Jack “Jay” Palmer was reportedly awarded millions of dollars by the federal government for his help in exposing the massive visa fraud perpetraded by his employer, the Indian outsourcing giant Infosys.
Today, he told the Senate Judiciary committee that Infosys was not alone in abusing the American immigration system, and choked up when describing the effects of such practices on American workers.
“We brought in H-1B workers; didn’t matter if you had skills or not,” Palmer said of Infosys. “We brought them in, I sat them in cubicles and watched the Americans train them only in the name of the dollar.”
In 2013, Infosys agreed to a $34 million settlement with federal prosecutors, the largest such penalty on record. But the problem still continues at other workplaces around the country. Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University, testified that companies that have recently replaced American workers with foreign nationals include Disney in Florida, Harley Davidson in Wisconsin, and Pfizer in Connecticut.
“These companies bombard our system with H1-B applications, and whoever gets them, they’re sent over, no matter their skill level,” said Palmer. “I know. I watched it.”