Quoted: on the Senate immigration bill and H-1B visas

“The technology industry is asking the government to come in and intervene in the normal functioning of the U.S. labor market, specifically on their behalf.”

Ron Hira, associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, on the H-1B visa portion of the immigration bill that’s scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill increases the annual H-1B cap from 85,000 to 205.000 workers. But according to Hillicon Valley, tech companies are worried about proposed amendments that would tighten up some requirements, which Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says are “common-sense amendments” meant to “root out fraud.” Earlier this year, Mike Cassidy wrote on SiliconBeat that Hira found that the top users of H-1B visas are offshoring companies.

 

Photo of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, from Associated Press archives

 

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  • NoGig

    The facts are now PROVEN — there is NO “skilled worker shortage. US corporations LIE for profits. Indeed, there is an abundance of Americans with every bit of smarts, skills, and education to fill any and all job openings — past, present and future. Even as HALF of America’s STEM graduates are unable to find work in STEM fields, 30-50% of all new IT jobs are going to foreign workers on temporary visas.

    Read the new study, “Guestworkers in the high-skill U.S. labor market: An analysis of supply, employment, and wage trends” by the American Economic Policy Institute for the FACTS. And then search on “Cohen & Grigsby video” or “H1-B SCAM” for the reality of today’s job market.

    This is about GREED, propaganda and lobbying by foreign interests.

    These visa programs are causing grievous harm to both nation and citizens — and destroying our base of engineers, scientists and technology workers. Treasonous CEOs and HR managers must be called to account for their deception and perjury.

    Write your Congressman — NOW.

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    Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.

    – Thomas Jefferson

  • http://insightfulpatriot.blogspot.com/ Richard Tilton

    The legislation to increase H-1B visas seeks to add 115,000 additonal visas each year, plus another if approved visas surpass thresholds which are easily met, so the real number of H-1B visas is 135,000. In addition, any spouse of a visa holder will be able to join his or her spouses in the US and take any job, not just a high-skilled job.
    As other commentators note, there is no empirical data that there is a shortage of US citizens for these jobs. And, the work environment has gotten worse since the legislation was introduced. On the day Steve Case testified in support of the legislation, Boeing announce the firing of 1700 engineers. Since sequestration took effect, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the NIH, Department of Energy and the Armed Services have announced the layoffs of thousands of researchers and scientists and engineers. Ironically, the STEM outreach program for elementary students has also been stopped.
    In the House, Representative Paul Ryan states on his website that there are “empty positions”, but he has declined my offer to post these empty positions so that they can be seen by US citizens.

  • http://insightfulpatriot.blogspot.com/ Richard Tilton

    The legislation to increase H-1B visas seeks to add 115,000 additonal visas each year, plus another 20,000 if the number of approved visas surpasses thresholds that are easily met, so the real number of H-1B visas is 135,000. In addition, any spouse of a visa holder will be able to join his or her spouse in the US and take any job, not just a high-skilled job.
    As other commentators note, there is no empirical data that there is a shortage of US citizens for these jobs. And, the work environment has gotten worse since the legislation was introduced. On the day Steve Case testified in support of the legislation, Boeing announced the firing of 1700 engineers. Since sequestration took effect, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the NIH, Department of Energy and the Armed Services have announced the layoffs of thousands of researchers and scientists and engineers. Ironically, the STEM outreach program for elementary students has also been stopped.
    In the House, Representative Paul Ryan states on his website that there are “empty positions”, but he has declined my offer to post these empty positions so that they can be seen by US citizens.
    Senator Grassley is fighting an uphill and likely futile battle to try to protect American citizens from being pushed out of high-paying jobs, but the Gang of 8 has shown no indication that it will compromise. Having been lobbied by lawyers and cronies for over a year, the Gang of 8 is hanging tough and we will probably have to get into the House to see some real change to the H-1B provisions.

 
 
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