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Outsourcing Firm Boss Convicted Of H-1B Visa Fraud

The head of an outsourcing firm that brings in foreign guest workers on the H-1B was convicted of visa fraud.

Rohit Saksena, 42, was convicted and sentenced to a $40,000 fine after fraudulently bringing in foreign workers on the H-1B visa to the U.S. by claiming they had secured jobs at a California company.

Saksena, according to New Hampshire Public Radio, is the head of an outsourcing firm, Saks IT Group, that is contracted by big businesses to import H-1B workers. These firms are often referred to as “body shops,” as they turn a profit from importing often cheaper, workers to replace Americans.

In 2014 and 2015, Saksena requested 45 foreign workers through the H-1B visa, claiming that they were going to be taking jobs with a company out of Cupertino, California. But, the California company said they were unaware of the requests and the foreign workers imported by Saksena ended up taking jobs with other companies, a violation of visa law.

“It’s a serious crime, because, you want to protect the integrity of these programs. Ultimately, they depend on people being honest,” Prosecutor Mark Zuckerman told New Hampshire Public Radio.

“It’s a very important program,” Zuckerman continued. “A lot of industries, frankly, rely on it. And when it gets subverted like this, it makes it that much more difficult to administer.”

The H-1B visa faced controversy and scandal since inception. Critics have blasted the visa program for importing foreign workers who end up replacing Americans.

Every year, more than a 100,000 new foreign guest workers enter the U.S. under the H-1B visa. Since universities and nonprofits are exempt from the cap, the number of foreign workers taking American jobs has ballooned to the hundreds of thousands.

(First reported by Breitbart News)   (August 11, 2017)

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