IT professionals are particularly concerned with the H-1B program in the USA that allows companies to extend visas to foreign workers under the explanation that there are not enough skilled workers available. Large companies have been abusing the program in order to replace their current citizen employees with cheaper foreign workers. Some of the lead up to this has been witnessed with job postings requiring absurd amounts of experience or combination of skills, which allows the companies to state that there are not enough qualified applicants in the country.
This video shows a former Disney technology professional testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest subcommittee to explain his experience training his H-1B replacements and losing his job.
Former Florida Disney employee Leo Ferrero, testifying before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest subcommittee, details how, not long after receiving a glowing performance review from his employer, he learned he was losing his job to a foreign worker on an H-1B visa who he would be required to train. While there is a bipartisan effort in Congress to end H-1B visa abuse, there are also efforts to dramatically expand the H-1B program without providing real protections for American workers. For example, the 2013 Senate ‘Gang of Eight’ bill would have more than doubled annual issuances of H-1B visas. The Senate ‘I-Squared’ bill goes even further, more than tripling annual issuances of H-1Bs. Both bills fail to include meaningful worker protections.