Anti-H-1B Senator to Head Immigration Panel

Patrick Thibodeau, Computer World, January 22, 2015

The biggest enemies facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

The Senate’s two top Republican critics of temporary worker immigration, specifically the H-1B and L-1 visas, now hold the two most important immigration posts in the Senate.

They are Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who heads the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, and his committee underling, Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who was appointed by Grassley on Thursday to head the immigration subcommittee.

Grassley has been the Republican’s most tenacious and unwavering critic of the H-1B program and has tried to curb use by offshore outsourcers, in particular. Sessions, however, may emerge as the Senate’s most vociferous and fiery H-1B opponent.

Sessions, late Thursday, issued a statement about his new role as immigration subcommittee chairman, and said the committee “will give voice to those whose voice has been shut out,” and that includes “the voice of the American IT workers who are being replaced with guest workers.”

Sessions last week accused the tech industry of perpetuating a “hoax” by claiming there is a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers.

“The tech industry’s promotion of expanded temporary visas–such as the H-1B–and green cards is driven by its desire for cheap, young and immobile labor,” wrote Sessions, in a memo he sent last week to fellow lawmakers.

Last summer, Sessions attacked Microsoft’s push for more H-1B visas as it laid off 18,000 employees. Now, as subcommittee chairman, Sessions will have the ability to conduct investigations and hold oversight hearings.


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  • MekongDelta69

    “The biggest enemies facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans”

    Of course, the traitorous Computer World would say this. They want as many H-1B’s as they can possibly can get. They don’t give a damn about the country.

    • Maybe not so much “traitorous” as much as it is the mag’s advertisers are H-1B gluttons.

    • Luca

      Why hire an American with a MS degree in IT for $50 an hour, when you can get an Indian PhD for $15?

      • Sick of it

        To develop a worthwhile product?

        • BloodofAlbion75

          No,to drive down the wages of native-born American workers.

      • Usually Much Calmer


      • Are those Indian and Chinese degrees even worth anything? I thought cheating was a massive problem in the Orient.

        • Reynardine

          My Indian friends actually confirm this, which is why they chose to go to American universities to prove that they actually have the qualifications.

          • Sick of it

            Which is ironic, considering that liberal professors pad their grades.

    • benvad

      I don understand, what’s the advantage of importing indian computer geeks? Are they paying them minimum wage? What gives?

      • JohnEngelman

        For the employer – investor class Indian computer professionals give two advantages. They can be paid less than Americans. They cannot vote Democrat.

  • And notice all the good comments over at the Computer World article.

    When V-Dare had a post about this very article, it noted one comment from someone named “jbolden” that wrote:

    Score one for the Republicans! I’m a pretty solid democrat, don’t live in Arizona but I’m starting to like Jeff Sessions.

    Other than getting his state wrong, this is a very keen insight on the best way the Stupid Party has to poach some of the other party’s voters.

    • Oil Can Harry

      That would be a wise way to win over Democrats.

      Instead John Boner, Lindsay Grahamnesty & co. will try to issue a record number of visas in the delusion that it will make Zuckerberg, Eric Schmidt and Sheryl Sandburg leave the Dems.

      • There’s no delusion. They’re active collaborators.

        • BloodofAlbion75


          CONSPIRATORS would be a more appropriate word to describe the politicians and the Zuckerberg types who want to sabotage the employment prospects of American workers by replacing them with foreign labor.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Despite my affinity for the Old South, I think that Jeff Sessions is much too old and southern to be a credible voice on immigration. A much better choice may be Kris Kobach.

      • Yancy Derringer

        Too old? He’s only been working his ass off on the nuts and bolts of it all while others figure out how best to dodge the issue.

        • I know what PPQ is saying. Remember, we live in an excessively visual culture.

          • BloodofAlbion75

            “we live in an excessively visual culture.”

            To the detriment of authenticity and rational political thought.

      • BloodofAlbion75

        Sen.Sessions is like a bottle of fine wine–he contines to get better with age.

        To your health,sir!

        And to our country’s health,as well.


  • Samuel_Morton

    Sessions for PRESIDENT.

    • Georgia Boy

      Give ’em hell Jeff!

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “Other members of the Sessions subcommittee will be: ….Ted Cruz (R-TX)”

    Yes to Jeff Sessions.

    NO to Ted Cruz.


    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) today presented an amendment to the Gang of Eight immigration bill that would improve our nation’s legal immigration system by increasing high-skilled temporary worker visas, called H-1B visas, by 500 percent.

    The committee voted against the amendment 4 to 14 with every Democrat voting against it on a party-line vote.

    • Publius Pompilius Quietus

      Ted Cruz is an intellectual who acts like a bumpkin. His dishonesty is representative of his detestable nature, which would deceive working class white people into thinking that he’s on their side, per se. But Ted Cruz is parasite of the corporate-government complex.

