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The H1-B Blues

Posted by Charles II on July 16, 2009

Moira Herbst, BW:

Not many computer science professors are activists on immigration policy. But Norm Matloff of the University of California, Davis wears both hats. He has been a vocal critic of the H-1B visa program for skilled immigrants since the mid-1990s, and now maintains a Web page and e-mail listserv discussing offshoring and the H-1B visa program, which he calls a “sham.” He says his motivation is to protect and preserve tech job opportunities for the students he teaches. …

The H-1B visa program inspires heated debate, especially online. The program is controversial for a number of reasons. Some critics say the program allows U.S. companies to import cheaper labor, dampening wages and displacing U.S. workers. Others say it facilitates outsourcing, as it allows Indian-born tech workers to train in the U.S. and then return home and perform the work there. Still others point to mounting evidence of fraud in the program and a lack of government oversight.

Matloff stresses that the problem is not fraud or crime but the H-1B visa law itself. He says that the law as currently written allows H-1B visa holders to receive below-market wages. The policy also allows for age discrimination as older U.S. tech workers are displaced by a younger workforce from abroad. …

This is the point. The H1-B system is bad for Americans, bad for foreigners who are sucked into competing for low wages, and even bad for the industries who compete primarily on low wages rather than on high quality and technological prowess.

Now why the h–l is this guy working with Charles Grassley? Aren’t there any Democrats who care about the collapsing middle class?

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Honduras Coup, Act II, Day 3

Posted by Charles II on July 16, 2009

Via HondurasCoup2009, one of the newspapers of the oligarchy, La Tribuna, published an OpEd by Efraín Moncada Silva, the Government Minister in the Zelaya Administration that points out the even in backwards Honduras, the Constitution requires the police and not the military to arrest people. Moncada Silva says:

According to Article 306 of the Constitution, the judicial organs, will require in exigent cases the aid of public force for the accomplishment of their resolutions. Even supposing, without it being so established, that a crime had been committed, it would fall to the National Police to execute the resolutions of the Judicial Power and not the Armed Forces, which according to Article 274 of the same Constitution have no competency related to the execution of resolutions, dispositions, orders, and legal decisions of the authorities, especially those of the Judicial Power, necause their duties are expressly determined in the aforementioned Art. 274. In that manner, in the violent seizure of the President of the Republic, they consummated without room for doubt, various crimes which sooner or later will have to be determined.

This is the critical point. As I have pointed out below, the illegality of seizing and expelling Zelaya did not begin with expelling him. It began much earlier in the process. The indications are that it began with the earliest judicial rulings against Zelaya, which bore the marks of indifference to legal procedure that became increasingly manifest as the coupistas seized power. But at the very latest, the process indisputably became illegal once the coupistas used the military to perform a civilian function.

Al Giordano, Narco News:

Narco News can confirm, together with reports in other media, that at least three of those four routes – the three most important – have been successfully shut down by peaceful occupations by a citizenry opposed to the coup d’etat regime, as well as vital arteries in the country’s northern coastal regions.

The most important – which links Tegucigalpa to the second largest city, San Pedro Sula to the Northwest – is blocked five kilometers outside of the capital, in the town of El Durazno, reports the French Press Agency (AFP):

“There are also blockades in the Southern Highway, between Juiticalpa and Limones (150 kilometer east of the Capital), between Santa Rosa de Copán and the borders of Guatemala and El Salvador (450 kilometers to the Northeast and in Choloma, in the highway to Puerto Cortés (250 kilometers to the north)…”

(Chomula is an industrial center for multi-national sweatshops, where the workers have taken up the struggle to topple the coup regime.)

“All the protests will be peaceful,” social leader Rafael Alegría told the pro-coup daily La Prensa.

TeleSur reports that Cesar Ham, erroneously reported by El Financiero to have been murdered by the coup, is alive and back in Honduras.

TeleSur also reports that Channel 36 and Radio Globo have been harassed by the coup. Channel 36 had a 2-hour power outage in prime time. The coupistas may also be using the courts to hassle them. At Radio Globo, goons came in and shut it down.

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Senator Klobuchar Makes A Good Point

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 16, 2009

You’ll never hear about on any of the evening TV news channels, but the two Minnesotans on the Senate Judiciary Committee had no trouble at all outshining their Republican counterparts.

Case in point: Senator Amy Klobuchar mentions the fact that back when Judge Sotomayor had appeared before the Senate to be confirmed in two prior Federal appointments, nobody once took her to task for her “wise Latina” comments.

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