Category Archives: Outsourcing

May 10, 2015

Congress prepares to outsource itself

Curtis Ellis cites powers turned over to supranational commission under TPP.

Congress is getting ready to outsource itself.

Outsourcing has long been a dire threat to Americans who work for a living outside the Beltway. It hit blue-collar workers when companies took plants in Baltimore and moved them to Bangladesh. Countless thousands of white-collar Americans were kicked to the curb when tech companies brought in “temporary workers” from overseas.

Congress helped the process along with so-called free trade deals that are good for corporate campaign donors even as American workers “take it in the backside,” as Mike Huckabee so eloquently put it.

Now the chickens are coming home to roost, and Congress is next in line for outsourcing. Like the tech worker forced to train his cheaper foreign-born replacement, Congress is preparing to outsource itself.

The instrument Congress will use to destroy itself is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a sweeping regulatory agreement involving 12 countries on three continents. It is, as Sen. Jeff Sessions correctly describes, one of the largest international compacts in the history of the United States. Its rules impact immigration, energy, environment, property rights and states rights.

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May 5, 2015

Senators scheme to import more foreign workers

Top CEOs, mayors in secret meeting to push Rubio’s ‘job-crushing’ legislation.

A group of business leaders and progressive mayors is hosting a closed-door meeting in Washington today, pushing for a big increase in the number of foreign “guest workers” allowed into the United States to fill skilled positions.

The lobbying group, Partnership for a New American Economy, includes CEOs from Disney, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and Marriott International among others, along with liberal mayors and former mayors like Julian Castro of San Antonio, Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, Annise Parker of Houston and Michael Bloomberg of New York City.

A complete roster of PNAE’s membership rolls can be viewed on its website.

The main issue to be discussed at the secret meeting is how to gain passage of the I-Squared bill sitting in the U.S. Senate, co-sponsored by Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Orin Hatch, R-Utah, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Chris Coons, D-Del., Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

The I-Squared bill would more than double the number of H-1B work visas handed out to foreigners with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a STEM field. The U.S. currently allows 65,000 of these visas per year but the corporate lobby is pushing Congress to up that number to at least 115,000 and possibly as high as 200,000, claiming there is a shortage of American tech workers with STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math).

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March 26, 2015

Obama to Expand Visa Program Allowing Foreign Workers to Displace Americans for Third-World Wages

President Barack Obama vowed to expand an obscure visa program on Monday which would allow employers to circumvent prohibitions on using cheap foreign labor to replace American workers.

“My administration is going to reform the L-1B visa category, which allows corporations to temporarily move workers from a foreign office to a U.S. office in a faster, simpler way. And this could benefit hundreds of thousands of nonimmigrant workers and their employers; that, in turn, will benefit our entire economy and spur additional investment,” Obama told an applauding audience at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

Companies may hire college-educated aliens through either the H-1B program or L-1 visas. While the H-1B visa program was capped by law after 2003 to 65,000 admitted applicants per year, not counting generous exemptions for nonprofit “research,” the L-1B program is essentially limitless. There is no law demanding companies pay their new L-1B labor force prevailing wages. Foreigners from countries such as India may work in the U.S. for as many as seven years for wages that would insult American workers who completed several years of debt-financed education.

Back in 2003, Bloomberg Business ran an expose on the collaboration between India’s largest IT consulting firm and the engineering corporation, Siemens USA. Stymied by H-1B strictures, the company decided to lay off American, taxpaying workers for more docile and less expensive foreign labor using L-1B visas.

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March 18, 2015

IT Worker Replaced by Foreign National Regrets Voting for Obama

“In February, workers at IBM Dubuque lost their jobs as their work was off-shored to India,” Conrad said. “These tech workers are now in the unemployment line as Congress seeks to increase the use of guest workers by US corporations. This is outrageous and needs to cease. No U.S. tech worker should be in the unemployment line while tech jobs are filled with guest workers.”

Several information-technology workers provided anonymous testimony for today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the immigration reforms needed to protect skilled workers. One former IT worker at multi-billion dollar utilities provider Southern California Edison, who chose to remain anonymous because of a non-disparagement agreement he signed with his former employer, wrote that he was recently replaced by a foreign worker with an H-1B visa. He is one of more than 400 people at Southern California Edison (SCE) who have reportedly lost their jobs to foreign workers in India.

“I’ve paid my taxes, obeyed the laws and have been a good citizen supporting the community with donations,” the former SCE worker wrote. “I voted for President Obama and was appalled that he implemented a rule change, which allows work permits to H-1B spouses. My future votes will only go to candidates that support reforms to the H-1B visa program that preserve the American worker.”

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March 11, 2014

BROTHER’S KEEPER: What if Mitt Romney’s Brother Asked Dinesh D’Souza for $1,000?

Bestselling author, academic, and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza joined Breitbart News Saturday’s live broadcast from CPAC on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 and explained the difference between him and President Obama is, “I am a third world guy who has embraced America, and, as I see it, he is an American-born guy who has adopted a third world ideology.”

D’Souza shared his thoughts with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon and Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow. Marlow asked what D’Souza thought about Obama’s new My Brother’s Keeper initiative. The filmmaker had a story to tell that shed light on just how the President treated his real brother, George Obama. D’Souza recounted that he had interviewed George for his movie 2016: Obama’s America, which he shot in Kenya prior to the 2012 presidential election.

