately needed, exempting any categories from the cap will harm American workers. This is especially true at this time when 14 million Americans can’t find a full-time job.

g. While there are many factors responsible for the current desperate situation many American high tech workers face, three years of bloated H-1B visa numbers have contributed significantly to the wage depression and job displacement suffered by many of these workers.

h. Worse yet is that these Members, aware of public opposition to the importation of more foreign workers and the resulting increase in job competition, want to avoid any debate of their plan and sneak it into a “must-pass” bill during the lame duck session of Congress.

i. American workers losing their jobs have no protection against this government sponsored worker replacement program. Any company, once they acquire an H-1B worker, can let an American worker go, no questions asked.

j. American workers have little protection against the H-1B program. It displaces many programmers and depresses wages. Think of the many skilled workers in America today and their inability to find work, coupled with the fact that there are no safeguards against a company firing an American worker and replacing him/her with low cost temporary labor.

k. Once the world learns of this loophole, we can expect to see huge increases of foreign students getting masters degrees in U.S. colleges, knowing that will give them the right to stay and take American jobs regardless of how depressed the market may be for American workers.

3. ACTION……….Georgians, phone your Sen. Chambliss who is champion of this H-1B loophole

Sen. Saxby Chambliss is reported to us as being the prime mover of this terrible affront to the families of American technical workers.

He needs to hear overwhelming disapproval from his Georgia constituents (based on arguments above). He arrived in the Senate saying that the H-1B program was corrupt and needed reforming. Instead, he now is making the corruption worse.

Sen. Chambliss, Saxby (R-GA)

478-476-0788 6501 Peake Road Macon, GA 31210
202-224-3521 SR – 416 Washington, DC 20515

770-763-9090 100 Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339

229-985-2112 419-A South Main Street Moultrie, GO 31776

706-738-0302 1058 Claussen Road Augusta, GA 30907

4. ACTION….Texans, phone Rep. Lamar Smith who originally introduced this loophole in the House

I’m told by our Capitol Hill team that the congressional office of Rep. Smith (R-TX) has been in the thick of pushing this H-1B loophole. Mr. Smith has long been one of the most important leaders in Congress for sensible immigration policies, but he appears to ahve badly misstepped on this. His staff needs to hear what Texans think about this H-1B expansion in the midst of a depression in the tech field.

Smith, Lamar

830-895-1414 1006 Junction Highway Kerrville, TX 78028

202-225-4236 2231 RHOB Washington, DC 20515

512-931-3500 904 South Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626

915-687-5232 4305 North Garfield, Suite 228-B M915-653-3971 33 East Twohig Street, Suite 302 San Angelo, TX 76903

210-821-5024 1100 North East Loop 410, Suite 640 San Antonio, TX 78209

5. ACTION….Send more faxes

Please look over the faxes available for you to send on NumbersUSA, and send all that relate to H-1B and H-2B visas.

Find the faxes at:

www.NumbersUSA.com/fax


Good luck to all of you. Thanks for all the phone calls you will make.

– ROY

Previous Action Alert (still active!):

URGENT: Call your Senator TODAY to oppose an H-1B increase attempt

This is an URGENT REQUEST to everyone concerned about American worker replacement programs and the loss of American jobs to cheaper foreign labor.  Whether or not you are personally working in a high-tech field or have a particular tie or interest with high-tech jobs, ALL AMERICANS must come together and fight this attempt to put more American workers in the unemployment line.  H-1B visas are one of the tools employers use to displace American workers here in the US and to send American jobs overseas.

CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY AND EARLY MONDAY!

You can find the phone numbers for your Senators here:
http://www.senate.gov/
or visit this link here (NumbersUSA also has a great free faxing service):
http://www.numbersusa.com/congressinfo/ 

SENATE MEETING MONDAY TO CONSIDER INCREASE IN H-1B VISAS

We have learned that the Senate will hold a meeting at some point on Monday during which they will consider attaching an H-1B increase to an appropriations bill. We do not yet know what time the meeting will occur or what bill they are attempting to attach the increase to.

There is a move underway among some Senators to increase the annual H-1B cap by exempting from the cap foreign nationals holding a Masters degree or higher from a U.S. university.

