H-1B Workers Take American Jobs, Use Money to Lobby for More Visas
"Temporary" workers have set up their own lobbying operation to increase the number of laid-off Americans. "Most members and all the core organizers of Immigration Voice hail from India, though Chinese membership numbers in the hundreds and is on the rise. Most arrived on an international student visa or a visa known as the H-1B, reserved for highly skilled workers who can stay for up to six years -- unless an employer sponsors their green cards, which grant immigrants permanent residence in the United States and the right to live and work here freely. Over the past decade, the largest numbers of H-1Bs have been awarded to high-technology workers from India and China," the paper says of the group. "Immigration Voices also enlisted the help of Rick Swartz, who has his own firm and has long been a leading lobbyist for [open-borders] immigration groups. Swartz gathered members of the group at his home one January weekend for a crash course in American politics, teaching them to position themselves as the 'new Cubans for the Republicans.'"
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