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BuzzFeed has started to pay for long-form investigative journalism recently, and one ripe area that is largely overlooked by the traditional MSM is immigration fraud. Thus, from BuzzFeed today:

Making The Grades
How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process

Molly Hensley-Clancy

BuzzFeed News Reporter
posted on May 26, 2016, at 2:28 p.m.

A college on the edge of Silicon Valley has turned itself into an upmarket visa mill, a BuzzFeed News investigation has found, deploying a system of fake grades and enabling thousands of foreign students to enter the United States each year — while generating millions of dollars in tuition revenue for the school and the family who controls it.

Spending millions on foreign recruiters, Northwestern Polytechnic University enrolls 99% of its students — more than 6,000 overall last year — from overseas, with little regard for their qualifications. It has no full-time, permanent faculty, despite having a student body larger than the undergraduate population of Princeton.
The school issues grades that are inflated, or simply made up, so that academically unqualified students can keep their visas, along with the overseas bank loans that allow the students to pay their tuition. For two years, top college administrators forbade professors from failing any students at all, and the university’s president once personally raised hundreds of student grades — by hand.

Those false credentials are all the students need to stay in the country. Many seek jobs in the tech industry, and their degrees allow them to remain working in the U.S. for years, avoiding the scrutiny of immigration officials that would have come if they had applied for a standard work visa.

 
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  1. Buzzfeed reporting on Chinese and Indian immigration scams? What’s next, Huffington Post reporting on color of crime statistics? I feel like I have awakened in a strange, parallel universe.

    Methinks it has something to do with this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/presumptive-gop-nominee-donald-trump-republican-party-now-a-workers-party/

    and this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/associated-press-donald-trump-clinches-nomination-1238-delegates/

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear. The landslide is coming and for the next 8 years your future (and hopefully some of your current) constituency is going to get sent back from whence it came.

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    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    This might be a good time for that fellow to reprise his Trumpified "The Monster has Escaped From Corsica" post.
    , @The most deplorable one

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear.
     
    Sexist.
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  2. These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

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    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    These students aren't getting green cards (citizenship or permanent residency). They're getting temporary visas that last for 3 years. If Romney got his way, the situation would be even worse.

    There's actually a huge temporary foreign workforce in the U.S., much of it on various visas (H1b, L1, B, OPT, etc). In addition to that, we have the illegals, many of whom started on legal foreign visas. By canceling visas and deporting illegals, we can free up millions of jobs for American workers.

    Lots of H1b visa holders are adjusting their status through the I-485 visa. Depending on how Trump handles that, many of these individuals could have their adjustment cancelled.
    , @The most deplorable one
    Did you also notice the article that claimed that BB King had a low sperm count? Hmmm ...
    , @fish

    I wonder who actually holds the record in this country?
     
    ...and what (if it applies) is his "Cromartie Number".
    , @Triumph104
    O/T

    Brigham Young had 59 children by 16 wives.
    , @Clyde

    Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women.
     
    That one was in the news years ago although the numbers were different. He had a woman in every town, territory or jurisdiction. They had non-compete agreements. (joking)
    , @CJ
    One contender would be R&B singer Screamin' Jay Hawkins, but it's hard to rigorously quantify this sort of thing:

    Hawkins had six marriages; his last wife was 31 at his death.[19] Singing partner Shoutin' Pat Newborn stabbed him in jealousy when he married Virginia Sabellona.[19] He had three children with his first wife and claimed variously to have 57 or 75 in total.[19] After his death, his friend and biographer Maral Nigolian set up a website to trace these children,[20] identifying 33, at least 12 of whom met at a 2001 reunion.[19][21]
     
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  3. @Anonym
    Buzzfeed reporting on Chinese and Indian immigration scams? What's next, Huffington Post reporting on color of crime statistics? I feel like I have awakened in a strange, parallel universe.

    Methinks it has something to do with this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/presumptive-gop-nominee-donald-trump-republican-party-now-a-workers-party/

    and this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/associated-press-donald-trump-clinches-nomination-1238-delegates/

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear. The landslide is coming and for the next 8 years your future (and hopefully some of your current) constituency is going to get sent back from whence it came.

    This might be a good time for that fellow to reprise his Trumpified “The Monster has Escaped From Corsica” post.

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  4. I wonder how many were hired based on these bogus grades ?

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  5. Lot says:

    Big Edu sucks and slurps so much money from taxpayers, and engages in so many abuses that enrich its for profit owners or “non-profit” employers, that they have plenty left over to bribe members of both parties, as well as anyone in the federal government or accreditation groups. The supposedly anti-government Heritage Foundation is also in the pocket of Big Edu and serves to provide “conservative, free market” reasons for taxpayer money to flow to private businesses.

    If, as a congressman, you don’t feel like being a whore for Wall Street or defense contractors, after your “public service” Big Ed will be very happy to drop millions of dollars on politicians who do their evil bidding. And if you feel like you can’t wait until after your “public service” is complete, just have them hire your wife or children to no-show $500,000 a year jobs.

    The number of people who have college degrees working in jobs that require no college, including retail clerks and janitors, is increasing by 10% a year. We have way too many colleges in the USA.

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    • Agree: PV van der Byl
    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    How many jobs "require college", and then how many jobs genuinely do require college? I've been saying this for a decade. People who thought I was a nut are admitting that I was right all along.

    Professionals-doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, attorneys, CPAs-require college, because the law requires it. Engineers require college, because the breadth of knowledge needed is not feasible to convey in any other way (which is also true to varying extents of the above positions.) Teachers require college, well, because. At the high school level, assuming the school is truly teaching high school and not warmed over grade school material (which is a big assumption today), that is valid, but for elementary and middle school not so much.

    Most of the rest is a case of employers wanting college degrees for the same reason as dogs lick their privates, old (male) rock stars screw young supermodels, and women avoid STEM jobs, climbing utility poles or running locomotives.

    Because they can.

    There is, in their minds, little opportunity cost for doing so, and it weeds out the riff-raff in a way that always passes Bona Fide Occupational Qualification muster.

    Dry up the supply by getting rid of Stafford loans and Pell grants and so forth and by making colleges enforce 1950s standards of rigor on the awarding of degrees and this nonsense will stop.

    ALL bachelor's degree awarding programs should be made to test for an honest 1950's standard high school senior level of English composition, comprehension and grammar. All liberal arts programs should require fluency for reading and conversational, idiomatic use of one foreign language which the student did not learn from foreign residence or it being a native language of any of the child's parents or grandparents. All history majors should be required to read and be tested on a basic canon of books published before 1900, unedited for political correctness.

    Electrical engineers should have to pass the FCC General radiotelephone test and demonstrate the ability to solder and troubleshoot basic analog and digital circuits. Similar requirements should be instituted for other engineering and CS majors.

    Then, the bachelor's degree would mean something. It still wouldn't be needed to manage a Wal-Mart, maintain a MRI machine or write for a newspaper-OJT and vo tech could take care of that.

