June 21, 2007, - 11:51 am
By Debbie Schlussel
A lot of readers are sending me this truly outrageous video of a May 15, 2007 seminar held by the law firm of Cohen & Grigsby, training clients and others how to avoid hiring qualified Americans and hire foreign aliens. You’ll note that Cohen lawyer Lawrence M. Lebowitz, a Director and Vice President of the firm, blatantly states:
Our goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker. And in a sense that sounds funny. But it’s, uh, what were trying to do here.
First of all, WHERE the heck is ICE in investigating this fraudulent “compliance” with the H-1b visa and greencard requirements? This law firm ought to be prosecuted, since they are openly advising people how to get around the law, rather than abiding by the letter of it. And second, these lawyers should be investigated by the Attorney Grievance Commissions in all of the states in which the firm has practices:
The firm is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has offices in Bonita Springs, Florida and Naples, Florida.
Not surprising, under the heading “Our Clients” on the Cohen & Grigsby site, there is no listing of any. Gee, I wonder why.
So, ICE Princess, where are your agents on this one? Attorneys who commit crimes are not covered by the attorney-client privilege in doing so.
As I’ve repeatedly written, there is a lot of fraud in the H-1b Visa biz, whether it’s fashion models or hockey coaches or, in this case, less glamorous, but more important jobs for which Americans are qualified but aren’t being hired. And the ads posted in the newspapers are phony. This video just further confirms it.
Kudos to the Programmers Guild (the group’s blog here) for shooting this video and posting it for the public. The Programmers Guild
advocates for the interests of software professionals, including opposing displacement by H-1b workers and the offshoring of U.S. jobs and technologies to countries that have unfair wage and labor standards.
Read more about this video and how and why it was shot in this press release by Mark Cromer of CAPS (Californians for Population Stabilization).
Go to the group’s site and its more updated blog to see so much more important info on H-1b fraud taking jobs away from American programmers and how the claims of a shortage of American labor in their profession is a complete lie.
Just doing the job that Americans WANT to do. But are being prevented from doing by sleazebag lawyers like the ones at Cohen & Grigsby.
Thanks to all the loyal, patriotic, and concerned readers who sent this very disturbing tip.
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