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Calif. Hires Indian Workers to Process Unemployment Claims

By Sunday, 08 March 2015 11:37 AM Current | Bio | Archive

I’m beginning to sympathize more and more with the average man who thinks the system is rigged against him.

The current unemployment rate in California, where I live, is 6.9 percent, according to California's own records.

This hovers around a full percentage point higher than the unemployment rate for the nation as a whole. So you can imagine how the average unemployed Californian feels when he reads that the state Employment Development Department in Sacramento has hired citizens of India to process Golden State unemployment claims.

According to News10, “with the exception of two managers, everyone inside the office is from outside of the U.S. They are employed by Deloitte, a major U.S. IT company hired by the state to create and manage its Unemployment Insurance Modernization project. The mostly Indian nationals are allowed to work here under a visa program called H-1B.”

Computerworld reports “Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training the H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs.”

That’s really pouring salt in the wound. First the company makes you train the foreign workers replacing you then, after you’re fired, more foreign workers process your unemployment claim.

It’s no wonder that millions of unemployed Americans have simply given up and stopped looking for a job.

In these two instances STEM workers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) have been displaced by H-1B visa holders. By law these visa holders are only supposed to be used to fill jobs that can’t be filled by US citizens. Instead in many instances they replace U.S. citizens. In reality the only law that influences H-1B visa holders is the economic law of supply and demand.

The more of these workers U.S. companies can import, the lower the wage scale for STEM workers will be. That’s why News10 points out tech companies spent $14 million in 2013 lobbying Congress for more low–paid foreign workers.

Microsoft is laying off 20,000 employees, yet Bill Gates demands Congress increase the number of STEM workers allowed to come to the U.S. Even the prime minister of India gets into the act. Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked President Obama during his trip to India to “loosen the restrictions on the H-1B program.”

Maybe that’s why Sen. Jeff Sessions, R–Ala., points out that 75 percent of the U.S. citizens with STEM degrees aren’t working in STEM jobs.

The average American competing against lower–priced imported labor doesn’t have anyone lobbying for him. And unfortunately taking care of your citizens first and dealing fairly with domestic workers doesn’t seem to be a priority with Congress or business.

Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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Deloitte, hired by California, uses mostly low-paid Indian nationals, under a visa program called H-1B, to process California's unemployment claims.
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Sunday, 08 March 2015 11:37 AM
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