Mr. Siskind and others seem to take offense that I consider H-1Bs to be
slaves and that Dr. Norman Matloff considers them to be de facto indentured
servants. Perhaps Siskind and other like minded lawyers are so busy getting
rich by helping companies to write visas that they haven't taken the time
think about what they are really doing. My website at www.ZaZona.com has
many of the facts on nonimmigrant visas, but as a public service I will
tutor Siskind about the law and how it relates to the English language.
(a) Webster's New World Dictionary defines indenture - "a contract binding
person to work for another person for a given length of time, as an
apprentice to a master, or an immigrant to a service." Siskind provides the
rest of the information on his website
(http://www.visalaw.com/00jan3/10jan300.html) by establishing the H-1Bs
a binding contract when he wrote: "In an H-1B visa application, the US
employer is called the petitioner and the foreign worker is called the
beneficiary." If the H-1B loses his or her job, the visa goes out of status
and that means deportation. Employers use the threat of deportation to
sublimate and intimidate their chattel. Indentured servitude always has a
time limit and H-1Bs are no exception. As Siskind writes, "The H-1B visa
allows workers in specialty occupations – areas that normally require a
college degree – to work in the US for up to a total of six years."
(b) The dictionary defines slavery as follows: "1 : drudgery, toil, 2 :
submission to a dominating influence, 3 a : the state of a person who is a
chattel of another." The submission takes place because, as Siskind
explains, the employer sponsors the visa and can revoke the visa simply by
terminating the employment of the H-1B.
While some may argue semantics it would be better for discourse if we used
the English language instead of lawyer doublespeak. Euphemisms aside, H-1B
and L-1 visa holders are modern day slaves. That fact doesn't change just
because they work in a cubicle instead of a cotton field.
Siskind understands how to write visas but he proved he doesn't know much
about employment issues when he stated that Silicon Valley is not
representative of the American employment situation. White collar
professionals throughout the country are suffering the pains of
as they are displaced by the cheap young blood of nonimmigrant workers.
Silicon Valley is just a high profile example of this job destruction.
Siskind may think it's great for our economy when H-1B and L-1 visas are
used for a variety of professions but the American citizens that he is
forcing into unemployment won't share his joy, or his riches. This slavery
program must be stopped before there is no more middle class.
In my original letter to Siskind I stated that slavery is antithetical to
all major religions, including his own. He vehemately objects to that
fact while at the same time chastizing American citizens who want to
their jobs. Is the pot calling the kettle black?
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