IRLI Co-Counsel Testifies Before the U.S. Senate About DHS’s Illegal Guest Worker Program

“Today (March 17th), John Miano who, along with the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI), represents the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech) in a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for administrative extensions of work authorization to non-immigrants, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on DHS’s guest worker program called the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program,” notes a release from the Immigration Reform Law Institute.

“Last November, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted WashTech members standing to challenge the legality of extensions of OPT work authorization to non-immigrants increasing competition for American workers. The case, Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. USDHS (Civil Action No. 14-529), has major implications for the ability of American workers to judicially challenge certain elements of the Obama Administration’s latest amnesty memos that expand dramatically the number of work visas given to foreign workers as well as the terms and durations of those visas.”

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Founded in 1987, the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) is a national, nonprofit, public-interest legal education and advocacy law firm.


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    The Indian Green Card Workers I Saw and Worked With During the 80s

    Thought nothing was wrong paying over 50% of their household’s net pay for a house. They helped keep real estate too high in Seattle for the legal citizen Baby Boomers.

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    As H1-B technology worker visas have their education paid for by the India government and have no student loan debt, they are happy to work for lower wages and lots of unpaid overtime by Google, FaceBook, Micro-Soft, Apple and other exploiters.

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      But don’t forget Mark Zuckerberg is a cool guy because he wears a t shirt. Just another one of these multi billionaires trying to pretend they’re Joe Average while they stick it to the American worker. Bill Gates same thing.

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      Isn’t the House now thinking twice about H1B Visas? Time to end all work Visas. Yes?