Please call your Senators immediately and ask them to oppose this increase.

Your message can be as simple as:

“I’m calling to ask Sen. _______ to oppose the move to increase H-1B visas. I know this will be discussed during a Monday Senate meeting.”

ADD YOUR PERSONAL MESSAGE

Because many of you have personal experience with this issue, your calls will be much more effective if you can add something about your personal story.

CALL SENATOR STEVENS

Senator Stevens is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee so he will play a special role in determining what measures are allowed to be attached to various spending bills. For that reason, you may also want to call Senator Stevens and let him know that you oppose any increase in H-1B visas and ask him to oppose any effort to attach such an increase to a spending bill.

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Alaska
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Sen. Stevens, Ted
222 West 7th Avenue – No. 2,
Anchorage, AK 99513
(907-271-5915)

109 Main Street,
Ketchikan, AK 99901
(907-225-6880)

120 Trading Bay Road – Suite 350,
Kenai, AK 99611
(907-283-5808)

851 East Westpoint Drive – Suite 307,
Wasilla, AK 99645
(907-376-7665)

Federal Building,
Fairbanks, AK 99701
(907-456-0261)

Federal Building,
Juneau, AK 99802
(907-586-7400)

SH-522,
Washington, DC 20510
(202-224-3004)

THANK YOU

We realize this is a last minute request, but there is still time to make a difference. Please call today (or Monday morning if not today) and ask your Senator to oppose this increase in foreign-worker visas.

www.HireAmericanCitizens.org
A special Thank you to NumbersUSA and their Washington team for staying on top of this.

Check out our donation page for details of other ways you can help fight American worker replacement programs.  We have some special projects underway that we need donations to help fund our efforts. [Special_Projects_Donation_Page]

End of current urgent action alert

PREVIOUS ACTION ALERT INFO:

Our Golden Opportunity is NOW!

You must call your representatives and ask them to co-sponsor and support two CRITICAL bills in Congress (H.R.2702, and H.R.2688). The Toll-Free number to the DC-House of Representatives is 800-648-3516. Just ask to be transferred to your Representative.  Then fax them.  Then email them.  Then send them a snail mail letter.  Keep doing this over and over until you get their support.  Do NOT give up!  See the bulleted list of action items below:

H.R. 2702 “L-1 Non Immigration Reform Act”
June 17, 2003:  Rep Rosa DeLauro (CT-D 3rd) introduces H.R. 2702 “L-1 Non Immigration Reform Act”.  We strongly support this legislation which will put a tight clamp on the flood of workers who are not American citizens (and have not applied to be American citizens) from taking jobs from American citizens.  The bill limits L-1s to 35,000 per year.  Today, there is no limit.  L-1s would also not be allowed to work on contract for “third parties”.  There are a number of other protections for American workers including limitations on a company being able to lay off an American worker within plus-or-minus 6 months of an L-1 being hired.  Other provisions also exist which would prevent abuses that are occurring today.

H.R. 2688 “Repeal of Authorities Relating to H-1b Visas for Temporary Workers”
July 9, 2003:  Rep Tom Tancredo (R-CO 6th) introduces H.R. 2688 “Repeal of Authorities Relating to H-1b Visas for Temporary Workers”.  This simple 15-line piece of legislation would completelyOUTLAW and END the H-1B visa!  Needless to say – We are VERY PLEASED with the simplicity and forthrightness of this legislation.  This is EXACTLY what we have been fighting for!  Now it is up to us to make it happen.

Note: Prior to the June 17 bill out of Connecticut, Rep. John Mica from Florida introduced legislation concerning the L-1 visa as well.  We DO NOT support that legislation due to a number of loopholes he left in it.  Rep. Mica is primarily funded by large corporations but was also running into media problems with the non-immigrant visa issues due to activism driven by Mike Emmons in Florida.  So to get around this, Mica devised some L-1 legislation with plenty of loopholes.

 

The Tom Tancredo bill and the Rosa DeLauro bill are BY FAR the best we have seen yet!!!!  BUT – Both representatives need co-sponsors and support for these bills in Congress.  To get those Co-Sponsors and supporters, we need you to do the following:

ACTION ITEMS:

  • Pass the URL to this page to as many people as you know, and inform them of these bills in Congress.

