Category Archives: Outsourcing

November 30, 2016

Universities Fast-track Foreign Students into 147,000 White-Collar U.S. Jobs

U.S. universities are rapidly increasing the number of fee-paying foreign students who are being fast-tracked into the professional jobs sought by American graduates.

In 2009, the universities helped 67,804 foreign graduates get white-collar jobs under the little-known Optional Practical Training program, which allows foreigners to get professional-grade jobs inside the United States for at least three years.

By 2016, the universities worked with companies to get at least 147,498 foreign student customers into the white-collar jobs, according to the Institute of International Education, a New York-based group run by trustees from industry, education and Wall Street.

The OPT outsourcing program is great for the foreign students because it gets them a U.S. job for three years, and puts them on a track to win extremely valuable Green Cards and citizenship. It is great for employers because many OPT employees work for low salaries in the hope of eventually getting Green Cards — and also because the OPT employees are exempt from Social Security and Medicare taxes, unlike American employees.

The OPT system is also great for universities and colleges because it brings in more student customers from overseas, whose tuition fees greatly exceed the paperwork costs paid by universities to run the OPT program. That’s a big financial benefit for universities.

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November 18, 2016

California University Forces IT Workers To Train Foreign Replacements

Outsourcing American jobs to foreign workers is nothing new in Silicon Valley – replacing IT jobs with H-1B visa workers has become a major issue – but now it is happening at a public university.

In an alarming move, the University of California San Francisco has notified about 80 information tech workers they will be laid off in February – but first they are training their replacements, via videoconferencing to India.

UCSF had signed a $50 million contract with an employment firm in India, HCL Technologies, and say they expect to save $30 million over the next five years by hiring the lower-paid tech workers.

Most of the work is expected to be done in India, although some foreign IT employees may be brought to work on the UCSF campus through the H-1B visa program, reports Mercury News.

The move has raised red flags among other UCSF employees, lawmakers and concerned advocates.

“I don’t know of any other university that’s done this,” said Ron Hira, a Howard University professor who studies immigration and outsourcing. “At some point, you start to cross these ethical lines.”

UCSF operates on a $5.4 billion annual budget, and offers graduate degrees in medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy.

Employees say it could endanger medical data, and will leave the UCSF Medical Center staff with inferior service.

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September 21, 2016

‘Senator from Punjab’: How Hillary Clinton Masterminded a Global Scheme to Replace American Workers

Although foreign nationals cannot contribute to U.S. campaigns, Clinton has won campaign support from the Indian American community, records show… Tata Consultancy Services contributed between $25,000 and $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation, and Ratan Tata, then chairman of the Tata Group, was a speaker at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in 2010.

Hillary Clinton co-founded the Senate India Caucus, which anti-offshoring advocates say champions “issues important to India, including outsourcing and H-1B and L-1 visas.”
Clinton in 2005: “I am delighted to be the Senator from Punjab as well as from New York.”

Clinton has called for nearly doubling the controversial H-1B guest worker program—suggesting that American workers lack the skills to fill American jobs. She has also defended the cheap labor practices of an Indian outsourcing firm, to which the Clinton Foundation has financial ties: “We are not against all outsourcing; we are not in favor of putting up fences,” she said.

Shortly after the CEO of HCL—the Indian firm that helped lay off 250 American Disney workers in Orlando— called American tech graduates “unemployable”, Bill Clinton delivered a speech to HCL to the tune of nearly a quarter of a million dollars at Disney World in Orlando.

Reports note that Clinton has repeatedly “telegraphed” her support for a globalized world to the Indian community. At a conference of 14,000 Indian Americans, Bill Clinton extolled the virtues of “open borders, easy travel, easy immigration”.

In 2007, Barack Obama slammed “Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)’s personal, financial and political ties to India… It’s all about the money,” his campaign wrote.

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September 17, 2016

Ford just latest in long line of off-shore deals

American industry ‘packed up and left en masse’ since NAFTA.

Ford Motor Co. says it plans to move its entire small-car operation to Mexico over the next two years, the type of below-the-belt punch to American workers that Donald Trump says he won’t allow to happen if he gets elected president.

Ford, meanwhile, assured its workers they would not lose their jobs because it will be expanding its large-car operations in Michigan, a familiar refrain that some aren’t buying, saying the larger trend is for auto-manufacturing to go north and south of the border – thanks to NAFTA and a new “free-trade” deal that’s brewing in Washington.

“This isn’t exactly new, but it is jarring news for many,” the Detroit Free Press reports. “Ford said in April it would spend $1.6 billion to build a new plant in Mexico and will build small cars in that plant and said last year it would end production of the Ford Focus and Ford C-Max in Wayne [Michigan] in 2018.”

Trump, the Republican nominee for president, immediately weighed in on the announcement, saying he would stop these types of off-shoring deals by ending 23 years of unfair trade agreements that sell off American jobs to Mexico and Canada.

“We’re gonna charge them a 35 percent tax, and you know what’s gonna happen? They’re never gonna leave,” Trump told Fox News.

And it’s not just Ford.

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September 16, 2016

Ford moving all production of small cars from U.S. to Mexico (Video)

Ford isn’t alone. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said earlier this year it will end production of all cars in the U.S. by the end of this year as it discontinues production of the Dodge Dart in Belvidere, Ill. and the Chrysler 200 in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Ford Motor said Wednesday it is shifting all of its U.S. small car production to Mexico, a development that drew fresh criticism from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Ford’s declaration came as CEO Mark Fields sought to appeal to investors.

“Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small car production to Mexico and out of the United States,” Fields told a meeting in Dearborn, Mich., where the company is based.

