“Liberal governing has transformed beautiful California into the poverty capital of America with the worst quality of life. Crazy taxes, crazy high cost of living, and crazy overreaching regulations have crushed the middle class, forcing the middle class to exit the Sunshine State. All that is left in California are illegals feeding at the breast of the state, rapidly growing massive homeless tent cities, and the mega-rich.” LLOYD MARCUS
He came out here to the deep blue state of California to
raise a few million bucks at private fundraisers in Silicon Valley and Beverly
He also went down to the border with Mexico to inspect the
wall the federal government is building to stop illegal immigration and protect
what no longer deserves to be called the Golden State.
What the president couldn't see while he was out here were
all the wealthy and productive Californians who are leaving this state in
They are the people who are tired of being tortured by high
state taxes and bad laws like the ones that prevent low-income housing from
being built, or that make their electricity and gasoline so expensive.
They are the people who've watched the sidewalks of their
great cities being turned into permanent tent communities for the poor, the
homeless, the drugged and the mentally disturbed.
They are the tax base that has been footing the bill for the
social welfare benefits and government services that are bestowed so generously
on state citizens and illegal immigrants.
They have seen the grim future of their formerly great state and
said to themselves, "We're outta' here."
But millions of Californians like me can't leave. We have
kids and grandkids here.
We love the state and its people. We love the weather, the
beaches, the deserts and the mountains.
What we don't love is what the Democrat Party and its
policies have been doing for decades to harm California and its big cities.
Democrats running this state almost act like they hate it. All they seem to
want is more illegal immigrants, more crippling environmental laws and higher
prices for everything.
The shocking TV images of huge homeless communities living in
tents in Los Angeles and San Francisco are the most glaring sign of the
Even Democrats like Gov. Gavin Newsom agree that it has been
state policies like strict building laws and environmental regulations that
have created tens of thousands of homeless people.
Only let's please not call them "homeless people."
It's a misnomer.
Most of the thousands of people you see on TV living in tents
and sleeping bags are homeless by choice.
They're mostly drug addicts. Or mentally ill. Or bums or
vagrants who've chosen to live on the street amid their own garbage, used drug
needles and human waste.
They're also mostly males.
There are lots of genuinely homeless people in California who
need assistance from government or private social agencies.
But they're usually women and children and they're usually
living in shelters where they can get the help they need.
have rules you have to follow and homeless mothers and their kids will abide by
them. Men won't.
We keep hearing that we need to build more low-income housing
units for the homeless.
But the truth is, most of the men on the sidewalks of
downtown L.A. wouldn't stay in a shelter if it was located in the penthouse of
the Westin Bonaventure Hotel.
Half of the country's unsheltered homeless people live in
California. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti wants President Trump to solve the state's
But it's the responsibility of the Democrat-controlled state
government, the Democrat governor and the Democrat mayors - the ones who
created the crisis in the first place.
For California natives like me, it's a crying shame.
The most beautiful state in the U.S. has been wrecked by
Democrats and it's only going to get worse as more illegal immigrants arrive
from Mexico and Central America.
I'm afraid it's only a matter of time before the state runs
out of money and the productive people who provide it. -
California attorney general
joins Oakland’s suit against Wells Fargo for predatory lending
The suit accuses the bank of steering minority borrowers
toward high-cost, risky loans
top cop is wading into a lawsuit against Wells Fargo alleging that the bank
engaged in predatory mortgage lending.
General Xavier Becerra on Thursday announced he had filed an amicus brief in
support of Oakland’s suit against the company, which accuses Wells Fargo of
steering minority borrowers toward higher-risk, higher-cost loans than white
access to housing starts with equal and fair access to our financial
institutions,” Becerra said in a statement. “For many African-Americans and
Latinos, the hardships of the mortgage crisis haven’t stopped. Our fight for
economic justice continues and I’m proud to stand with the city of Oakland in
this effort to combat predatory lending in our state.”
case is before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, where Wells
Fargo wants a judge to dismiss the suit. The bank says it has been a fair
lender and does not discriminate.
filed by Oakland in 2015, the suit alleges that Wells Fargo violated the
federal Fair Housing Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and
hurt the city by directing minority borrowers toward risky loans and refusing
to allow many of them to refinance. Black and Latino borrowers, the suit says,
were more than twice as likely to receive a bad loan than similar customers.
Such practices, Oakland argued, hurt property values in minority communities,
limited property tax revenue and raised the costs of providing city services.
Fargo’s racially discriminatory mortgage lending practices against
African-Americans and Hispanics have devastated individuals, families, and
communities in Oakland, throughout California, and across the country where
Wells Fargo operates, dramatically increasing foreclosures and decreasing the
Black and Latino middle class,” Oakland City Attorney Barbara Parker said in a
shows that Wells Fargo systematically provided more expensive and higher risk
loans to African-American and Hispanic borrowers in Oakland and other cities
who qualified for the more favorable loans that the bank offered to white
borrowers,” Parker continued. “We applaud Attorney General Becerra for standing
with Oakland to hold Wells Fargo accountable and stop these racially
the amicus brief, Becerra argued that the bank’s practices leave minority
communities particularly vulnerable to foreclosures, which can have
reverberating effects, from increased homelessness and a decline in physical
and mental health for stressed borrowers to the deterioration of schools.
bank has denied the accusations.
continue to disagree with the city’s accusations in this appeal and we are
prepared to present strong arguments in support of our long history of fair and
responsible lending in Oakland and across the country,” company spokesman Ruben
Pulido said in an email on Thursday.
Fargo has been a part the Oakland community for more than 140 years and will
continue our longstanding efforts to work with customers, credit counselors,
nonprofit organizations and government agencies to expand homeownership and
revitalize distressed neighborhoods. We will continue to focus on helping
customers succeed financially and expanding homeownership in California and
throughout the United States.”
Jeff Bezos Commits Amazon to Saving the World from Climate Change
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has unveiled a sweeping climate-change plan that commits the online retailer to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement ten years early.
Bezos made the remarks Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where the billionaire and richest man in the world announced Amazon’s Climate Pledge, which involves satisfying the Paris climate accord’s goal of carbon neutrality in 2040.
Bezos said he expects Amazon to transition to zero emissions by 2030. He also pledged that Amazon will add 100,000 electric delivery vehicles to its fleet by 2024.
Amazon said the vehicles will be made by Rivian, in which the company said it has invested $440 million.
At the event, Bezos said he expects 80 percent of Amazon’s energy use to come from renewable sources by 2024, up from a current rate of 40 percent.
Amazon is encouraging other companies to sign its Climate Pledge.
“We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue — we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference,” Bezos said on Thursday.
“I’ve been talking with other CEOs of global companies, and I’m finding a lot of interest in joining the pledge. Large companies signing The Climate Pledge will send an important signal to the market that it’s time to invest in the products and services the signatories will need to meet their commitments.”