  • Use the “Write To Congress” button on the first page of our website and find the contact information for your representative.  CALL YOUR Representative to tell them you want them to support the 2 bills above (H.R.2702, and H.R.2688).  The Toll Free number to the House of Representatives in DC is 800-648-3516 ask for your Rep’s office. The Toll-Free number to the Senate in DC is 877-762-8762.  Use any and all (legal) methods to get your message to them.  A hand-written letter is best.  A call is second best.  A Fax is next best.  An email is least effective, but is better than nothing at all.  To be safe, do all of them!  [Sample letters]

  • Let us know if you are interested in gathering signatures in your state in support of these bills.  We need ALL the HELP we can get!!!  Remember, these are national in scope.  We cannot pass these alone.  Recruit the help of everyone you can!  We need a constituent (or several) of each member of Congress to organize a signature gathering in their district.

  • Check out our donation page for details of other ways you can help fight American worker replacement programs.  We have some special projects underway that we need donations to help fund our efforts. [Special_Projects_Donation_Page]

If you would like to see some sample letters that you can use as a basis to form your own letter, click here.

Where in the world is Colin Powell?

March 17, 2004 — Outsourcing: The Wedge Issue

Even if we haven’t heard it come from Dubya’s mouth yet, Colin Powell made it clear in India yesterday: the Republicans support outsourcing; the democrats don’t.

During a conversation with Indian students, Powell called the outsourcing of jobs a long-term “plus” for the economy. Kerry’s camp responded immediately, saying that Powell “failed to fight for American workers.”

Vote Amitabh.

Posted by Sandeep Sood – Indian BLOG site: http://www.mahootmedia.com/mt/archives/000123.php

From the New York times:NEW DELHI, March 16 — Secretary of State Colin L. Powell, encountering the other side of a tempestuous debate in the United States, sought to assure Indians on Tuesday that the Bush administration would not try to halt the outsourcing of high-technology jobs to their country.

In discussions with Indian leaders and college students, Mr. Powell found that the issue of the transfer of American jobs to India by leading technology companies was as emotional in India as in the United States.

But whereas American politicians have deplored the loss of such jobs, it was clear that the anxiety in India focuses on threats by some members of Congress to try to stop the transfer by legislation.

Responding to a questioner in a session with students who asked if he supported or opposed outsourcing, Mr. Powell said: “Outsourcing is a natural effect of the global economic system and the rise of the Internet and broadband communications. You’re not going to eliminate outsourcing; but, at the same time, when you outsource jobs it becomes a political issue in anybody’s country.”

Mr. Powell told the students what he had said to reporters earlier in the day after a meeting with Foreign Minister Yaswant Sinha: an appropriate American response to outsourcing was to press India to open up to imports of American investments, goods and services.

He said one purpose of his trip was to explain to India that because outsourcing had created a political problem in the United States, India could help by lowering its trade barriers. He said he was making that request, not as a condition for the United States allowing outsourcing to continue, but because it was in India’s interest to be more open.

In February, Gregory Mankiw, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, stirred a political outcry when he called the outsourcing of jobs a long-term “plus” for the economy. While Mr. Powell said Tuesday that “it is the reality of 21st century economics that these kinds of dislocations will take place,” he was quick to add that the Bush administration would work to train people for new jobs.

In Washington, the White House endorsed Mr. Powell’s comments.

“The secretary made clear in his remarks that we are concerned when Americans lose jobs, and we are focused on creating jobs for American workers, and the best way to do that is to open markets around the world, including in India,” said Claire Buchan, a spokeswoman for the White House.

But David Wade, a spokesman for Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said Mr. Powell’s comments demonstrated how the Bush administration has “failed to fight for American workers.”

The questions put to Mr. Powell on Tuesday showed the high degree of interest in American affairs by his Indian audience.

Mr. Powell had a full day of activities, meeting with Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and other Indian leaders and then attending a dinner at the residence of the United States ambassador.

He has repeatedly joined with Indian leaders to proclaim that the current period is seeing their countries’ closest friendship in many years.

