James McCament, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services acting director, wrote a letter on May 24, 2017 to Senator Charles Grassley. This letter was in response to the Senator’s questions regarding the companies highlighted in the 60 Minutes “You’re Fired” episode. In this episode Disney was accused of having their IT workers train their outsourced replacements. Disney was just one of many companies highlighted in this TV episode who had fired American workers and replaced them with cheaper labor with H-1B visas.
Senator Grassley had requested to know if an investigation into the multiple companies potential misuse of the H-1B visa program had been initiated. McCament responded with the following:
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has participated in multiple investigations regarding the possible misuse of the H-1B visa program by employers such as Northeast Utilities (Eversource Energy), University of California, San Francisco, and Disney, as well as the firms contracted by these companies to provide H-1B workers. USCIS continues to review information from previously filed visa petitions and site visits at these companies and will refer its findings to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement if violations of the legal requirements can be substantiated.
The letter went on to say that Disney and other businesses have been subject to unannounced site visits by the USCIS Fraud Detection and National Security office. They were there to collect information as part of a compliance review.
This issue had been previously brought up during the GOP Debates. Disney had issued the following statement:
Over the past 5 years, The Walt Disney Company has added more than 18,000 jobs in the U.S. Approximately a year and a half ago, we reorganized our Parks and Resorts IT department, taking it from a team that focused primarily on maintaining our existing systems, to one that is more focused on developing new capabilities. A focus on innovation is critical given the constant evolution of technology.
Approximately 250 people were affected by the reorganization, and we were able to hire back more than 100 of them in other positions with Disney. In addition, since the reorganization, we have hired more than 140 other US IT workers into technical roles within the Parks technology team, and we are currently recruiting candidates to fill more than 100 IT positions. The Parks US IT team will ultimately be larger than it was prior to the reorganization.
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