    I'm not holding my breath.
    , @Almost Missouri

    "The number of people who have college degrees working in jobs that require no college, including retail clerks and janitors, is increasing by 10% a year. We have way too many colleges in the USA."
     
    This is another result of the the activist Supreme Court springboarding on "Civil Rights" laws. The Griggs v. Duke Power (1971) decision essentially said private employers can't test job applicants' intelligence because that pesky Disparate Impact might rear its bothersome head.

    Employers would rather have more capable rather than less capable employees, but after Griggs they are not allowed to test their employment candidates. But academia still can, so academia became a huge (and hugely expensive) defacto screening agency for employers who check prospective employees' academic credentials as a proxy for the kind of evaluation employers would have done themselves in the past.

    That this would massively over-credentialize the workforce and massively enrich academia and massively slow everyone's career are supposedly unforeseen consequences of this idiot decision. Which makes me wonder, just how stupid and arrogant do you have to be to be on the Supreme Court?

    Note that the Supremes specifically excluded government employers (such as themselves) from this decision. But since some government employers, such as police and fire departments, have an unaccountable wish for competence, those tests must be subjected to endless Disparate Impact litigation.

    , @Clyde
    Big edu. is highly female oriented. In news reports I always see them parroting the line that education can achieve anything, that it is the key to xxx. In a hundred variations of course. We all know the education workforce, including administrators, is female oriented, gay and lesbian oriented, liberal oriented. Minority oriented edu. workforce in minority neighborhoods.
    So it a paycheck for liberal millions. Usually paid by taxpayers.
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  6. This is another interesting BuzzFeed article on student immigration fraud:

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/mollyhensleyclancy/the-government-set-up-a-fake-university-to-catch-visa-frauds?utm_term=.mlp16AEL9#.fsZv71G4k

    The government actually put in a lot of effort to nab some “recruiters.” Of course, they had to let in 1,500 “students” who they won’t bother to track down and there will be no consequences for the employers.

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  7. Reuters has an article on Chinese cheating – applications, tests ,etc

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-college-cheating-iowa-special-report-idUSKCN0YG2T5

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  8. Foreign graduates of US universities are allowed to work for 3 years under the OPT visa. These graduates can then apply for an H1b visa. The number of H1bs is capped, but there’s no cap on OPT visas.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optional_Practical_Training

    So these universities were basically selling 3-year temporary work visas to foreigners.

    It also wouldn’t surprise me if after 3 years, many of these workers disappeared into the black economy and worked illegally.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    You say the number of H1Bs is capped and I say, "oh yeah? By whom?" Who is enforcing caps on H1Bs? In the last few months I've spent even more time calling on the Fortune 500 in my sales role for a large software company.

    EVERY company I go to teems with subcontinenters. 20 years ago, when I got started in this business, I don't remember the sheer volume of Indians in large businesses where I worked. I remember 40+ year old white people riding out their careers as low level functionaries but not that many Indians. Now, most of the white faces are gone, replaced with Indians wherever you go.

    Just as they are lying about the number of illegals, I am really starting to believe they are lying about the number of legals as well.
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  9. @Harry Baldwin
    These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

    These students aren’t getting green cards (citizenship or permanent residency). They’re getting temporary visas that last for 3 years. If Romney got his way, the situation would be even worse.

    There’s actually a huge temporary foreign workforce in the U.S., much of it on various visas (H1b, L1, B, OPT, etc). In addition to that, we have the illegals, many of whom started on legal foreign visas. By canceling visas and deporting illegals, we can free up millions of jobs for American workers.

    Lots of H1b visa holders are adjusting their status through the I-485 visa. Depending on how Trump handles that, many of these individuals could have their adjustment cancelled.

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  10. Alex Jones ripped Social Justice Warrior Glenn Beck apart on The Anthony Cumia Show. The reason I call Glenn a SJW is because lately he has been praising the Left a lot, whether it is Hildabeast or Mark Zuckerberg.

    That fat tub of German lard said 8 years of Hildabeast in power is more tolerable than 8 years of Donald Trump in power.

    Anybody who votes for the anti-White Social Justice Warrior closet Lesbian is not a real Conservative.

    Michelle Fields is another Social Justice Warrior who disguised herself as a Conservative. But ever since she joined The Huffington Post a website that is to the political Left of Chuck Schumer, she has shown her true colors.

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  11. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Anonym
    Buzzfeed reporting on Chinese and Indian immigration scams? What's next, Huffington Post reporting on color of crime statistics? I feel like I have awakened in a strange, parallel universe.

    Methinks it has something to do with this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/presumptive-gop-nominee-donald-trump-republican-party-now-a-workers-party/

    and this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/associated-press-donald-trump-clinches-nomination-1238-delegates/

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear. The landslide is coming and for the next 8 years your future (and hopefully some of your current) constituency is going to get sent back from whence it came.

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear.

    Sexist.

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    You actually bring up an interesting point: the media is very female now. Will the click-bait media manage to stump the Trump using its current weaponry and crew:

    https://twitter.com/lheron/status/733758898855940098

    Is shaming, scolding, virtue-signaling and loooooooooving the latest John Oliver monologue enough to stop The Donald? I don't think so. Unfortunately for the Boomers in the MSM, they never really hired or kept on enough hideously White male journalists younger than themselves who could have now manned the keyboards and microphones in this darkest of hours. Good.

    Maybe Touré can stump the Trump? Has anyone seen Touré?

    , @TK421

    Sexist.
     
    Such transphobia! I'm sure there are some female scrotums tightening as well.
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  12. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

    Did you also notice the article that claimed that BB King had a low sperm count? Hmmm …

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    • Replies: @gruff
    He made it up on volume.
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  13. @The most deplorable one

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear.
     
    Sexist.

    You actually bring up an interesting point: the media is very female now. Will the click-bait media manage to stump the Trump using its current weaponry and crew:

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    • Replies: @Cagey Beast
    Hmmm, the link to the Twitter post didn't seem to go through. Here's a story on the photo of the Huffington Post editorial meeting they were so proud of for being "diverse", ie not male:

    http://www.returnofkings.com/87377/huffington-post-staff-photo-shows-that-their-idea-of-diversity-is-hiring-only-non-black-women
    , @anonymous-antimarxist

    Maybe Touré can stump the Trump? Has anyone seen Touré?
     
    Perhaps Touré is laying low while he is transitioning both sexually and racially, and while he is at it also learning some Hebrew, so that he can fit in with the other yentas who run the HuffPo.

    Or Touré could be hiding from the IRS:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/22/toure-neblett-msnbc-host-owes-nearly-60k-in-taxes-/
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  14. @The most deplorable one

    The Overton window is shifting and the gatekeepers of the left have a tightening of the scrotum and the cold, clammy sweat of fear.
     
    Sexist.

    Sexist.

    Such transphobia! I’m sure there are some female scrotums tightening as well.

