We haven't talked about IT job outsourcing in recent months. Unfortunately, the federal government has just done something well worth talking about...and not in a good way.
DHS Chief Mayorkas Strips Border Protections from U.S. Graduates (Feb 19, 2022)
Toward the end of last month, the Department of Homeland Security quietly dropped almost all protections against foreign workers entering the country.
According to the article, DHS is now:
- Expanding the “Optional Practical Training” work permit program for foreign graduates of U.S. universities. This means instead of returning to their countries after graduating from a U.S. university, foreign students can immediately pile
into the U.S. job market.
- Work with the Department of State to help employers hire more foreign college graduates via the J-1 student visa program. More of the same.
- Halting their deporting efforts for foreign workers who overstay their work visas. This includes foreigners who got U.S. jobs with fraudulent documents.
- Dropping penalties against roughly 1,000 white-collar workers from India and China who used a fake university in 2016 to fraudulently extend their OPT work permits.
This doesn't even include rampant H-1B visa fraud that the DHS isn't policing.
Effectively, the DHS has abandoned part of its mission. It's not interested in defending American STEM college graduates; it wants to defend mega-corporate interests. They will import as many workers as they want, at bargain wages, pushing more Americans out of jobs.
What can we do about this behavior? We can contact the DHS and voice our disapproval of these anti-American actions.
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