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    Dept of Labor Foreign Labor Cert. Prog. - System Broken

    While doing a bit of googling, I ran across an older (1996) but quite interesting report on one Dept of Labor program. I wonder if anything has been done to address the issues brought up in this report, but I doubt it.


    U.S. Department of Labor
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    THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR'S FOREIGN LABOR CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS: THE SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND NEEDS TO BE FIXED

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    This report reflects the findings of the Office of Inspector General at the time that the audit report was issued. More current information may be available as a result of the resolution of this audit by the Department of Labor program agency and the auditee. For further information concerning the resolution of this report's findings, please contact the program agency.



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    Report Title: The Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Programs: The System is Broken and Needs to be Fixed
    Report Number: 06-96-002-03-321

    Issue Date: May 22, 1996

    The OIG audited the Department's role in the employment-based, permanent labor certification (PLC) and the temporary H-1B Labor Condition Application (LCA) immigration programs. Under these two programs, ETA has responsibility for certifying certain employers' PLC applications and LCAs before aliens can obtain visas to legally work in the U.S. Our audit objective was to determine whether ETA policies and procedures adequately protected U.S. workers' jobs in accordance with the Immigration Act, as amended.

    In our opinion, while ETA is doing all it can within its authority, the PLC and LCA programs do not protect U.S. workers' jobs or wages and, therefore, neither program meets its legislative intent. DOL's role amounts to little more than a paper shuffle for the PLC program and a "rubber stamping" for LCA program applications. As a result, annual expenditures of approximately $50 million for DOL's foreign labor certification programs do little to "add value" to the process of protecting American jobs and wages.

    The PLC Program Does Not Meet Its Legislative Intent of Excluding Foreign Workers When Qualified, Willing U.S. Workers Are Available

    The PLC program is employment-based and is intended to exclude aliens who seek admission to the U.S., or status as an immigrant, for employment purposes when qualified, willing U.S. workers are available for jobs. However, we found that the program does not currently protect U.S. workers' jobs. Instead, the PLC program allows aliens to immigrate, based on their attachment to a specific job, and then shop their services, in competition with equally or more qualified U.S. workers without regard to prevailing wages.

    For the 24,150 aliens for whom PLC applications were certified, we determined:

    99 percent were in the U.S. when the application was filed.
    74 percent were working for the U.S. employer at the time of application.
    Of these, 16 percent were not legally eligible to work for U.S. employers:
    8 percent had pleasure visas.
    1 percent had business visas.
    4 percent were in the U.S. illegally.
    3 percent had other visas.
    11 percent never worked for the petitioning employer after adjustment to permanent resident status although the only reason for obtaining the green card was that the employers claimed that they had a job vacancy and that no qualified, willing U.S. workers were available.
    In addition, we determined that, of the aliens who actually worked for the petitioning employer after adjustment to permanent resident status, 17 percent had left that employer within 6 months after their status was adjusted and a third (includes the 17 percent) had left within 1 year.
    As part of the labor certification process, the employer must conduct a test of the labor market to determine that there are no qualified, willing U.S. workers available for employment in a job for which an application has been made. Using two different audit approaches, we determined the PLC labor market test was perfunctory at best.


    The LCA Program Is Being Manipulated Beyond Its Intent of Providing Employers the Best and Brightest in the International Labor Market While Protecting the Wage Levels of U.S. Workers

    The LCA program is intended to provide U.S. businesses with timely access to the "best and the brightest" in the international labor market to meet urgent, but generally temporary, business needs while protecting U.S. workers' wage levels. We found that the program does not always meet this purpose. Instead, it serves as a probationary try-out employment program for illegal aliens, foreign students, and foreign visitors to determine if they will be sponsored for permanent status.

    We determined that:

    4 percent of the aliens in the LCA program were treated as independent contractors by their LCA employers,
    6 percent were contracted out, by their LCA employers, to other employers,
    75 percent worked for employers who did not adequately document that the wage specified on the LCA was the proper wage, and
    19 percent were paid below the wage specified on the LCA, when we could determine the actual wage paid
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    Some LCA employers use alien labor to reduce payroll costs either by paying less than the prevailing wage to their alien employees or treating these aliens as independent contractors, thereby avoiding related payroll and administrative costs. Other LCA employers are "job shops" whose business is to provide H-1B alien contract labor to other employers.
    The only protection the LCA program supposedly provides U.S. workers is that the employer is required to pay the alien the prevailing wage for the specialty occupation. Yet, with the increasing use of LCA workers and employers' failure to either document and/or pay the prevailing wage, the prevailing wage may be eroded over time.

    Legislative Reforms Needed

    In our opinion, the PLC and the LCA programs are easily manipulated and do not protect American workers' jobs and wages as intended. Therefore, we recommended that the Assistant Secretary for Employment and Training work with the Secretary and the Congress to:

    eliminate DOL's PLC and LCA programs as they currently exist;
    if it is decided that the program should be continued, establish a new program that corrects the deficiencies identified; and
    ensure DOL's costs are fully recovered by charging user fees to the employers who benefit from the programs, if DOL has a role in the redesigned program.
    In responding to the draft audit report, ETA stated its long-standing concerns with the program and agreed that these foreign labor programs do not protect U.S. workers' jobs or wages. ETA indicated that: (1) DOL and the Administration have outlined several legislative reforms to address serious deficiencies in both programs and (2) if Congress fails to enact immigration reform to change the current system, ETA intends to make as many administrative and regulatory improvements as can be implemented under current law to strengthen the programs.

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    Interesting find DQ!! The problem seems long-standing, does it not? This is quite obvious proof that the Department of Labor knows that violations concerning foreign workers DAMAGES the American Worker. It's obvious that's been known for a long period of time.

    Causes one to wonder then, how a Federal Reserve Chairman would constantly state otherwise?

    Causes one to wonder then, how Federal Judges would constantly miss the point?

    Causes one to wonder then, how a White House would contantly encourage the Opposite?

    Causes one to wonder then, why a Congress would be wasting its time debating the long-standing irrefutable obvious?

    Causes one to wonder then, why a Congress since 1996 through the Department of Labor is constantly INCREASING the number of foreign workers allowed into the United States Legally through the H1 and H2 Visa Programs?

    Causes one to wonder then, why a Judiciary Branch, an Executive Branch and a Legislative Branch would not enforce US Immigration Law to protect American Workers and the American People?

    Causes one to wonder....when WE intend to regain control of our THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT operating as Looney Bins for the Terminally Wicked?

    Follow the French. In less than 45 days, they have defeated the Globalists trying to take out their Constitution. In less than 7 days of the London Bombings, they have defeated Open Borders electing to CLOSE THEIR BORDERS and have defeated the Open Border Lobby. Today, the French People CONTROL THEIR GOVERNMENT and are demonstrating that they, rather than WE, have the true democracy.

    It's time we followed the lead of the French.

    It's good to know that WE are no longer Alone.

    Perhaps the French and the World will come to our aid before our own Government, eh?

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    Like the US Dept. of Labor is going to do anything other than embrace illegal aliens under the Bush adminsitration.

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    AND don't forget, Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, from China who calls herself First Daughter and the President of the United States, First Son.

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    I wonder what the Dept of Labor's roll would be in this Guest worker amnesty sham Bush is pushing?

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