Bezos is facing pressure from inside Amazon, where employees are agitating for the company to adopt a more activist stance on the environment.
Breitbart News reported last week that more than 1,000 Amazon employees have committed to joining a climate-change walkout set for Sept. 20.
Sen. Mike Lee’s Green Card Giveaway for Big Tech Blocked in Senate, for Now
Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) green card giveaway for the nation’s biggest tech corporations has been at least temporarily blocked in the U.S. Senate by Sen. David Perdue (R-GA).
On Thursday, as Lee attempted to push through his and Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) S. 386 — legislation that would allow Indian nationals to effectively monopolize the U.S. green card system for at least ten years — Perdue blocked a vote because he is concerned about the impact the plan will have on rural healthcare industries.
“I support this bill … we have some language that needs to be clarified,” Perdue said. “And I still have some concerns about the impact this legislation would have on some specific industries in my state and in the country.”
Lee said he expects to work with Perdue on getting his support in order to push for a vote sometime next week.
At stake is a massive giveaway for employment-based green cards for Big Tech — including those who have contributed directly to Lee, like Google, Alphabet Inc., and Amazon.
Lee’s S. 386 will ensure outsourcing firms such as Cognizant and Infosys, as well as giant tech conglomerates like Amazon and Facebook, have a green card system wherein only foreign workers on H-1B visas are able to obtain employment green cards by creating a backlog of seven to eight years for all foreign nationals.
This process would solidify that employment-based green cards only go to temporary foreign visa workers who have been imported to the U.S. by corporations to replace American workers, thus rewarding the employers of H-1B foreign workers.
While about 25 percent of all employment-based green cards currently are rewarded to Indian nationals today, should Lee’s legislation pass, Indian nationals will obtain more than 90 percent of all the employment-based green cards for at least a decade.
Bankrolling the effort to pass the green card giveaway are giant tech corporations and the billionaire Koch brothers’ network of organizations, all of which have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Lee in the past and present.
In this election cycle, Lee has raked in more than $33,000 from the Microsoft Corporation, about $18,400 from Google, $12,500 from Jeff Bezos’ Amazon, $12,000 from the Oracle Corporation, $11,000 from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook, and nearly $11,000 from the Koch-owned Koch Agronomic Services.
During the 2018 election cycle, Lee enjoyed a more than $112,000 combined donation from Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Oracle, and Koch Agronomic Services. All have lobbied GOP and Democrat Senators to pass Lee’s S. 386 this year.
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
OPEN BORDERS AND FLOODING THE COUNTRY WITH FOREIGNERS IS ONLY ABOUT KEEPING WAGES depressed!
Report: California’s Middle-Class Wages Rise by 1 Percent in 40 Years
Middle-class wages in progressive California have risen by 1 percent in the last 40 years, says a study by the establishment California Budget and Policy Center.
“Earnings for California’s workers at the low end and middle of the wage scale have generally declined or stagnated for decades,” says the report, titled “California’s Workers Are Increasingly Locked Out of the State’s Prosperity.” The report continued:
In 2018, the median hourly earnings for workers ages 25 to 64 was $21.79, just 1% higher than in 1979, after adjusting for inflation ($21.50, in 2018 dollars) (Figure 1). Inflation-adjusted hourly earnings for low-wage workers, those at the 10th percentile, increased only slightly more, by 4%, from $10.71 in 1979 to $11.12 in 2018.
The report admits that the state’s progressive economy is delivering more to investors and less to wage-earners. “Since 2001, the share of state private-sector [annual new income] that has gone to worker compensation has fallen by 5.6 percentage points — from 52.9% to 47.3%.”
In 2016, California’s Gross Domestic Product was $2.6 trillion, so the 5.6 percent drop shifted $146 billion away from wages. That is roughly $3,625 per person in 2016.
The report notes that wages finally exceeded 1979 levels around 2017, and it splits the credit between the Democrats’ minimum-wage boosts and President Donald Trump’s go-go economy.
The 40 years of flat wages are partly hidden by a wave of new products and services. They include almost-free entertainment and information on the Internet, cheap imported coffee in supermarkets, and reliable, low-pollution autos in garages.
But the impact of California’s flat wages is made worse by California’s rising housing costs, the report says, even though it also ignores the rent-spiking impact of the establishment’s pro-immigration policies:
In just the last decade alone, the increase in the typical household’s rent far outpaced the rise in the typical full-time worker’s annual earnings, suggesting that working families and individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. In fact, the basic cost of living in many parts of the state is more than many single individuals or families can expect to earn, even if all adults are working full-time.
Specifically, inflation-adjusted median household rent rose by 16% between 2006 and 2017, while inflation-adjusted median annual earnings for individuals working at least 35 hours per week and 50 weeks per year rose by just 2%, according to a Budget Center analysis of US Census Bureau, American Community Survey data.
The wage and housing problems are made worse — especially for families — by the loss of employment benefits as companies and investors spike stock prices by cutting costs. The report says:
Many workers are being paid little more today than workers were in 1979 even as worker productivity has risen. Fewer employees have access to retirement plans sponsored by their employers, leaving individual workers on their own to stretch limited dollars and resources to plan how they’ll spend their later years affording the high cost of living and health care in California. And as union representation has declined, most workers today cannot negotiate collectively for better working conditions, higher pay, and benefits, such as retirement and health care, like their parents and grandparents did. On top of all this, workers who take on contingent and independent work (often referred to as “gig work”), which in many cases appears to be motivated by the need to supplement their primary job or fill gaps in their employment, are rarely granted the same rights and legal protections as traditional employees.
The center’s report tries to blame the four-decade stretch of flat wages on the declining clout of unions. But unions’ decline was impacted by the bipartisan elites’ policy of mass-migration and imposed diversity.
In 2018, Breitbart reported how Progressives for Immigration Reform interviewed Blaine Taylor, a union carpenter, about the economic impact of migration:
TAYLOR: If I hired a framer to do a small addition [in 1988], his wage would have been $45 an hour. That was the minimum for a framing contractor, a good carpenter. For a helper, it was about $25 an hour, for a master who could run a complete job, it was about $45 an hour. That was the going wage for plumbers as well. His helpers typically got $25 an hour.
Now, the average wage in Los Angeles for construction workers is less than $11 an hour. They can’t go lower than the minimum wage. And much of that, if they’re not being paid by the hour at less than $11 an hour, they’re being paid per piece — per piece of plywood that’s installed, per piece of drywall that’s installed. Now, the subcontractor can circumvent paying them as an hourly wage and are now being paid by 1099, which means that no taxes are being taken out. [Emphasis added]
Diversity also damaged the unions by shredding California’s civic solidarity. In 2007, the progressive Southern Poverty Law Center posted a report with the title “Latino Gang Members in Southern California are Terrorizing and Killing Blacks.” In the same year, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Timesdescribed another murder by Latino gangs as “a manifestation of an increasingly common trend: Latino ethnic cleansing of African Americans from multiracial neighborhoods.”