Two years ago, Mr. Powell visited at a time of rising tensions with Pakistan. Now, despite the American embrace of the Pakistani president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Indian leaders have not voiced loud objections to such American policies as overlooking Pakistan’s past proliferation of nuclear technology.

Suspicions of Pakistan are never far below the surface in India, however, and Mr. Powell was repeatedly asked by reporters and students why the United States was being lenient with Pakistan despite its detrimental activities. “Pakistan is a friend of the United States, just as India is a friend of the United States,” Mr. Powell told the students. He said, however, that Pakistan’s allowing nuclear materials and knowledge to leak to other countries was “reprehensible,” and that he would take up this matter with General Musharraf later this week.

Financial issues dominated the talks, American and Indian officials said. The United States has intensified its drive to open Indian markets and wants to sell advanced civilian space and nuclear technology, but only if India imposes controls so that the technology is not passed on to other countries.

Responding to questions, Mr. Powell defended the war in Iraq and American foreign policy generally, especially against suggestions that the United States used force in its own interests whenever it wanted.

“We don’t go around invading everybody,” he told the students. “Iraq was an entirely different subject.” Later he added: “Not every answer is use of military force — quite the contrary with respect to the U.S. policy.”

American Jobs: Study notes offshoring downside

Source: money.cnn.com – March 4, 2004: 5:00 PM EST

Study notes offshoring downside 
As firms move jobs overseas to cut labor costs, they could be incurring new costs, firm says.

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) – U.S. companies that move jobs overseas to cut costs may not be saving as much money as their executives think.

In a survey of 500 human resources executives by Hewitt Associates (HEW: Research, Estimates), a global outsourcing firm based in Illinois, 92 percent of the firms that had moved jobs overseas said they did so to cut costs.

But according to the study, many companies are ignoring some of the problems of offshoring, which offsets ostensibly cheaper labor costs.For example, Hewitt found, less than half of those companies had studied the tax environments of the countries in which they were thinking of putting operations. About 75 percent had studied the impact on supply chain costs and only 34 percent considered the expense of shutting down U.S. facilities — costs that could be eating up some of the money saved by cheaper labor.

“For most companies, the model is still new, so there are challenges, especially in the areas of accurately assessing costs and concerns around talent, that have yet to be addressed, resulting in decreased value and return on investment,” Hewitt analyst Mark Harian said in a press release.

Hewitt did not offer any estimates of the potential impact of these costs on corporate profitability.

Not a new phenomenon

Offshore outsourcing of U.S. jobs is not a new phenomenon, but technological advances and the availability of skilled workforces in nations such as China and India have led to higher-skilled jobs — especially in information technology — moving overseas in greater numbers.

Statistically speaking, offshoring has not been a major factor in the U.S. labor market’s prolonged slump, the longest since 1939. Even so, the trend has become a source of great anxiety for U.S. workers and a hot-button political topic — and it looks like it’s here to stay.

Some 45 percent of the 500 firms Hewitt surveyed have overseas operations, and 71 percent of the remaining companies plan to move some jobs abroad by 2005.

Hewitt said it expects that the percentage of jobs being offshored will roughly double in the next three years. An average of 13 percent of jobs at each company are already located offshore, according to the survey, and an additional 12 percent could be relocated within the next three years.

And the trend has gathered steam in recent years. Of the firms who are currently using offshore labor, 29 percent began doing so in the years 1995-99, while 43 percent began in 2000-03, Hewitt said.

IT operations are most often offshored, followed by customer relations, manufacturing and supply chain operations, according to the survey. In the next three years, companies will likely move more finance, accounting and HR jobs overseas.

Hewitt said finance executives consider the management of transition to overseas labor the hardest part of global outsourcing, followed by maintaining corporate culture and personnel management. HR executives tend to focus more on legal and regulatory challenges, Hewitt said, along with cultural barriers, labor pool quality and backlash from home country employees.

The firms surveyed didn’t believe their brand image had suffered as a result of offshoring, however. Just 11 percent of those surveyed saw a negative impact on their brand. Thirty percent said morale in their home country suffered as a result of offshoring.

Many of the firms surveyed did express concern about the impact of outsourcing on U.S. unemployment, along with worries about supply chain problems, quality issues and political instability in their overseas locations.

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