A company that spurned talent it badly needed couldn't thrive. The same is true for a country.
But that isn't stopping the Trump administration from blithely driving foreign students into the open arms of other countries with its ill-advised immigration policies.
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There's a fair amount in the Reason archives about how convoluted our immigration law is, but little on how companies game the system. For example, US IT staffing biz accused of abusing student visa program now forced to stop advertising only to immigrants:
An American IT staffing'n'consultancy company has been banned from running job ads that say only temporary work visa holders need apply.
In a settlement [PDF] with the US Department of Justice today, ASTA CRS agreed it will make all job postings available to anyone in America, including citizens. The dept pointed out that the job postings were discriminatory because they “specify a preference for non-US citizens who held temporary work visas.”
Huh. Now why would they have been doing that?
But the most extraordinary claims come in a posting from May 2016, when another former employee is detailed and damning. “Company run by Hyderabad people,” they note (Hyderabad is the tech center of India). “This is a H-1B fraud visa business. They recruit candidates who are in desperate need of jobs, for example, H-1B transfer candidates or foreign students. They train them for month or two in business analysis or QA and then they start to market them. They prepare false resumes with 8-10 years of fake experience [with] companies like Bank of America, Capital One, Goldman Sachs etc ... Once they are able to get a job, the candidate is paid between 25 and 28 per hour," with the agencies involved pocketing the rest.
It's Indentured Servitude. The workers have few rights, and the employer takes a big chunk of their earnings. You can't get that with US citizens. Nothing at Reason about this. Funny, that. However you feel about what the level of immigration should be, I think that everyone can agree that bringing in exploited workers with essentially no rights to redress is a Bad Thing.
But it doesn't violate the Non Aggression Principle, so it's all good amirite?