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    • Replies: @Cletus Rothschild
    "I’m sure there are some female scrotums tightening as well."

    Which would make them male, of course. Which brings me to Hillary Clinton. She sure acts like every other man who's held such offices before her. Which makes me suspicious. Have any of you actually SEEN "her" genitals? The drive to see Obama's birth certificate gave rise to the birthers. I want a drive to see Clinton's genitals to give rise to the cunters. I am a cunter.
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  15. Look at the bright side.

    They could have gone to a real California University and caused all sorts of problems with cheating and causing problems for real students. And if it had been a public U then CA citizens would be partly paying for them.

    Of course if they had come here a few years ago there would have been another ‘University’ they could have attended that would have gladly taken their money…

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    • Replies: @Former Darfur
    This kind of stuff was going on when I taught vo tech in the early 90s. We had several Arab/Paki/Indian students on the books who never showed up to class, took no tests, and were never awarded certificates, but they were allowed to stay and work as long as they were students.

    What was happening, I later found out, was that the school leased the building from an Arab owned firm. They got a reduced rate for the lease and, supposedly, cash kickbacks to the upper staff for these shenanigans. Management went along as long as they didn't actually have to award a diploma to the no-shows. The "students" "paid tuition", but took up no classroom space or supplies, and would mysteriously drop out about a month before graduation.

    After I quit, the INS and the state board got wind of it and two of the administration simply vanished. Apparently they were thought to have left the country, or something. One of them I met years later, but that was after the statute of limitation had evidently run out. The school was fined about $250K, from what I remember, but is still in business.
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  16. Simple solution:

    1) cap the percentage of student body and tuition revenues that any university can have from abroad.

    2) Require universities and colleges to eat half of all student loan defaults.

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    • Replies: @Lugash
    It's simpler than that. Stop the sadism and let student loan debt be discharged in bankruptcy. We'll see sanity return to education market after the implosion.
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  17. @Cagey Beast
    You actually bring up an interesting point: the media is very female now. Will the click-bait media manage to stump the Trump using its current weaponry and crew:

    https://twitter.com/lheron/status/733758898855940098

    Is shaming, scolding, virtue-signaling and loooooooooving the latest John Oliver monologue enough to stop The Donald? I don't think so. Unfortunately for the Boomers in the MSM, they never really hired or kept on enough hideously White male journalists younger than themselves who could have now manned the keyboards and microphones in this darkest of hours. Good.

    Maybe Touré can stump the Trump? Has anyone seen Touré?

    Hmmm, the link to the Twitter post didn’t seem to go through. Here’s a story on the photo of the Huffington Post editorial meeting they were so proud of for being “diverse”, ie not male:

    http://www.returnofkings.com/87377/huffington-post-staff-photo-shows-that-their-idea-of-diversity-is-hiring-only-non-black-women

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  18. John Derbyshire has written about this on a couple of occasions, recently.

    A good explanation is in a Times of India news report.

    Even a cursory tour of the institutions and interviews with students points to a massive academic rip-off where getting a good education and earning a degree is secondary to immigration. These are basically education warehouses, diploma mills that are acting as turnstiles for hopeful immigrants.

    Because this “business model” affects the overall sterling reputation of students from India, thousands of whom gain admission to America’s greatest institutions and best universities, the story needs to be told in some detail.

    Over the past decade or so, there has been an explosion of engineering colleges in the (undivided) Andhra Pradesh. By some accounts, the state has more than 700 engineering colleges, with more than 300,000 seats, a third of which are unfilled because supply exceeds demand. The thousands of students graduating from these dodgy colleges are poorly skilled to even land a job in India.

    But the United States is an attractive destination because a few Chinese-American entrepreneurs have engineered a business model to take advantage of this massive overflow of “engineers” who want to migrate to America, “higher education” being just an excuse. So for $20,000 (close to Rs 14 lakh at current exchange rates), institutions such as SVU and NWP lower the bar for students to gain admission to their courses (sans any rigor with regards to qualifying tests such as GRE or GMAT), facilitate their post-degree job search, and mainstream them in the US.

    Remarkably, the institutions have very few Chinese students (compared to Indians), although some students at NWP said they also had Pakistani classmates.

    The scam appears to be well reported in the press in India—Air India went so far as to deny boarding passes to “students” who were headed to San Francisco.

    The comments sections in the Indian newspapers are scathing, so while it may be well known, it is not quite socially normalized behavior. There also appears to be an impression over there that it’s “those Telegus” who do this. Telegus are an 80 million strong linguistic group in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

    http://www.indiawest.com/news/global_indian/air-india-defends-decision-to-deny-indian-students-boarding-passes/article_2ed20830-b49e-11e5-8b5c-b3d35d4b5897.html

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/many-telugus-figure-in-us-fake-varsity-scam/article8442548.ece

    This outraged statement by a fake diploma mill is amusing.

    http://www.americanbazaaronline.com/2016/01/05/northwestern-polytechnic-university-threatens-to-sue-air-india-over-f-1-visa-imbroglio/

    They are, of course, a cash cow.

    http://cis.org/north/chinese-run-us-school-indian-foreign-students-reaps-profits-30-million-year

    The US accrediting institution, which is at fault, seems to be under pressure.

    http://cis.org/north/some-minor-good-news-visa-mills-accrediting-official-leaves-job

    And last, but not least, a remarkable first-person account by a remarkably candid Indian student gaming the system.

    http://cis.org/north/below-average-applicant-tells-how-he-got-f-1-visa-attend-below-average-american-university

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  19. @The most deplorable one
    Did you also notice the article that claimed that BB King had a low sperm count? Hmmm ...

    He made it up on volume.

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  20. why would a left wing site report on this.

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  21. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    Foreign graduates of US universities are allowed to work for 3 years under the OPT visa. These graduates can then apply for an H1b visa. The number of H1bs is capped, but there's no cap on OPT visas.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optional_Practical_Training

    So these universities were basically selling 3-year temporary work visas to foreigners.

    It also wouldn't surprise me if after 3 years, many of these workers disappeared into the black economy and worked illegally.

    You say the number of H1Bs is capped and I say, “oh yeah? By whom?” Who is enforcing caps on H1Bs? In the last few months I’ve spent even more time calling on the Fortune 500 in my sales role for a large software company.

    EVERY company I go to teems with subcontinenters. 20 years ago, when I got started in this business, I don’t remember the sheer volume of Indians in large businesses where I worked. I remember 40+ year old white people riding out their careers as low level functionaries but not that many Indians. Now, most of the white faces are gone, replaced with Indians wherever you go.

    Just as they are lying about the number of illegals, I am really starting to believe they are lying about the number of legals as well.

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    • Replies: @Bleuteaux
    Absolutely. It's 20% of my Fortune 100. I also visit a LOT of other Fortune 500 companies. Always about 20%.
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  22. http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/26/hillary-clinton-warns-trumps-para-military-deportation-force/

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is trying to raise fears of deportation. During a campaign event today, Clinton described what she calls Donald Trump’s proposed “deportation force.”

