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    New immigration war: Cheap foreign labor replacing Americans

    By Paul Bedard | May 8, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    The Labor Department is being urged to investigate a California utility company's use of imported cheap labor to replace higher-paid U.S. workers, a possible abuse of a visa program aimed at filling jobs Americans don't want or can't do.

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers charged that Southern California Edison is using the H-1B Visa program to replace American IT workers making between $80,000-$160,000 with workers from India paid a top rate of $71,000.

    The utility recently shifted to using outsourcing firms that hire the foreigners, claiming it would help it provide customers with better service.

    That and other so-called visa abuse has caught the attention of Senate Republican and Democrat leaders. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., recently slapped the practice in a joint statement.

    "Congress has a responsibility to ensure that the law does not permit employers to abuse our visa programs to undercut domestic wages and workers," said Durbin and Sessions in a joint statement.

    It is just another immigration issue being pushed into the political arena stirred this week by Hillary Clinton when she demanded a path to citizenship for some 12 million illegals.

    It also adds to the problem President Obama is facing from labor unions, already upset with his planned trade deals in Asia.

    "The H-1B Visa program was designed with one thing in mind," said IBEW President Edwin D. Hill. "To bring in foreign workers to do jobs Americans could not, not to slash wages and kill good-paying American jobs. This is a clear and blatant abuse of the system."

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    "The H-1B Visa program was designed with one thing in mind," said IBEW President Edwin D. Hill. "To bring in foreign workers to do jobs Americans could not, not to slash wages and kill good-paying American jobs. This is a clear and blatant abuse of the system."
    Now that's a union President earning his pay and benefits. Absolutely right on, Mr. Edwin D. Hill!

    But, there is no job that Americans can't do, so we don't need any of these stupid visas at all, or green cards or other types of work permits, in fact, we don't need any foreign workers at all in the United States, so the whole premise of the green card, visa and other types of work permits we're learning about is absolutely ... FALSE.

    Time to stop the madness, end the insanity and pass at least a 10 Year Moratorium on Immigration so we have time to stop illegal immigration, remove illegal aliens from the country, and reset the system so what's happened in the United States with regards to immigration never ever again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    The Labor Department is being urged to investigate a California utility company's use of imported cheap labor to replace higher-paid U.S. workers, a possible abuse of a visa program aimed at filling jobs Americans don't want or can't do.
    There is nothing "new" about Southern California Edison's firing of American workers, after pressuring them to train their replacements. This same thing has been going on for years in Seattle, for example.

    Americans are either pressured to sign non-disclosure agreements, or are too afraid of being blacklisted, to cause a fuss.
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    It's also happening with free trade treason when US companies lay off American workers to transfer production to other countries, they send the American workers to the foreign countries to train the new foreign workers that will be working in those foreign operations, before the American workers are laid off. Americans 30 years ago would have gone on strike and shut the whole country down before they would have allowed such betrayal and abuse.

    We're in a terrible situation, and I hope more people start speaking out about what's happened to them, and demand their unions stand against all immigration and free trade in the future.
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