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Rep. Issa calls So. Calif. Edison tech layoffs 'deeply disturbing'

Patrick Thibodeau | Feb. 9, 2015
The layoffs of IT workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) has drawn the attention of U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.), who called reports that the H-1B visa program is being used to replace part of SCE's workforce "deeply disturbing."

"If this occurs, each year the number of new IT guestworkers and STEM green card beneficiaries will be greater than the number of new hires of young IT college graduates in 2011," argued the EPI. The report was authored by Hal Salzman, a professor of public policy at Rutgers; Daniel Kuehn, a researcher at the Urban Institute; and Lindsay Lowell, director of policy studies at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University.

The EPI paper also said that "the large supply of young guestworkers not only provides competition to new U.S. graduates, but also provides a large supply of younger, lower-paid workers who can substitute for older workers."

 

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