Quoted: on immigration reform and hiring (or not hiring) American tech workers

“If you want to put yourself in that manager’s shoes, it’s an uncomfortable situation for them. They will [have a] kind of a sour facial expression, and they’ll go from one question to the next. They are finding some reason to exclude you.”

— Orion Hughes, a software tester, on being interviewed at companies that go through the motions of bringing in American applicants even though they have no intention of hiring them. As the House Judiciary Committee today is scheduled to mark up the provision of the immigration bill that aims to increase the number of visas for high-skilled workers, NPR reports that some immigration lawyers commonly advise tech companies on “faux recruiting” of Americans. As we’ve mentioned before, tech companies — which are lobbying hard for immigration reform — have worried about stricter new rules about hiring.

 

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