NEW YORK, June 4, 2015:
Entertainment giant Walt Disney has laid off about 250 employees and replaced them with Indians holding H1-B visas.
This has raised new questions about how outsourcing companies are using the temporary visas to bring immigrants into technology jobs in the US, according to a report in theTimes of India. The layoff comes amid the continued debate over immigration reform in the US as the temporary work visas are at the centre of a fierce debate in Congress over whether they complement American workers or displace them.
In late October last year, about 250 Disney employees were informed thaty they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on H1-B visas brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India.
According to the report quoting the New York Times, the H1-B visa programme had also been criticised for being used to bring in immigrants to do the work of Americans for less money, with laid-off American workers having to train their replacements.