H1-B, The Untold Story

What I heard the other day from a colleague isn’t the first time I had heard such a story. What is impressive is that all of the news media appears to be paid to ignore it.

His current place of employment has been bringing in a rash of H1-B workers because some in upper management believe cheaper is always better. Over the last couple of years, those managing the projects and doing the accounting have learned that cheaper is never better, and rarely even adequate. The line of failed projects has been getting kind of long.

Ah, but that is not the point of this story. This little company, like most every other company using H1-B workers these days, got paid a visit by Homeland Security. Seems one of their H1-B cheap labor units held very little respect for America or the sanctity of American life. The company got to put him on a plane with a one way ticket.

I wasn’t told whether this was a military/government transport, or a commercial passenger liner. I’m not surprised at the deportation. It has been happening on a pretty large scale from what I hear. I was rather shocked to hear they put a terrorist operative (suspected or otherwise) on a plane.

The part which should be a real eye opener for companies racking up project failures via H1-B labor was that it wasn’t INS which paid the call. I wonder if the managers involved are going to put on their resume “Hired terrorist operatives as a source of cheap labor and had the government deport them.”

Roland Hughes started his IT career in the early 1980s. He quickly became a consultant and president of Logikal Solutions, a software consulting firm specializing in OpenVMS application and C++/Qt touchscreen/embedded Linux development. Early in his career he became involved in what is now called cross platform development. Given the dearth of useful books on the subject he ventured into the world of professional author in 1995 writing the first of the "Zinc It!" book series for John Gordon Burke Publisher, Inc. A decade later he released a massive (nearly 800 pages) tome "The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer" which tried to encapsulate the essential skills gained over what was nearly a 20 year career at that point. From there "The Minimum You Need to Know" book series was born. Three years later he wrote his first novel "Infinite Exposure" which got much notice from people involved in the banking and financial security worlds. Some of the attacks predicted in that book have since come to pass. While it was not originally intended to be a trilogy, it became the first book of "The Earth That Was" trilogy: Infinite Exposure Lesedi - The Greatest Lie Ever Told John Smith - Last Known Survivor of the Microsoft Wars When he is not consulting Roland Hughes posts about technology and sometimes politics on his blog. He also has regularly scheduled Sunday posts appearing on the Interesting Authors blog.