The center’s board members include the executive director of the state’s SEIU union, a professor from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the research director at the “Program for Environmental and Regional Equity” at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Outside California, President Donald Trump’s low-immigration policies are pressuring employers to raise Americans’ wages in a hot economy. The Wall Street JournalreportedAugust 29:
Overall, median weekly earnings rose 5% from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the same quarter in 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For workers between the ages of 25 and 34, that increase was 7.6%.
The New York Times laments that reduced immigration does force wages upwards and also does force companies to buy labor-saving, wage-boosting machinery. Instead, NYT prioritizes "ideas about America’s identity and culture.” http://bit.ly/2Zp2u2J
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THE INVITED INVADING HORDES: IT’S ALL ABOUT KEEPING WAGES DEPRESSED!
"In the decade following the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the capitalist class has delivered powerful blows to the social position of the working class. As a result, the working class in the US, the world’s “richest country,” faces levels of economic hardship not seen since the 1930s."
Red Alert ALIPAC activists! Fund our fight and take the three steps below to fight back against this sneak attack vote in the US Senate today!
While we were being pinned down into Emergency Mode yesterday due to sluggish responses to our funds drive to keep the lights on at ALIPAC, Sen Mike Lee has planned a sneak attack vote today in the US Senate to pass HB 1044 / S 386 by a "unanimous consent request."
Such a request would allow the Senate to bypass the committee process and public debate! The good news only one Senator needs to object to derail this unanimous consent ploy. The bad news is, most Senators are probably on board with this betrayal!
Take immediate action now to stop sellouts in the US Senate from giving more green cards to foreign workers from India and China via S 386 now by..
3. Get on the phones and rapidly call all GOP Senators starting with your own. Make sure you give Sen Mike Lee a particularly angry call to share your disgust at his support for foreign workers over Americans!
"I'm calling to ask Senator _____ to object to unanimous consent requests and vote no on S. 386 which would give more green cards to foreign workers from India and China!"
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don't buy into Trump's MAGA crap! he's only interested in making WALL STREET richer with more "cheap" labor that costs this nation dearly!
White House Extends 100,000 Work Permits for H-1B Wives from India
The Department of Homeland Security has again delayed a plan to cancel 100,000 work permits which were printed for the Indian spouses of H-1B visa workers by President Barack Obama.
The announcement, by choice or not, is a political gift to the growing Indian diaspora in the United States, and it comes just a few days before President Trump attends an Indian political rally for the Indian Prime Minister in Houston, on September 22.
“At this point, DHS has informed counsel that it believes the earliest possible publication date for that [H4EAD cancellation] rule would be in spring 2020,” said a September 16 letter to a judge who is overseeing a lawsuit against the program. “Although that timeframe is aspirational,” the letter added.
The rule was drafted at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency to help implement President Donald Trump’s “Hire American” Inauguration Day promise. But it has been held up by reviewers at the White House’s Office of Management and Budget amid business groups lobbying to keep the visas.
But the cancellation delay is a domestic 2020 problem for Trump because he needs to rebuild support among the GOP’s traditional college-graduate supporters in suburbia, many of who voted Democrat in 2016 and 2018.
The rebuilding is made even more complicated when the administration supports the Indian visa programs because they are a direct economic and status threat to the well being of their college graduates’ families and the future careers of their children.
Nationwide, Indians comprise at least two-thirds of the roughly 1.4 million white-collar foreign visa-workers who have taken jobs in office parks around the nation, even though many skilled and debt-burdened young American graduates are eager for those jobs. The Indians work as software developers, tax consultants, designers, accountants, engineers, doctors, and increasingly as recruiters and day-to-day managers of many American firms.
This year-round population of U.S.-based Indian college graduate visa workers is far larger than the shifting population of roughly 500,000 blue-collar H-2A, H-2B, and J-1 visa workers.
Also, the Indian visa workers have a bigger impact on U.S. graduates than their U.S-based numbers suggest.
Many of the Indian H-1Bs serve as the U.S-side of the U.S-India Outsourcing Economy, and they help export additional U.S. work to at least two million India-based college-graduate workers. The outsourcing sends U.S. jobs to India and Indians to U.S. jobs — sharply reducing pressure on employers to pay good wages to younger or older American college graduates.
Online, U.S. professionals reacted with hostility — and usually anonymously — to the H4EAD news.
“This country is reaching saturation— the U.S. economy is not big enough to employ all the cheap labor that will come out of India,” said Bob Heath, a Florida software engineer and the founder of H1BFacts.com. If high-tech investors have their way, he said, they will use millions of graduates from India to flatline college salaries in America. “Think of how when you grew up, you had neighbors pursuing careers in science and technology, but those careers won’t exist for your children — the few children that you can afford,” he told Breitbart News.
The white-collar outsourcing is a critical slice of just U.S-India trade relations, which are growing more important amid the U.S. pushback against China’s mercantilist economic policy.
American companies and investors hope to export energy, food, technology, and weapons to India — but India has little means to buy those products except via its outsourcing industry, which relies heavily on exporting Indian graduates to U.S. and European jobs. This trade imbalance is hinted at in Indian press reports about a partial trade deal to be announced by Trump and Modi during the Houston event.
“India will make it easier for America to export to India its agricultural produce, medical devices and [information technology] products by lowering tariffs,” according to a September 9 report in the Indian website, ThePrint.In. But a bigger trade deal depends on bigger swaps, the report said. “We are talking about resolving a few key issues to which, by and large, the two governments know what the answers are. I am hopeful this happens before [Priime Minister Narendra] Modi comes to the US,” said Nisha Biswal, president of the US-India Business Council.
Donald Trump joins India's prime minister at a Houston rally for India's Hindu diaspora in the US. 50K US-based Indians are expected - plus many US politicians & biz lobbyists who want to expand the US-India Outsourcing Economy via the @S386 giveaway. http://bit.ly/2miRKQC
U.S. investment groups favor the preservation of the 100,000 H4EAD visas for at least two reasons.
The 100,000 extra permits provide them with 100,000 extra workers, so helping prevent a shortage of workers that would spike salaries.
More importantly, the 100,000 permits provide a second income for 100,000 of the 300,000 Indian H-1B workers who at working in lower-wage college jobs while they wait many years to get green cards.
The 300,000 waiting-and-working Indians are part of the resident population of roughly 800,000 H-1B visa-workers. The 300,000 are allowed to stay in U.S. jobs long past the six-year terms of their visas because they have been nominated for green cards by their employers.
U.S. companies have exploited this loophole and have nominated 300,000 Indians H-1Bs for green cards, so allowing them to stay past their visa expiration dates.
