LAWFUEL – The Law Firm Newswire – A video in which an immigration law firm offers advice on avoiding hiring U.S. workers when a foreign worker is preferred for a position set off a firestorm of criticism last week, drawing the attention, and ire, of a U.S. senator and congressman, who call it a “blatant disregard for American workers,” eWeek reports.
In a letter sent June 21 to Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, ask the Department of Labor to review the video and investigate the law firm’s “unethical procedures” and advice to clients.
“We are concerned that companies are abusing the H-1B program. The video explicitly shows how attorneys are aiding companies in this effort. … In addition, we are concerned about the level of fraud monitoring of the H-1B visa program by your Department,” wrote Grassley and Smith.
Grassley and Smith go on to ask how the department is using its “Fraud Free” dollars, if they’ve all been spent and how many complaints of fraud have been investigated.
The Programmers Guild, a tech industry interest group out of Summit, N.J., posted a video on YouTube June 16 featuring excerpts from a series of videos created by the Pittsburgh law firm Cohen & Grigsby. Recorded May 15 as part of a half-day seminar focused on “Hot Topics in Immigration Law,” the videos were to provide free legal tips and practical solutions to hiring managers looking for overseas talent.