Weekly September 18, 2000
Arthur L. Zabenko, Editor
Nina Manchanda, Assistant Editor
Marc Ellis, Chat Transcripts Editor
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Schedule of Fees for Consular Services for I-864, AOS
October 1, 2000, there will be a new $50.00 fee for
filing an I-864, Affidavit of Support, at consulates.
Target Newest Immigrants
Orange County Register reports that immigrants are paying
thousands of dollars to brokers and scam artists who
promise to help immigrants but provide no service. Immigrants
are easy prey for shady consultants because of the long
waits involved in the process and illegal aliens often
have not way to become legal. The article offers a list
of legitimate organizations that can help immigrants
with their immigration problems.
Women and Abuse
Public Radio's All Things Considered reports on domestic
violence faced by immigrant women whose husbands control
their wives immigration status in the US. The article
includes an audio link to interviews with women who
are working their way out of violent relationships as
well as information on the social agencies of "Sakhi"
and "Nav Nirmaan."
Draconian Criminal Provisions
D. Mehta, Esq. writes on the harsh provisions for
immigrants with criminal convictions made part of the
law by the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant
Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA.).
to the Editor
The following are in response to an
article by Prof. Norman Matloff in the September
12, 2000 issue of the Washington Post.
Mr. Matloff's article attempts
to make a very simple deception: The H-1B program is
misused by US employers who want to use cheap labor
instead of more demanding US workers. The writer dismisses
the safeguards that have been built into the H-1B law
(the labor condition application). He says simply "The
law requiring that H-1Bs be paid 'prevailing wage' is
"riddled with loopholes," nor does he identify the loopholes.
In fact, it is clear that he does not understand the
prevailing wage regulations. For example, he criticizes
an H-1B wage of $35,000 per year as being under the
"national average for new computer science graduates,"
but the labor condition application is not built on
the national average of wages -- it is built on the
prevailing wage in a defined geographical area. More…
Therese L. Stewart,
I was flattered to see my name in a publication
so distinguished as the Washington Post, but surprised
to see myself misquoted. I have never written an article
or opinion about the H-1B program nor have I advocated
that employers pay foreign workers less than US workers
as implied in the Washington Post. On the contrary, all
US Employers must pay aliens the prevailing wage as calculated
by the US Department of Labor. Recent decisions have drawn
these wage distinctions very strictly in favor of US workers
and no deviations are permitted. The statement that American
employers are inundated with applicants and resumes for
high-tech jobs is patently untrue, and the characterization
of H-1B workers as "indentured servants" from India, "underpaid"
and "trapped" with their US employers, is fanciful hyperbole.
Attorney at Law
Let me take exception to Professor
Norman Matloff's "Taking Exception." In Tuesday's Post
Professor Matloff attacked lifting the cap on H-1B visas.
H-1B visas allow highly qualified foreign nationals to
enter the United States to relieve the acute shortage
of skilled professionals. Professor Matloff arguments
are a chain of anecdotes that he does not support with
hard data from public sources. More…
Irving J. Spitzberg,
Jr. President and Counsel
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