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Farah Stockman | from Sunday’s Globe

Outsourced, at home

Hyped as source of tech talent, H-­1B visas usher in cheap replacements for US workers

On Jan. 14, 2010, senior executives at Molina Healthcare in Long Beach, Calif., called their staff together for a somber meeting. The company had done poorly the previous quarter, they announced. Dozens of people in the IT department would have to be let go.

What the fired employees didn’t know was that the previous day, the US Department of Labor had approved applications for 40 temporary workers from India to be placed at Molina, through a company called Cognizant.

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