IEEE-USA Career Fly-In
Multinational companies are
firing American citizens and replacing them with cheaper
foreign workers Ė most of whom will never even have a
chance to become American citizens.
It's time to ask
if they are going to stop this.
January, Walt Disney announced it was firing 200 Americans
and replacing them with cheaper H-1B workers.
Southern California Edison announced it was firing 500
Americans and replacing them with cheaper H-1B workers.
In May, Fossil
announced it was firing 200 Americans and replacing them
with cheaper H-1B workers.
Ratings, Pfizer, Northeast Utilities Öthe list keeps
And in most
cases, Americans had to train the workers who replaced them.
it is time to tell Congress ENOUGH!
Join IEEE-USA in Washington, D.C., on
28-29 September for the IEEE-USA Career Fly-In.
Thank you for your interest.
Registration for this event is now closed.
This 28-29 September, IEEE-USA
invites anyone who is worried about the use of H-1B visas to
undermine both the American workforce and true immigration
to come to Washington and ask Congress to do something about
This isnít about keeping
foreign workers out of the country. IEEE-USA supports
high-skill immigration. In fact, one of the problems with
the H-1B visa is that the program makes it harder for
skilled foreign workers to become Americans.
For many companies, that is
the point. H-1Bs are about undercutting American workers and
lowering American wages Ė while making immigration harder
and more difficult. This fly-in is about fairness for both
American and non-American workers.
Who should come to the Fly-In?
Everyone! IEEE-USA needs all interested
engineers (and their families) to join us for this event. It
doesnít matter if you have never done this before, if you
donít know much about politics, or if you donít know much
about the legislative process. IEEE-USA staff will teach
you. What is important is that you care about immigration
reform and sincerely want to help fix our high-skill
If that describes you – IEEE-USA wants you to join us.
The H-1B Visa
H-1B visas are temporary work permits that allow companies to bring skilled workers into the country for a limited number of years. The visas are not immigration visas. Workers using them cannot petition for citizenship or become Americans. In fact, the workers donít even own the visa Ė the company does.
In 2014, the top 11 users of the H-1B visa were outsourcing companies. These
businesses hire inexpensive workers from overseas and then move the workers into
the United States, where they are rented out to other companies at below-market
rates. In 2014, more than 37,000 visas were used by outsourcing companies, and
this would have been higher, but the program is capped at around 130,000 visas
Companies are lobbying Congress to raise the limit to almost 300,000 per year.
Highly educated, talented and innovative engineers hail from all around the
globe. IEEE-USA believes that it is in the best interest of U.S. engineers, the
U.S. economy and the American people to have talented people working in the
United States, rather than somewhere else. But IEEE-USA believes that those workers should be
granted the opportunity to pursue a path to American citizenship -- not just as temporary workers
-- and that they should be paid fair, market-based wages. And they should have the freedom to changes jobs, quit their jobs and create their own jobs at will Ė just like other Americans.
But all of this requires a green card.
IEEE-USA supports efforts to increase the number of EB green cards issued each year to skilled immigrants, especially men and women who have earned advanced degrees in STEM fields from American universities. Our nationís high-skill immigration system ought to be based on these green cards, rather than the H-1B.
But someone has to tell that to Congress.
Fly-In Schedule (tentative)
12:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner (provided by IEEE-USA)
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
All Day Capitol Hill Visits
All participants will meet for a thorough briefing on immigration policy, politics and working with Congress. You'll learn a year's worth of civics in just a few hours. By the time the training is finished, you will be fully prepared to discuss H-1B visas, EB visas and immigration with your legislators.
You will travel to Capitol Hill for
private meetings with your elected leaders and/or their
staff to ask them how they intend to fix the H-1B program.
Personal meetings between voters and their elected officials are the single best way to influence Congress. IEEE-USA will set up your meetings and make it as easy as possible for you to go to Capitol Hill and make a real difference.
Most fly-in participants pay their own travel expenses. IEEE-USA will provide some meals to all participants, and has structured the event to minimize travel expenses.
IEEE-USA will provide funding for a limited number of
engineers to attend this event, based on the political importance of their legislators. In the past, some
IEEE Sections and Regions have also been willing to sponsor a limited number of participants. Contact your
Section and Region leaders directly for more details.
Can't Come to
Meeting directly with
legislators in Washington is the
best way to influence Congress.
But it is also the most
difficult. If you can't join us
on 28-29 September, there are still
ways for you to help engineers
and technology professionals be heard. IEEE-USA encourages engineers to contact their legislators any way you can.
In particular, engineers are encouraged to contact their Elected Officials' local offices, in person or by phone, to express their concerns about the H-1b visa
regarding fly-in logistics or Congressional meetings:
22 September 2015
Russ Harrison, email@example.com