Up for re-election next year and challenged from within his own party, Tillis is attempting to be all things to all people, and hoping none of those people will catch on.
Currently, Tillis is supporting fellow Republican Mike Lee’s S.386 bill, which would remove the cap on the number of Indian workers eligible for H-1B visas and open the floodgates to large numbers anxious to undercut U.S. graduates in applying for high-tech American jobs.
Existing law caps the number of green cards issued to Indians at about 10,000. The S.386 bill would allow up to 50,000 to acquire green cards and thus a pathway to citizenship.
Tillis’s home state of North Carolina already has a large number of foreign workers from the Indian subcontinent. In 2017, companies in N.C. asked the federal government for visas to import another 10,000 H-1B workers to 30,000 H-1Bs already in place. The outsourcing goes both ways, of course. As Indian workers are brought in, American jobs are sent to India.
- In 2016, the Charlotte Observer quoted an employee at Charlotte-based Bank of America: “If you go into any development team in the bank, I don’t know of any American developers that I’ve worked with over the last couple of years. They’re all Indian.”
- In 2017, Mooresville-based Lowes moved 125 technology jobs to India.
- Also in 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield laid off 165 customer service representatives in Durham, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem and outsourced the jobs to Accenture, a global company with 150,000 Indian employees.
- In August, 2019, Walmart announced it was handing over the outsourcing of 569 jobs in its finance and accounting department in Charlotte to the Indian-led company Genpact. Genpact plans to move the jobs to Costa Rica and Mexico.
All this seems just fine to Senator Tillis, who frequently complains–on behalf of his corporate donors–about the “shortage” of skilled labor and the need for foreign workers.
Yet there is that pesky election coming up, so Tillis had his press secretary tell Breitbart last month:
Senator Tillis joined his colleagues to introduce President Trump’s immigration plan to build the wall and secure our border, end chain migration, etc, etc.
Right. Every now and then (if you’re a senator, it’s every six years), you have to pay some attention to the yokels who do the voting, even if it means momentarily stepping back from the people you really work for: the corporate donors.
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