So the line for green cards now stretches for more than a decade because the pro-diversity “country caps” in immigration law mean that only about 20,000 of 140,000 green cards issued each year go to the Indian workers and families.
That long wait creates a problem for the companies — many of the H-1B spouses would prefer to go home to Indian and work, instead of waiting for a decade or more, unemployed, in the United States. So Obama’s H4EAD program was created to get jobs for the wives so the Indian H-1Bs stay in the United States.
U.S. business groups support the H4EAD program. For example, FWD.us, a D.C.- lobbying group for a group of West Coast investors led by Mark Zuckerberg, has repeatedly endorsed the visas:
The companies and investors are also supporting a bill that would remove the “country caps” on Indian visa workers. If passed, the pending S.386 and HR.1044 bills would put a population of 300,000 Indian H-1B workers — and their 300,000 families — on a fast track to green cards, citizenship, and the voting booth.
The Indian government is working with many U.S. companies to lobby legislators to boost the inflow of Indian visa workers via the S.386 “country caps” bill. The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a vote on September 19 on the S.386 bill which would transform U.S. immigration policy to help Silicon Valley import more visa workers.
Nearly all of the Indians who become citizens vote Democrat, in part, because their 3,000-year-old Hindu religion and caste-culture make them a cultural minority in a no-caste society of equality-minded Americans.
The population of Indians in the United States is roughly 4 million. The number includes at least 1.1 million visa workers and family members, plus a growing number of illegal migrants. The population of illegals includes many lower-caste service workers plus many college graduates who overstayed their work visas.
The US has a fast-growing population of roughly 630,000 illegal migrants from India, mixed among the temporary contract-work population of at least 1.5 million Indians. That's great for business & govt's, but bad for Americans' families & employees. http://bit.ly/2zfNggO
John Miano, a lawyer at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, is suing to overturn the H4EAD program on behalf of several Americans whose jobs have been outsourced to India workers. The DHS letter on the H4EAD program was sent to the judge in the lawsuit to ask for a delay in the next court battle, due September 27. The judge announced late September 17 to continue with the hearing, Miano told Breitbart News.
The lawsuit has been repeatedly delayed and slowed since it was filed in 2015, he said.
In turn, these groups are backed up by a few sites that are tracking the scale and location of the outsourcing industry in federal legislators’ districts. The sites include SAITJ.org and H1BFacts.com. “The scope of this thing is really unbelievable,” said one researcher.
Other sites document the conflicts created by diverse foreign business practices in the United States. The non-political MyVisaJobs.com site also provides much information about H-1B outsourcing and green card rewards in multiple industries. The federal USCIS agency provides some data, including some data about the uncappedOPT program.
Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or a university. This total includes about 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software, or statistics.
But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of about 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately 1 million H-1B workers and spouses — and about 500,000 blue-collar visa workers. The government also prints more than 1 million work permits for new foreigners, and rarely punishes companies for employing illegal migrants.
This policy of inflating the labor supply boosts economic growth and stock values for investors. The stimulus happens because the extra labor ensures that employers do not have to compete for American workers by offering higher wages and better working conditions.
But President Donald Trump’s “Hire American” policy is boosting wages by capping immigration within a growing economy. The Census Bureau said September 10 that men who work full-time and year-round got an average earnings increase of 3.4 percent in 2018, pushing their median salaries up to $55,291. Women gained 3.3 percent in wages, to bring their median wages to $45,097 for full time, year-round work.
But white-collar wages are growing slower than blue-collar wages, partly because of the Indian outsourcing.
India's ambassador explains why Indian gov't & biz are pushing HR.1044 & S.386 green-card/country-caps bill. Bonus: He thanks Dem/GOP Representatives for helping India's economic strategy with vote to outsource more US graduates' jobs to Indian H-1B/OPTs. http://bit.ly/32RaerZ
ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN IN SAN JOSE/SILICON VALLEY CLEARLY KNOWS NO TECH FIRM HIRES AMERICANS! ONLY CHINESE/INDIANS.
IN FACT, NO BAY AREA BANK HIRES ANYONE WHO IS AMERICAN. YEP, ONLY CHINESE AND INDIANS.
“Indian officials want to swap their cheap labor to U.S. investors in exchange for a larger flow of remittances, contracts, expertise, technology, and energy back into India. The two sides have gradually created a U.S-India Outsourcing Economy, which is worth roughly $78 billion to India each year.”
H-1B: San Jose tech firm discriminated against non-Indians, favored visa holders, lawsuit claims
Caucasian plaintiff seeks class-action status
By ETHAN BARON | firstname.lastname@example.org | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: September 9, 2019
A San Jose subsidiary of an Indian digital-services company favored hiring Indian and South Asian workers for its U.S. jobs, and used the H-1B and another visa to accomplish its discrimination, a new lawsuit seeking class-action status claims.
Happiest Minds, which has its U.S. headquarters in San Jose, used visas and discriminatory hiring and firing practices to fill its ranks with South Asian workers, most of them Indian, the suit alleged. At least 90 percent of the firm’s U.S. workforce is South Asian, while the rate is about 12 percent across this country’s information-technology industry, the suit claimed.
Happiest Minds, which according to the suit employs about 200 workers in the U.S., did not respond to a request for comment on the claims in the suit.
The suit was filed by San Jose sales professional Tami Sulzberg, who said in a court filing that she started at Happiest Minds in January 2018 as a director of business development and was fired about four months later. Sulzberg claims she was replaced by an Indian man who was on an L-1 visa. The L-1 is a non-immigrant work permit for managers or executives transferred into the U.S. from a company’s affiliate office in a foreign country.
The suit also pointed to purported use by Happiest Minds of the controversial H-1B visa, intended for jobs requiring specialized skills. The H-1B, heavily relied upon by Silicon Valley technology firms, which push for an expansion of the annual 85,000 cap on new visas, has become a target for the administration of President Donald Trump. The administration has dramatically boosted denial rates for the visa after reports of abuses by outsourcing companies. Critics of the visa charge that outsourcers and tech companies use it to supplant U.S. workers and drive down wages.
Sulzberg’s suit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in San Jose, alleged that Happiest Minds received 188 new H-1B visas or H-1B visa amendments between 2013 and 2018, plus 12 new L-1 visas in 2018 alone.
“To fulfill its employment preference for South Asians and Indians, Happiest Minds seeks to maximize the number of visas it receives each year from the federal government,” the suit alleged. “All, or substantially all, of the individuals for whom Happiest Minds secures visas are South Asian and Indian.”
Preference in hiring is given to South Asian and Indian workers who can be brought in using a visa, the suit claimed.
“Similarly, non-South Asian and non-Indian individuals are often displaced from their current positions in favor of South Asian and Indian visa-ready individuals,” the suit alleged.
