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Billionaire Geek Meets Washington Chic on Immigration

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Zuckerberg’s advocacy may not bear fruit, Roy Beck, president of Numbers USA, an Arlington, Virginia-based group that backs immigration curbs, said in an interview.
 
House Republican leaders aren’t advancing the bill “not because they haven’t seen Mark Zuckerberg, but because the vast majority of their membership doesn’t want them to move forward,” Beck said.

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Tech Engineers Union Announces Opposition to Gang of Eight's Amnesty

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The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) has written a letter to members of the U.S. Senate asking them to oppose the immigration bill, S. 744. Specifically, IFPTE opposes the Schumer/Hatch amendment that passed during the Senate Judiciary Committe mark-ups earlier this month. The Schumber/Hatch amendment would increase the annual numbers of H-1B Visas.  

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LIVE BLOG: Senate Judiciary Committee Reviews Guest-Worker Provisions in Gang of Eight's Bill

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  by  Chris Chmielenski

After dealing with most of Title I ("triggers" and border security) last Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee continues its markup of the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill, S.744, today. Today's markup will mostly focus on Title IV of the Gang's bill, dealing with the guest-worker provisions. Several of the issues to watch for today include changes to the existing H-1B high-skilled worker visas and worker protections outlined in the Gang's bill.

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U.S. Engineer Association Urges Senate Committee Not to Increase H-1B Visas

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As the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to review the guest-worker provisions of the Gang of Eight's amnesty bill, a national association consisting of electrical and electronics engineers is urging Congress to leave the H-1B visa quotas alone. The IEEE issued a statement on Monday to reject amendments that would further increase the number of H-1B visas issued each year and amendments that would weaken worker protections.

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As key justification for 'Gang of Eight' bill is challenged, immigration reporters stay silent

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  by  Jeremy Beck

If you have ever doubted the "skills shortage" claims favored by the "Gang of Eight," President Obama, and the billionaire tech lobby, turn to the technology and business section of your newspaper. Wage suppression doesn't sell well in Washington - or with the public, for that matter - so the billionaire tech lobby has instead appealed for better access to foreign workers on the grounds that there isn't enough talent in the United States to meet their demands. But segments of the media have begun to speak truth to power.

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Clemson Professor Says South Carolina Doesn't Need More Foreign STEM Workers

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An op-ed written by Clemson Professor Mark Thies and published in the Greenville News says the number of U.S. students enrolled at Clemson in STEM fields is up 60 percent over the past five years. Furthermore, he says that one-third of STEM graduates aren't working in the field and starting salaries within the field have remained flat since 2010.

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Tech Industry not united on 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform'

Sen. Chuck Schumer

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The U.S. tech industry has been a central part of the "comprehensive immigration reform" debate in Congress this year. Representatives from the tech community have testified before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees speaking to the need for an increase in tech-trained foreign workers, but a new report from Politico reveals that a few tech firms may be more interested in satisying its immigration needs than pushing for an amnesty for the nation's 11 million illegal aliens.

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Texas Tech Firm Indicted for H-1B Misuse

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The Texas firm Dibon Solutions has been indicted by federal authorities for using the H-1B visa system to create an as needed" work force. The papers filed by the federal government detail the scam, saying the tech firm recruited foreign workers and sponsored them for H-1B visas but required them to provide consulting services to third-party companies in other locations.

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How H-1B Visas Are Screwing Tech Workers

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A few years ago, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer informed hundreds of tech workers in its Connecticut R&D facilities that they'd soon be laid off. Before getting their final paychecks, however, they'd need to train their replacements: guest workers from India who'd come to the United States on H-1B visas. "It's a very, very stressful work environment," one soon-to-be-axed worker told Connecticut's The Day newspaper. "I haven't been able to sleep in weeks."

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'Gang of Eight' Senators Announce Amnesty, Guest Worker Plan

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A group of eight Senators today announced the outline of an agreement they reached on immigration-law changes that substantially mirrors the failed 2007 attempt to amnesty illegal aliens and increase foreign-worker numbers. The Senators’ proposal includes a legalization of illegal aliens currently residing in the United States, higher levels of legal immigration, mandatory employment verification, and a new guest worker program.

