U.S. employers keep roughly 600,000 foreign H-1B visa workers in jobs throughout the United States, according to an unprecedented report released by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.
The total number of resident H-1B workers has successfully been kept secret for decades, mainly because Fortune 500 companies do not want voters to recognize the massive outsourcing of jobs for themselves and their college graduate children.
“There is no count, so they had to estimate,” said John Miano, a lawyer at the Immigration Reform Law Institute. He said:
The whole thing is astounding. For years, [DHS] has deliberately not stored [visa worker] information into their databases. They only enter selected information into the computers. That was deliberate so that no one could know what is going on. We have sent in all kinds of [Freedom of Information Act] requests, and often the response is ‘we don’t keep track of that.’
The calculation is poorly explained, so “the estimate would be much more believable if that whole process had been explained carefully,” said David North, an expert with the Center for Immigration Studies. “Close to a quarter of the records — dealing with workers who often make $100,000 a year or more — there is no SSN,” he added. “What an admission!”
Overall, the number of legally resident, white-collar, foreign contract workers is at least 1.3 million.
This population keeps denying roughly 1.3 million Americans out of starter jobs, Fortune 500 jobs, and well-paid jobs in Silicon Valley — plus an uncounted number of B-1s and subcontractor-managed illegal professionals.
The corporate white-collar cheating is protected by federal laws that minimize the duty of primate contractors to verify the legality of subcontractors’ employees.
The same legal loophole has allowed at least eight million blue-collar illegal migrants to hold jobs in construction, restaurants, warehouses, and other sites where professional licenses are not needed.
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