(NationalSentinel) Labor:Â Facebook announced on Monday it would not discipline any of its employees who decide to take part in observing International Workers Day on May 1, while adding that the company would punish its contractors if any of them disciplinedÂ their workers for taking part in the observation.
â€œAt Facebook, weâ€™re committed to fostering an inclusive workplace where employees feel comfortable expressing their opinions and speaking up,â€ a spokesman wrote in an emailed statement to Bloomberg Technology. â€œWe support our people in recognizing International Workersâ€™ Day and other efforts to raise awareness for safe and equitable employment conditions.â€
â€œItâ€™s important not just to the engineers and H-1B holders that are traditionally thought of as the immigrants in tech but also to folks who are subcontracted but work side-by-side on those campuses,â€ addedÂ Derecka Mehrens, co-founder of Silicon Valley Rising, a union-backed coalition.Â â€œImmigrants play a critical role in the tech sector — both as engineers and coders but also in keeping tech campuses running smoothly.â€
All the big tech companies - Google, Facebook, Apple, Intel and Microsoft, among others - have opposed (in court) President Donald J. Trump’s orders banning travel to the U.S. from certain terrorism-infested companies, claiming that the order is somehow an affront to American values.
It sure seems like all these tech firms are uber-compassionate about immigrant rights, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s a convenient cover for theÂ real reason why U.S. tech firms love immigrants - it’s becauseÂ they can hire them more cheaply than theirÂ American counterparts.
H1-B visas were initially intended to complement the American workforce,Â not replace it. And yet, thanks to the the lax immigration enforcement of the previous administration, the program has “gotten out of hand,”Â Gary Beach, of theÂ Wall Street Journal said.
How bad? So bad that displaced U.S. STEM workers (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) were the subject of a Senate hearing a year ago last month.
In July 2015,Â The Daily Caller reported that Microsoft laid off “thousands” to hire cheaper foreign H1-B visa holders.
In April 2016,Â Breitbart News reported Intel laid off 12,000 mostly U.S. workers and replaced them with more than 14,000 immigrant workers beginning in 2010.
In November, theÂ Mercury News reported that tech employees of the University of California-San Francisco were facing layoffs, but told they must stick around long enough to train their cheaper, foreign-worker replacements.Â The reason: To save $30 million over the next five years.
â€œI donâ€™t know of any other university thatâ€™s done this,â€ said Ron Hira, a Howard University professor who studies immigration and outsourcing.Â â€œAt some point, you start to cross these ethical lines.â€
Even the far-LeftÂ Mother Jones magazine declared that H1-B visa programs were “screwing” American tech workers.
So any tech company that tries to convince you they’re all about defending immigrant “rights” is lying.
They’re reallyÂ all about defending their bottom lines - and while that’s okay, the least these pinheads could do is be honest about it.
The order, dubbed “Buy American, Hire American,” would direct theÂ departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse. Those departments would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the “most-skilled or highest-paid applicants.”
The White House said the H-1B program is currently undercutting American workers by bringing in cheaper labor and said some tech companies are using it to hire large numbers of workers and drive down wages.