by JOHN BINDER at breitbart.com
Silicon Valley’s biggest tech corporations are continuing mass layoffs in the United States, even as they import more than 34,000 foreign H-1B visa workers to take coveted white-collar jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields, new analysis shows.
The analysis, conducted by researchers at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), found that the top 30 tech corporations — which routinely import foreign workers through the H-1B visa program — have laid off or are planning to lay off nearly 85,000 employees in the U.S. in 2022 and the first quarter of 2023.
At the same time, those same 30 tech corporations imported 34,414 foreign H-1B visa workers to take white-collar jobs in STEM fields. Thirteen of these 30 corporations are outsourcing firms that contract directly with Big Tech companies to funnel foreign workers into jobs.
For years, Breitbart News has chronicled the abuses against white-collar American professionals as a result of the H-1B visa program. There are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements, as highlighted by Breitbart News.
Take Amazon, for example, which imported nearly 6,400 foreign H-1B visa workers to take American jobs last year — more than any other tech corporation or outsourcing firm in the U.S. Meanwhile, Amazon executives have laid off or plan to lay off more than 27,000 U.S. employees.
Likewise, Google imported 1,562 foreign H-1B visa workers last year while laying off or planning to lay off about 12,000 U.S. employees. Meta Platforms, which includes Facebook and Instagram, imported 1,546 foreign H-1B visa workers for American jobs while laying off and planning to lay off 21,000 U.S. employees.
“Rather than turning to the H-1B program as a last resort when U.S. workers cannot be found, most employers hire H-1B workers because they can be underpaid and are de facto indentured to the employer,” EPI researchers Daniel Costa and Ron Hira write:
This is evidenced by government data showing that technology companies continue to hire H-1B workers in large numbers while significantly reducing the sizes of their workforces. [Emphasis added]
Previously, Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) told Breitbart News that major changes are necessary to eliminate corporate America’s abuse of the H-1B visa program.