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  by  Jeremy Beck

There is a 'conspiracy' going on to benefit employers and discriminate against American workers, especially older workers.

"...the vast majority of companies are using the H-1B to either hire the best and brightest and vastly underpay them, or to just hire younger workers for entry-level jobs."

So says Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute in "U.S. law allows low H-1B wages; just look at Apple" by Patrick Thibodeau who reports:

"Most H-1B workers are young, in their 20s and early 30s mostly, and critics such as {Professor Norm} Matloff argue that age discrimination is the major problem."

Costa and Matloff are not alone in making the connection between guest worker policy and age discrimination:

"...we discovered more and more are taking advantage of loopholes in the law to fire American workers and replace them with younger, cheaper, temporary foreign workers with H-1B visas."

- Bill Whitaker, 60 Minutes, March 19, 2017

"...individual American employees do face more salary pressure from newcomers who will work for less. And in some cases, they risk losing their jobs entirely, especially older employees who earn higher salaries."

- Daisuke Wakabayashi and Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, February 5, 2017

"I think that industry has a bias against older workers. They use the immigration process to cover up their discrimination."

Former Labor Secretary Ray Marshall, 2015

"Former employees said many immigrants who arrived were younger technicians with limited data skills who did not speak English fluently and had to be instructed in the basics of the work."

- Julia Preston, New York Times, June 3, 2015

"There is a 'conspiracy' going on to benefit employers and discriminate against American workers, especially older workers."- 

Rep. Ron Kink's 1998 statement

JEREMY BECK is the Director of the Media Standards Project for NumbersUSA

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H-1B visas
high-skilled workers
Vulnerable Americans

Updated: Tue, May 16th 2017 @ 9:24am EDT

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