At least 12 state governments and nine federal agencies have outsourced computer work to be performed by foreigners whose wages are paid by American taxpayers. Jaitley ducked the question when asked if India is lobbying against state legislative bans on taxpayer-funded outsourcing.
Employees of EDS, a company based in Plano, Texas, first found out about their company's outsourcing plan from an Indian newspaper. The next day, EDS announced the elimination of 2,700 jobs.
Another bit of employment news that we learned about only from the Economic Times of India was datelined March 21 from New Delhi. It reports that the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly the INS) has taken several steps to promote the entry of more foreign nurses.
In order to increase the number of foreigners who can come in and take U.S. jobs, the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools has just approved several new organizations to administer the English language test to foreigners. These moves are designed to make it easier and quicker for foreigners to enter and take U.S. jobs.
Corporations are induced to import foreign workers not only because the cost of their wages and benefits is substantially less, but because many federal laws (open-borders policies plus the promiscuous granting of H-1B and L-1 visas) encourage discrimination against American workers. Outsourcing jobs to a foreign country enables the corporations to avoid the numerous regulations with which U.S. businesses must comply.
The following long e-mail (one of many I've received) dramatizes the impact on individuals:
"I'm a victim of the outsourcing of high-tech jobs. I was a systems analyst/programmer. Our bought-and-paid-for Congressmen increased the number of H-1B and L-1 visa workers to cover a 'shortage.'
"Now, I'm reading that the same thing is happening to the medical industry. This is deja vu.
"The irony is that I retrained to be a medical office billing specialist. I thought that if I trained for a small-town type of job, I would be safe. Now I find that outsourcing is going to be eliminating that opportunity for me also.
"I can't tell you how discouraged, disheartened and depressed I am at what is happening to my country. I can't sit idly by while the economy of my country is being dismantled piece by piece. Can you help me?"
President Bush and members of Congress, are you listening?
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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