The Walt Disney Company amongst others are finding themselves in hot water for abusing the H-1B visa program. According to a Department of Homeland Security letter to Congress, many of these companies are now finding themselves under investigation from the Trump administration for these abuses.
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.
“U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has participated in multiple investigations regarding the possible misuse of the H-1B visa program by employers…”
Northeast Utilities most recently had a mass layoff of American workers and replaced them with HB-1 visa immigrants. Those workers were forced to train their foreign replacements. Fired tech worker Craig Diangelo recently announced his intentions to run 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.
Disney laid off 250 employees from their American IT staff, replacing them with H-1B workers. 30 of those American workers that were let go to make room for the foreign workers are fighting back via discrimination lawsuit. 50 full-time employees and 30 contract employees did the same thing after being fired by the University of California San Francisco outsourced their jobs through India-based HCL.
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.”
The letter states –
“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.