Sulzberg claimed in the suit that she had been the only non-Indian among the approximately 25 salsepeople in Happiest Minds’ U.S. offices. Her purported troubles started during a sales meeting about six weeks after she started at the firm, the suit claimed.
“Ms. Sulzberg was the only female employee at the meeting and the only individual who was non-South Asian and non-Indian,” the suit alleged. “Ms. Sulzberg was excluded by her South Asian colleagues who spoke in Hindi, thereby precluding her from participating in certain conversations, and was specifically asked not to attend the first portion
of the meeting involving the whole group.”
During her presentation at the meeting, which was supposed to last an hour, the firm’s South Asian CEO rudely interrupted her, saying he didn’t want to look at her PowerPoint and telling her, ‘Move on, move on,’ before cutting her off after 10 minutes, the suit claimed. The CEO also asked her to book him a hotel room for an upcoming meeting “despite the fact that Ms. Sulzberg’s sales role did not involve such administrative or secretarial responsibilities,” the suit alleged.
The following month, after receiving approval from a senior vice-president to attend a conference in Las Vegas to pursue sales, Sulzberg was told by that executive that the CEO didn’t want her to go, the suit claimed. However, an Indian employee was permitted to attend, the suit alleged.
From shortly after her hiring until she was fired, Sulzberg was evaluated on the basis of how many meetings she obtained, an evaluation standard used at the company for junior salespeople lacking her experience, the suit claimed.
Happiest Minds did hire someone to generate meetings for her, but he went on paternity leave soon after he came on, and didn’t start setting meetings for her until a few weeks before she was terminated, the suit alleged. Despite her lack of help, Sulzberg on her own hit her meetings target, the suit claimed. But less than two months after meeting the requirement, Sulzberg was told her meetings numbers were “below par” and she was ordered to generate two to three meetings per week, the suit alleged. The day after that, she was fired, with the CEO telling her it was for “not having enough meetings,” the suit claimed.
“This excuse was pretextual, as Ms. Sulzberg had many meetings with large companies during her short tenure with the company,” the suit alleged, adding that her prohibition from attending the conference kept her from generating additional meetings.
Four other non-South Asian salespeople were terminated, with one of them replaced by a South Asian man on a visa, the suit claimed. While Happiest Minds fired Sulzberg a few months after hiring her, it retained a South Asian salesman who “did not sell any new business for the company during his first year of employment with Happiest Minds and continues not to meet his sales goals,” the suit claimed. The man had been given a sales portfolio worth more than $400,000, allowing him to generate ongoing revenue from current clients, but “Ms. Sulzberg was not afforded the same benefit,” the suit alleged.
The suit seeks a judge’s approval as a class action, to bring in anyone not of South Asian or Indian origin who applied for jobs at Happiest Minds in the U.S. and weren’t hired, or whom the company involuntarily terminated. It also seeks an order forcing the company to adopt a non-discriminatory method for hiring, firing and other employment-related decisions, plus unspecified damages.
India Has More than 630,000 Illegals in the United States
Two Indians have been sent to jail for just three years after smuggling hundreds of Indians into the United States.
Hema Patel, 51, worked with Mexican coyotes and charged $28,000 to $60,000 to bring individuals across the Canadian and Mexican borders. When the illegals were caught, she also used her Texas bail-bonds business to spring her clients from detention, according to an ICE press release.
Patel and her business partner, Chandresh Kumar Patel, were both sent to jail for three years. Patel also had to give up her Texas house, two hotels, $7.2 million in bail bonds, $400,000 in cash and 11 gold bars, the ICE statement said.
The case spotlights the growing number of Indian workers and family members who are working illegally in the United States or are trying to smuggle themselves into the United States.
The growing numbers of illegal-immigrant Indians hope to hide among the growing number of legal Indian immigrants. For example, the illegals can take jobs in retail, service, and restaurants serving the legal Indian population.
Roughly 4 million Indians live in the United States. Roughly half are contract workers or are the spouses and children of the contract workers. At least one-sixth — or roughly 630,000 — are illegals.
A June 2019 report by the Pew Research Center said India is now the leading source of legal migrants into the United States:
More than 1 million immigrants arrive in the U.S. each year. In 2017, the top country of origin for new immigrants coming into the U.S. was India, with 126,000 people, followed by Mexico (124,000), China (121,000) and Cuba (41,000).
In 2016, the Pew Research Center reported that Indians are also the fast-growing group ofillegal migrants. The population of Indian illegals spiked from 350,000 in 2009 to 500,000 in 2014. Their 130 percent growth far outpaced other countries — but it has since been supplanted since 2017 by the massive wave of migrants from Central America.
“The [illegal immigrant] population from India increased by 265,000, or 72 percent, from 2010 to 2017,” said a report by the Center for Migration Studies. The estimate puts the Indian illegal population at 630,000 people in 2017, including roughly 250,000 Indians who overstayed their tourist or work visas.
Another 40,000 Indians overstayed their visas in 2018.
In June 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said roughly 9,000 Indians were caught illegally entering the United States in 2018, up from 3,162 in 2017.
The 2018 Indian inflow was a surprise, one official told Breitbart News in 2018. “Overwhelmingly [they are] claiming asylum, based on political and religious discrimination back in India … it is not a script or any particular document [but] every story is pretty much the same,” the official said.
Many Indian illegal migrants are allowed out of detention to get jobs before their asylum hearings, reportedly with bonds of only about $20,000.
U.S.-based labor traffickers bring in most of the illegal migrants who sneak across the border, he said.
The Indian “facilitators in the United States are using them as indentured servants [saying] ‘Come work for me three to four years, and every paycheck I keep so much until you pay off your [debt],” the official said.
Mexican coyotes deliver the migrants to the border after taking their passports and other identification, he said. The migrants then get caught, ask for asylum, and are released because of the enormous backup in the immigration courts. Once released, the migrants can begin working for their Indian traffickers.
The identification documents are returned to the migrants once they pay off their smuggling debts, the official said.
This current inflow of Indian illegals is so large that it has created its own backlog of almost 30,000 migrant Indians waiting for asylum hearings, according to June 2019 data federal data tracked by Syracuse University.
Indian migrants have many opportunities to plead for asylum in the United States because India is so diverse. For example, Muslim and Hindu communities have been fighting each other for decades in Kashmir and other districts, while Sikhs, Christians, and lower-caste Indians suffer discrimination in the Hindu-dominated, caste-divided, polyglot patchwork country of roughly 1.4 billion people.
In response to the Indian migration, U.S. officials have begun telling Indian asylum applicants that they must first seek safety in safe areas of their home country before they can ask for asylum in the United States.
