Friday, September 17, 2010

India's Credibility Gap

Time for the U.S. to “Not Back Down”

India Cries Wolf: New U.S. Visa Fees are Consistent with International Obligations
-Daniel Costa

“India has a credibility gap vis-à-vis the United States”, writes Immigration expert Daniel Costa for the Economic Policy Institute who has written an excellent article entitled India cries wolf: New U.S. visa fees are consistent with international obligations that implores the State Department and all U.S. policy makers to essentially GROW A PAIR and finally stand up for American citizens who need jobs. In lieu of the recent bill that increases application fees on H-1B/L-1 temporary non-immigrant work visas, the author writes India has threated that they and China “could join forces in lodging a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO).”

A formal complaint! Let's see, what would that look like: “Dear WTO, Just for the record, we find it reprehensible that greedy U.S. politicians let our country, India, get away for years stealing jobs from educated Americans and now they want to look good to voters by sticking us with this goofy temporary guest worker application fee? Who are they kidding? Who cares if the IMF fears a 'social explosion' from America's jobs going to us?”

As supply and demand would dictate, there are not enough jobs for educated Americans and temporary guest worker visa and related migration programs have consequently long outlived their course. As a result, Costa urges the U.S. to not “back down, or even flinch” to India's threats and that Congress rightfully pass legislation proposed by Senators Dick Durbin and Chuck Grassley to significantly limit the maximum share of H-1B and L-1 visa workers in companies operating in the United States when American workers need those those jobs. He explains that it is essential for U.S. citizens seeking employment and our economy to once and for all “fix the legal framework for the H-1B and L-1 visa programs” by creating an effective system of oversight and enforcement “to penalize those who game the system to the detriment of U.S. workers.”

The sense of Indian entitlement to take jobs that Americans need and can do is incredulous, as Costa clarifies  that WTO rules do not  dictate how its members can or should set immigration policies or fees. In addition, the WTO in fact allows the U.S. to impose new fees and requirements, so long as they do not nullify or impair the benefits countries get from the U.S.’s commitments. Nothing prevents a country from “applying measures to regulate” people entering and staying in the country, “including those measures necessary to protect the integrity of…its borders.” Costa recognizes the need to support the interests of U.S. workers here: 

Although a healthy Indo-U.S. relationship is of vital importance, over this issue the U.S. should not back down, or even flinch, in order to satisfy a few companies that do not have in mind the interests of U.S. workers, jobs or the economy. In fact, last year Indian direct foreign investment (FDI) in the U.S. totaled $4.4 billion– which constitutes only 0.19 percent of total FDI in the country – evidence that Indian businesses are not investing much capital here nor creating many jobs.”

In another article addressing the “US' anti-outsourcing “tirade”, Indian outsourcing company Infosys proposes a mind boggling “services pact with the U.S. which allows both nations to set aside specified number of visas (say 20,000 visas) for professionals from the other side.” With a population in excess of one billion, why would India need U.S. citizens to do the work that their infamous best and brightest could do? If the goal is to turn the United States into a third world hellhole, so goes the logic - why not treat Americans just like any other third world hellhole dwellers? The brilliant scheme goes like this:

Building a case for India, in turn, to keep aside 20,000 work permits for US citizens to come and work in the country every year, we need American talent to come to India in sectors such as airline, IT, hospitality and construction industry. So no one (neither side) is losing jobs.”

Wrongo! Enough with the legalized visa slave trade, already. Human beings are not commodities, they are not goods to be traded by neo-frat boys of the corporate state. It is time to restore civility to the people of the U.S. and India. It is time to return sustainability to the people of our local communities. Within the next two months, President Obama and SOS Hillary Clinton have a tremendous opportunity to finally stand up for U.S. workers and stop the Cash Cow of Indian Outsourcing with its disastrous practice of outsourcing  and insourcing jobs to Indian workers that educated Americans can do.



Anonymous said...

Even if this is not just more pre election faux media outrage, it is telling that this country actually believes they have every right to US jobs on TEMPORARY visas, even when there are not enough jobs for the homeys. Unbelievable, this cavalier attitude of rank supremacy.

If US workers demand a right to their jobs they are derided by India for throwing a 'tirade' or harboring protectionism? Are they delusional? Protectionism is the leading factor, btw, for their country's growth, and by the one outsourcing exec's comment to open up their doors and allow 20K US workers to India, why in the world would any American go work in an unsanitary place for slave wages? Their lack of international commerce understanding which mistakes persons for commodities is a testament to their disregard for the human condition. Their bold disavowal for the welfare of US workers clearly exposes their culture of the rat.

Quantitative Queasling said...

When the manufacturing jobs left, we were told that we'd be NO. 1 in the services sector. Legal services = service sector. Getting rid of the legal jobs is just one heck of another way for the US to be NO.1 in the services sector? I guess that's the way we roll, with nobody running the ship.

Anonymous said...

Companies ruined or almost ruined by India, Inc:

PeopleSoft, Sun Micro, Bell Labs (Arun Netravalli - head, closed, turned into a shopping mall), Quark (Alukah Kamar CEO, fired), Skype (Madhu Yarlagadda fired), MIT Media Lab Asia (canceled), Intel Whitefield processor project (cancelled, Indian staff canned), Apple R&D CLOSED in India in 2006, ComAir reservation system, Boeing Dreamliner ILS and collision detection software (written by HCL), Lehman (Spectramind software bought by Wipro, ruined, trashed by slumdog programmers), Dell, United, Delta call centers (closed in India because Premji's conmen don't even know how to use telephones, let alone computers), HSBC ATMs (software taken over by Indians, failed in 2006), AIG (signed outsourcing deal in 2007 in Europe with Accenture Indian frauds, collapsed in 2009), State of Indiana $867 billion FAILED IBM project, World Bank (Indian fraudsters BANNED for 3 years because they stole data). I could post the whole list here but I don't want to crash any servers.

2Truthy said...

"I could post the whole list here but I don't want to crash any servers."


Wow, anon 2, that is some list. Especially the World Bank "(Indian fraudsters BANNED for 3 years because they stole data)." Isn't it interesting that after stole data, they were not banned, like, say, forever?

prezdumas said...

20000 jobs reserved for Americans in India in "the ... hospitality ... industry."

They need maids? From the US? Oh wait a minute. They are not talking maids, it's playboy bunnies! Must be a critical shortage of good looking women in India.