For decades, the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program has permitted foreign graduates of U.S. universities, who visit the United States to study through the F-1 nonimmigrant visa program, to be employed in the United States for up to 12 months immediately after graduation.
Two courageous Disney workers were interviewed yesterday on a local television news program in Sarasota, Florida. In the interview, they describe what it was like to train their foreign replacements: “Like when a guillotine falls down on you.” It’s hard to overestimate how many Americans’ livelihoods have been damaged by the H-1B visa guestworker program, which allows employers to hire about 130,000 new college-educated foreign workers every year for up to six years at a time.
The New York Times
has a front page story
today about two new cases of H-1B abuse as a follow-up to the Disney scandal
it reported on in June. This one, too, features household names: Toys R Us and New York Life. It also includes academic publishing powerhouse, Cengage, whose textbooks are used in college campuses across the country. Those companies have been outsourcing work to companies with track records as major H-1B abusers that use the program to ship jobs overseas: Accenture, TCS, and Cognizant.
The decision by Disney executives to reverse the layoff of 35 IT employees does nothing for the 250 workers who have already lost their jobs to workers they were forced to train and who will earn roughly $40,000 less for doing the same job.
Ali Velshi discusses the skilled worker visa program with Ron Hira of the Economic Policy Institute.
Proponents of Trade Promotion Authority (aka fast-track trade negotiating authority), which the House of Representatives will likely vote on soon, have made an unequivocal promise that future trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will explicitly exclude any provisions that would require a change to U.S.
There was a lot to celebrate in the Magic Kingdom this year. The Disney Corporation had its most profitable year ever, with profits of $7.5 billion—up 22 percent from the previous year.
March 17, 2015 | By Ron Hira
Testimony of EPI Research Associate and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University Ron Hira before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Immigration Reforms Needed to Protect Skilled American Workers,” Dirksen Senate Office Building, March 17, 2015.
Outsourcing by the thousands
The outsourcing companies involved in the Southern California Edison (SCE) scandal I wrote about last week—where U.S.
A recent investigation by Computerworld revealed that hundreds of information technology (IT) workers were laid off by Southern California Edison (SCE) and replaced with temporary foreign workers through the H-1B guestworker visa program, which allows employers to hire temporary foreign workers for up to six years if they have at least a college degree (most work in IT).
July 28, 2014 | By Ron Hira
This op-ed, written by Ron Hira, Paula Stephan et al., originally ran on USA Today.
Business executives and politicians endlessly complain that there is a “shortage” of qualified Americans and that the U.S.
The Brookings Institution issued a new report on Friday about the H-1B program—a temporary foreign worker program for “skilled” occupations, meaning those that require a college degree—and then issued corrections to it almost immediately afterwards.
April 22, 2013 | By Ron Hira
EPI Research Associate Ron Hira's testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the effectiveness and viability of the comprehensive immigration reform proposal, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S.744.
Supporters of the Immigration Innovation Act, dubbed the “I-Squared Act,” claim that legislation to dramatically increase the annual quota for H-1B guest worker visas is urgently needed to keep and create jobs in America.
The H-1B ‘non-immigrant’ temporary foreign guest worker program is called a valuable tool for employers to attract and retain the “best and brightest” immigrants in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
On Sept. 7, EPI submitted public comments to the Department of Labor supporting their proposed revisions to Form 9035, the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 nonimmigrant guest worker Labor Condition Application (LCA).
Read the text of an open letter that EPI researchers Daniel Costa and Ron Hira submitted to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas about the L-1 intra-company transfer visa.
October 14, 2010 | By Ron Hira
| Briefing Paper
For several years, Congress has debated revising high-skill immigration policies as part of larger comprehensive immigration reform legislation. An important consideration is what to do about two major high-skill guest worker programs, the H-1B and L-1 visa programs, which account for an estimated 1 million guest workers.
February 17, 2010 | By Ron Hira
| Briefing Paper
American employers often claim they use the H-1B and other skilled guest worker visa programs to attract talented foreign workers and help them remain permanently in the U.S. But new evidence shows these programs are mainly a means to help outsource U.S. jobs or recruit cheap temporary labor.
March 11, 2009 | By Ron Hira
| Working Paper
March 11, 2009 | EPI Working Paper #282
A Policy Agenda for Offshoring
by Ron Hira
Read this Working Paper in PDF format
December 1, 2008 | By Ron Hira
| Briefing Paper
The offshoring of high-skill jobs, especially to low-cost countries like India and China, has received significant attention by America’s public and policy makers.
May 16, 2007 | By Ron Hira
| Briefing Paper
Throughout 2007 Congress will consider U.S. high-skill immigration policy reform once again. There is a widespread belief amongst various interest groups that the high-skill immigration system is broken.