I have been in the business of providing IT Consultants for 20 years, so needless to say, I have seen it all. The recent H1-B Video of the Immigration Law firm’s procedures to basically defraud America was shocking….but no surprise to me. For those of us who have been in the Business for years, we all knew this has been going on for years. It has been my opinion that the H1-B process is currently riddled with corruption and fraud.
Thanks to that now famous “H1-B Video”, the masses will understand what we mean by corrupt and unfair to Americans. That video is going to do more “GOOD” to the cause of bringing fairness and equity back to the Americans, than thousands of posts on these Blogs!! This video could not have come at a better time, when our nation is debating on how to handle the H-1B and L-1 Visa based worker. In my opinion, this Video exposes the true intent of the IT Industry Leaders who have been lobbying hard to increase the H-1B quota from 60K to 180K – 250K. If you have not seen it yet, check out the video below:
Now, in order to bring some equity back to the American tax paying workers, we at Peningo Systems would like to propose to Congress the following as the “H1-B and L-1 Visa Social Security and Medicare Recovery Amendment” to the current Immigration Bill:
– Any company that hires an H1-B or an L-1 Visa to work in the United States must pay a tax that is equal to 100% of the “Employer and Employee” portion of the Social Security and Medicare tax. This is important, since it takes away one of the “MAIN” incentives to fire an “AMERICAN WORKER” and replace them with an H1-B or L-1 Visa based worker. As it is, all H1-Bs, L-1s and their respective employers could be EXEMPT FROM PAYING SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE TAX! Also, many companies pay the employee on these Visa far less than an American, resulting in a lower tax overhead for the companies. Also by placing 100% of the FICA obligations on the company, even if the Visa holder is being paid less than the American, give some insurance that the hiring of such individuals is not strictly based on “cost of labor”. This Proposal is also very important, since it addresses an issue that is near and dear to every American, and that is, supporting Social Security.
– To combat the abuse of low pay to the H1-B and L-1 Visa holder, which results in the under cutting of the American based worker, which is a violation of the letter of the law, the Federal government must come up with a “Up To Date” Salary survey that would accurately reflect what an American actually would get in the free market place. Then the H1-B or L-1 Visa holder MUST be paid in the UPPER 10% of the Salary range…that’s right…. the H1-B MUST be paid in the UPPER 10% of the Salary range. This would insure that the H1-Bs are treated, in terms of cost, the same as an American and that the H1-B based worker is truly a talent that is needed!
If we implement these 2 proposals, then the H-1Bs would compete with an American based worker on the merits of his/her abilities and not solely based on the fact that the H1-B’s resume looks good and the H1-B is 10s of thousands of dollars cheaper than the American.
This is a fair way to bring equity back into the US as well as protect our Tax Base from the Tax Evading scheme of hiring foreign workers and avoid paying for Social Security and Medicare tax.
If you wish to voice your opinion, you are welcome in commenting to this post. If you wish to voice your opinion to a greater authority….Congress and/or your State Representatives, please go to the Peningo Advocacy Assistance Page