      • Sick of it

        His wife works for Goldman Sachs. I’m not surprised by this.

      • Anglo

        I don’t even consider Ted Cruz an American. I wish he would go back to Canada, where he was born or to Cuba, where his father came from.

  • dd121

    IT companies don’t need to hire Indians, there are plenty of available blacks right here in the USA. Problem is, nobody’s figured out just what exactly they can do.

    • LexiconD1

      I used to have Verizon for my computer service. I had two problems about six months apart. The first call I got an Indian who helped me, and we chatted back and forth about the weather, and where we were, as she help fixed my problems with the computer. The second call, I got some black guy in Texas who was rude, and had NO CLUE how to help me.

      I called Verizon and filed a complaint about the black guy from Texas (and yes, the supervisor of the complaint line helped me fix my computer the BT has completely messed up.)

      Sufficient to say, I’d rather have help from India, than help from any black American. I’ve read, online, that I was not the only complaint and they sent most of their service to India and Philippines.

      • ShermanTMcCoy

        How about help from neither? There is a third choice. Hire WHITE AMERICAN techies who have been thrown out onto the street when replaced by third-worlders!

        • newscomments70

          they actually want to be paid a first world salary though.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Yeah they whine when they get paid their thrid world salaiers of the prevaling wage to keep their H-1Bs alive.

          • newscomments70

            I have no problem with a living wage, but unions and union mentality have priced domestic labor out of the market. I don’t believe in sweat shops, but I do believe I can-do attitude and going the extra mile. There is too much of , “That’s not my job. I’m going to sit here and do nothing while you pay me.”. That is part of the reason for the push for immigration and outsourcing.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            I agree and that is why we are going down, including America. This society of self entitlement is going to kill everyone and the west,

          • newscomments70

            I believe it is worse in Western Europe. They have no concept of work ethic and customer service. It’s all about 8 week vacations and 30 hour work weeks. Nothing gets done and the place continues to decline.

          • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

            Unions have ruined the American work force and the Semites started or encouraged these unions.

          • newscomments70

            Some Semites were involved, but it was not exclusively them. i.e. Ernst Thälmann was not Jewish, to my knowledge.

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            Working in Germany with dedicated, hard-working, intelligent, detail-oriented people I must respectfully disagree with you. And, there is nothing wrong with wanting to maintain a good work/personal life balance. Also, nobody gets 8-week vacations, they are usually 6-weeks, broken up during the year, usually to coincide with the summer and winter school vacations. As far as 30-hour-work-weeks go, I’ve never experienced anything like that. We usually work later during the week so that we can take off Friday early to avoid the traffic jams on the autobahns. If we are declining, it’s because we are carrying the weight of the rest of Europe on our backs (thank YOU, EU), while our corporations are trying to follow the lead of the traitorous offshoring cheap labor consuming USSA. Also the importation of third-world parasites are draining the social system, which worked just fine as long we remained German, and most everyone was contributing.

          • newscomments70

            I’ve seen some impressive German companies. I especially admire the newer businesses that have risen out of the former GDR decay. On the other hand, I have had some really bad experiences in importing and logistics. Logistics companies like DHL and Dachser, both German, are deplorable. Some of the companies I must deal with don’t even answer their phone or emails. I would love a 6-8 week vacation. i would be on that bandwagon if it were available to me, no doubt. When I need something in August and “niemand ist da”, it’s very frustrating. Germany isn’t too bad, I’ve found Sweden and the UK much worse. France isn’t great either. The technology is above average in Western Europe, but, of course, the costs are higher and the customer service can be lacking I agree with everything else you said. Let’s pray that the nationalist movements continue to gain momentum.

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            Since when have American techies EVER been unionized?

          • newscomments70

            That’s why I said union mentality. Not everyone with that mentality is unionized. (They only want to be and are headed in that direction)

          • ShermanTMcCoy

            If it would stop the offshoring and importation of cheap labor H1-B’s, etc., then I’d be seriously tempted to unionize, as well.

          • newscomments70

            My point was that unionization was part of the cause of offshoring and mass immigration.

        • LexiconD1

          I thought that went without saying….

      • Jo

        My experience with Indian tech support has been very bad. The best are White North Americans, of course.

        • LexiconD1

          I was posting my experience. I’ve never had a white north American help me, but I know I’d prefer one, above all others. Again, I thought it went without saying… 🙂

          • newscomments70

            I remember working with Dell tech support when it was mostly whites and blacks in Texas. They were usually horrible, all races. They were mostly lazy and stupid. If you had a problem of any complexity, they would say, “hold on”, and place you back at the end of the queue. The next person would do the same. They wouldn’t find a manager, they would simply place you at the end of the line, passing the buck. It could go on all day unless you went ballistic. (the one person who helped me out of a mess, in one case, was a black female, to be fair). I remember when they switched over to India. At first, it was awful. The people were rude and I couldn’t understand them. They fixed it though, and the service wasn’t bad. I then had to call Microsoft for tech support. The Indians weren’t bad. They were reasonable, had English proficiency. I don’t believe in outsourcing, but I understand the temptation.