Right before the 2012 election was to occur, D’Souza received a phone call from Kenya. “I get a call, and I look at my phone, and it is from Kenya. Like, who’s calling me in Kenya? It’s George!” George explained to D’Souza that he had fathered an illegitimate child, who was a year and a half old, and asked if he could please have $1,000 for some emergency treatment that his child needed:

He’s like, “Dinesh, can you help me?”

I said, “How am I going to get you money?”

“Oh, it’s easy,” he said. “Western Union.”

I say, “Well, isn’t there someone else you can call?”

D’Souza sent George the $1,000. The fact that he did made him scratch his head. “So it ends up I’m funding George Obama’s family medical treatments, and his brother is the President… It’s bizarre.”

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July 2, 2013

GM now using taxpayer money to create jobs in Mexico

On Dec. 19, 2008, President Bush announced that as part of a bailout plan of U.S. automakers, General Motors would be receiving $9.4 billion in taxpayer funds. Unfortunately, GM has since decided to cut the jobs of 10,000 salaried U.S. workers, while investing heavily in their foreign operations.

On Wednesday, General Motors Co. (GM) announced that they were investing $691 million in Mexico, and while they acknowledged the expansion would bring many new jobs south of the border, they would not disclose the actual figure.

The Detroit News reported:

The Detroit-based automaker said it will spend $349 million for the new transmission plant in Silao; $131 million to expand its San Luis Potosi Complex transmission plant and to build lighter and smoother transmissions with better fuel economy, and $211 million to expand its Toluca complex. GM said it would provide details of its investment at Toluca at a later date.

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GM spokeswoman Katie McBride said the investments will include adding jobs, but the numbers won’t be announced until the projects are further along.

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June 28, 2013

U.S. Businessman Trapped By Chinese Workers Is Freed

Starnes, who is a co-owner of Florida-based Specialty Medical Supplies, had laid off part of the factory’s workforce and transferred their jobs to India, where he can pay workers lower wages, according to Bloomberg News. Some staffers had gotten severance pay, and the remaining workers started demanding severance too.


American Chip Starnes, co-owner of Specialty Medical Supplies, spoke to the media Tuesday from a window at a factory on the outskirts of Beijing.

American businessman Chip Starnes finally left his factory in China on Thursday after he and a union negotiator worked out severance payments for Chinese employees.

Starnes had been stuck inside his medical supply parts factory since last Friday. That’s when workers, fearing they were all going to be laid off and that the company wasn’t going to compensate them fairly, blocked all of the exits out of the plant. Starnes couldn’t get out.

He told Nightly Business Report that the first few days of confinement were challenging, but the pressure was mostly psychological. “First couple of days were very, very tough. Nothing physical, more mental type stuff going on. Standing around you, anywhere you walk, 14, 16, 18 people following you.”

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May 22, 2013

Apple Gets the Abuse It Paid For

Senate Democrats hauled Apple, Inc. before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations today to ask why the company (legally) pays so little in taxes and keeps so much of its cash overseas (legally, again).

I love Apple products. But politically speaking, they’re playing the game–and getting the abuse they paid for.

In 2012, according to OpenSecrets.org, Apple employees gave nearly 73% of its contributions–to all federal candidates, not just for president–to Barack Obama. And that was the GOP’s best year with Apple donors.

In the past 22 years, Apple employees have given overwhelmingly to Democrats. Republicans barely figure.

It may come as a shock to some Apple employees that Democrats want to damage their company. Some Apple employees, however, might agree with their party–adopting the cognitive dissonance that characterizes so much of the left intelligentsia, which is faintly ashamed of its success but jealously guards its influence.

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March 16, 2013

Donald Trump: ‘Stupid people’ run America

Trump said it is sad that the U.S. system encourages non-European immigration while discouraging European immigrants who “study at our universities” and then upon graduation leave and take their training to other nations “that compete against us.”

“Our country is in very, very serious trouble,” Donald Trump told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington, D.C. today.

“Likewise, the Republican Party is in serious trouble,” he added.

The outspoken real-estate mogul ticked off a list of concerns: The economy, illegal aliens, American Crossroads, Republicans and in particular the Obama administration.

“We’re run by either very foolish or very stupid people,” he said in his speech. “What’s going on in this country is unbelievable. Our country is a total mess, a total and complete mess, and what we need is leadership.”

Trump blasted the Karl Rove-founded super PAC American Crossroads and the failure of the candidates it backed last year.

“When you spend $400 million and it’s a failure, and you don’t have one victory, you know there’s something seriously, seriously wrong,” he said.

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January 21, 2013

‘Bob’ outsources tech job to China; watches cat videos at work

Developer at critical infrastructure firm outsourced job to China for a fraction of his six-figure salary, Verizon researcher finds.

Showing what can happen when companies don’t periodically review network logs, a software developer working for a large U.S. critical infrastructure company hired a Chinese firm to do his job so he could spend time surfing Reddit and watching cat videos.

Details of the 2012 incident, investigated by Verizon’s security services group, was recounted this week in a blog post by Verizon security researcher Andrew Valentine.

According to Valentine, Verizon was asked by the infrastructure company to investigate some strange activity in VPN logs for a network that was set up to let remote workers securely log into corporate networks.

Last May, the unidentified company’s IT security department started monitoring logs generated at their VPN concentrator and discovered an open and active VPN connection originating from Shenyang, China.

“This discovery greatly unnerved security personnel,” Valentine wrote. “They’re a U.S. critical infrastructure company, and it was an unauthorized VPN connection from China. The implications were severe and could not be overstated.”

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