"Former Infosys Manager from India Cites Discrimination Against Americans"

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Hi Gang:

Today’s commentary is predicated upon an article I wrote for the CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization) that was posted on the CAPS website on July 3, 2012.

The article was predicated on a piece that appeared on the IT Business Edge website that discussed how a manager from India, who had been employed by Infosys, complained about how Indian executives employed by Infosys often engaged in discriminating against American workers who had the requisite skills, education and experience to do an effective job.  

The consequence is that while corporations do whatever they can to make certain that high-tech jobs go to foreign nationals, our government does little or nothing to protect the American professionals and, in fact, all too often facilitate this betrayal of American workers by providing H-1B visas and other such visas to foreign workers, thereby doing the bidding of those corporations who continually repeat the mantra that they need to hire foreign workers in order to remain competitive!

Here is an excerpt from that IT Business Edge article:

A former Infosys manager from India who spent six years working in the United States on an H-1B visa has described an institutionalized pattern of discrimination against American college graduates recruited by the company. According to the former manager, the recruitment effort was put in place by Infosys’s top management as a means of promoting a more culturally diverse work force, but has been systematically stymied by middle managers who want no part of any such inclusiveness.

The former manager, who spoke on condition of anonymity, worked at Infosys from 2000 to 2010. In 2008, he served on a panel that interviewed graduating college students in the United States as part of an ongoing recruitment drive initiated by “visionaries” among Infosys’s top brass, including Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus Narayana Murthy, to create a more inclusive work force. The former manager said he interviewed students from some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including the University of Chicago, the University of Texas, Boston University, Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Syracuse and Purdue University.

The underlying principle of our immigration laws is to protect American workers from unfair foreign competition.  This is why, prior to the Second World War the responsibility of enforcing and administering our immigration laws was under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Labor.  

It was this philosophy as articulated in our immigration laws to protect the American workforce from unfair foreign competition that was instrumental in growing our middle class and with it, the American Dream!  This is now being undone at the behest of corporation that wield hefty checkbooks and make huge campaign contributions!  These corporations are certainly getting the “Best government money can buy!”

Not long ago I wrote about the way that attorneys easily manipulate and game the visa process to swindle American workers out of the jobs they are eminently qualified to do, but have lost out to lawyers who want their legal fees for working to get those foreign workers visas to work in the United States and unscrupulous employers want to pay the least amount possible for the services of highly educated and highly skilled professionals.  As I have previously noted, abuses in the H-1B visa program that is supposed to enable high-tech workers of skills that are not supposedly available among the United States citizen or lawful immigrant workers are legendary and well documented in a series of GAO reports.  As I have noted in previous commentaries, you should take out a couple of minutes to watch a video that I guarantee you will really infuriate you.  It is the video of an immigration lawyers’ conference in which lawyers were being coached to “not find qualified U.S. workers!”  The lecturer who is instructing the attorneys is a guy by the name of Lawrence M. Lebowitz, the Vice President of Marketing for the firm of Cohen & Grigsby.  This video was posted on You Tube by the Programmer Guild, an organization that is comprised of computer programmers.

This video runs for roughly 4 minutes and 30 seconds and I urge you to watch this video that was, I believe, made clandestinely.  This is the link to that video:

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If our government’s failures to protect American jobs by securing our nation’s borders and effectively enforcing our immigration laws concerns you or especially if it angers you, I ask you to call your Senators and Congressional “Representative. This is not only your right- it is your obligation! 

All I ask is that you make it clear to our politicians that we are not as dumb as they hope we are!

We live in a perilous world and in a perilous era. The survival of our nation and the lives of our citizens hang in the balance.

This is neither a Conservative issue, nor is it a Liberal issue- simply stated, this is most certainly an AMERICAN issue!

You are either part of the solution or you are a part of the problem!

Democracy is not a spectator sport!

Lead, follow or get out of the way!

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Former Infosys Manager from India Cites Discrimination Against Americans

The title of my posting for the CAPS website is also the title of an article that, on May 1, 2012, appeared on the IT Business Edge website, an online website that focuses on the computer industry.  Time and again news programs parrot the claims of corporate executives and politicians who are apparently happy to take the campaign contributions of those corporations, that Americans lack the skills, education or willingness to work hard and as a consequence, America must not only provide college education to foreign students, but must also hire foreign workers.  This can only be accomplished by providing immigrant and nonimmigrant work visas to such talented foreign workers, lest “American” companies lose their competitive edge.

To be blunt about this, all too often, a lie begets more lies.  There are many reasons why so many people want to see foreigner attend American schools and then take these desirable high tech jobs and, almost invariably it is not about doing what is best for America but about lining the pockets of those who profit from these practices that all too often, lock Americans who have the intelligence, skills, requisite education and motivation out of these jobs.

For most people, the concept of foreign workers taking American jobs only happens at the bottom end of the economy where illegal aliens do the dangerous, filthy and backbreaking jobs- such as the day laborers who work on construction sites or work on farms.  Even there, it is not a matter, necessarily of Americans not being ready, willing and able to do those jobs, but about their expecting to be paid a living wage with which they can support themselves and their families.

This month’s edition of The Social Contract contains an extensive article I wrote that was entitled, Immigration- The Modern Day “Gold Rush.”

In this article I not only focused on the exploitation of illegal aliens at the bottom of the economic ladder but how even where H-1B visas were used to the detriment of the American workforce.

What many folks don’t know is that prior to the Second World War, the responsibility for enforcing and administering our immigration laws was the domain of the United States Department of Labor.  The concern was that if a large number of foreign workers were permitted to enter the United States and compete with American workers of every race, religion and ethnicity that Americans would likely lose their jobs and that even those who did not lose their jobs would find that their salaries would be reduced and working conditions would also suffer.  This is how our country was able to create the largest and most successful upwardly mobile middle class on the planet.  It was this large and growing middle class that gave rise to what is now commonly referred to as the “American Dream.”  Simply stated, under the concept of the American Dream, anyone who was willing to acquire an education, a needed trade, or necessary skills, and work diligently, would stand a chance of writing the next success story.  Back then a widely used slogan was, “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door!”

When was the last time you heard that phrase?  Today we are told, “You have to be in it to win it!”  This time they are not talking about being in the workforce but about buying a winning lottery ticket!  Our future now rests on the random selection of Ping-Pong balls festooned with numbers!  Our local and state governments are fleecing those who live within their jurisdictions and they are now competing with organized crime to run a “number racket” and we are being told that a winning series of numbers is what we need to be successful!

On April 30, 2009 Alan Greenspan, the former head of the Federal Reserve Bank testified before a hearing that was conducted by the Senate Immigration Subcommittee that was chaired by New York Senator Schumer.  Here is, in part what Greenspan had to say in his prepared testimony for that hearing:

Greatly expanding our quotas for the highly skilled would lower wage premiums of skilled over lesser skilled. Skill shortages in America exist because we are shielding our skilled labor force from world competition. Quotas have been substituted for the wage pricing mechanism. In the process, we have created privileged elite whose incomes are being supported at noncompetitively high levels by immigration quotas on skilled professionals. Eliminating such restrictions would reduce at least some of our income inequality.

Where the future of talented, educated and hardworking Americans is concerned, the fix is in and We the People, apparently, are out!

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