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  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 Congress
if they are going to stop this.


In January, Walt Disney announced it was firing 200 Americans and replacing them with cheaper H-1B workers.

In February, 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.

Cargill, Nielson Ratings, Pfizer, Northeast Utilities Öthe list keeps growing.

And in most cases, Americans had to train the workers who replaced them.

IEEE-USA thinks 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 it.

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 immigration system.

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 per year.

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)
 

28 September

12:00 - 5:30 p.m. Immigration Policy Briefing
6:00 p.m. Dinner (provided by IEEE-USA)

29 September

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. All Day Capitol Hill Visits

Day One: 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.

Day Two: 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.



Funding

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 Washington, D.C.?

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


Contacts:

Questions regarding fly-in logistics or Congressional meetings:
Russ Harrison
IEEE-USA
(202) 530-8326
r.t.harrison@ieee.org

 

Updated:  22 September 2015
Contact: Russ Harrison, r.t.harrison@ieee.org

 

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