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New Jersey IT Company Busted for Exploiting H-1B Cheap Labor Program, Must Pay $350,000 In Restitution

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A New Jersey IT staffing and consulting company has admitted to abusing the H-1B foreign labor program, and will have to repay almost $350,000 in restitution to workers under an agreement reached with federal prosecutors on Tuesday.

Savantis Solutions is a longtime H-1B ‘chopshop,’ offering services within the American technology industry with the use of cheaper immigrant labor. They’re one of many companies accused of damaging the employment prospects of American workers through foreign replacements, who have little to no traditional employment rights under the conditions of the H1B visa and have been compared to indentured workers.

In Hudson County, New Jersey, just north of where Savantis is quartered, the employment of Indian-born software developers appear to have played a critical role is displacing American workers from the technology industry in the area.

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Court documents reveal that Savantis failed to pay their H1B workers the legally required wages from 2014 to 2018, and unlawfully required workers to pay security deposits as a condition of their employment.

A Department of Justice press release summarizes its settlement with Savantis, revealing that the Middlesex County company will have to pay a total of $345,365 plus interest to current and former employees of the company.

Savantis has also agreed to retain an outside law firm to audit the company’s practices, and their compliance with American immigration law and existing H1B rules and regulations.

The H1B visa has largely been put on ice during the coronavirus pandemic, but it couldn’t be any more obvious that this program is devastating to American workers, and exploitative to the foreign workers who are essentially bound to unethical companies with greedy business practices. It’s time to abolish the obsolete H1B visa.

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Joe Biden’s DHS Nominee: I Will Stop Construction of Border Wall

Also says he’s not sure what to do with the amount of wall already built.

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Joe Biden’s pick to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Alejandro Mayorkas, has said that he would attempt to stop construction of the US-Mexico border wall if the Senate confirms him to his post.

President-elect Biden has committed to stop construction of the border wall. It would be my responsibility to execute on that commitment, and I have not looked at the question of what we do with respect to the wall that already has been built,” Mayorkas said before the Senate Homeland Security Committee at his confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Senator Josh Hawley, who announced his intention to object to a quick confirmation of Mayorkas, pointed out that Congress approved $1.4 billion in additional wall funds in December, meaning that Mayorkas simply cannot refuse to keep building the wall.

Mayorkas said in response: “What I would need to do is to understand what the law provides with respect to the obligation of funds to construct the border wall and see what the opportunities are to discontinue any such obligations if in fact the law permits.”

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Hawley stated that his objection to Mayorkas’ quick confirmation lies in his failure to adequately explain “how he will enforce federal law and secure the southern border given President-elect Biden’s promise to roll back major enforcement and security measures.”

Big League Politics has written about Mayorkas before. When Biden first nominated him, we recalled his oversight of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at a time of record-breaking immigration levels and his eagerness to rubber-stamp green card and visa worker applications. We also reported on Senator Tom Cotton’s statement back in November that he would vote against Mayorkas’ confirmation.

As it stands, however, Mayorkas will be confirmed even if every Republican voted “no” and every Democrat voted “yes,” for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris holds the tiebreaking vote.

Brace yourselves for the Biden administration’s all-out assault against President Trump’s immigration policies.

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