PUBLISHED: 9:58 PM 20 Mar 2017

Democrat Who Helped Create Visa Program Comes Forward, Admits It Is Used To Hijack American Jobs


Former Congressman Morrison insists the law is being corrupted.

“It feels like not only am I digging the grave, but I’m going to be stabbing myself in the gut and fall into the grave.”

That was how Robert Harrison described feeling as he learned that he was not only being replaced at work, but that he needed to train the new employee.

“I can’t wrap my mind around training somebody to take my position. You know — that’s my livelihood. How am I supposed to feel?”

Harrison was a senior telecom engineer at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center. In October of last year, he was just one of 80 employees who received similar news. They were being replaced with workers from India.

Suddenly without a job, Harrison was left with few options other than his employers’ “generous” offer. If he trained his replacement, he could stay employed for an additional four months and even get a bonus.

“Now I’m being told that I am not only going to lose my job, but that I also need to train the people to take my place [at] my job,” Harrison said. “That exceeds angry. I’m really not a violent guy — I love people, but I’ve envisioned myself just back-handing the guy as he’s sitting next to me trying to learn what I know.” A coworker of Harrison’s, Kurt Ho, also lost his job and had to provide training.

“I think for once, we need to stand up as Americans and say ‘Enough is enough. We’re not going to take it anymore.” That is quite similar to the statements that liberals have been calling racist, at least when President Trump makes them.

The H-1B Visa program was developed in 1990 by the Representative Bruce Morrison, a Democrat from Connecticut. The American Immigration Council describes the visa as;

“The H-1B is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa category that allows employers to petition for highly educated foreign professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. Jobs in fields such as mathematics, engineering, and technology often qualify. Typically, the initial duration of an H-1B visa classification is three years, which may be extended for a maximum of six years.”

In an interview on 60 Minutes this weekend, Mr. Morrison described his program as being “hijacked.” He claims the visa was designed to “help companies fill scientific jobs with qualified candidates.”

Instead, the bill has been used so American businesses don’t have to spend as much money. Mr. Morrison says; “This is not about skills. It is about costs. The workers being brought in don’t know anything more than the workers they are replacing. They know less, and that’s why they have to be retrained or trained by the American workers who are being laid off.”

An apparent loophole in the bill allows companies to hire foreigners if the position being filled pays over $60,000. This is where Mr. Morrison claims the corruption is happening. Americans who fill many of these scientific jobs could be earning between $120,000 to $140,000, according to Mr. Morrison.

Foreign workers will accept a far lower salary, enabling employers to save hundreds of thousands a year. “I’m outraged. The H-1B has been hijacked as the main highway to bring people from abroad and displace Americans. It’s really a travesty that should never have been allowed to happen,” says Morrison.

The AIC further states that “Before the employer can file a petition with USCIS, the employer must take steps to ensure that hiring the foreign worker will not harm U.S. workers. First, employers must attest, on a labor condition application (LCA) certified by the Department of Labor (DOL), that employment of the H-1B worker will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.”

According to Americans such as Harrison and Ho, that is just not what is occurring. They both took part in a protest outside their former place of employment, organized by Sarah Blackwell.

Having represented hundreds of workers who have lost their job due to outsourcing, Blackwell says;

“When you tell someone their real reason for getting rid of these jobs is for cheap, foreign labor, that should offend everyone. And they are told by their company, ‘If you don’t train this person in a way that we approve of them being trained, then you don’t get your severance.’”

The foreign workers are not necessarily where we should be placing blame. They are attempting to work, pay bills, and support their families, just like Americans.

The 60 Minutes journalist also interviewed an Indian man who is here on a H1-B visa. He works at a bank on Wall Street. Under the condition of anonymity he told the reporter that when he replaces an American worker he has “to take all of their knowledge in –basically I have to steal it. That’s my job description.”

He explained to the interviewer, “The American workers lose their job[s], and they also cry while leaving the job … If I lose a job, I can go back to India. But where can they go? The main villains are the Indian companies and their American corporate clients. They are exploiting us.”

Craig Diangelo worked at Northeast Utilities, now called Eversource. He was one of 220 information technology (IT) employees replaced by foreigners with visas. He said “it wasn’t called ‘training your replacement’– it was called ‘knowledge transfer.’”

Mr. Diangelo says he was replaced by a man from India who is doing the same job for half the salary; and no benefits.

“I didn’t get laid off for lack of work. I got laid off because somebody cheaper could do my job.”

All of the workers interviewed on the show felt similarly. They were devastated that their employers would do something so un-American. They don’t blame the foreign workers either. Emphasizing that they, like President Trump, are not anti-immigrant.

“You don’t want to have any animosity toward them, because they’re looking for a better way of life.”

The president, who does admit to having used H-1B visa employees in his businesses, is now looking for a way to help. “Can you believe that? You get laid off and they won’t give them severance pay unless they train the people that are replacing you. I mean that’s, that’s actually demeaning maybe more than anything else.”

As more workers find themselves out of a job, President Trump’s assistance is exactly what is needed. Mr. Diangelo expresses what too many Americans across the country are feeling;

“Every one of us that would be let go had an American flag sticking out the cubicles row after row after row. As we were let go–those flags were taken down. I was the last person let go. I went in and I took the last picture. There were no more flags left. You have a queasiness in your stomach when you look around and you’re saying, “This– this– this can’t be possible. This didn’t happen.””