During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, the State Department spent millions outsourcing tech jobs and promoted a loophole around guest-worker visas.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2010 spent millions of taxpayer money on outsourcing IT jobs to Armenia and Sri Lanka. A state department document states, “[USAID] is an independent federal agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.”
One 2010 USAID program spent $10 million on a program to train up to 3,000 IT specialists in Sri Lanka. It was a joint-effort with companies which also spent $26 million. USAID would train the workers in programming and the English language.
In 2004, Clinton said, “I do not think outsourcing American jobs is a new kind of trade . . . and I certainly do not believe it is a good thing.” In 2012, she spoke more highly of outsourcing to an Indian audience and said it has benefited many parts of the United States.
Clinton’s state department in 2010, a year after she became secretary of state, promoted a loophole to help foreigners get around the H-1B visa process. They have since removed the information from their India embassy website but it can be found on internet archives. (RELATED: Clinton Spokesman: ‘I Don’t Submit’ To Idea That Immigrants Lower Wages Of American Workers)
The loophole allowed people with B1 or B1/B2 tourist visas to work in the United States. The requirements said they could use the tourist visa to perform H-1B level jobs (technical or highly specialized work). The requirements to be able to do this were a college degree, a claim to plan to do H-1B level work, and being paid by a foreign employer.
They would only be able to work in the United States for a temporary amount of time, like H-1B level visas. The loophole allowed the state department to skirt caps on the amount of H-1B visas. In the 2015 book Sold Out, John Miano wrote, “Exploiting the B-1 program to get around H-1B has become so commonplace, it has earned its own acronym in the immigration lawyer and diplomatic community: ‘BILOH’ or ‘B-1 visa in lieu of H-1B.'”
“In the aftermath of the Infosys whistleblowers’ exposés (2010), the State Department quietly put its ‘BILOH’ (B-1 in lieu of H-1B) visa policy ‘under review,'” Miano continued. Miano, counsel at the Immigration Reform Law Institute, added that a “cable issued to all State Department personnel in June 2012 and October 2012 informed them that the BILOH policy ‘is under review,’ but ‘is still in effect until further notice.'”