    “I want you to think about that deportation force for a minute, where we would have police, para-military — whatever his deportation force consists of — raiding homes and workplaces across America,” she said.

    She’s totally trolling Trump here. But to her own detriment.

    “Hillary, like most left-wingers, suffers from what people like to call a ‘failure of the imagination’ when it comes to anything not in the leftist playbook. Of course, if left-wingers had imaginations or liked to think things through, they probably wouldn’t be left-wingers. This is why she’d be a lousy president, no imagination. Just more warmed-over Boomer leftovers. I have a much more elegant solution for the problem. The first thing I’d do, I’d target employers with heavy, heavy fines, much the same way we do with drug traffickers now. They’re human traffickers, the people who illegally employ criminal aliens, so it makes sense to go after them like traffickers. I’d tell the immigration police to do their jobs and investigate them. And when we find them, I’ll slap them with yuuuge fines, really really big fines. This will send a message to all of the criminals who employ criminal aliens, and they’ll stop hiring criminal aliens if they want to stay in business.

    The second thing I’d do is remove as many public services as possible for criminal aliens. These people aren’t citizens, and they aren’t legitimate taxpayers, so they shouldn’t be eligible for public services provided by taxpayers. That’s just stealing.

    And of course we’ll provide them help in getting home, travel expenses, that sort of thing.

    So, with no way for the criminals to make a living, and no way for them to cheat our welfare system, they’ll all go home. And we’ll get the whole thing done without any use of force, except against fat cat employers of criminal aliens who have been getting rich stealing jobs and wages from American workers.

    Of course, Hillary and the media will come back with some learned helplessness about finding these traffickers. But we put a man on the moon and split the atom, so I think we can handle identifying criminal aliens from legitimate citizens. I think E-Verify is up to the task, but if it isn’t, I’ll reform it so it is up to the task.

    They’ll say we’re breaking up families, but that’s nonsense. We’ll be reuniting them with their families back home.”

    Trump should knock this one out of the park. In fact, he should probably wait until the debates to unload this one on Hillary, even if she doesn’t bring it up.

    Not to mention the hay he can make over Hillary’s lurid imagination, and what it says about her fitness for office.

    “So when Donald Trump talks about deporting 11 million immigrants, he’s talking about ripping apart families like Carla’s,” she said.

    “See? What did I tell you?

    When criminal aliens break our laws and jump our borders and cheat our system while law-abiding immigrants wait in line, that’s when their families got broken up. If they were so concerned with their families, they would have stayed home, kept their families together, and provided their kids with good, law-abiding role models.”

    This stuff writes itself.

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  23. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    “EVERY company I go to teems with subcontinenters. 20 years ago, when I got started in this business, I don’t remember the sheer volume of Indians in large businesses where I worked. I remember 40+ year old white people riding out their careers as low level functionaries but not that many Indians. Now, most of the white faces are gone, replaced with Indians wherever you go.

    Just as they are lying about the number of illegals, I am really starting to believe they are lying about the number of legals as well.”

    I see this too, especially in any technical areas, and wonder what’s really going on.

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    In 2000, I worked for GE's reinsurance unit. GE hired Indians in India by the score and then had an in-house placement operation to distribute their services among profit centers. I spent a lot of time interviewing them over the phone trying to find one that wasn't full of crap.

    Point is, GE was so motivated to go around American employees, they hired relatively low skilled Indians before they even knew how they would use them.

    Eventually, the new hires became "skilled" and were physically imported to work in places like Avon, CT.
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  24. @Harry Baldwin
    These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

    I wonder who actually holds the record in this country?

    …and what (if it applies) is his “Cromartie Number”.

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  25. @Wilkey
    Simple solution:

    1) cap the percentage of student body and tuition revenues that any university can have from abroad.

    2) Require universities and colleges to eat half of all student loan defaults.

    It’s simpler than that. Stop the sadism and let student loan debt be discharged in bankruptcy. We’ll see sanity return to education market after the implosion.

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  26. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    I assume everyone’s seen this story?

    “THE HIDDEN WORKFORCE EXPANDING TESLA’S FACTORY”, Louis Hansen, Mercury News, May 15, 2016:

    “…The unemployed electrician had no qualifications to oversee American workers and spoke only a sentence or two of English. He never set foot in South Carolina. The companies that arranged his questionable visa instead sent Lesnik to a menial job in Silicon Valley. He earned the equivalent of $5 an hour to expand the plant for one of the world’s most sophisticated companies, Tesla Motors…

    Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws

    …About 140 workers from Eastern Europe, mostly from Croatia and Slovenia, built a new paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont plant, a project vital to the flagship Silicon Valley automaker’s plans to ramp up production…

    …believes local sheet metal workers lost tens of thousands of work hours and millions of dollars in wages. …

    …the U.S. government hasn’t done enough to halt such arrangements, and has become an unwitting partner by allowing the workers to enter the country on a nonimmigrant visa for tourism and business, known as a B1/B2. Replacing U.S. workers with foreign visa holders for construction work is an improper use of the business visa, they say.”

    “Tesla CEO Elon Musk vows to probe findings in this newspaper’s investigation”, Louis Hansen, Mercury News, 17-May-2016:

    “…assistant district director for the U.S. Department of Labor in San Jose, said the agency typically investigates reports of much smaller imported workforces…

    …The agency has seen an increase in reports regarding B-1/B-2 visa holders on job sites, he said. “It’s shocking that in one of the wealthiest places in the world — Silicon Valley — people are getting paid even less than the federal minimum wage,” he said.”

    Not really. Don’t you guys get out and around?

    “…Tesla said it followed the law… …Lesnik broke both his legs and suffered a concussion after falling three stories through a loose panel in the factory roof. The company said it was cleared of responsibility…”

    Of course. All nice and legal, no question about that.

    “Tesla contractor launches probe into pay, conditions for foreign workers”, Louis Hansen, Mercury News, 18-May-2016:

    “…paid as little as $5 an hour to workers expanding the electric car company’s Fremont plant…

    …subcontractor ISM Vuzem paid a work force of about 140 Eastern European men substandard wages. It added that its contract with Vuzem explicitly stated a $55 hourly labor rate…

    …The newspaper’s investigation… profiled Gregor Lesnik, a construction worker brought in from Slovenia to help build the new high-tech paint shop…

    …Two other Vuzem workers interviewed said they received about $10 an hour to work at the plant. The men arrived with B1-B2 visas, which broadly ban hands-on construction work.

    …Tesla hired Eisenmann to build the paint shop, and Eisenmann hired Vuzem…

    “Tesla actually paid $55/hr,” tweeted Musk…”

    …Vuzem provided Lesnik’s contract, pay schedule and time cards to a judge… translates to an hourly rate of $5.60.