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U.S. May Allow H1B Spouses to Work During Green Card Wait

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In a rare move that flies in the face of anti-immigrant rhetoric in some corners of the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security has announced that it was proposing to provide employment authorization to H-4 visa holders, who are spouse-dependents of principal H-1B “non-immigrant” visa holders.http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-may-allow-h1b-spouses-to-work-during-green-card-wait/article4295300.ece

By Narayan Lakshman

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Immigration debate ensnares tech talent

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The immigration debate is heating back up in Washington — and in Silicon Valley.
A coalition of technology firms is taking its issue east, meeting in Washington this week with White House officials and key members of Congress to discuss how the debate is expected to unfold.

http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/immigration-debate-ensnares-tech-talent-84713.html

By Michelle Quinn and Eliza Krigman in Politico

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House votes down motion to increase foreign workers with no visa offsets

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During consideration of H.R. 6429, a bill that would replace the Visa Lottery with green cards for foreign students who graduate from U.S. colleges or universities with an advanced degree in a STEM field, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) raised a motion to replace the bill with another version that would increase foreign worker visas with no offsets. The House, however, voted, with bipartisan support, to keep the existing version of the bill, with the visa offsets, intact.

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Microsoft push for worker visas raises concerns, exposes loopholes

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Microsoft is so eager to find qualified engineers and programmers for its thousands of vacancies that it has offered to pay a bounty to the government in exchange for extra visas in order to import more foreign workers.
 
The proposal, which also would raise fees on other corporations seeking to tap the additional visas, was intended to help jump start immigration reform that had stalled in Congress.

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Tech firm says tech layoffs hit 3-year high during first half of 2012

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A report issued on Monday by the tech placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that tech layoffs in the United States hit its highest level in three years during the first half of 2012. The firm's report says 51,529 planned job cuts within the tech sector were planned during the first half of the year.

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House Introduces Companion Bill of Senate's Startup Act 2.0

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The House-version of the Senate's Startup Act 2.0 was introduced by a group of Members from both sides of the aisle today. The bipartisan group of House members behind the bill includes Republicans Michael Grimm (N.Y.), Kevin Yoder (Kan.), Devin Nunes (Calif.) and Robert Dold (Ill.) and Democrats Loretta Sanchez (Calif.), Russ Carnahan (Mo.) and Jared Polis (Colo.).

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Webcast Shines Light on Wave of Bills That Will Hurt American Workers, Wages and College Graduates

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  by  Melanie Oubre

This past week, three bills have been introduced by Senators from both sides of the aisle aimed at bringing more foreign STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workers to the U.S.  What the politicians and pundits are forgetting to mention is that there are eligible, U.S. workers out there to fill these jobs. I personally have friends who graduated this past week with engineering degrees and no job offers in sight.   

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Global High-Tech Firm Accused of Visa Fraud

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Information Technology firm and high-tech industry powerhouse, Infosys, is being accused of bringing low-paid foreign wokers to the U.S. illegally, CBS News is reporting.

The allegations come from Jay Palmer, a principal consultant at Infosys. According to Palmer, Infosys engaged in systematic practice of visa fraud. Palmer's charges are the center of a federal probe.

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Roy on CNN to Discuss Irish Work Visa bill

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Roy Beck was on CNN on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 to discuss a bill offered by Sen. Scott Brown that would create 10,500 new work visas for Irish Nationals. Roy discussed how the bill would bring in more foreign workers while 20 million Americans can't find a full-time job. He also noted that Irish Nationals already have equal access to work visas under the per-country capitas prescribed by current law.

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Sen. Grassley: Reform the U.S. Visa System to Give American Graduates More Job Opportunities

Senator Chuck Grassley

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Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote an op-ed that was published in The Daily Iowan calling for fixes to the nation's visa system that would help make it easier for American college graduates to find jobs this spring.

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Sen. Grassley’s H-1B Reform Proposal Would Close Loophole Hurting U.S. Workers

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Sen. Charles Grassley’s H-1B reform proposal would close a loophole in the program that allows some businesses to forego recruiting U.S. workers, according the Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Ron Hira. Right now, employers are not required to recruit U.S. workers unless a company is considered H-1B dependent. Sen. Grassley’s proposal would require employers to first try to fill jobs with U.S. workers.

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Sen. Grassley Tells Pres. Obama That High-Skilled Workers are Struggling to Find Work

Sen. Chuck Grassley

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who serves as the Ranking Member of the Senate Immigration Subcommittee, sent a letter to Pres. Obama telling him that Jennifer Wedel's story of her unemployed engineer husband is not an isolated case, but a wider, national issue. Sen. Grassley has consistently fought for unemployed high-skilled workers by writing legislation that would rid the H-1B program of known fraud and abuse.

