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Microsoft Lobbied for More H-1Bs Before Announcing Layoffs

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According to a Business Week article, Microsoft posted a policy proposal on Barack Obama's transition website on Jan. 5 requesting that his administration remove the caps on visas for high-skilled foreign workers. The company announced just 17 days later that it was planning to eliminate 5,000 jobs as well as contract jobs.

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Investigation Reveals Banks Replaced American Workers with Foreign Workers

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An investigation by the Associated Press revealed that major U.S. banks brought in foreign workers for high paying jobs while laying off American workers at the same time. The investigation revealed that a dozen banks requested visas for 21,800 foreign workers over a six year span with an average annual salary of more than $90,000.

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British Workers Protest the use of Foreign Workers

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While Great Britain is feeling the same financial hardships being felt here in the United States, several hundred nuclear processing plant workers walked out on Monday to protest the importation of foreign workers. Around 900 workers at the Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria, England joined hundreds of other contract workers protesting against what they claim to be preferential treatment given to foreign workers.

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Senators Sessions and Nelson Urge Senate Leadership to Include E-Verify in Stimulus Plan

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In a co-authored letter sent earlier today, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) urged the Senate leadership to include provisions in the economic stimulus package that would require businesses using stimulus money to use E-Verify to ensure the jobs are going to American citizens. The House version of the bill, which passed last night, included an amendment requiring the use of E-Verify, but the current Senate version does not include it.

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E-Verify Passes House in Stimulus Bill

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The House passed its version of the stimulus package tonight, which included provisions requiring the use of E-Verify to ensure that all new jobs go to citizens and legal immigrants. The Senate has yet to pass its version, so there is still an opportunity to add E-Verify by amendment. Rep. Ken Calvert of California and Rep. Jack Kingston of Georgia led the house effort.

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Employment Screening Firm Lists E-Verify as a Top Ten Trend

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The use of E-Verify as an employment screening tool topped the list of the Employment Screening Resources second annual top ten trends list. ESR is a human resources consulting firm providing pre-employment screening reports to Employers, Human Resources and Security departments. E-Verify didn't make the first list of top ten trends last year, but increased government regulation was cited as a cause for the workplace verification tool making the list in 2009.

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SC County Official Endorses E-Verify

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New South Carolina legislation requires all businesses with more than 500 employees to begin checking and verifying new hires through E-Verify. Although smaller entities don't have to begin using the verification tool for at least another six months, Pickens County is requiring that all new county employees be verified, and the county's human resource director has given a strong endorsement.

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