US Senator Schumer calls Infy 'chop shop'

US Senator Schumer calls Infy 'chop shop'

US Senator Schumer calls Infy 'chop shop'

The comments were made by Democrat Senator of New York Charles E Schumer during discussions on the Border Security Bill.

“The emergency border funds will be paid for by assessing fees on foreign companies known as chop shops that outsource good, high-paying American technology jobs to lower wage, temporary immigrant workers from other countries. “These are companies such as Infosys,” Schumer said on the Senate floor on Thursday. The comments made during the discussion are posted on the Senate website.

When contacted, an Infosys spokesperson said the company would not like to comment on the remarks.

Schumer also pointed out the bill would not affect the high-tech companies such as Intel or Microsoft that play by the rules and recruit workers in America.

The  bill approved by the Senate would see significant hike in application fees for H-1B and L1 visas. The proposed bill would hike the visa fee to $2,000 per application on those entities that have less than 50 per cent of their employees as US citizens.

Infosys has thousands of employees in the US. After the passage of the bill in the Senate, Democrat Senator of Missouri Claire McCaskill on Thursday said the proposal would increase fees for particular companies that exploit two categories of visas — H-1B and L.

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