American women in tech – White, Black, Latino and Asian – have been on a steady decline since the turn of the century, driven out by foreign labor both within and outside our nation’s borders.

American female nurses, physical therapists, doctors, architects, engineers and academics have seen fewer job opportunities, less advancement potential and consistent wage stagnation – all the result of immigration laws enacted in 1990. The ability to substitute white-collar American professional females with a less expensive and less demanding  immigrant workforce has resulted in turning back time in the struggle for income equality.

The millions of legal immigrants who pour into the country through H-1, J-1, F-1, L-1, OPT and J-1 visas displace American students in higher ed, push out workers over the age of 50 in the U.S. technology industry and reduce the employment leverage of American women professionals of every age,  race, religion and national origin.

As a direct result of legal immigration, American-educated professional women, young or old, single or married, have less independence and are significantly disadvantaged in achieving personal financial goals and professional status as a result of diminished white-collar professional job opportunities that offer flexibility, benefits and rising wages.

The story of the first generation immigrant family of the Patels from India who succeeded in the U.S. is admirable and relatable,  but an “immigrant first” policy rather than an “America first” policy means that 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation Americans are increasingly less likely to realize the “American Dream.” Should a  John Smith the IV or a 5th generation Jane Doe really be put at a disadvantage because they were born American?

https://ustechworkers.com/response-to-miriam-jordans-ny-times-article-one-face-of-immigration/

 

That manufacturing plant is expected to generate 3,000 high-paying jobs that could have gone to American workers if the facility was being built in the U.S.

Boeing has profited massively from increases in defense spending by President Trump’s administration. For example, in 2017, the company noted that about 79 percent of their profits came from government contracts with the U.S. federal government.

Most recently, the Trump administration has increased defense spending once again, which is welcome news for Boeing and other government contractors like Lockheed Martin.

While the multinational corporation expands its manufacturing in India, the manufacturer’s top five executives are all earning salaries no less than $7 million a year. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg made close to $17 million in 2017, while Chief Executive Officer Gregory Smith took in roughly $17 million last year as well.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/10/02/profit-us-contracts-boeing-india/

 

“Once we started working on the issue, our name got out there and folks started bringing us other cases

“Our practice in this area is devoted to protecting employees and their rights — whether they are visa holders or local hires,” Kotchen told ET in a telephone interview. His 10-year-old law firm has five lawyers listed on its website.

Kotchen did not start out to lead a crusade against Indian IT companies. “Once we started working on the issue, our name got out there and folks started bringing us other cases,” said Kotchen, who received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin.  ..

People’s lives have been severely impacted without their input

As Breitbart News reported, Verizon has announced that it will outsource its IT department to Infosys, one of the biggest multi-billion dollar outsourcing firms in the U.S. that has been accused of undercutting American workers and discriminating against black and white Americans in favor of Indian nationals.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/10/02/exclusive-u-s-verizon-workers-say-mass-layoffs-coming-peoples-lives-severely-impacted/

 

I have little doubt that our electeds are pounded by special interests on a weekly, if not daily basis.

Following up from the phone calls he made a couple weeks ago, Dudeski wrote a long letter to his congressman about the consequences of H.R. 392 on U.S. Techworkers.  We are posting a link to a copy of the letter so as to provide others a template for writing similar letters to their representatives.  I cannot stress enough the importance of tech workers taking these actions.  I have little doubt that our electeds are pounded by special interests on a weekly, if not daily basis.  These interests, some of them foreign, like Immigration Voice, have no regard for U.S. citizens and our livelihoods.  That is why it is important to buttress our representatives against them by showing opposing views from their constituents, the people who will actually vote for them.  The impact of your calls and letters on Congress should not  be underestimated

https://ustechworkers.com/dudeski-writes-his-congressman/

 

Our silence as American Workers, Forced from the labor force into homeless camps, enables this

A group of Massachusetts business leaders is set to formally announce a new coalition on Monday that aims to push back on restrictive immigration policies that hurt the Bay State’s economy.

The Massachusetts Business Coalition on Immigration will hold a launch event at 11 a.m. at the Boston office of HYM Investment Group. The real estate development company, which owns the Suffolk Downs property, is one of the local firms backing the new group.

The coalition was organized by Eva Millona, executive director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition. It’s an effort to mobilize different sectors of the Massachusetts economy that rely on foreign-born workers — including immigrants who hold H-1B visas or temporary protected status — to advocate at the federal and state level. Such workers find themselves increasingly under threat from the Trump administration.

https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2018/10/01/new-mass-coalition-aims-to-make-the-business-case.html

 

Workers were not only brought to the United States by means of fraudulent promises of specific employment, but upon arrival, were forced to work at lower than promised wages with no promised overtime.

Colamussi was indicted with former manager Roberto Villanueva, who is not pleading guilty:

Foreign workers were forced to care for Colamussi’s relatives, including his father, and to perform construction work at the Jellyfish Restaurant.  Workers were brought here on brief H-2B visas that expired shortly after their arrival in the United States.  Once their H-2B visas expired, workers were allegedly told by Colamussi and Villanueva to apply for student visas and to fraudulently represent that they intended to attend school full-time and had sufficient resources to support themselves during school.  Colamussi and Villanueva, at times, deposited funds in the workers’ bank accounts to give the appearance of resources and then withdrew the funds once the student visas were approved.

The workers continued to work for Colamussi and Villanueva during the term of their student visas, attending school one day a week.  When the workers objected to performing certain jobs or working consecutive shifts, Colamussi and Villanueva threatened to report them to immigration authorities. Colamussi had many workers whose visas had expired living in his basement of his home in East Northport, New York, and working for him off the books.

The Long Island Newsday newspaper reported, “I told one of them if he continued to complain about not being paid, I would cancel his immigration sponsorship and report him to immigration authorities,” Colamussi said. “I told him he would then lose his immigration status and get deported.”

https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/09/29/employer-pleads-guilty-using-h-2b-visa-workers-cheat-americans/

 

A tidal wave of non-immigrant guest worker forces the older, more skilled workers out of work via age discrimination

“You look at a job, a job you can do and do well, and you’re precluded from that strictly because you’ve been around the block a few times,” Kleber, now 62, said. “The impact was clearly that just about anyone over 40 wasn’t going to be considered, and I thought that was discriminatory.”

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-age-discrimination-lawsuit-dale-kleber-0930-story.html

 

A US tech company promised its H-1B workers $8,000 a month but paid them $800

On May 02, the US Department of Labor said it had found Cloudwick Technologies, a California-based IT services company, guilty of severely underpaying its workers hired on the long-term H-1B visas. The verdict was announced after a month-long investigation by the labour department’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD).

“WHD investigators found that the company paid impacted employees well below the wage levels required under the H-1B program based on job skill level, and also made illegal deductions from workers’ salaries,” the labour department said in a press release. “…some of the H-1B employees that Cloudwick brought from India with promised salaries of up to $8,300 (Rs5.5 lakhs) per month instead received as little as $800 net per month.”

https://qz.com/india/1268241/h-1b-visa-abuse-a-california-company-promised-its-foreign-workers-8000-and-paid-them-800/