CBS Keeps Infosys Visa Fraud in Spotlight with Follow-up Broadcast

Don Tennant

Following its broadcast yesterday that opened the eyes of millions of people around the world to Jay Palmer's whistleblower case against Infosys and the visa fraud being investigated by federal authorities, CBS earlier this morning kept Infosys's feet held firmly to the fire of public outrage by airing a second report on "CBS This Morning."

 

Senior correspondent John Miller's follow-up report included an interview with Sen. Charles Grassley, who has followed the Palmer case closely for months and is pressing for a thorough investigation by the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security of the B-1 visa program. Grassley said this to Miller about abuse of the program:

If you're bringing them here to work full time, and maybe cheaper labor, it's not only against the law, it's immoral and unjustified and unethical.

Grassley's office in fact issued a press release following the CBS News report yesterday, and in it Grassley made this comment about Palmer:

People had come to me with concerns that the B-1 business visa was being abused by companies and putting American workers at risk. Jay Palmer was the first person to stand up with convincing evidence. It confirmed our fears. Mr. Palmer was being asked to do shady things, and instructed to be creative' and find a way around the H-1B visa program. Mr. Palmer has endured a lot of criticism from fellow employees and foreign workers who fear losing their job or being sent home. I very much appreciate him bringing this problem to the world's attention.

Miller's report yesterday marked the first time Palmer has spoken publicly. I spoke with Palmer's attorney, Kenny Mendelsohn, late yesterday afternoon, and I asked him what prompted him to allow Palmer to finally speak out. His response:

I just realized that the situation is much bigger than me and Jay Palmer, and I felt this was the right forum for it. That was the sole reason. Early on, I was more protective of Jay, but he and I discussed it, and he agreed with me that regardless of how this may affect him on other things, the world needed to know about this. That was it - very simple. With the arrogance of Infosys, continuing to call him a liar, snubbing their nose at the federal government; their head guys going on Indian networks, claiming that they've done nothing wrong and they have a good case; I just thought it was time to let Jay provide some of the information rather than me provide it.

I asked Mendelsohn if he felt there is any likelihood that Infosys would take any action against Jay for speaking publicly, and he said he does not:

No, I don't think Infosys would, if for no other reason than that the vast majority, if not 99 percent of the people in this country, support Jay. If they tried to discipline him or terminate him for this, I think there would be an uproar in the media and in the general public. The other thing is I've looked at everything pretty closely about this, and I don't see anything that Jay has done wrong. So no, I wouldn't expect them to do anything.

Mendelsohn said that following yesterday's CBS report, his office was barraged with calls:

What has been most interesting is that several other people have reached out to me today and provided me with more information about Infosys's violations. These are people who have worked with Infosys in the past, or who have not necessarily been employed by them but have worked with them as contractors and are familiar with stuff, and have provided me with leads on other information. We've also had a great deal of response from people just congratulating Jay and supporting him for having the courage to do this.

I asked him if his strategy in pursuing the case against Infosys will change in any way as a result of this national exposure. He said it will not:

No, I'm still going to pursue it the same way as I have. I have depositions set up, I'm going to set up more, and I'm going to go forward with it. As strongly as I feel about his case, and as aggressively as I intend to continue to pursue it, I also at this point am more convinced in the last couple of months about the significance of Jay's information. I have learned a lot about other companies now changing their ways because of Jay; there are other lawsuits that have been filed against other companies that have tracked our lawsuit, and I wish those people well. I have just received more and more information regarding the seriousness of these violations, and the effect they've had on tens of thousands of Americans who have lost their jobs. Jay and I talked about it, and this is a lot bigger than just him, and just this case - he and I have become more and more convinced of that. So does it change my perspective? Yeah. Does it change anything I'm going to do about pursuing this case in the federal district court here in Alabama? No. I still intend to fight for him the same way I have for the past year and a few months.


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Apr 13, 2012 10:05 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says:

I think Infosys' attorneys will be working to get the case delayed for as long as possible hoping that a political change will dilute the  government's efforts to pursue the case.

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Apr 13, 2012 10:20 AM Anthony Anthony  says:

After watching CBS this morning, I felt that Miller didn't understand the issue at all. He was talking more about people coming from India on H1B without any special skills which American don't have. This issue is something which H1B program has to do with and not at all related to B1 visa fraud allegations from Jay. Overall for a person with limited understanding of immigrations and visas there was no take away from the show. Now it's even more important to somehow win the case else loosing the case will send strong message to companies operating in the USA to not hire locally.

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Apr 13, 2012 11:52 AM Daniel Daniel  says:

InfoSys will do whatever it can to make sure the truth doesnt come out.

Expect a vicious attack against an American Hero.  Time to stand next to our brother.

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Apr 16, 2012 10:33 AM WeOnlyAcceptDollarsNoRuppee WeOnlyAcceptDollarsNoRuppee  says:

Do we know why Infosys hired Ann Fudge who is a very close friend to Obama?

Infosys hired Ann Fudge as an additional director for Infosys on October 1, 2011.

http://www.infosys.com/about/management-profiles/Pages/ann-m-fudge.aspx

http://www.infosys.com/newsroom/press-releases/Documents/2011/appointment-new-board-members.pdf

Is it a coincidence ?

