Feds: Disney under Investigation for H-1B Abuse
The Walt Disney Company and other employers regularly utilizing the H-1B visa program are under investigation for alleged abuse, according to a Department of Homeland Security letter to Congress.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) acting director James McCament wrote in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) that there are “multiple investigations” of employers who use the H-1B visa.
Every year, more than 100,000 foreign workers are brought to the U.S. on the H-1B visa. Most recently, that number has ballooned to potentially hundreds of thousands annually, as universities and non-profits are exempt from the cap. With more entering the U.S. through the visa, Americans are often replaced.
Among those being investigated, USCIS confirmed, are Disney, Eversource Energy–formerly Northeast Utilites–and the University of California San Francisco.
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has participated in multiple investigations regarding the possible misuse of the H-1B visa program by employers…” McCament wrote in the letter.
Northeast Utilities was most recently called out for their mass lay-off of Americans who were subsequently forced to train their foreign replacements. Fired tech worker Craig Diangelo announced to Breitbart Texas that he would be running for Congress in Connecticut’s Fifth District as a result.
Diangelo said in 2013, he was working at Eversource Energy, when suddenly the company partnered with Infosys and Tata Consulting Service to replace at least 220 Americans with Indian nationals coming to the U.S. through the H-1B.
Meanwhile, the Disney corporation laid off nearly 250 American IT staff and replaced them with H-1B laborers, leading 30 of those laid off to file a discrimination lawsuit, as Breitbart Tech reported.
This year, the University of California San Francisco was hit with a lawsuit by replaced Americans after firing 50 full-timers and 30 contractors, outsourcing their jobs through India-based HCL, Breitbart Tech reported.
USCIS’ letter to Grassley also noted that in accordance with President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, the agency would “propose new rules and issue new guidance relating the H-1B visa program.”
“In particular, in accordance with the Executive Order, the proposed new rules and guidance would seek to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance in ways that would protect the interests of U.S. workers, including through the prevention of fraud and abuse,” the letter stated.
The Trump Administration, in recent months, has increased pressure on outsourcing firms and H-1B employers.
In April, a White House briefing statement called out, as Breitbart Texas reported, Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys, and Cognizant–all of which are responsible for the mass replacement of Americans at companies like Carnival Corporation and MassMutual Life Insurance.
“And you’ve seen some of these high-profile examples where you have career employees at a company who have been working there for 10, 20 years, and then they get laid off and they hire a contracting firm using H1B workers at much less pay,” the statement said. “And again, this is an issue that labor unions have called attention to for a long time.”
John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.
Have a Coke and a bomb!
Coca-Cola supports terrorists
May 19, 2016 By BombThrowers — David Hogberg
Via Kyle Smith at National Review, I’ve learned that the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11 in New York City will be honoring unrepentant terrorist leader Oscar López Rivera, and that Coca-Cola is one of the sponsors of this parade.
López Rivera, a leader of the Puerto Rican Marxist terrorist group FALN, will be the parade’s first-ever “National Freedom Hero.”
Joseph Connor, whose father was killed Jan. 24, 1975 by FALN, denounced the move in the New York Post as “truly sickening.” FALN took credit for the bombing, describing it as a blow against “reactionary corporate executives.” “In fact,” Connor says, “my dad was born to immigrants and raised in working-class Washington Heights, very near where several of the FALN members were from.”
In his final days in office, President Obama bestowed this wholly undeserved clemency on his fellow radical. Two days ago day, López Rivera, 74, was freed after being in custody since 1981.
You can register your displeasure with Coke here. The following is the message I sent:
To whom it may concern: I have just learned that Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Puerto Rican Day Parade which will honor unrepentant terrorist Oscar López Rivera. My wife and I are regular purchasers of Coke Zero. However, the case currently in our refrigerator will be our last if your company sponsors a parade that honors this thug as a hero. We will gladly change the soda we buy. Perhaps PepsiCo has better sense in its choice of which events to sponsor.
Other corporate sponsors, along with links to their contact info, are: AT&T, JetBlue, Corona (owned by Constellation Brands), the New York Yankees, the United Federation of Teachers, and the local affiliates of NBC (owned by Disney) and ABC (owned by Comcast).
Here is more on Oscar López Rivera from Smith’s article:
López Rivera, an admitted leader of the 1970s Marxist terror group FALN, which sought independence for Puerto Rico under Communist leadership, was in 1981 sentenced to 55 years in prison [for seditious conspiracy], later increased to 70 as punishment for an escape attempt. After being arrested with six pounds of dynamite in his Chicago apartment and declaring at trial, “I am an enemy of the United States government,” he served a bit more than half of his sentence before Obama released him. Puerto Ricans have repeatedly voted against independence in a series of referenda, so López Rivera’s terrorist career amounted to killing innocent civilians ‚Äî FALN carried out more than 100 bombings, including one at Manhattan’s landmark Fraunces Tavern in 1975 that killed four ‚Äî to pursue a political goal not supported even by his fellow Puerto Ricans.
[New York City Mayor Bill] De Blasio this week shrugged at López Rivera’s hideous past.
“The organization he was affiliated with did things I don’t agree with, obviously, and they were illegal,” the mayor said at a press conference this week. “I don’t agree with the way he did it. But he did serve his time,” adding that López Rivera “renounced violence.”
He did? Here is what López Rivera, quoted in yesterday’s New York Times, said upon his release from a halfway house in Puerto Rico on Wednesday: “We are a colonized people, and according to international law, that says all colonized people have a right to struggle for its independence, using all methods within reach, including force.”
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