But the new development played perfectly for Trump, who was campaigning in Michigan, the traditional home to the nation’s auto industry. As recently as April, he blasted Ford’s plans to move production to Mexico as an “absolute disgrace.” And on Wednesday, he picked up the beat again as he visited Flint, which has been hard hit by the loss of auto worker jobs.

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September 15, 2016

Trump: ‘Now, the Cars are Made in Mexico and You Can’t Drink the Water in Flint’ (Video)

During Donald Trump’s visit to Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, the Republican nominee commented on how the automobile manufacturing industry has moved to Mexico — impacting trade — and how people in Flint can’t drink the water, much like the water in Mexico.

“It used to be cars were made in Flint, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico,” Trump stated. “Now, the cars are made in Mexico and you can’t drink the water in Flint.”

“That’s not good,” he added, as people chuckled in response.

Trump visited Flint — a city that has had water trouble since the Spring of 2014 — after the Flint River wasn’t treated with the proper chemicals, which caused lead to get into the drinking water, according to Detroit News.

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September 8, 2016

Caterpillar Hires H-1B Foreign Graduates, Fires 300 American Professionals

Caterpillar is firing 300 American employees in Mossville, Illinois, even though it is continuing to recruit and pay foreign “H-1B” guest-workers to do the white-collar jobs sought by American professionals in the United States.

Caterpillar’s combination of white-collars layoffs and H-1B outsourcing matches the much-criticized decision by Carrier, a company in next-door Indiana, to outsource 1,400 blue-collar factory jobs to Mexico.

Outsider GOP candidate Donald Trump has vigorously denounced the outsourcing by Carrier’s air-conditioning business. His opposition has helped him get a nine-point polling advantage in the state. But Trump’s support for major reforms to the H-1B program to reduce the outsourcing of professional jobs is raising his support among upper-income professional-class voters in many other states.

The Caterpillar outsourcing “is all the same thing happening over and over again,’ said John Miano, a lawyer and software expert who has sued the federal government to reduce or stop various outsourcing programs, such as the H-1B visa. “What we see is that companies ask for more [H-1B visas] while they’re laying off the same kind of [American professionals] … this is going to be an election that decides whether this continues,” Miano said.

Early in 2016, Caterpillar asked the federal government for 71 H-1B visas needed to hire foreign white-collar college-grads. At least 30 of the requested H-1B visas are for engineers and other skilled professionals in Mossville, which is suffering the most layoffs.

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September 3, 2016

Obama Tag-Teams with Mexico to Help Migrants Get U.S. Jobs

President Barack Obama’s deputies have proudly announced they’re tag-teaming with the government of Mexico to help foreign nationals get U.S. jobs sought by Americans.

The Justice Department said it is partnering with Mexico’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs to “protect workers from discrimination based on citizenship, immigration status and national origin” when seeking jobs in the United States, according to the Sept. 1 announcement.

The deal comes as Donald Trump is offering an immigration reform that would help Americans — not imported workers — get U.S. jobs. In Tampa, Florida, for example, Trump declared on Aug. 24 that;

We are going to protect your jobs because your jobs are not being protected. Hillary Clinton wants to have a totally open border where people can just pour in and take your jobs and lots of other things happen. We are going to enforce our laws. Remove people who overstay their visas, dismantle the gangs and cartels and protect jobs and benefits for hard-working American citizens — and many of them are African-American, by the way, and many of them are Hispanic. We are going to protect your jobs. That includes protecting the jobs and wages of the Hispanic citizen, and living right here in Florida.

Companies are not allowed to prefer citizens over green card holders when awarding jobs. But multiple companies have been penalized by Obama’s deputies and by state governments for trying to exclude illegal workers from U.S. jobs, and relatively few companies have been penalized for hiring illegals, many of whom use fake identification documents.

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August 23, 2016

Cisco Will Lay off 5,500 American Workers While Pushing for More Foreign Workers

The Cisco company has a history of laying off employees at the end of the fiscal year. They laid off 6,000 workers in 2014, 4,000 in 2013, and 6,500 in 2011. Yet, the company continues to apply for more H-1B visa workers and Cisco executive chairman and former CEO, John Chambers, has been a major backer of the tech industry efforts to persuade Congress to increase the national quota of H-1B visas.

Cisco Systems, Inc., a giant tech company, plans on laying off 5,500 employees or about 7% of its global workforce starting in the next few weeks. The Cisco company has been a champion for increasing H-1B visas and is currently the 28th biggest user of H-1Bs in the U.S.

The Cisco layoffs are just the newest in a growing national trend by many technology companies, such as Disney and Abbot Laboratories, to use visas like the H-1B visa to import cheaper labor instead of hiring American workers. In some cases, the employees were forced to train their replacements in order to receive their severance pay.

A 2011 study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office exposed how the H-1B visa was being exploited and showed that there was very little oversight of the program. According to the report the government doesn’t even know how many workers are actually in the U.S. on H-1B visas at any given time.

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July 1, 2016

Trump Brings Man Up On Stage Who Was Forced To Train His Foreign Replacement (Video)

The presumptive Republican nominee explained, “I want to introduce though a man that’s worked here for many years, Mike. And Mike actually had the distinct lack of honor of training people from Mexico to take his job.”

Near the beginning of his town hall event in New Hampshire on Thursday, Donald Trump brought up a man, named Mike, who said he trained his replacement when the factory closed down and moved to Mexico.

Speaking at the former Osram Sylvania Building, Trump said that the plant was closed and “139 workers went to Mexico, they also went to China.”

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The real estate developer turned politician said that he met Mike when he asked for a photo. Trump said that Mike had a job for 29 years and “he took a large group of people, he trained them, they’re right now down in Mexico, the company moved to Mexico, he trained the people that took his job.”

When given the opportunity to have the microphone, Mike said, “I just like to say that I back Donald Trump 100 percent. America can be great again if we just give it that one good try.”

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