        • Anglo


      • benvad

        Why in the world would they think a black American could ever fix a computer problem. Just let him play with the paper clips or surf the net, don’t let him talk to customers he’ll just lose business for them.

        • newscomments70

          There are actually some exceptions to that rule. I’m sure those exceptions are worth their weight in gold.

    • Spaniard in LA

      Break into cars.

      • HE2

        Bait Car? Dat be rayciss.

  • TruthBeTold

    Sessions will have the ability to conduct investigations and hold oversight hearings.

    If it’s not a hoax it will be easy to prove it’s not a hoax. I don’t see why CW is concerned about an investigation.

  • LHathaway

    There’s a shortage of husbands in the country. That’s what 30 years of these education and jobs visas have been about. Affirmative action females would prefer to marry someone who has ‘the same interests’ as they do.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      That’s surely part of the problem.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        H-1B people, like Indians (dot, not feather) bow and bend like slaves to those diversity demons.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    I support Sen Jess Sessions 100%. Others need to follow his lead.

  • TruthBeTold

    I still haven’t figured out WHY these people have to physically be here in the US.

    The major objectives of computers is rapid, real-time communication.

    Computers themselves make physically being in the US unnecessary.

    • IstvanIN

      They could work like Verizon and Comcast customer “service”.

      • HE2

        Istvan, they already do. Most tech help is offshore.
        I needed help with an AT &T problem recently.
        Calling Customer Service, reached an unintelligible English speaking possibly Asian female with whom I could not do business, her accent was so thick.
        Frustrated, I finally complained and asked for a USA mainland native English speaking rep. She said, [I think she said], “I will haf my su-pore-bi-sore [sic] call you.”
        No “su-pore-bi-sore” ever called.

  • Sparky

    This is great news. The law states that only after a diligent search for a qualified American worker has failed, then and only then can an H-1B applicant be considered for an available job. This hasn’t been done and I personally know people with graduate degrees in IT fields that could not get a job and whose lives were all but ruined wasting years obtaining their degrees. People should be in prison for this. Sessions is an honorable man. He will do the right thing.

    • Dwight

      Same here. Senator Sessions really understands what happened. I’ve heard him speak on this before. I just hope the country club Republicans don’t soil the sheets here.

  • ThatWhiteGuy

    It’s refreshing to hear a Senator lookout for Americans first and ignore the pro-immigration choir’s push for more visas and amnesty.

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Hopefully he doe not cave in.

      • newscomments70

        I remember when Rand Paul and Paul Ryan caved in. I actually remember the moment. I was at the gym and I saw them on CNN, blathering on about inclusion, and these people have a place in our country’s future. I was disgusted. What cowards…what desperation.

        • Did they “cave in,” or were they just being true to themselves and their ideology? Some people reading these words could have predicted Paul Ryan and Rand Paul coming out for open borders and unlimited immigration long before they did.

  • WR_the_realist

    My feel good article of the week.

  • JohnEngelman

    Sessions last week accused the tech industry of perpetuating a “hoax” by claiming there is a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers.

    – Patrick Thibodeau, Computer World, January 22, 2015

    There are plenty of qualified U.S. tech workers, many of whom are unemployed. The shortage is of employers who will accept less than “the perfect candidate,” who will “hit the ground running.”

    High tech employers actually use those terms in their want ads.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    A lot of Indian companies abuse the H-1B visa program and try and bring their own people for lower wages. They then sponsor them for green cards and then they get citizenship. Most of these people have no intention in assimilating and becoming American. They just want the benefits of the west and then want to change the culture with their support for Democrats and illegal latinos. They also bring their so called ‘gurus’ and try and hoodwink stupid gullible whites that they can offer them peace and spiritual guidance and then fleece them off their hard earned money or use them as sex slaves. Just read about Maharishi, Osho Bhagwan Rajnish and Hare Krishnas. Hypocrisy considering that they kicked the Brits out of India and now they want to immigrate to the west and trash the west.

  • Speedy Steve

    Sessions last week accused the tech industry of perpetuating a “hoax” by
    claiming there is a shortage of qualified U.S. tech workers.

    And in other Senate hoaxes perpetrated this week; they voted 98 to 1 declaring global warming to be real. Next week the Tooth Fairy will receive a fair hearing. Or maybe the global elites have told them something.

    • Well at least in the latter case it was a matter of a generic vote on whether climate change exists at all, which does, and nearly all of is a result of natural processes beyond the control of human beings.