    …Lesnik regularly worked more than 40 hours a week. In his first eight days, for example, he worked 80 hours

    …director of immigration law and policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, said companies often use a series of subcontractors for construction projects. The arrangement gives a company legal distance…”

    Charge $55/hour and pay $5.60. Nice little profit margin, or maybe the cost of doing business in the modern high-tech US.

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    Musk's "investigation" is like O.J. finding the real killers.
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  27. Pretty soon the debasing of College through fake diploma mills will mean an end to the work-around to Griggs vs. Duke Power. I.E. IQ tests or other IQ dependent tests for hiring in corporate America.

    As Steve points out, corporate employers use the College Degree as a sorting mechanism, as a proxy for a minimum floor for IQ. Debase that so that its hard to tell the real degree from the fake one, and other things will come out.

    Quite likely most work going to “gig” stuff where sites such as People Per Hour, Upwork etc. offer various professionals who take online exams to verify skills. They either pass the site’s certification or the don’t with varying degrees of expertise.

    [Just realized that's Thunderbird 3 in the picture of Steve at Christmas. Awesome.]

    This means of course more hollowing out of White full time employment and particularly White male full time employment, likely figurehead “Diversity” hires doing nothing and the real work done by poorly paid and worse motivated gig employees with a website middleman. American competitiveness goes further down the drain in service to the Diversity Religion.

    There is much the Cold War has to answer for, the American response to Soviet National Liberation Communism of Western “Diversity” is probably the biggest.

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  28. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The same thing has been occurring in the UK.

    Those damned fools at New Labour deliberately loosened immigration controls in order to create a ‘much wanted immigration boom’ and one means of doing this was by tar getting ‘education’ which New Labour managed to bastardize from a faculty into an ‘industry’. You see, the dirty cheats and liars at New Labour massively expanded higher education whilst not concurrently increasing funding. UK universities were encouraged to recruit vast numbers of ‘overseas’ students purely as a source of revenue – and not, as the naive amongst might think, for the higher ideals of disseminating knowledge. The bait for the overseas students was eventual settlement in the UK by being ‘fast tracked’ after graduation.

    Needles to say subcons – the greatest grifters and fraudsters the world has ever seen -exploited the New Labour policy to the utmost hilt and enormous numbers of ‘students’ , exponentially increasing, poured in. Soon to be followed by their imported wives and anchor babies. And council houses and ‘child tax credits soon followed’.

    Belatedly, the Tories tried to change things.

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  29. @Harry Baldwin
    These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

    O/T

    Brigham Young had 59 children by 16 wives.

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  30. @Lot
    Big Edu sucks and slurps so much money from taxpayers, and engages in so many abuses that enrich its for profit owners or "non-profit" employers, that they have plenty left over to bribe members of both parties, as well as anyone in the federal government or accreditation groups. The supposedly anti-government Heritage Foundation is also in the pocket of Big Edu and serves to provide "conservative, free market" reasons for taxpayer money to flow to private businesses.

    If, as a congressman, you don't feel like being a whore for Wall Street or defense contractors, after your "public service" Big Ed will be very happy to drop millions of dollars on politicians who do their evil bidding. And if you feel like you can't wait until after your "public service" is complete, just have them hire your wife or children to no-show $500,000 a year jobs.

    The number of people who have college degrees working in jobs that require no college, including retail clerks and janitors, is increasing by 10% a year. We have way too many colleges in the USA.

    How many jobs “require college”, and then how many jobs genuinely do require college? I’ve been saying this for a decade. People who thought I was a nut are admitting that I was right all along.

    Professionals-doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, attorneys, CPAs-require college, because the law requires it. Engineers require college, because the breadth of knowledge needed is not feasible to convey in any other way (which is also true to varying extents of the above positions.) Teachers require college, well, because. At the high school level, assuming the school is truly teaching high school and not warmed over grade school material (which is a big assumption today), that is valid, but for elementary and middle school not so much.

    Most of the rest is a case of employers wanting college degrees for the same reason as dogs lick their privates, old (male) rock stars screw young supermodels, and women avoid STEM jobs, climbing utility poles or running locomotives.

    Because they can.

    There is, in their minds, little opportunity cost for doing so, and it weeds out the riff-raff in a way that always passes Bona Fide Occupational Qualification muster.

    Dry up the supply by getting rid of Stafford loans and Pell grants and so forth and by making colleges enforce 1950s standards of rigor on the awarding of degrees and this nonsense will stop.

    ALL bachelor’s degree awarding programs should be made to test for an honest 1950′s standard high school senior level of English composition, comprehension and grammar. All liberal arts programs should require fluency for reading and conversational, idiomatic use of one foreign language which the student did not learn from foreign residence or it being a native language of any of the child’s parents or grandparents. All history majors should be required to read and be tested on a basic canon of books published before 1900, unedited for political correctness.

    Electrical engineers should have to pass the FCC General radiotelephone test and demonstrate the ability to solder and troubleshoot basic analog and digital circuits. Similar requirements should be instituted for other engineering and CS majors.

    Then, the bachelor’s degree would mean something. It still wouldn’t be needed to manage a Wal-Mart, maintain a MRI machine or write for a newspaper-OJT and vo tech could take care of that.

    I’m not holding my breath.

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    How many jobs “require college”, and then how many jobs genuinely do require college?
     
    In an earlier post some time ago, I recounted my experience a couple of decades ago of being hired by a leading British multi-national bank from my New York job in a US bank, and being surprised that many of their senior management had not been to college.

    This was because, until recently, the career "A-track" programs at many large UK firms often hired the best students straight from high school and trained them in-house.

    And these employees were second to no others in their professional, personal or intellectual poise and capacity.

    Equally, the graduating students at the better UK high schools (until recently) were expected to have acquired sufficient skills in reading, writing, public speaking, history, literature, and science to go out into the world of work as functioning and capable adults.

    Except for the sciences and specialized professions such as medicine or law, they were ready to take on the world of work. Even today, UK students specialize in law or medicine straight out of high school, rather than spend four years making up for the deficiencies of high school education.

    Other commenters chipped in, with how that experience—of big firms hiring straight out of high school—was common in Canada too until a couple of decades ago. Someone pointed out the example of the late Peter Jennings, the poised, polished and deeply knowledgeable anchorman at ABC News, as someone who began working in journalism straight out of high school.

    , @Jim Don Bob
    Employers require college degrees because testing applicants was declared Raaaaacist by the Supremes back in the 70s.

    Whoops, Almost Missouri beat me to it. WRT the Supremes, you don't have to be stupid, just be a Harvard or Yale graduate who has no real world experience but many lovely theories.

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  31. Greed knows no bounds.

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  32. @anony-mouse
    Look at the bright side.

    They could have gone to a real California University and caused all sorts of problems with cheating and causing problems for real students. And if it had been a public U then CA citizens would be partly paying for them.

    Of course if they had come here a few years ago there would have been another 'University' they could have attended that would have gladly taken their money...

