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America's High Tech Sweatshops

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The topic I chose to research and present my findings upon is high-tech sweatshops that are peppered around the United States. I based my topic off of an article from BusinessWeek Online titled “America’s High-Tech Sweatshops” written by Steve Hamm and Moira Herbst. This topic sparked my interest because I did not know such activities transpired in the United States of America. I feel this article shines a light on an issue the American people are not aware of and something American businesses either are not aware or do not care to be aware of something so unjust.

The main issue discussed in this article is how small tech companies in America are committing fraud and violating U.S. law when it comes to visas for foreign workers and charging many fees to foreign workers. Many of these companies can be found in northern New Jersey right across the Hudson River from the booming city of Manhattan, New York. The high-companies tend to focus on younger workers from foreign countries, such as India. They offer these young workers a comfortable job in the U.S. and a chance to pay for a visa to work in the U.S. for a certain amount of time. This visa is known as the H-1B and around 65,000 of these are given out to foreign workers every year. The H-1B is a temporary work visa that allows professionals to work in the U.S. and stimulate the economy for three to a maximum of six years. A Green Card is needed to stay in the U.S. after these six years expire (“H-1B Work Visa”).

Many of these companies have horrible outcomes for the foreign workers who are trying to come to America for a better future. The first negative outcome is the foreign worker gets to the U.S. and realizes, after paying enormous fees for a temporary work visa that they never really got a visa because the visa is held by the employer, not the employee. This can lead to being kicked out of the country by the government. The second negative outcome is the worker gets to America and finds that...

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