      There is a theory that at one point during the reign of the dinosaurs, the Earth had an average temperature of 95 F, compared to 59 F today.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    We need to stop the H-1B program or the Hindu invasion will continue unabated.

  • benvad

    The limousine liberal mindset of destroying your own culture and land. Altruism is a curse, no doubt about it.

    • JohnEngelman

      The Ayn Randian selfishness of the one percent is a curse for 90 percent of the United States’ population. By pursuing their rational self interest they are looting the country, while paying lower taxes.

  • JohnEngelman

    The way to advance in computer programming is to learn the next new thing right when it is being introduced, and look for jobs when employers are looking for people who know the next new thing, but when they cannot demand several years of experience, but because it was not around several years ago.

    The problem is figuring out what the next new thing is. Something recently introduced may be hot on the job market several years from now. It may not be used at all. If that is the case knowledge of it is not marketable, and is likely to be not transferable.

    Any kind of immigration benefits immigrants and American employers. It jeopardizes employees who are American citizens.

    If H1B visas were eliminated employers would have an incentive to hire people with good generic skills, and train them themselves. Low income countries would also benefit. Their best educated citizens would stay in the countries of their birth, and help those countries.

  • I can say that salaries in the physical sciences and not only limited to IT are affected by the H1B visa program. No one wants to hire US scientists and engineers as Indian ones are much cheaper and more cooperative in providing whatever is requested.

    Salaries in the sciences have become so unattractive that a whole generation of young Americans is ignoring the poorly rewarding sciences and are following paths in law, finance, accounting, & social sciences. Soon we will lose even the infrastructure to train our own scientists and engineers.

    While we can still design the airframes for our latest stealth aircraft, the knowledge of writing those simulation programs to design those airframes is being outsourced to India. Eventually we’ll just order our latest fighters from them. But since they’re a US allie, and since they’re presently cheaper, it’s all good.

  • In the meantime, Jeb Bush thinks he is going to be President. I’ll vote for Shrillary if the GOP nominates that buffoon.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Go to Occidental observer website and look at this article titled ‘
    Obama’s State of the Union Address (Edited and Abridged)’
    It is written by Nick Griffin the head of BNP. Well worth a read.

    • newscomments70

      That was very good, I just read it.

  • JohnEngelman

    I am not angry at foreigners with H1B Visas. I am angry at American employers who would rather hire them than give American hi tech workers good jobs with good pay and benefits.

    Increasingly, a high tech job in the United States is a contract position. It may last as little as three months. It may pay as little as $25 an hour with no benefits. When it is over the career of the hi tech worker may be over. Another job may be hundreds of miles away.

  • BloodofAlbion75

    Ted Cruz: Tone-deaf “Texan”.

  • Anglo

    Jeff Sessions is a very fine senator from my home state of Alabama. I’ve written to tell him how much I appreciate his hard work and devotion to our country. I hope everyone will write or phone Senator Sessions to let him know he has their support.

  • It this was up to Mitch, this would have never happened. Thankfully, this wasn’t Mitch’s prerogative, it was Chuck Grassley’s, because he now runs Judiciary and gets to appoint all the subcommitte chairs of the subcoms within Judiciary. Grassley seems to have most of Jeff Sessions’s good understanding of the legal and illegal immigration issues.

  • Lynn in Florida

    My son is an IT worker who has been fortunate to hold a steady job. However, he has not had a raise in 6 years. Each year he gets a small bonus but it isn’t made part of his base pay. He is single and is able to manage on his income although he has trouble fully funding his Roth IRA. Some of his co-workers with families to support are struggling and few have been able to find other jobs that pay more. Yet the federal government is continually saying that the US needs to import high tech workers from other countries. The government should be on the side of American workers, not foreigners.

    • In addition to the individual hardships, the H-1B program is driving US university students away from STEM fields. They’re smart enough to realize that their is no point in absorbing a lot of student loan debt – which not even bankruptcy will remove – and doing a lot of hard work, only to be excluded from employment in their fields after they graduate. It doesn’t require a rocket scientist to understand what this will do to US scientific capabilities in the long term.

      • Lynn in Florida

        You are absolutely right!

  • corvinus

    From what I understand, employers try to game the system so they don’t have to hire unemployed American software engineers. For example, they’ll put a job opening, but require extensive, ridiculous qualifications that no engineer would have, receive 100 resumes, reject them all, then claim that because nobody met those qualifications, they need an H1B from India (who, of course, doesn’t require the qualifications).

    Employers are also terrible about providing on-the-job training… at least to Americans; OTOH, they are notorious for forcing American employees to train Indian replacements, then fire the Americans.

  • corvinus

    Never, ever trust a Cuban Republican on immigration.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      A Canadian Cuban Republican, no less.