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Wedels Not Satisfied With Getting A Job From the White House, Want H-1B Policy Change

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The White House is following up on an offer made by President Obama for Darin Wedel, a semiconductor engineer, according to a report by Computer World. The offer was made during a live online town hall, sponsored by Google, after Darin's wife, Jennifer questioned the government's policy concerning H-1B visa workers. 

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Now We Know -- White House Clarifies War On Jobless Higher-Skilled Americans

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  by  Roy Beck

Want to get your blood pressure up?  Read the transcript of a White House press conference this week about the insistence that the hundreds of thousands of unemployed high-skilled Americans apparently don't exist.   While Pres. Obama was showing compassion to the wife of ONE unemployed high-skill American worker this week in a much-publicized internet exchange, his Administration was making it clear that it will multiply the difficulty of hundreds of thousands of other unemployed high-skill Americans to get a job. 

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Obama Administration Announces Initiatives to Attract More Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers

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The Department of Homeland Security announced a series of reforms that reflect the Obama Administration's continuing commitment to attracting and retaining highly-skilled immigrants. The Administration's new initiatives will lead to increased work permits for foreign workers while 22 million Americans can't find a full-time job.

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Pres. Obama Panders to the High-Tech Lobby at the Expense of Unemployed Americans

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  by  Andrew Good

A Google-sponsored town hall event with President Obama Monday evening quickly turned to immigration issues.In the most publicized moment of the event, a woman from Texas asked Pres. Obama why he supported importing more high-tech foreign workers when her husband, who is a semiconductor engineer, has been unemployed for the past three years. Pres. Obama's only response was to pander to the high-tech lobby.

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USCIS Data: U.S. Companies Hiring Foreign Workers at Record Pace Despite 8.6% Unemployment Rate

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With a U.S. unemployment rate at 8.6%, one would expect that many of the high paying job openings available domestically are a positive sign for jobless Americans. However, that has not been the case. According to data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department, U.S. companies have hired foreign workers at an expeditious pace. 

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DREAM Supporters Living in a Fantasy World of Full Employment

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  by  Jeremy Beck

The media gave Education Secretary Arne Duncan a free pass last week, when he testified before Congress that a DREAM Act amnesty was necessary because there aren't enough U.S. workers to fill available jobs. Numerous studies, reports, testimony, and statistics scoff at any notion of a STEM worker shortage, but none of them were included in mainstream media stories that reported on Duncan's testimony. Few reporters challenge absurd claims like Duncan's, leaving many Americans uninformed about the crisis American STEM workers face.

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H-1B demand spike may signal improving outlook for skilled pros

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Demand for H-1B visas has accelerated over the last six to eight weeks after being flat for months. This comes as the number of companies planning to increase college hiring is also on the rise. Together, the trends may be early indicators of an improving economy for skilled professionals. http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9141648/H_1B_demand_spike_may_signal_improving_outlook_for_skilled_pros

By Patrick Thibodeau -- Computerworld

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Our TV Ads on CNN Hammer Key Point -- U.S. Still Importing 1.5 Million Foreign Workers A Year

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  by  Roy Beck

The powerful "elevator ad" is back up on CNN, reminding news watchers that Washington's politicians have only minimal concern for jobless Americans. With 15 million unemployed, the ad notes that our immigration system is still bringing in 1.5 million foreign workers each year. Not one Member of Congress has proposed suspending this insane federal attack on the working families of this country.

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Nursing Shortage Creates Debate Between Importing Foreign Nurses or Improving US Conditions

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According to a Business Week report, there are more than 100,000 open nursing positions in the United States with more nurses likely needed should the Obama Administration successfully reform health care this summer, which would insure millions of uninsured Americans. Many health care facilities want to import foreign nurses, but President Obama and the nurses' unions want to improve conditions for American nurses.

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Connecticut Journalist Recognized for Reporting on H-1B Visa Abuse

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Reporter Lee Howard was recently recognized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting on H-1B visa abuse by the Pfizer Corporation. Howard is a reporter for the New London Day in Southern Connecticut, and Pfizer's corporate headquarters are in New York City with a large research and development office in New London.

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Opposing view: Invest in American workers

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"One of President Obama's highest policy priorities is making America energy independent. The president has correctly observed that our reliance on others for essential energy needs is both a source of weakness and an impediment to the development of new technologies that would also strengthen our economy and help the environment.

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