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Published: Sunday, Feb. 10 2013 12:00 a.m. MST

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There aren't many americans who would cut asparagus, or lettuce, or perform any of those menial primary ag production jobs, regardless of what they pay. And we really aren't a culture that values people educated enough to be scientists or mathematicians, either. School these days is about producing basketball or football players, with a minor in video gaming. Scientists and mathematicians and engineers come from places where education and intelligence is given real value.

SLars
Provo, UT

"Leading experts on the STEM workforce, have said for years that the US produces ample numbers of excellent science students. In fact, according to the National Science Board’s authoritative publication Science and Engineering Indicators 2008, the country turns out three times as many STEM degrees as the economy can absorb into jobs related to their majors."

Let's put America to work, and stop pandering to business interests.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

Utter nonsense.

About 30% of Americans who get degrees in STEM don't get jobs in their chosen field. The abuses of employers in hiring foreign workers with visas in STEM jobs, while either laying off American workers or refusing to hire American workers has a long, well-documented and well-researched history. There is no doubt about, Americans are AVOIDING STEM careers because of this issue.

It makes no sense to increase STEM visas. I could cite hundreds of examples of why this is fact.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

"For some bizarre reason, the Senate bill would drop that fee to $1,000. That doesn't make sense."

This makes perfect sense if we realize that the only thing the business community and politicians involved in this want is to maintain their supply of cheap labor. The corporations want to save money and they don't want to pay a cent more in fees and wages.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

"Microsoft, in asking for more visas..."

And yet, Microsoft has had thousands of layoffs in recent years. They layoff American workers, then ask Congress for massive increases in foreign worker visas.

Why? Again, to have greater ability to avoid hiring American workers and import cheap, compliant, "indentured servant" workers.

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