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  • Latest Action: Jun 27, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 20 - 14.

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    • On March 30, 2014, by emcee - In case the links above gets removed from the above sites (they WILL BE REMOVED/REWORDED as soon as the scams are found out :)), here is the jist ... but then again, since there is no investigative journalism in the USA/no one is looking/it is all a big SELL OUT, it is here for your viewing pleasure.. Country : US Location : New Jersey Industry : IT Process : H1B Desired Profile The candidate should have excellent communication skill and the clients Will be like ... We will charge Candidate $2000 for Visa Processing .

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      As noted by emcee, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 30, 2014, "In case the links above gets removed from the above sites (they WILL BE REMOVED/REWORDED as soon as the scams are found out :)), here is the jist ... but then again, since there is no investigative journalism in the USA/no one is looking/it is all a big SELL OUT, it is here for your viewing pleasure.. Country : US Location : New Jersey Industry : IT Process : H1B Desired Profile The candidate should have excellent communication skill and the clients Will be like ... We will charge Candidate $2000 for Visa Processing . "
    • On March 30, 2014, by emcee - This is another job posting for H-1B where the fee for H-1B visa processing will be paid by the employee:) Good one for laughs. Well these fees were paid by the employer of H-1B candidates because they cannot find candidates in the USA, Yes/No ?? Tragic. http://jobsearch.naukri.com/job-listings-US-Calling-IT-Professionals-for-H1B-Pinnacle-Technology-United-States-U-S—2-to-7-050314000754?xz=1_0_3&xo=&xp=1&xid=139622287748383600&qjt=&qp=H-1B+2000&id=&f=-050314000754 Abuse like this has been happening EVERY DAY and EVERY YEAR for the last 15 years (since the H-1B visa was introduced) and the response has been: Nothing to look here, move along bozo, we have STEM worker shortages in USA :) There are more H-1B visas issued over the last 15 years (100K H-1B visas * 15 years = 1.5 Million) than the TOTAL NUMBER OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERS IN THE USA!! If it weren’t for the fact that this is so tragic and how it has affected people’s lives, this would be laughable.

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      As noted by emcee, a user on OpenCongress.org, on March 30, 2014, " This is another job posting for H-1B where the fee for H-1B visa processing will be paid by the employee:) Good one for laughs. Well these fees were paid by the employer of H-1B candidates because they cannot find candidates in the USA, Yes/No ?? Tragic. http://jobsearch.naukri.com/job-listings-US-Calling-IT-Professionals-for-H1B-Pinnacle-Technology-United-States-U-S—2-to-7-050314000754?xz=1_0_3&xo=&xp=1&xid=139622287748383600&qjt=&qp=H-1B+2000&id=&f=-050314000754 Abuse like this has been happening EVERY DAY and EVERY YEAR for the last 15 years (since the H-1B visa was introduced) and the response has been: Nothing to look here, move along bozo, we have STEM worker shortages in USA :) There are more H-1B visas issued over the last 15 years (100K H-1B visas * 15 years = 1.5 Million) than the TOTAL NUMBER OF SOFTWARE ENGINEERS IN THE USA!! If it weren’t for the fact that this is so tragic and how it has affected people’s lives, this would be laughable. "
    • On April 02, 2014, by emcee - Please see this info by BLS (yes Bureau of Labor Statistics) http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf See the “most common professions” in the US and spend a few minutes looking at it. Let us take the retail job which is the most common and this industry employs only 4.5 Million total. Since US software industry employs VERY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE (only 1 Million total), this is a death knell for the US STEM workers and will increase US STEM worker supply by OVER 10% to 15% EVERY YEAR of the “ENTIRE SOFTWARE WORKFORCE IN THE US”. So if supply of a product is increased by over 15% in a year AND EVERY YEAR, what will happen to the price (a.k.a salary)? Software jobs don’t fall from the sky. AND WILL NOT INCREASE 15% EVERY YEAR FOREVER. The H-1B is used to LAY OFF OLDER WORKERS WHO WILL FACE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYMENT AND WILL BE ON THE STREETS (and on govt dole) BEFORE 45 years old. In last 15 years, # of H-1B issued is OVER 1.5 Million (greater than TOTAL US STEM WORKFORCE).

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      As noted by emcee, a user on OpenCongress.org, on April 02, 2014, " Please see this info by BLS (yes Bureau of Labor Statistics) http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/ocwage.pdf See the “most common professions” in the US and spend a few minutes looking at it. Let us take the retail job which is the most common and this industry employs only 4.5 Million total. Since US software industry employs VERY SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE (only 1 Million total), this is a death knell for the US STEM workers and will increase US STEM worker supply by OVER 10% to 15% EVERY YEAR of the “ENTIRE SOFTWARE WORKFORCE IN THE US”. So if supply of a product is increased by over 15% in a year AND EVERY YEAR, what will happen to the price (a.k.a salary)? Software jobs don’t fall from the sky. AND WILL NOT INCREASE 15% EVERY YEAR FOREVER. The H-1B is used to LAY OFF OLDER WORKERS WHO WILL FACE LONG TERM UNEMPLOYMENT AND WILL BE ON THE STREETS (and on govt dole) BEFORE 45 years old. In last 15 years, # of H-1B issued is OVER 1.5 Million (greater than TOTAL US STEM WORKFORCE). "

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    • Match #3 in Internal H-1B Squabble Goes to the Body Shops: Microsoft et al. Lose - July 08, 2013 by Center for Immigration Studies - ...third game took place late in June in the House Judiciary Committee. It reported out a bill by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), H.R.2131, that had absolutely none of the S.744 references to the placement firms and in committee saw the removal of a provisio

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      As noted by Center for Immigration Studies on July 08, 2013, "...third game took place late in June in the House Judiciary Committee. It reported out a bill by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), H.R.2131, that had absolutely none of the S.744 references to the placement firms and in committee saw the removal of a provisio" (http://www.cis.org/north/match-three-internal-h-1b-squabble-goes-body-shops-microsoft-et-al-lose)
    • H.R.2131 Supplying Knowledge-based Immigrants and Lifting Levels of STEM Visas Act - June 30, 2013 by OpenCongress - Short: as introduced.Short: SKILLS Visa Act as introduced.Official: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance American competitiveness through the encouragement of high-skilled immigration, and for other purposes. as introduced. This Bill c

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      As noted by OpenCongress on June 30, 2013, "Short: as introduced.Short: SKILLS Visa Act as introduced.Official: To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance American competitiveness through the encouragement of high-skilled immigration, and for other purposes. as introduced. This Bill c" (http://www.opencongress.org/bill/113-h2131/show)
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