H-1B Senate Reform Bill SB 1035 Reveals Hidden U.S. Job Discrimination in IT Employment

Employers claim that they can't find qualified Americans to fill technology jobs. Yet under the current H-1B and L-1 program, employers are never required to seek local talent. "The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Prevention Act of 2007," submitted in the U.S. Senate, explodes that myth by forcing employers to seek local talent and give Americans and legal residents a chance to compete for hundreds of thousands of top-dollar, white-collar jobs, says grassroots lobbying organization brightfuturejobs.org.

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Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 5, 2007

After years of lobbying to give Americans the opportunity to compete for job openings reserved under the H-1B visa-hiring program, brightfuturejobs.org applauds Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Grassley (R-IA) for introducing, "The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Prevention Act of 2007," SB 1035. SB 1035 requires employers to seek local talent and give Americans and legal residents a chance to compete for hundreds of thousands of top-dollar, white-collar jobs.

"Introduction of this bill explodes the myth that these job openings had to be competed on the domestic job market first," said Donna Conroy, brightfuturejobs.org and former technical professional. "The H-1B and L-1 visa programs are a license to exclude U.S. workers for at least a quarter-of-a million, top-dollar, white-collar jobs per year."

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During this lobbying effort by brightfuturejobs.org, it has been an up-hill battle to get well-informed Congressional aides to recognize that Americans can't compete for these job openings.

"I talked to many congressional aides, everyone of whom affirmed a touching faith in this myth. They sincerely believed that this provision existed and were outraged when I produced DOL documents revealing the absence of that provision," said Donna Conroy.

Department of Labor documents revealing hidden U.S. job discrimination
1. As the DOL states in their Federal Register, dated June 30, 2006, Section II, paragraph 4, "the statute does not require employers...to demonstrate that there are no available U.S. workers or to test the labor market for U.S. workers as required under the permanent labor certification program."

2. The DOL's Strategic Plan, Fiscal Years 2006-2011 (pg. 35) states: "...H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker."

Who We Are
brightfuturejobs.org is a grassroots lobbying organization located in Chicago, Illinois. It is comprised of IT and other white-collar professionals whom have extensive experience in the arena of grassroots politics. It has been working to win for Americans -- Black, White, Latino, Anglo, Native, or Immigrant -- the right to apply for any job opening in this country.

CONTACT: Donna Conroy, w: 773-764-5865, c: 773-678-0627
http://www.brightfuturejobs.org

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