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The stories are hauntingly similar. Tech worker lands a good job, builds her skills, compiles an impressive litany of customer accolades, garners years of favorable performance reviews, and when she least expects it, she's replaced by a Pakistani brought in by a foreign outsourcing company.
Adding insult to injury? She's gotta train Habib to do her job.
A Disney IT worker who was laid off and replaced by foreign workers along with hundreds of his colleagues broke down in tears before a Senate panel Thursday while telling his story.
"During the holiday season of 2014, I was sent a meeting invitation by a prominent Disney executive. With an excellent review in hand along with company announcements of record profits my mind buzzed with thoughts of a promotion or a bonus," Leo Perrero, the former Disney worker testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. "I walked into a small conference room with about two dozen highly respected fellow IT workers. The Disney executive made a harsh announcement to us all."
That harsh announcement, Perrero said, was that Disney was laying him and hundreds of others off. He would be without a job in 90 days.
"Your jobs have been given over to a foreign workforce," Perrero recalled the executive saying. "In the meantime you will be training your replacements until your jobs are 100 percent transferred over to them and if you don't cooperate you will not receive any severance pay."
It's a scene repeated countless times across the American technology sector. Cheap foreigners, with no discernable skills, are replacing seasoned American workers.
And in addition to the humiliation accompanying having to train your language-challenged replacement, there's the "non-disparagement clause" in your termination agreement, in which you certify that you, your family, friends, and acquaintances, will never speak ill of your former employer, including any complaints about H1-B visa abuse.
It's almost as if they've got something to hide.
"I started to think what kind of American was I becoming? Was I going to become part of ruining our country by taking severance pay in exchange for training my foreign replacement? How many other American families would be affected by the same foreign worker that I trained?" he said through tears.
A better question is, what kind of "American" sells his soul to foreign outsourcers?
I'll bet you're thinking right about now, Wysocki is going to tell us that Ted Cruz will protect American jobs.
And with God as my witness, I sincerely with I could say that to you.
Alas, it would be untrue.
Because Ted Cruz loves the H1-B visa scam. He's all-in for foreigners. It mars, perhaps fatally, his otherwise examplary record of conservative fortitude.
Don't count on Marco Rubio either. Senator Amnesty wants to triple the number of foreigners coming here to take our tech jobs.
So, who's the only candidate who says he'll return American jobs to Americans?
You guys know I'm no Trumpeter. In fact, I find him to be obnoxiously execrable.
But on this issue he has a point. He's firmly out in front of protecting American jobs. And as it happens, the issue of H1-B visa abuse could sway my vote. So if Donald Trump is serious, if he's really going to send foreign carpetbaggers back to Bangalore and Timbuktu, well, I could see myself holding my nose and pulling his lever in November.
It occurs to me that if a candidate wanted to build a broad-based coaliton, he'd emphasize a bunch of disparate issues that appealed to disaffected swaths of the electorate. And he'd cobble together those swaths into a force that exuded inevitability.
Then he'd sit back and wait for the electorate to coalesce in favor of his platitudes. Who knows, it might be enough to send him across the finish line.
Am I on the Trump Train?
But I'm thinking about taking an Uber to the station.
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