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Eagle Forum

by Phyllis Schlafly

December 17, 2005

"Why is it taking you five years to get through college'" I asked a student attending one of my campus lectures. "Because I changed my major from computer science to accounting after I discovered there are almost no jobs available for computer majors."

Of course there are plenty computer jobs, but not for Americans because big business would rather hire foreigners. The latest piece of chicanery is buried in the 817-page Deficit Reduction Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 2005 (S.1932) now going through Congress. Without any hearings, Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) got the Judiciary Committee to insert language that will raise the annual cap on H-1B visas from the current 65,000 to 95,000, reissue unused immigrant work visas or green cards up to a maximum of 90,000, and exempt the H-1Bers' family members from the cap on employment-based immigration.

The Arizona Republic

by Kevin G. Hall

December 11, 2005

WASHINGTON - The practice of transferring American jobs to lower-cost countries, called offshoring, is climbing the food chain. It's no longer just software programming and help desks that are being sent to India and elsewhere in Asia.

Fidelity National Financial of Jacksonville, Fla., is looking for tax processors in India. Intelliways, an Indian company that's working on behalf of a U.S. Internet firm, wants someone there to write news releases. India's Cactus Communications Pvt. Ltd. seeks someone in Asia to edit complex English-language research papers about topics in nuclear physics, astrophysics and particle physics for U.S. and other foreign clients. You get the picture.

Leading the Charge

by Nichola Groom and Martinne Geller

December 11, 2005

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said on Friday a campaign by a union-funded group that says Jesus would have disapproved of the company's practices is offensive and misleading.

Wake-Up Wal-Mart, which has pressured the world's largest U.S. private-sector employer to improve wages and benefits, launched the campaign on Thursday to coincide with the holiday shopping season. The retailer faces intense pressure from unions, environmentalists and others who say it pays poverty-level wages and gobbles up green space with its massive stores.

Channel Oklahoma

December 10, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has stopped using district attorneys across the country to collect on bad checks, a move that could sharply reduce income for some local prosecutors and disrupt programs that fight check fraud.

Many district attorneys demand payment from people who write bad checks. The face value of the check and other fees go to the merchant and prosecutors add on a collection charge that can be a significant source of revenue for district attorneys. In Oklahoma, this charge is about $140 per check.

DNA (India)

by Uttara Choudhury

December 9, 2005

NEW YORK - Gloom and doom about jobs vanishing to India gripped the United States this week as three blue-blooded American corporate giants - JP Morgan Chase, Intel, and Microsoft - revealed plans to move thousands of jobs to the Indian subcontinent.

"India scored another victory in its battle to win jobs from the United States," observed The New York Post while reporting the back-to-back announcements by the three firms. "While such jobs aren't the most highly skilled in the investment banking food chain, they do represent a step up from the low-skilled jobs traditionally associated with outsourcing." JP Morgan plans to hire 4,500 workers in India. Intel plans to pour $1 billion into India. Microsoft will hire 3,000.

The New York Times [Free Subscription Required]

by Nina Bernstein

December 7, 2005

Unlike the stereotype of jobless Mexicans heading north, most of the immigrants had been employed in Mexico, the report found.

A report about the work lives of recent Mexican immigrants in seven cities across the United States suggests that they typically traded jobs in Mexico for the prospect of work here, despite serious bouts of unemployment, job instability and poor wages. The report, released Tuesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, was based on surveys of nearly 5,000 Mexicans, most of them here illegally.

The Washington Times

by Jennifer Harper

December 7, 2005

Mexican migrants to the United States find employment with ease, although of those who arrived in the last two years seven out of 10 don't speak English and 82 percent have no U.S.-issued identification, according to a survey released yesterday.

That represents a marked change from previous years. Among those who came to the United States 15 years ago, 59 percent could speak "a lot or some" English and 83 percent had U.S.-issued identification. Failure to find work at home is only a minor motivation to cross the border, the survey from the Pew Hispanic Center found.

Off The Shelf

by Annette M. Hall

November 27, 2005

Post Thanksgiving Day Sale Shopping

The Black Friday shopping stories have already begun to trickle in and some shoppers got more than they bargained for. Sale shopping isn't for the timid any more, it's a real jungle out there.

Web India

November 26, 2005

The US Labor Department (DOL), in a landmark case, has succeeded in making a Michigan-based firm that supplies computer professionals to companies pay back wages to H1-B visa holders.

The Labor Department has announced it had got Computech Inc., a Southfield, Michigan, firm that places computer professionals at locations throughout the US, to agree to pay $2.25 million in back wages to 232 computer professionals and a $400,000 fine to settle immigration law violations. The DOL said an investigation by its Wage and Hour Division found that Computech brought non-immigrant H1-B workers into the US but failed to pay them the minimum required wage rates in the areas where they were employed.

India Daily

November 21, 2005

The US-based InfoSTEP, provider of business intelligence and corporate governance solutions, would invest US$5 million in new offshore facility in Hyderabad over the next three years.

The offshore facility in India will focus on enabling industry practice and innovative Business Peformance Measurement (BPM) solutions, InfoSTEP CEO Sagar Anisingaraju said on Friday after the inauguration of the new facility.

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