Microsoft Lays Off Thousands While Hypocritically Demanding Infinitely More H1-B Visas

Microsoft Lays Off Thousands While Hypocritically Demanding Infinitely More H1-B Visas

Microsoft misspoke… they meant to say there is a shortage of slave labor, not skilled labor. My husband and I have worked in IT all our adult lives. I have always considered Bill Gates to be a poser and just basically evil. Sorry, but that’s how I see it. This just confirms it for me, along with his pushing Common Core and population control. My husband makes a pretty good living – not fantastic – but good. Except he is basically making what he made 10 years ago and that has everything to do with the industry. Many in IT will never have a retirement set up either. So, tell me again why Gates wants an unlimited number of H1-B visas because there just aren’t enough ‘skilled’ technical people out there? There’s a glut, it’s just that Gates doesn’t want to pay for the work he gets. He wants cheap, slave labor from those he can use and discard while he makes more and more money. I’m all for capitalism, but slavery isn’t part of that deal.

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An attendee at the Microsoft Ignite technology conference is seen next to the Microsoft logo in Chicago, Illinois, REUTERS/Jim Young

From The Daily Caller:

Tech giant Microsoft announced Wednesday that it will be laying off approximately 7,800 employees worldwide, bringing a denunciation from a federal lawmaker who says the firings expose the company’s calls for more immigration.

The firings, which will eliminate about 7 percent of the company’s workforce, are concentrated in Microsoft’s troubled mobile phone business, and will eliminate most of the remaining employees from its purchase of Nokia’s phone operation in 2013. Only some of the layoffs are in the U.S., with Finland being hit especially hard with over 2,ooo jobs lost. The firings follow up on the 18,000 layoffs the company made last year, which were also concentrated in the phone business.

Now, Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is slamming Microsoft, saying the layoffs show it is being dishonest when it lobbies for increased immigration into the United States.

“Microsoft has shed roughly 1/5th of its workforce in the past couple years,” Sessions said in a statement sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “And yet Microsoft, perhaps more than any other major U.S. company, has claimed it suffers from a shortage of capable American workers and must therefore import more H-1B foreign guest workers.”

Sessions is a top GOP critic of immigration reform efforts that would offer amnesty for illegal immigrants or allow a surge of new visas for foreign workers. Microsoft, on the other hand, has lobbied intensely for more immigration. The company has endorsed the I-Squared Act of 2015, which would triple the number of H-1B temporary work visas from 65,000 to over 195,000. Microsoft claims it’s unable to fill all its job openings unless the H-1B visa program is expanded to let more skilled workers into the United States. The company is one of the three biggest H-1B employers in the country, and back in 2007 company founder Bill Gates suggested the U.S. should allow an “infinite” number of H-1Bs.

Sessions says Microsoft is simply looking to use cheaper immigrants as a way to drive down labor costs and undercut American workers.

“As Microsoft’s layoffs show, there is a surplus—not a shortage—of skilled, talented, and qualified Americans seeking [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] STEM employment,” he said. “Each year, universities graduate twice as many students with STEM degrees as find STEM jobs. According to the Census Bureau, more than 11 million Americans with STEM degrees are not employed in STEM jobs—or three in four STEM degree holders. Among recent graduates, about 35 percent of science students, 55 percent of technology students, 20 percent of engineering students, and 30 percent of math students are now working in jobs that don’t require any four-year college degree—let alone their area of specialty.”

Sessions made a similar denunciation of Microsoft last year after its first layoff wave.

Jeff Sessions is a courageous man who speaks the truth. One of a very few out there. This has been going on for a long time now. It is something we had to deal with in Nevada 20 years ago. In programming, many of these big firms bring in people from India or outsource programming to India. It’s almost always sub-par, never works and eventually has to be done over. But it doesn’t stop them from trying, because if they can save money on salaries, without cutting their own of course, then hey… it’s worth its weight in gold. Literally. Microsoft has always been notorious for hiring young, brilliant people and working them to death. Then they get rid of them. This is just one more step in a trend they have been following for a very long time. This is why so many in the IT field will tell you in no uncertain terms that Microsoft sucks and Bill Gates is a tyrannical monster. Don’t let his charitable facade fool you – he’s a power hungry, billionaire that feels he is above ordinary people and should be in control. Think of it as the IT version of Game of Thrones.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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