Trump's appointee Ken Cuccinelli at USCIS reminds his asylum officers they can't give asylum to migrants who didn't seek safety in their home country. This is just one of many initiatives in admin's 'broad strategy' to prevent a worldwide rush to America. http://bit.ly/2ZrHhAQ
Some Indian illegal migrants are protesting judges’ deportation decisions by going on hunger strike until they are released into the United States. “My clients feel that the detention system has not been fair, and they have met with judges who have an inherent bias against asylum cases from India,” their attorney Linda Corchado, told the India-West website.
The inflow of Indian illegals rarely makes the news because it is not yet a recognized idea in the established media — and it is overshadowed by the huge inrush of Central American migrants. Also, many newspapers hire immigrants to cover the immigration beat, so shifting the focus of media coverage towards the concerns of migrants, and away from the sordid business of labor trafficking and the politically important issue of the Americans’ priorities.
However, the media mentions are rising, partly because of trafficking deaths and the growing federal efforts to detain and deport the Indian illegals. In June 2019, for example, Reuters reported:
A six-year-old girl from India died of heat stroke in an Arizona desert after her mother left her with other migrants to go in search of water, a medical examiner and U.S. Border Patrol said on Friday.
The girl, Gurupreet Kaur, soon to celebrate her seventh birthday, was found by U.S. Border Patrol west of Lukeville, Arizona on Wednesday, when temperatures reached a high of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius), U.S. Border Patrol and the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) said.
A pro-migration Indian activist blamed the U.S. government for the little girl’s death and urged that the government welcome migrants. “U.S. border militarization, forced migration, and rejection of migrants attempting to cross at ports of entry have created an environment where a child like Gurupreet can die in the desert, alone,” Lakshmi Sridaran, interim co-executive director of South Asians Leading Together, told the IndiaWest.com news site. She continued:
Until this system is completely defunded and a new one is created that upholds the dignity of all migrants – we will continue to see unspeakable tragedies, notwithstanding the countless deaths that go undocumented. While ICE and CBP have experienced unprecedented surges in their budgets, their treatment of migrants has plunged to new lows.
In January 2019, immigration officials used a fake university to catch up to 600 Indian graduates who were violating visa rules to win U.S. college-graduate jobs.
Feds use a fake university to bust college-grad labor traffickers who funneled at least 600 Indian grads into jobs around the US. The trafficking was hidden within the quasi-legal workforce of 1.5 million H-1B, OPT, L-1, TN, etc. white-collar visa-workers. http://bit.ly/2GeYkPN
Also, federal law enforcement officials have arrested numerous Indian-born business executives and corporations for fraudulently getting H-1B visa workers into jobs sought by American graduates. In August 2018, Breitbart News reported:
Pradyumna Kumar Samal, allegedly lied to federal agencies when he said the visa-workers were imported for existing contracts, and he allegedly effectively forced his Indian employees to work for less than the promised wage-levels, said the [federal] statement:
“Nearly 200 workers may have been brought in under the phony applications. The employees were forced to pay SAMAL’s companies a partially-refundable “security deposit” of as much as $5,000 for the visa filings, regardless of whether they were assigned to any projects that provided them with income.”
Federal officials downplay the scale of Indian illegal migration and say little about the number of Indian migrants who are sent home.
Two ICE officers escorting three deportees (carrying white plastic bags) through El Paso Airport. Destination: Newark then India.
The expanding flow of Indian legal and illegal migrants spotlights the vast population of poor young Indians, and also the Indian government’s economic strategy of exporting workers to other countries, including the United States.
India’s population is so huge that India has roughly 178 million young men aged 20 to 34. That number is more than one young Indian male for every two Americans in the entire U.S. population of 326 million.
In February 2019, the Forsyth County News reported from an community of Indian WalMart employees in Arkansas
Ani Agnihotri, program chair of the USA-India Business Summit … said India has a massive and young population that could provide skilled, English-speaking workers ready to relocate “even at a seven-day notice” and said the majority of doctors in the United Kingdom and about 15 percent in America are of Indian descent.
“India has the youngest population in the world. About 25 percent of the population of India, which is 1.25 billion, is below the age of 25,” he said. “We will be the provider of the workforce of the world in about 15 years, after 2035.”
Indian officials want to swap their cheap labor to U.S. investors in exchange for a larger flow of remittances, contracts, expertise, technology, and energy back into India. The two sides have gradually created a U.S-India Outsourcing Economy, which is worth roughly $78 billion to India each year.
“The movement of high-skilled individuals, personnel, Indian professionals in the U.S., through such programs as H-1B … has been a mutually beneficial partnership,” Indian ambassador Harsh Shringla told a July meeting of business lobbyists in D.C.
India's ambassador explains why Indian gov't & biz are pushing HR.1044 & S.386 green-card/country-caps bill. Bonus: He thanks Dem/GOP Representatives for helping India's economic strategy with vote to outsource more US graduates' jobs to Indian H-1B/OPTs. http://bit.ly/32RaerZ
U.S. and Indian businesses employ roughly at least 700,000 Indian visa-workers and 200,000 student-workers in the United States. This huge workforce also brings at least 700,000 Indian-born family members into the United States. Each year, about 20,000 of these temporary workers and their family members get green cards via the “Adjustment of Status” process.
Some of these visa-workers hold jobs in elite companies, and some of those have become senior executives of U.S. companies, including CEOs of Google, Microsoft, and MasterCard, for example. Also, some of the teams which have created valuable companies in the United States also include Indians among their founders.
A large number of Indians living in the United States are contract workers hired for routine technology jobs, including jobs at WalMart and Bank of America, that would otherwise have gone to American graduates. Many Indian visa workers are stuck in lower-wage software sweatshops, where they work long hours in the hope of eventually getting green cards.
Indians display their success in business and education, for example, by highlighting the success of Indian children in American civic competitions, such as high school science competitions and spelling bees.
Some Indian visa-workers reject India’s cheap-labor business style, and embrace American values.
Many of the Indians bring their own culture and politics into the United States. This diversity includes pro-Hindu political parties, regional nepotism, as well as the 4,000-year-old ideas of caste.
The caste system creates a civic hierarchy, and it is so ingrained in Indian society, Hinduism, marriage rules, parenting, education, and careers that it is visible in Indians’ DNA, according to a 2013 press release by Harvard Medical School:
“This genetic data tells us a three-part cultural and historical story,” said [Harvard professor David] Reich, who is also an associate member of the Broad Institute. “Prior to about 4000 years ago there was no mixture. After that, widespread mixture affected almost every group in India, even the most isolated tribal groups. And finally, endogamy [marriage within caste] set in and froze everything in place.”
Caste distinctions are almost completely invisible to Americans, but Indian Hindu H-1B workers have told Breitbart News distinctions can be obvious in casual contact, names, and in business developments.
