An immigration enforcement advocacy organization finds it appalling that Americans continue to lose their jobs due to foreign outsourcing.
Earlier this month, both the University of California and Caterpillar Inc. announced plans to layoff American IT (information technology) workers and replace them with cheaper foreign labor. The nation's largest university system and the manufacturing giant join a long list of companies that are outsourcing using the H-1B visa program.
Ira Mehlman is a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
"This has been going on for a long time,” he says. “You've had a lot of Fortune 500 companies layoff American workers. Now you're having the University of California laying off IT workers in order to replace them with H-1B workers from other countries."
And Mehlman says the University of California, like Caterpillar and other firms, is giving the discarded Americans a humiliating ultimatum.
"They have told their American workers that their services aren't needed anymore and if you want a severance package, you will help train the people we're hiring from overseas, the H-1B workers, who will replace you,” he tells OneNewsNow. “It is rigged in favor of the employers so [they] can get access to cheaper labor - and it just shouldn't be."
But continue it does, he says, noting that the H-1B program has backing from both parties in Congress.