How to cheat the American people
I'm not sure were I saw this first, but the message is clear. This clip on YouTube is of a lawyers conference and shows how to get around the spirit of the law not do what is right, and hire foreign workers even though you know there are qualified American workers. The most damning quote: "Our goal here is NOT to find an interested and qualified U.S. worker."
A little background for those that might not know what the H1b program is. It is pushed (hard) by industry to allow the hiring of foreign highly skilled workers. It is supposed to be used in those areas where there is a shortage of qualified American workers, and it is not supposed to allow the hiring of a foreign worker when there is an interested, qualified American worker. (It isn't supposed to allow replacing an American worker with a foreign worker.) Many people have said it does in fact replace American workers with foreign workers. Now Watch the Video.
It is so blatant what is going on it should be criminal. I'm not one for making predictions, but if this doesn't kill the H1b program, then the amnesty bill will also go through. If not now, soon. This is a workshop on "how to" for getting past the legal requirements of hiring qualified American workers so a company can hire cheaper foreign workers. I'm going to be making some phone calls on this one. I'm going to be visiting some offices in D.C. I'll be taking a copy of this with me, and ask why my representative thinks it is okay for companies to cheat the American workers out of a job.
Don't forget the implications. The table up front has at least 6 people (lawyers?) at it (you see 4 on one side). Even if there are only the seven we see, how many billable hours does that represent? This is costing a ton of money, and that is only justified if they are making more on the seminar. How many law firms are attending? we don't know. How many times is this happening? It has to be a lot if the seminar is justified. This is not one rogue law firm. This is teaching how to do this to others.
I've been pushing that the problem with the political system in this country is the political system (party politics) rather than good people running for office and being elected. I have to believe the existence of this video is that system thumbing its nose at the American people. If this is what our elected officials say is for the good of Americans, that there really is a shortage of workers, either they are stupid (Honlon's razor) for believing the firms that tell them there aren't skilled workers, or they know it themselves and are lying. I'm hoping they are just stupid -- that can be fixed.
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