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April 22, 2008

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Dr. Gene Nelson

This writer would like to remind BLT readers about the biggest scandal inside the Abramoff Scandal. Namely, the growth of the already bloated special work visa programs such as H-1B. Microsoft, with about 1/3 of its US employees here on such visas, increases its profitability by billions annually by (ab)using such programs

Bill Gates, III used his immense wealth to personally demand huge increases in the H-1B visa program in front of the U.S. Senate in 2007 and in front of the U.S. House in 2008. Starting in 2005, Microsoft retained one of the original members of "Team Abramoff" Michael P. Smith http://www.cgagroup.com/staffContent.aspx?id=20&pid=1 (corrupt - He was forced to resign from Greenberg-Traurig). There are many more money-laden Microsoft lobbyists in our nation's capitol.

Free-market advocate and Nobel economics laureate Milton Friedman accurately labeled the H-1B visa program a "government subsidy" in a 2002 article that is readily located via Google. The intentional non-enforcement of sanctions against employers for hiring illegal aliens is a similar government subsidy because it allows employers access to many highly-skilled illegal aliens. How many? CAPS in November, 2007 published an estimate that there are up to 38 million illegal aliens in the U.S. With about half of this population being visa overstayers! (See David Seminara's March, 2008 backgrounder "No Coyotes Needed" at the CIS website.)

This huge pool of workers includes many who entered the U.S. via specialty work visas such as H-1B. The fact that they remain, contrary to law, causes employment displacement for experienced American citzen technical professionals.

If you don't believe this is important, see a "high tech" employer-interest lobbying group's February 27, 2008 letter to Speaker Pelosi. http://competeamerica.org/news/alliance_pr/Speaker_Pelosi_Letter.pdf Note that Microsoft is one of the contributors to this lobbying organization. As you will note in the last paragraph, this group opposes implementation of Heath Shuler's SAVE Act H.R. 4088.

Google on the phrase "Abramoff Visa" to learn more. There are 61 links on April 28, 2008. Abramoff Visa is a term that this author applies to the controversial H-1B visa program. Lawyer - lobbyist Jack Abramoff served as a Microsoft lobbyist starting in 1995. "Team Abramoff" played an important role in procuring legislative changes to the H-1B visa program that benefitted Microsoft in 1996, 1998, and 2000. Additional background is available via googling on this author's January, 2008 article, "The Greedy Gates Immigration Gambit." Please choose the more readable and engaging PDF version. P.S. The H-1B visa program is being used to import young lawyers, driving down wage scales....

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