You're racist for opposing US corps hiring cheap Indian contract-workers to fill jobs sought by American grads & millennials, says lobbyist working with Sen. Mike Lee & Kamala Harris. Group is very close to passing a green-cards-for-Indian-grads giveaway http://bit.ly/2KVaUag
The caste system gets little criticism from American progressives because they expect to gain an overwhelming share of votes from immigrant Indians.
Many U.S professionals have told Breitbart News that Indian-born managers bring their Indian cultural practices into American workplaces.
“Indian [managers] only hire Indians because they can manipulate them, exploit them, and the young workers just take it because [any job in the United States] is better than being back in a poverty-stricken nation,” said Jay Palmer, a software expert who forced to train his Indian replacement when he was pushed out of his Florida job at Disney Corp. Indians in the United States, “will work 70 to 80 hours a week … and they won’t complain.”
In a lawsuit against Infosys, a major Indian company operating in the United States, American witnesses reported;
Hiring Manager Instructions: an Infosys hiring manager admitted “There does exist an element of discrimination. We are advised to hire Indians … because they will work off the clock without murmur and they can always be transferred across the nation without hesitation unlike [a] local workforce.”
Talent Acquisition Unit Observations: Recruiters in Talent Acquisition observed that Indians were highly favored, and it was extremely difficult to move non-South Asians ahead in the hiring process. Non-Indians were regularly rejected as being “not a good fit,” – an Infosys euphemism for “non-Indian.” This discrimination is on-going. In 2016 for example, an Infosys manager in their Talent Acquisition Unit observed that of Infosys’ 2,900 hires in the United States, 2,200 (76%) were Indian. She observed a similar hiring disparity in prior years.
Applicant Data Manipulation: Infosys manipulates applicant tracking data in such a way that consideration of non-South Asians and non-Indians is minimized, and the hiring of South Asians is maximized. For example, recruiters have observed that non-South Asian applicants were repeatedly deleted from Infosys’ applicant tracking system, forcing one recruiter to keep a separate spreadsheet of applicants on his computer. Recruiters have also observed South Asian applicants, located by Infosys’ “sourcers” in India, manually entered into the applicant tracking system despite those individuals not having formally applied, thus streamlining the hiring process. Individuals sourced in this way were moved “to the front of the line” ahead of applicants in the U.S. A recruiter also observed that applications for United States positions were regularly not reviewed, and in 2016, approximately 11,000 to 12,000 were rejected en masse.
The growing population of Indians in the United States has increased the diversity of crimes. In 2017, for example, ICE reported:
the owner of several Milwaukee-area gas stations was charged Tuesday with forced labor involving aggravated sexual abuse, harboring an alien for financial gain, and document servitude … Harshinder Bhatia, 58, forced and threatened an Indian national woman to work causing her to believe that if she did not perform such labor and services, she would suffer serious harm. The indictment charges that this crime involved aggravated sexual abuse and was furthered by Bhatia possessing the victim’s passport.
In 2015, ICE reported:
Naga Srinivasa Rao Pilla, 38, faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for bribery of a public official. Pilla was also charged with procurement of citizenship or naturalization unlawfully, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years … According to the criminal complaint, Pilla, who was ordered removed by an immigration judge, offered to pay the ICE officer $2,000 to help him obtain immigration benefits.
In 2009, a United States consulate in India reported very high levels of corporate and official corruption:
H-1B fraud is one of the top two visa categories for fraud throughout Mission India. All posts regularly encounter inflated or fabricated educational and employment qualifications. The vast majority of these documents come from Hyderabad. In the 18 months prior to the start-up of consular operations in Hyderabad, FPU Chennai investigated 150 companies in Hyderabad, 77 percent of which turned out to be fraudulent or highly suspect (ref F). Most of those cases slated for site visits were to verify the experience letters for H-1B applicants who did not meet minimum educational qualifications.
Tighter procedures helped block migrants who were pretending to be clerics, the consulate reported:
During the last two years, most R-1 [religious worker visa] fraud was detected amongst Tibetan refugees, Sikh raagis, and Hindu priests … R-1 fraud includes both fraudulent beneficiaries and fictitious inviting parties. Since DHS began requiring petitions for R-1 applicants in November, R-1 fraud referrals have almost completely dried up. Since DHS requires 100 percent on-site verification of petitioners, however, many potential R-1 applicants now apply for B1/B2 visas in an attempt to avoid closer scrutiny.
USCIS officials also stepped up oversight of Indians with religious visas in the United States. In 2011, for example, ICE reported:
On Nov. 10, a federal jury in the Eastern District of Wisconsin found Sagarsen Haldar, 31, aka Gopal Hari Das, guilty of conspiring to commit immigration fraud. Haldar identifies himself as the founder, president, CEO, and spiritual leader of Gaudiya Vaisnava Society (GVS), a religious temple located at 2425 W. Ramsey Ave. in Milwaukee.
According to evidence at trial, Haldar conspired to sponsor more than two dozen Indian nationals to enter the country under religious worker or “R-1” visas. Typically, the R-1 applications falsely stated that the individuals were religious workers from India who planned to be priests and perform religious work at the GVS temple in Milwaukee. In fact, the Indian nationals had no religious training or experience, and had no intention of being priests or performing religious work once they arrived in the United States.
Indians complain that their society is riddled with official and caste corruption. In April 2019, for example, the country’s former education minister revealed that she had padded her resume by claiming to have won a college degree. India.com reported:
Union Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday accepted that she doesn’t have a college degree. In her poll affidavit, Smriti Irani said that she did enrol for an undergraduate course in Delhi University but did “did not complete the three-year degree course”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces the same accusations.
Immigration is a government economic strategy which seeks to stimulate economic growth and stock prices by inflating the supply of labor and consumers.
Each year, roughly four million young Americans join the workforce after graduating from high school or university. This total includes about 800,000 Americans who graduate with skilled degrees in business or health care, engineering or science, software, or statistics.
But the federal government then imports about 1.1 million legal immigrants and refreshes a resident population of roughly 1.5 million white-collar visa workers — including approximately 1 million H-1B workers and spouses — and about 500,000 blue-collar visa workers. The government also prints out more than one million work permits for foreigners, tolerates about eight million illegal workers, and rarely punishes companies for employing the hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants who sneak across the border or overstay their legal visas each year.
This policy of inflating the new labor supply boosts stock values for investors by ensuring that employers do not have to compete in a free market for American workers with offers of higher wages and better working conditions.
This policy of flooding the market with cheap, foreign, white-collar graduates and blue-collar labor shifts enormous wealth from young employees towards older investors, even as it also widens wealth gaps, reduces high-tech investment, increases state and local tax burdens, and hurts children’s schools and college educations.
The cheap-labor economic strategy also pushes Americans away from high-tech careers and sidelines millions of marginalized Americans, including many who are now struggling with fentanyl addictions.
