Not only are American businesses outsourcing jobs for cheap labor, and to illegal immigrants, but now the federal government is following suit.
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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials are outsourcing healthcare paperwork for American veterans to low-paid workers in the Philippines, a nation where the minimum wage is a dollar a day.
Long ago, VA opened a facility in Manila to care for Filipino World War II veterans who fought alongside the U.S. against the Japanese — the Philippines was a U.S. territory until 1946. But most of those veterans are now dead, and the Philippines has its own government agency to care for those who are still alive.
Uncle Sam is better at opening offices than closing them, so the 100-employee office in Manila — the VA’s only foreign outpost — remains open for business.
At the same time the ranks of WWII veterans were steadily thinning, VA was experiencing a nationwide backlog in claims processing. So the Manila, Philippines office began picking up the slack for paperwork from the continental U.S. The Manila staff has developed a reputation for being particularly professional and efficient.
“A lot of them are passing away, obviously the majority of them are in their 90s, and we just have a few left,” Rima Nelson, the office’s director, told The Daily Caller News Foundation of the veterans who provided the reason for the outpost’s existence.
All so the government can benefit from cheap labor. How sad.