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Are H1B PERM jobs REALLY jobs Americans won't do?

"Caught on camera addressing a conference on immigration law last month, a lawyer blithely offered detailed descriptions of how the firm helps their business clients make sure that Americans are not hired for job openings -- all the while complying with the letter of the law that states such positions must first be offered to citizens. Portions of the conference were posted to YouTube earlier this week and have now been picked up on CNN. It's hard to imagine a more damning sequence of footage. While the 'comprehensive reform' legislation being pushed in the Senate requires that Americans must be offered jobs first, before new visas are issued, Cohen & Grigsby's crew cleared up just how that process actually works. The video shows Lawrence M. Lebowitz, vice president of marketing for the firm, repeatedly stressing that the goal of helping businesses comply with the Department of Labor's PERM process was to make sure Americans were disqualified for the particular job opening, thus allowing a foreign worker to qualify for an H-1b visa and be brought in to fill the position. "Yeah, because our goal here of course is to meet the requirements, number one; but also do so as inexpensively as possible, keeping in mind our goal," Lebowitz said. "And our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker." For an instant, Lebowitz seemed bemused by his own blunt assessment of what his firm actually does for its business clients in this regard. "And, you know, in a sense that sounds funny," Lebowitz says of the efforts to make sure Americans don't get hired. "But it's what we're trying to do here." What do you think? http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20070621/pl_usnw/busted__a_video_captures_what_working_americans_have_known_all_along KAVE, I have nothing against the people applying. It is the employers' compliance with requirements to find an American first that I question. Lucky, I'm sure there are legitimate needs, I just wonder if those who can use them shouldn't be restricted so that the playing field is fair.

Asked By: DAR - 6/21/2007
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there is always an American that will do a job out there, as long as a company will pay them even a semi-competitive wage. In otherwords, as long as it isn't far below industry average, an American will do the job... More
Answered By: qncyguy21 - 6/21/2007
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no - they're jobs offered to immigrants that the Big companies want to hire.
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Answered By: www.dianealbo.myarbonne.com - 6/21/2007
 
One of my cleints is owned by a Taiwanese family. I cannot communicate with most of their employees as they speak little English and I speak little Mandarin... More
Answered By: J Angelica - 6/21/2007
 
I have never bought into the whole “doing jobs Americans won’t” thing. Americans will do any job at a “fair wage”.
Answered By: Rob P - 6/21/2007
 
I work with a lot of people here on H1B visas. The people I know are highly-educated, English-speaking people from India that have technical skills that the American colleges are not teaching... More
Answered By: KAVE - 6/21/2007
 
Heck no. Their goal is cheap. Bottom line. How many people go to college and get training to get a higher paying job? About everyone! Now it's gonna be a tough sell to keep people shelling out massive amounts of money for education when it amounts to nothing. No increase in income....just status quo with all the... More
Answered By: Crazybird - 6/21/2007
 
Its not that they won't do them, we just don't grow enough of our own. Another sad commentary on our education system. Critical shortages exist in engineering sciences, computer sciences and a number of specialized skill sets all relating to technology. I can't find enough of them but can't hire H-1B workers because of... More
Answered By: Lucky - 6/21/2007
 
These are jobs that companies want to pay the least amount to fill. This attorney should be disbarred and his colleagues who actively seek to deny jobs to Americans as well. They can then pick strawberries to make a living... More
Answered By: cj_sez - 6/21/2007
 
I was interviewed a while back. It was suspicious. They did interview me at the site that I might be working at, and they did not show me around nor did they appear interested in interviewing me. Months latter, I got a letter from teh government, telling me that they wanted to hire a guy from Africa, and ask me if... More
Answered By: slew - 6/22/2007
 
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