The labor policy also moves business investment and wealth from the Heartland to the coastal cities, explodes rents and housing costs, shrivels real estate values in the Midwest, and rewards investors for creating low-tech, labor-intensive workplaces.
The federal government does not inflate the supply of money because it fears inflation would damage the value of money.
The NYT insists there is no money worth following in the immigration debate. This is Flat Earth journalism, and it allows NYT's snob staff & readers to throw the Racist! smear at millions of normal Americans who worry about their families' wages & housing http://bit.ly/2NlUEPU
Amazon Opens Biggest Campus Yet – in India
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E-commerce giant Amazon has opened its largest campus yet, but it is not its American HQ2, it is located in Hyderabad, India, as the firm prepares for aggressive expansion in the country.
Bloomberg reports that Amazon has opened its largest campus building ever in the south Indian city of Hyderabad in preparation for aggressive expansion in an attempt to compete with retail giant Walmart in India. Amazon is making a huge push in India where the majority of commerce is still done through small brick and mortar family-owned shops.
Amazon’s country manager for India, Amit Agarwal, commented on the Indian retail market stating: “E-commerce is so small in India relative to the total consumption, less than 3%.” Last year, Walmart spent $16 billion to purchase India’s biggest startup, Flipkart Online Services Pvt. in an effort to expand within the country. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has stated that the firm will invest $5.5 billion as part of its India expansion.
Amazon’s new campus is the first building the company has owned outside of the United States and spans 1.8 million square feet of office space and will accommodate approximately 15,000 workers. John Schoettler, vice president of Amazon’s Global Real Estate and Facilities, commented: “The largest buildings in Seattle house about 5,000 employees.”
Agarwal added: “This facility will build services globally,” citing Amazon Web Servers, Kindle, Alexa, Amazon.in and Amazon Home Services as services that could be expanded from the Hyderabad offices. Agarwal noted that Amazon Home Services is “innovating on things like doorstep pick-up and electronics repair.”
Amazon is also reportedly in negotiations to purchase a 10 percent stake in one of the largest brick and mortar retailers in India, Future Retail. Local media reported that Amazon is aiming to add food delivery to its list of Indian services and is in negotiations with multiple food companies to launch the service.
Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering issues of free speech and online censorship. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan or email him at email@example.com
Senate to Vote on H-1B Program that Sneaks Billions in Payroll from GOP States
The H-1B program uses cheap foreign workers to replace American workers, and so it dramatically reduces payrolls in legislators’ districts, according to a comparison of two federal databases.
The reduced payroll does not go to the local restaurants, landlords, or various members of the local Chambers of Commerce. The funds do not get to local non-profits, county governments, or city halls. Instead, the diverted payroll is transferred from the politicians’ districts to the coastal investors who hire the cheap H-1Bs in place of Americans, according to U.S. and Indian financial reports.
The diverted payroll is important because the Senate is expected to vote September 19 on a bill — S.386 — that would reward Indian college-graduates if they agree to take jobs from American graduates, via the uncapped “Optional Practical Training” and H-1B visa programs.
Nationwide, roughly 800,000 foreign college-graduates — including about 600,000 Indians — are using the H-1B program to work jobs that were held by American college graduates. H-1Bs are cheap because many take the jobs in exchange for their employers’ promise to nominate them for a hugely valuable, taxpayer-funded green card.
For example, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky would lose at least $48 million per year if the 2,100 H-1B workers requested by companies in 2017 were paid the wages promised by the employers’ H-1B application documents.
The promised H-1B wage is recorded in the Labor Condition Application provided by H-1B importers to the Department of Labor. The Americans’ higher wages are recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Bob Heath, a software expert in Florida, compared the two databases to reveal the payroll losses in this article. He collected the data while building his H1BFacts.com site, which shows the number of H-1Bs requested by employers in every political district around the nation. Much of his political-district data is also at SAITJ.org.
Kentucky’s estimated payroll loss of $48 million is the gap between the promised H-1B payrolls and the higher payrolls that would otherwise be paid to 2,100 median-skilled American graduates.
But if Kentucky’s H-1Bs are used to replace higher skilled — and better paid — American graduates, then Kentucky’s annual payroll loss from the 2017 request for H-1Bs would jump to $166 million.
For example, each H-1B “computer systems analyst” in Kentucky is promised a wage of just $60,528, on average, according to the LCA data. But American “computer system analysts” in Kentucky get paid around $70,700, according to the BLS used by Heath. So the population of 468 H-1B computer system analysts would reduce payroll in the state by roughly $550,000 per year.
However, Kentucky employers did not get all 468 H-1B computer systems analysts they requested.
Nationwide, companies asked for 200,000 H-1Bs, but the federal government only provides 85,000 new H-1Bs for companies each year. So the requested H-1Bs were allocated by lottery. The odds suggested that Kentucky only got 40 percent of the request for 2,100 H-Bs, or 840 new H-1Bs during 2017.
Kentucky’s lost payroll for the 2,100 H-1Bs in 2017 ranges from $16 million to $67 million.
But each visa worker is allowed to stay for at least six years.
So any calculation of Kentucky’s annual losses must include the cumulative losses from six year’s H-1B hiring. That calculation suggests that Kentucky loses anywhere from $100 million per year to $400 million per year because of its population of roughly 6,000 H-1Bs.
The chief sponsor of the legislation is Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee. In 2017, employers in Salt Lake City asked for 4,500 H-1Bs. If 40 percent of the requests were approved, the 2017 H-1B inflow would reduce payroll in the city by at least $27 million per year, or $82 million per year if the H-1Bs are used to replace highly skilled workers in the city.
But six years’ of H-1B losses combine to spike Salt Lake City’s annual payroll loses to at least $160 million, or $500 million if jobs held by highly skilled workers are outsourced to the imported H-1Bs.
Lee’s bill is getting a vote on Thursday because Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul withdrew his objections.
Sen. Josh Hawley is a rising populist Senator from Missouri.
His state’s employers asked for 8,283 H-1B workers in 2017. That one-year of the population will cut annual payroll in the state by roughly $40 million each year or $130 million if the imported H-1B replace highly skilled Americans. When the combined loss of the resident population of H-1Bs is calculated, the H-1Bs cost the state roughly $240 million in lost payroll each year if the H-1Bs replace median Americans, or $800 million if the H-1Bs replace skilled Americans.
When combined, the three states of Kentucky, Utah, and Missouri lose from $500 million up to $1.7 billion in payroll each year.
Nationwide, if each H-1B is paid just $5,000 less than the American they replace, the program chops American payroll by $4 billion.
The Senate vote on the S.386 outsourcing bill will be held September 19 under “unanimous consent” rules which allow any single Senator – Democrat or Republic to block the bill.
Immigration Voice, a well-funded group that is working with investors to pass the S.386 the bill, thanked its supporters in the Senate: