McDonalds has joined the growing national trend of outsourcing American jobs to cheaper, foreign workers. The McDonalds in Ohio fired 70 American accountants and replaced them foreign, H-1B workers.

McDonald’s spokeswoman, Terri Hickey, admitted that this was a cost savings effort saying, “To deliver $500 million in savings, the vast majority by the end of 2017, we are restructuring many aspects of our business, including an accounting function.”

While the tech industry has been hit the hardest by outsourcing jobs to foreign labor this move by McDonalds shows that more American companies are trying to outsource a variety of jobs.

Companies such as Disney and Abbot Laboratories to used 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.

Steve Camarota, Director of Research at the Center for Immigration Studies, says that this shows that white-collar outsourcing, “is not just a Silicon Valley thing anymore, it is happening all over”.

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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Updated: Thu, Jun 8th 2017 @ 3:19pm EDT