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Apr 17, 2012 2:19 AM EngiNERD EngiNERD  says:

Infosys Visa Fraud Will Be Thrust Into National Media Spotlight?

CBS Keeps Infosys Visa Fraud in Spotlight with Follow-up Broadcast! 

    but what of the  others........

It is  now  6  days  since  CBS  -  NEWS  ( This Morning)  broke the  INFOSYS story.

Has any  other   TV  news  program  aired this  news?   What of major  Mainstream  news publications ?

Looks to me the story  will  die......     as most  (ALL?)  of the American Job Destruction stories.

The scandal you are not hearing about:

http://www.etherzone.com/2002/jack102102.shtml    removed  but posted at

http://www.americanreformation.org/Articles/GlennJackson/EnronandH1BVisas.htm

Is Anybody out there?

Is Anybody listening?

www.rense.com/general35/wakeupNHwakeup.htm

suggested reading:   http://www.eiass.com/Articles.htm

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Apr 17, 2012 12:12 PM MYC MYC  says: in response to WeOnlyAcceptDollarsNoRuppee

If they hired Obama's friend then things can turn sour for Jay palmer and his lawsuit both. And if Infosys wins then it will continue the current practices

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Apr 17, 2012 12:40 PM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says: in response to MYC

Should forward this to the RNC before the pre election debates. I'd like to see how that plays out.

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Apr 18, 2012 4:48 AM Jonny Jonny  says: in response to EngiNERD

Agreed IT Labourers Offshore are underpaid. 400$ per month and this year 2012 there is no hike for infy guys...

Infy top level comment - Employee understand our problem.

Infy top management holds majority of stocks.

So they are giving profit to shareholder but hike muted for employees.

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Apr 18, 2012 8:49 AM WeOnlyAcceptDollarsNoRuppees WeOnlyAcceptDollarsNoRuppees  says: in response to MYC

I emailed the White House about Ann Fudge last July and I never heard from them. I believe that the Department Of Justice will try to slow down this case. Infosys has jumped on the opportunity to hire a close friend to Obama because they have understood our political system. For sure, I am not voting for Obama if this lawsuit is not resolved before the election. I am a democrat and I voted for Obama.

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Apr 18, 2012 10:42 AM Kumar Kumar  says: in response to SealTeam6 SealTeam6

This is typical tea party reporting.

B1 in lieu of H1B is totally legal.

http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/types_of_visas/temporary-employment-holp/b1-in-lieu-of-h2.html

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Apr 18, 2012 11:36 AM tom tom  says: in response to WeOnlyAcceptDollarsNoRuppee

for the same reason they have hired other white and black faces at the company recently - look at the hires in HR especially within the last year and you'll find that that they are there for no other reason than to put on a "good American face" to the government and clients.  these poor powerless people have no authority to effectuate change and are disgusted by what they see on the inside.

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Apr 19, 2012 12:24 PM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says: in response to Kumar

Unless the B1 Visa is annotated at the time of issue as being "B1 In Lieu of H1", this is what will happen:


"Two of my clients work in a leading software company. Recently in 2010 they were detained and arrested at Philadlphia Airport by the Custom and Border Protection force (CBP) at the ariport. Both of them are software engineers and had been asked by their employer to go to US to work for a client. They were sent to work on B1/B2 visa with a supporting letter issued by their american employer mentioning B1 in lieu of H1 visa category.
I am told that the CBP arrested them on the ground that the visa that they had i.e. a B1/B2 visa did not have an annotation "B1 in lieu of H1". They were arrested on Jan 20th 2010 and were released on 21/1/2010. They were jailed and was sent back by cancelling the visa that they had i.e. B1/B2 visa on January 21st 2010.
http://www.immihelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=85785So unless the visas were originally applied to be B1->
H1 from the start, switching categories at the cline t site it still illegal. Or you can take your chances as above.

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Apr 20, 2012 9:16 AM Anonymous Anonymous  says: in response to SealTeam6 SealTeam6

Delay..... This is not India, its US.

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Apr 25, 2012 9:03 AM Bonefraud Bonefraud  says: in response to SealTeam6 SealTeam6

Accenture has been practicing since ages, and the Feds ignore multinational companies. These are the companies who gain tax benefits. Every IDC(Indian Development Center) employee of Accenture comes to US on B1 first works for 3 months @ clients place and then goes back applies for H1 b and comes back..

Its just how business are done with political gain.. Once you establish in the field there is none to touch you or your operations

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Apr 27, 2012 4:53 AM Mark Italian Mark Italian  says: in response to Bonefraud

Yeah, this is true, Accenture is the prime contender for this B1 Fraud.. I can provide you with some details about the fraud.

Accenture is currently supporting Whirlpool and Till today, there are developers and consultants coming to the site in Benton Harbor in MI. THey come here work for 30- 90 days. and then go back to IDC.  I know few clients in Mid Ohio too where Accenture has 2 projects going on and you can find developers from Acccenture IDC in some hotel around this place. What a pity.

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Apr 27, 2012 5:28 AM SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6 SealTeam6  says: in response to Mark Italian

The ICE web site has an incident reporting form. Given the Infosys situation, I'm sure they would be familiar with what violations to look for:

http://www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsi-tips/tips.asp

Please report this. Thanks.

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