According to a new report, Silicon Valley’s largest major businesses are continuing enormous layoffs in the U.S. while importing over 34,000 H-1B workers to fill desirable white-collar positions in engineering, science, technology, and Math (STEM) areas.
The analysis, which was carried out by researchers at the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), revealed that the top 30 technology firms, which frequently import foreign workers by means of the H-1B visa program, have either laid off or intend to lay off close to 85,000 employees in the United States in 2022 and during the first quarter of 2023.
At the same time, the same 30 technology firms imported 34,414 foreign H-1B visa employees to fill white-collar STEM jobs. Thirteen of those 30 companies are outsourcing organizations that have direct contracts with Big Tech companies to place foreign workers.
Breitbart News has been documenting injustices targeting white-collar American professionals as a consequence of the H-1B visa program for years. At any given time, there are around 650,000 H-1B visa foreign employees in the United States. According to Breitbart News, Americans are frequently laid off during the process and required to train their foreign replacements.
Consider Amazon, which recruited over 6,400 foreign H-1B visa employees to fill American jobs this past year – more than any other U.S. tech giant or outsourcing company. Meanwhile, Amazon officials have laid off or intend to lay off 27,000 employees in the United States.
Similarly, Google imported 1,562 foreign H-1B visa employees last year despite laying off or preparing to lay off approximately 12,000 American workers. Meta Platforms, including Instagram and Facebook, hired 1,546 foreign H-1B visa employees for American jobs despite laying off or preparing to lay off 21,000 American workers.
“Instead of using the H-1B program as an option of last resort when American employees can’t be found,” EPI analysts Daniel Costa and Ron Hira write: “the vast majority of employers hire H-1Bs due to the fact that they are frequently underpaid and are effectively indentured to the employer.”
“Government data shows that tech firms continue to hire a large number of H-1B employees while substantially shrinking the size of their workforces.”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) has also told Breitbart News that the federal government should prioritize reaching full employment for Americans before firms begin importing foreign visa laborers to fill such available positions.
“It makes no sense whatsoever to bring in foreign workers to take on their jobs at this time when we still have millions of Americans out of work,” Cotton stated in the 2020 interview. “We must focus on getting American citizens reintegrated into the labor force and back to work.”