"H-1b Reform Bill Signals End Is Near to Legal Discrimination of US Workers," Says Tech Activist

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Donna Conroy, a veteran campaigner to reform H-1B, offers her comments on the Durbin-Grassley bill introduced today in the Senate that would prevent employers from legally discriminating against qualified Americans, firing them without cause, and recruiting only H-1B guest-workers to replace them.

After years of lobbying to give Americans the opportunity to compete for job openings reserved under the H-1B visa-hiring program, http://www.Brightfuturejobs.com applauds Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Grassley (R-IA) for introducing "The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Prevention Act of 2009".

"We're thrilled that Senators Durbin and Grassley are requiring employers to seek local talent first. They recognize that American IT professionals have the talent, know-how and experience to push America's economic recovery into high-gear," said Donna Conroy, Director of Bright Futrue Jobs and a former IT professional.

Under current H-1b law, employers can legally discriminate against qualified Americans by firing them without cause and recruiting only H-1B guest-workers to replace them. The new legislations would require all employers who want to hire an H-1B guest-worker to first make a good-faith attempt to recruit a qualified American worker. Employers would also be prohibited from using H-1B visa holders to displace qualified American workers.

"Congress needs to put their 'big-boy pants' on and fast-track this bill up to the President's desk," demanded Conroy.

It would also prohibit the blatantly discriminatory practice of "H-1B only" ads and prohibit employers from hiring additional H-1B and L-1 guest-workers if more than 50% of their employees are H-1B and L-1 visa holders.

Since March 2009, Brightfuturejobs.com has collected over 300 want ads that call for "H-1B only" and over 1200 that designate a preference or target citizens from abroad.

"IT professionals are now poised to join with the AFL-CIO and other national groups to make corporations play fair - now. No nation can remain strong when laws allow corporations to bypass its own citizens for top dollar, white-collar jobs."

Who We Are
Brightfuturejobs.com is a grassroots lobbying campaign dedicated to counteracting claims that Americans can't do science and technology. We lobby to require employers to seek local talent for US job openings before recruiting abroad.

Our exposure of federal government documents declaring that the H-1b law's intention is to bypass the US workforce resulted in the introduction of the bipartisan Durbin-Grassley "The H-1B and L-1 Visa Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act of 2007" (S. 1035). We were instrumental in securing the passage of a Cook County resolution urging passage of the Durbin reform bill in September, 2007.

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