    This kind of stuff was going on when I taught vo tech in the early 90s. We had several Arab/Paki/Indian students on the books who never showed up to class, took no tests, and were never awarded certificates, but they were allowed to stay and work as long as they were students.

    What was happening, I later found out, was that the school leased the building from an Arab owned firm. They got a reduced rate for the lease and, supposedly, cash kickbacks to the upper staff for these shenanigans. Management went along as long as they didn’t actually have to award a diploma to the no-shows. The “students” “paid tuition”, but took up no classroom space or supplies, and would mysteriously drop out about a month before graduation.

    After I quit, the INS and the state board got wind of it and two of the administration simply vanished. Apparently they were thought to have left the country, or something. One of them I met years later, but that was after the statute of limitation had evidently run out. The school was fined about $250K, from what I remember, but is still in business.

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  33. Good story.

    I also enjoyed the bonus in the comments of:

    a) The Chinese student reporter – from Fremont coincidently – complaining of the shocking amateurism of the investigating journalist.

    b) The daffy wasp student on Rhodes Island asking why anyone should worry about fake colleges when these fake students will obviously become major contributors to American advancement.

    Education is becoming such an industry the West will end up with a small number of elite institutions bobbing on top of a sea of Potemkin schools churning out robot minders.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/05/british-universities-are-whipping-up-a-mad-boom-thats-bound-to-go-bust/

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  34. @Former Darfur
    How many jobs "require college", and then how many jobs genuinely do require college? I've been saying this for a decade. People who thought I was a nut are admitting that I was right all along.

    Professionals-doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, attorneys, CPAs-require college, because the law requires it. Engineers require college, because the breadth of knowledge needed is not feasible to convey in any other way (which is also true to varying extents of the above positions.) Teachers require college, well, because. At the high school level, assuming the school is truly teaching high school and not warmed over grade school material (which is a big assumption today), that is valid, but for elementary and middle school not so much.

    Most of the rest is a case of employers wanting college degrees for the same reason as dogs lick their privates, old (male) rock stars screw young supermodels, and women avoid STEM jobs, climbing utility poles or running locomotives.

    Because they can.

    There is, in their minds, little opportunity cost for doing so, and it weeds out the riff-raff in a way that always passes Bona Fide Occupational Qualification muster.

    Dry up the supply by getting rid of Stafford loans and Pell grants and so forth and by making colleges enforce 1950s standards of rigor on the awarding of degrees and this nonsense will stop.

    ALL bachelor's degree awarding programs should be made to test for an honest 1950's standard high school senior level of English composition, comprehension and grammar. All liberal arts programs should require fluency for reading and conversational, idiomatic use of one foreign language which the student did not learn from foreign residence or it being a native language of any of the child's parents or grandparents. All history majors should be required to read and be tested on a basic canon of books published before 1900, unedited for political correctness.

    Electrical engineers should have to pass the FCC General radiotelephone test and demonstrate the ability to solder and troubleshoot basic analog and digital circuits. Similar requirements should be instituted for other engineering and CS majors.

    Then, the bachelor's degree would mean something. It still wouldn't be needed to manage a Wal-Mart, maintain a MRI machine or write for a newspaper-OJT and vo tech could take care of that.

    I'm not holding my breath.

    How many jobs “require college”, and then how many jobs genuinely do require college?

    In an earlier post some time ago, I recounted my experience a couple of decades ago of being hired by a leading British multi-national bank from my New York job in a US bank, and being surprised that many of their senior management had not been to college.

    This was because, until recently, the career “A-track” programs at many large UK firms often hired the best students straight from high school and trained them in-house.

    And these employees were second to no others in their professional, personal or intellectual poise and capacity.

    Equally, the graduating students at the better UK high schools (until recently) were expected to have acquired sufficient skills in reading, writing, public speaking, history, literature, and science to go out into the world of work as functioning and capable adults.

    Except for the sciences and specialized professions such as medicine or law, they were ready to take on the world of work. Even today, UK students specialize in law or medicine straight out of high school, rather than spend four years making up for the deficiencies of high school education.

    Other commenters chipped in, with how that experience—of big firms hiring straight out of high school—was common in Canada too until a couple of decades ago. Someone pointed out the example of the late Peter Jennings, the poised, polished and deeply knowledgeable anchorman at ABC News, as someone who began working in journalism straight out of high school.

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    Due to technology the workforce simply doesn't need that many people. Credentialing lowers unemployment levels by delaying people's entry into the workforce and funding employment for educators and bureaucrats. In the US, liberal arts professors are complaining that many students no longer take their freshmen level courses because the student received credit for passing an AP exam (and saved time and tuition costs).

    Peter Jennings dropped out of high school in grade 10. However, his father was a broadcaster for CBC and Peter had his first radio show at the age of 9.

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  35. @Lot
    Big Edu sucks and slurps so much money from taxpayers, and engages in so many abuses that enrich its for profit owners or "non-profit" employers, that they have plenty left over to bribe members of both parties, as well as anyone in the federal government or accreditation groups. The supposedly anti-government Heritage Foundation is also in the pocket of Big Edu and serves to provide "conservative, free market" reasons for taxpayer money to flow to private businesses.

    If, as a congressman, you don't feel like being a whore for Wall Street or defense contractors, after your "public service" Big Ed will be very happy to drop millions of dollars on politicians who do their evil bidding. And if you feel like you can't wait until after your "public service" is complete, just have them hire your wife or children to no-show $500,000 a year jobs.

    The number of people who have college degrees working in jobs that require no college, including retail clerks and janitors, is increasing by 10% a year. We have way too many colleges in the USA.

    “The number of people who have college degrees working in jobs that require no college, including retail clerks and janitors, is increasing by 10% a year. We have way too many colleges in the USA.”

    This is another result of the the activist Supreme Court springboarding on “Civil Rights” laws. The Griggs v. Duke Power (1971) decision essentially said private employers can’t test job applicants’ intelligence because that pesky Disparate Impact might rear its bothersome head.

    Employers would rather have more capable rather than less capable employees, but after Griggs they are not allowed to test their employment candidates. But academia still can, so academia became a huge (and hugely expensive) defacto screening agency for employers who check prospective employees’ academic credentials as a proxy for the kind of evaluation employers would have done themselves in the past.

    That this would massively over-credentialize the workforce and massively enrich academia and massively slow everyone’s career are supposedly unforeseen consequences of this idiot decision. Which makes me wonder, just how stupid and arrogant do you have to be to be on the Supreme Court?

    Note that the Supremes specifically excluded government employers (such as themselves) from this decision. But since some government employers, such as police and fire departments, have an unaccountable wish for competence, those tests must be subjected to endless Disparate Impact litigation.

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  36. @anonymous
    I assume everyone's seen this story?

