The federal government is set to slap Infosys Ltd. with the largest immigration fine ever, claiming the Indian outsourcing giant illegally placed workers on visitor, rather than work, visas at big corporate clients across the U.S.
The government is expected to announce Wednesday it will fine Infosys about $35 million, according to people close to the matter. An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security and the State Department found that the Indian company used inexpensive, easy-to-obtain B-1 visas meant to cover short business visits – instead of harder-to-get H-1B work visas – to bring an unknown number of its employees for long-term stays, these people say.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to deliver an address on immigration issues in early August, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the first time he has spoken publicly on the matter.
The speech will include the San Francisco premiere of a new film, “Documented,” which chronicles the struggles of undocumented immigrants entering the United States.
The film was written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, a writer and immigration rights activist who revealed his own status as an undocumented immigrant in a widely circulated New York Times Magazine article in 2011. (Vargas also wrote a lengthy profile of Zuckerberg for the New Yorker a few years ago.)
The premiere is sponsored by and ties in perfectly with FWD.us, the sometimes controversial Zuckerberg-backed political action group focused on U.S. immigration reform. The issues that FWD.us supports are felt by many tech companies in Silicon Valley; in particular, the focus on changing certain legislation which would allow for more annual H-1B visas, ultimately granting more foreign workers entry into the U.S.
But, as the Chronicle notes, the premiere will be the first time Silicon Valley will enter the wider debate on immigration reform as a whole, rather than just focus on the expansion of visa programs in order to recruit international engineering talent.
The film debuts at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Aug. 5.
You’ve been dreaming of this day your entire life. You and your one true love will be joining your eternal souls in the resplendent, holy matrimony of… a Google+ hangout. Scenes like this used to be pretty rare (and usually involved deployed military members), but as The New York Times points out, proxy weddings via Internet have become increasingly common—and increasingly controversial with the questions of immigrant marriage fraud and legitimate consent at the forefront.
Online marriages are, for now, entirely legal, nor are they trailblazers by any means—we even have documentation of marriages via telegram. But although technological advancements now allow us to at least be certain that both parties even exist, Michigan State University College of Law professor Adam Candeub told The New York Times:
Part of the reason for having the two people come and appear before a priest or a judge is to make sure it is a freely chosen thing. There are some problems with willy-nilly allowing anyone around the world to marry.
So while some of these web-based marriages act as a means of circumventing immigration laws and nothing more, there’s also a more sinister issue that can arise: human trafficking. Proxy marriages allow human traffickers a quick, and more importantly legal way of bringing women and children into another country where they’ll be forced into sex work.
And that’s not to say video chat matrimony is all bad; plenty of perfectly legitimate marriages occur over web. But if we want to keep our Skype ceremonies around for those in need, there are going to need to be some major regulation overhauls. You can read about more specific cases in the full New York Times piece. [The New York Times]