Outrageous! Foreign-Born Landing High Paying Jobs at Record Rate

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By Joe Guzzardi

Joe is a CAPS Senior Writing Fellow whose commentaries about California's social issues have run in newspapers throughout California and the country for nearly 30 years. Contact Joe at joeguzzardi@capsweb.org, or find him on Twitter @joeguzzardi19.

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December 12, 2011

Despite relentless high unemployment in all sectors, across all demographic categories and throughout all age groups, U.S. companies are hiring foreign-born workers at a furious pace. Business Insider reporter Julie Bort describes the corporate eagerness to hire non-U.S. workers as “tripping over themselves to fill high paying jobs with workers from overseas.”

According to Bort, corporate America has set a three-year record for the speed with which they reached the H-1B ceiling. Application submission for 2012 began on April 1 and by November 23, the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Department announced that all visas had been allocated. [Despite High Unemployment, U.S. Companies Are Hiring from Overseas at Record Pace, by Julie Bort, Business Insider, December 6, 2011]

But Americans missed out on still more jobs. The USCIS received "more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the ‘advanced degree’ exemption," Petitions for workers who already have already obtained their visas are not counted toward the cap.

The perennial offenders, Microsoft and IBM, quickly used up their H-1B visa allocations and are furiously lobbying Congress to increase or--- better yet in their opinion---eliminate the cap on non-immigrant worker visas altogether.

Since the H-1B visa first came into being in 1990 as what was then labeled a “temporary” program, protections for American workers have been minimal and the drive to bring more overseas employees relentless. During the two decades of the H-1B’s existence, fraud has been pervasive.

The jobs Americans are shut out offer excellent pay. The average salary for a worker at Google is $103,129; at Oracle, $104,080 and at Microsoft, $96,497. The top average wage, however, is earned at CVS Pharmacy, $115,000.

Read the entire list, which by the way you will never see published in the mainstream media, here.

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