    "THE HIDDEN WORKFORCE EXPANDING TESLA’S FACTORY", Louis Hansen, Mercury News, May 15, 2016:


    "...The unemployed electrician had no qualifications to oversee American workers and spoke only a sentence or two of English. He never set foot in South Carolina. The companies that arranged his questionable visa instead sent Lesnik to a menial job in Silicon Valley. He earned the equivalent of $5 an hour to expand the plant for one of the world’s most sophisticated companies, Tesla Motors...

    ...Overseas contractors are shipping workers from impoverished countries to American factories, where they work long hours for low wages, in apparent violation of visa and labor laws...

    ...About 140 workers from Eastern Europe, mostly from Croatia and Slovenia, built a new paint shop at Tesla’s Fremont plant, a project vital to the flagship Silicon Valley automaker’s plans to ramp up production...

    ...believes local sheet metal workers lost tens of thousands of work hours and millions of dollars in wages. ...

    ...the U.S. government hasn’t done enough to halt such arrangements, and has become an unwitting partner by allowing the workers to enter the country on a nonimmigrant visa for tourism and business, known as a B1/B2. Replacing U.S. workers with foreign visa holders for construction work is an improper use of the business visa, they say."

     

    "Tesla CEO Elon Musk vows to probe findings in this newspaper's investigation", Louis Hansen, Mercury News, 17-May-2016:


    "...assistant district director for the U.S. Department of Labor in San Jose, said the agency typically investigates reports of much smaller imported workforces...

    ...The agency has seen an increase in reports regarding B-1/B-2 visa holders on job sites, he said. "It's shocking that in one of the wealthiest places in the world -- Silicon Valley -- people are getting paid even less than the federal minimum wage," he said."

     

    Not really. Don't you guys get out and around?


    "...Tesla said it followed the law... ...Lesnik broke both his legs and suffered a concussion after falling three stories through a loose panel in the factory roof. The company said it was cleared of responsibility..."

     

    Of course. All nice and legal, no question about that.

    "Tesla contractor launches probe into pay, conditions for foreign workers", Louis Hansen, Mercury News, 18-May-2016:


    "...paid as little as $5 an hour to workers expanding the electric car company's Fremont plant...

    ...subcontractor ISM Vuzem paid a work force of about 140 Eastern European men substandard wages. It added that its contract with Vuzem explicitly stated a $55 hourly labor rate...

    ...The newspaper's investigation... profiled Gregor Lesnik, a construction worker brought in from Slovenia to help build the new high-tech paint shop...

    ...Two other Vuzem workers interviewed said they received about $10 an hour to work at the plant. The men arrived with B1-B2 visas, which broadly ban hands-on construction work.

    ...Tesla hired Eisenmann to build the paint shop, and Eisenmann hired Vuzem...

    ..."Tesla actually paid $55/hr," tweeted Musk..."

    ...Vuzem provided Lesnik's contract, pay schedule and time cards to a judge... translates to an hourly rate of $5.60.

    ...Lesnik regularly worked more than 40 hours a week. In his first eight days, for example, he worked 80 hours...

    ...director of immigration law and policy research at the Economic Policy Institute, said companies often use a series of subcontractors for construction projects. The arrangement gives a company legal distance..."

     

    Charge $55/hour and pay $5.60. Nice little profit margin, or maybe the cost of doing business in the modern high-tech US.

    Musk’s “investigation” is like O.J. finding the real killers.

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  37. @TK421

    Sexist.
     
    Such transphobia! I'm sure there are some female scrotums tightening as well.

    “I’m sure there are some female scrotums tightening as well.”

    Which would make them male, of course. Which brings me to Hillary Clinton. She sure acts like every other man who’s held such offices before her. Which makes me suspicious. Have any of you actually SEEN “her” genitals? The drive to see Obama’s birth certificate gave rise to the birthers. I want a drive to see Clinton’s genitals to give rise to the cunters. I am a cunter.

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  38. @Harry Baldwin
    These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

    Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women.

    That one was in the news years ago although the numbers were different. He had a woman in every town, territory or jurisdiction. They had non-compete agreements. (joking)

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  39. @Lot
    Big Edu sucks and slurps so much money from taxpayers, and engages in so many abuses that enrich its for profit owners or "non-profit" employers, that they have plenty left over to bribe members of both parties, as well as anyone in the federal government or accreditation groups. The supposedly anti-government Heritage Foundation is also in the pocket of Big Edu and serves to provide "conservative, free market" reasons for taxpayer money to flow to private businesses.

    If, as a congressman, you don't feel like being a whore for Wall Street or defense contractors, after your "public service" Big Ed will be very happy to drop millions of dollars on politicians who do their evil bidding. And if you feel like you can't wait until after your "public service" is complete, just have them hire your wife or children to no-show $500,000 a year jobs.

    The number of people who have college degrees working in jobs that require no college, including retail clerks and janitors, is increasing by 10% a year. We have way too many colleges in the USA.

    Big edu. is highly female oriented. In news reports I always see them parroting the line that education can achieve anything, that it is the key to xxx. In a hundred variations of course. We all know the education workforce, including administrators, is female oriented, gay and lesbian oriented, liberal oriented. Minority oriented edu. workforce in minority neighborhoods.
    So it a paycheck for liberal millions. Usually paid by taxpayers.

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  40. @Cagey Beast
    You actually bring up an interesting point: the media is very female now. Will the click-bait media manage to stump the Trump using its current weaponry and crew:

    https://twitter.com/lheron/status/733758898855940098

    Is shaming, scolding, virtue-signaling and loooooooooving the latest John Oliver monologue enough to stop The Donald? I don't think so. Unfortunately for the Boomers in the MSM, they never really hired or kept on enough hideously White male journalists younger than themselves who could have now manned the keyboards and microphones in this darkest of hours. Good.

    Maybe Touré can stump the Trump? Has anyone seen Touré?

    Maybe Touré can stump the Trump? Has anyone seen Touré?

    Perhaps Touré is laying low while he is transitioning both sexually and racially, and while he is at it also learning some Hebrew, so that he can fit in with the other yentas who run the HuffPo.

    Or Touré could be hiding from the IRS:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/apr/22/toure-neblett-msnbc-host-owes-nearly-60k-in-taxes-/

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  41. @Former Darfur
    How many jobs "require college", and then how many jobs genuinely do require college? I've been saying this for a decade. People who thought I was a nut are admitting that I was right all along.

    Professionals-doctors, dentists, pharmacists, veterinarians, attorneys, CPAs-require college, because the law requires it. Engineers require college, because the breadth of knowledge needed is not feasible to convey in any other way (which is also true to varying extents of the above positions.) Teachers require college, well, because. At the high school level, assuming the school is truly teaching high school and not warmed over grade school material (which is a big assumption today), that is valid, but for elementary and middle school not so much.

    Most of the rest is a case of employers wanting college degrees for the same reason as dogs lick their privates, old (male) rock stars screw young supermodels, and women avoid STEM jobs, climbing utility poles or running locomotives.

    Because they can.

    There is, in their minds, little opportunity cost for doing so, and it weeds out the riff-raff in a way that always passes Bona Fide Occupational Qualification muster.

