Public Policy

Petition: American Taxpayer Dollars Should Not Be Used To Outsource Jobs


Stories of private sector H-1B abuse by businesses have garnered more and more media attention recently. However, last year, an article in Politico highlighted the blatant abuse of the H-1B guest worker program within the Federal Government.

Unfortunately, this H-1B abuse included the U.S. Department of Labor ” the very federal agency charged with the mission: “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.”

While H-1B visas are supposed to be used to fill a gap in high-skilled jobs in which there are no qualified Americans available, shamefully, H1-B visas have been used at the Labor Department to employ foreign guest workers, even at Wage Level 1the lowest wage level classification for workers.

IEEE-USA has raised this matter with the Congress and has led the way in calling for President Donald J. Trump to promptly take presidential action and issue a directive to ban the use of H-1B visas across the federal government.

While a presidential candidate, Trump issued the following statement regarding the H-1B program:

“The H-1B program is neither high-skilled nor immigration: these are temporary foreign workers, imported from abroad, for the explicit purpose of substituting for American workers at lower pay. I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney in Florida when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements. I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.”


In a Presidential Memorandum released on 23 January 2017, President Trump issued a temporary hiring freeze on Federal civilian employees across the board in the Executive Branch. While this memorandum seeks to implement a long-term plan to reduce the size of the Federal Government’s workforce through attrition, a number of people who perform the Federal Government’s work are contract or indirect employees. After this 90-day hiring freeze expires on 23 April 2017, no safeguard is in place to stop U.S. taxpayer dollars from being used in the future to contract out jobs under the H-1B program ” just as they have been contracted out under previous administrations.

We encourage you to contact the White House and reiterate IEEE-USA’s message for presidential action to be implemented across the board in the Executive Branch to stop the federal government from using the H-1B program to outsource jobs during the Trump Administration. You may sign the petition here.

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*If the petition reaches 100,000 signatures in 30 days, it will receive an official update from the White House within 60 days.

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IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members. IEEE-USA is primarily supported by an annual assessment paid by U.S. IEEE Members.

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