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  •  The Gulen school movement is a disaster (3+ / 0-)
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    These Turkish schools run by a reclusive billionaire abuse the H-1B system to bring in English teachers from Turkey.

    Yep, the English teachers in these schools are native Turkish speakers.

    We have thousands of unemployed teachers who are being displaced by these charter schools. And why? MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW?? The H-1B system is how.

    The visa abuses in these schools are disgusting.

    However, the entire H-1B system is cheating OUR OWN CHILDREN of jobs. We do not have a STEM shortage. What we have a shortage of cheap ass scab labor. That's what is supplied by the H-1B system.

    This immigration bill is a disaster, on every front, for every American worker.

    •  How can Obama push this bill (3+ / 0-)
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      when he knows how badly it could decimate the teaching profession in the US?

      This makes no sense at all.  None.  But I have a feeling this is why some folks were pushing so hard for the expansion of H1B visas is for charter school expansion.

      Race to the bottom in public education, who would have thought a Dem POTUS could support that?

      "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being in DC."

      by Betty Pinson on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 08:14:24 AM PDT

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      •  The job visa situation (2+ / 0-)
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        is a disaster for American workers, top to bottom.

        This bill will double H-1b counts immediately, and allow them to go much higher. Many idiots say that our economy has 150 million workers, so why are we worried about a small number? The issue is that in certain areas H-1Bs have entirely driven out Americans.

        We issued 500,000 J-1 visas every summer, so that foreign kids can come here and work in sweatshops for less than minimum wage. AND WE GIVE THE EMPLOYERS TAX BREAKS!! Why do we allow McDonald's operators to bring in workers from Malaysia and pay under minimum wage?

        I cannot understand why "progressives" and "democrats" are stabbing their own children in the back with this dreadful bill.

        Obama does not know shit about workers, honestly. The wife of an unemployed engineer in Houston, TX confronted him with the H-1B situation, and he said that her husband certainly should be able to get a job. That was 2 years ago, and he is still unemployed.

        The H-1B system is a national suicide pact. In India, laws require Indians to be employed. Also in American - laws require Indians to be employed here, too. Isn't that wonderful? What kind of a country has more doctors who are not native than are native? What about American kids who want to be doctors?

        •  There are hundreds, if not thousands, (1+ / 0-)
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          of law firms across the country that advertise to help STEM workers come into this country.  This is just one of such websites offering immigration assistance, this one in California:

          If you are a STEM worker interested in living in the United States either temporarily or permanently, contact the Law Office of Vaughan de Kirby to speak with an experienced immigration attorney. Located in San Francisco, we help businesses and individuals with U.S. visa and green card applications and immigration issues around the world.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Sat Jun 22, 2013 at 10:23:41 AM PDT

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          •  These vampire immigration attorneys (1+ / 0-)
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            make money by depriving US citizens of jobs. Every jobs occupied by an H-1B is a job that is taken away from an American citizen. It's an entire industry of economic traitors, making millions of dollars by removing US citizens from jobs.

            And those stories of US workers having to train their replacement H-1B scabs? True.

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