    Dry up the supply by getting rid of Stafford loans and Pell grants and so forth and by making colleges enforce 1950s standards of rigor on the awarding of degrees and this nonsense will stop.

    ALL bachelor's degree awarding programs should be made to test for an honest 1950's standard high school senior level of English composition, comprehension and grammar. All liberal arts programs should require fluency for reading and conversational, idiomatic use of one foreign language which the student did not learn from foreign residence or it being a native language of any of the child's parents or grandparents. All history majors should be required to read and be tested on a basic canon of books published before 1900, unedited for political correctness.

    Electrical engineers should have to pass the FCC General radiotelephone test and demonstrate the ability to solder and troubleshoot basic analog and digital circuits. Similar requirements should be instituted for other engineering and CS majors.

    Then, the bachelor's degree would mean something. It still wouldn't be needed to manage a Wal-Mart, maintain a MRI machine or write for a newspaper-OJT and vo tech could take care of that.

    I'm not holding my breath.

    Employers require college degrees because testing applicants was declared Raaaaacist by the Supremes back in the 70s.

    Whoops, Almost Missouri beat me to it. WRT the Supremes, you don’t have to be stupid, just be a Harvard or Yale graduate who has no real world experience but many lovely theories.

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  42. I worked for Homeland Security back in 2005. One of the cases I worked on involved a diploma mill in my hometown that was giving out degrees to immigrants at the cyclic rate so they could come in on work visas and student visas.

    They made millions of dollars. In 2005 I was cross checking various FLE databases to make sure the “students” were not on any terrorist lists.

    My CIS people didn’t care about the overall immigration fraud going on, just that we catch us some “terrists”.

    I used tell that story all the time and nobody bats an eyelash. It’s been shifting lately though, Thank God for Trump.

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  43. CJ says:
    @Harry Baldwin
    These are the kind of students to each of whose diplomas Mitt Romney wanted to staple a Green Card. Guess he got his wish.

    OT: The other day there was a story posted here about a settlement to the estate of a criminal who had father 13 children by 11 women. I thought that was pretty spectacular. Today, Drudge reports that BB King father 15 children by 15 different women. I wonder who actually holds the record in this country? (No Saudi princes may compete.)

    One contender would be R&B singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, but it’s hard to rigorously quantify this sort of thing:

    Hawkins had six marriages; his last wife was 31 at his death.[19] Singing partner Shoutin’ Pat Newborn stabbed him in jealousy when he married Virginia Sabellona.[19] He had three children with his first wife and claimed variously to have 57 or 75 in total.[19] After his death, his friend and biographer Maral Nigolian set up a website to trace these children,[20] identifying 33, at least 12 of whom met at a 2001 reunion.[19][21]

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  44. @anonymous
    "EVERY company I go to teems with subcontinenters. 20 years ago, when I got started in this business, I don’t remember the sheer volume of Indians in large businesses where I worked. I remember 40+ year old white people riding out their careers as low level functionaries but not that many Indians. Now, most of the white faces are gone, replaced with Indians wherever you go.

    Just as they are lying about the number of illegals, I am really starting to believe they are lying about the number of legals as well."


    I see this too, especially in any technical areas, and wonder what's really going on.

    In 2000, I worked for GE’s reinsurance unit. GE hired Indians in India by the score and then had an in-house placement operation to distribute their services among profit centers. I spent a lot of time interviewing them over the phone trying to find one that wasn’t full of crap.

    Point is, GE was so motivated to go around American employees, they hired relatively low skilled Indians before they even knew how they would use them.

    Eventually, the new hires became “skilled” and were physically imported to work in places like Avon, CT.

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  45. I thought Saturday Night Live already covered this many years ago:

    http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/winston-university/n9203

    If the link doesn’t work google Billy Crystal SNL Winston University

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  46. @PiltdownMan

    How many jobs “require college”, and then how many jobs genuinely do require college?
     
    In an earlier post some time ago, I recounted my experience a couple of decades ago of being hired by a leading British multi-national bank from my New York job in a US bank, and being surprised that many of their senior management had not been to college.

    This was because, until recently, the career "A-track" programs at many large UK firms often hired the best students straight from high school and trained them in-house.

    And these employees were second to no others in their professional, personal or intellectual poise and capacity.

    Equally, the graduating students at the better UK high schools (until recently) were expected to have acquired sufficient skills in reading, writing, public speaking, history, literature, and science to go out into the world of work as functioning and capable adults.

    Except for the sciences and specialized professions such as medicine or law, they were ready to take on the world of work. Even today, UK students specialize in law or medicine straight out of high school, rather than spend four years making up for the deficiencies of high school education.

    Other commenters chipped in, with how that experience—of big firms hiring straight out of high school—was common in Canada too until a couple of decades ago. Someone pointed out the example of the late Peter Jennings, the poised, polished and deeply knowledgeable anchorman at ABC News, as someone who began working in journalism straight out of high school.

    Due to technology the workforce simply doesn’t need that many people. Credentialing lowers unemployment levels by delaying people’s entry into the workforce and funding employment for educators and bureaucrats. In the US, liberal arts professors are complaining that many students no longer take their freshmen level courses because the student received credit for passing an AP exam (and saved time and tuition costs).

    Peter Jennings dropped out of high school in grade 10. However, his father was a broadcaster for CBC and Peter had his first radio show at the age of 9.

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  47. @Anon
    You say the number of H1Bs is capped and I say, "oh yeah? By whom?" Who is enforcing caps on H1Bs? In the last few months I've spent even more time calling on the Fortune 500 in my sales role for a large software company.

    EVERY company I go to teems with subcontinenters. 20 years ago, when I got started in this business, I don't remember the sheer volume of Indians in large businesses where I worked. I remember 40+ year old white people riding out their careers as low level functionaries but not that many Indians. Now, most of the white faces are gone, replaced with Indians wherever you go.

    Just as they are lying about the number of illegals, I am really starting to believe they are lying about the number of legals as well.

    Absolutely. It’s 20% of my Fortune 100. I also visit a LOT of other Fortune 500 companies. Always about 20%.

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  48. I graduated from undergrad less than 10 years ago from a modestly well known Midwestern private university. When I went to school, I never saw Chinese there, ever. At the big public universities? Sure, all the time.

    I went back for a reunion event a couple of months ago, I swear the Chinese students must now make up 15% of the student body. That’s probably low four figures compared to almost zero less than a decade ago.

    If the OWS crowd wants to do any good, it could turn on the academics who import tens of millions of Asians for the express purpose of keeping tuition rates skyrocketing.

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  49. People (if they notice such cases at all) flail and cry foul that the accredidation system–the university–is being cheated.

    They fail to notice that the “degrees” themselves are of so little inherent worth that people can function perfectly well on fake ones. Accredidation is a scam, but so far it’s mostly foreigners who are willing to admit this and so pay to bypass the process entirely.

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