Published: Friday, March 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
The H-1B visa program needs to end. I have worked in the technology field for
more than 20 years, and Americans are overlooked by employers as they hire
average foreign workers with average skills. The "highly skilled" and
"best and brightest" are phrases that are frequently used to describe
the workers on an H-1B visa. Those phrases are nonsense.This visa is
about putting older, more experienced American workers out of work and for
hiring cheaper, more compliant "indentured servant" foreign workers.Nobel Prize in Economics winner, and free market champion Milton
Friedman said that the H-1B visa is a government subsidy given to employers. I
completely agree.Tell Congress to NOT expand this destructive visa.
It has been the main reason why so many US college students are avoiding STEM
(science, technology, engineering, mathematics) careers. The US needs more
college students in these areas, and the government subsidy visa programs such
as H-1B works against the US workers causing older workers to lose work after
only about 10 years, and wages are depressed, and thus US college students avoid
Having a son that spent years training and serving an apprentice ship in
construction, heating/air conditioning field who is now being pushed out of a
job by the high influx of cheap, poorly trained workers from south of the
border. I know what this bill and all the hype to give these people full rights
will do to the American workers. They have taken over the farm, hotel,
restaurant and construction industries what's next the computer industry?
The jobs they take away from American works don't have to pay these low
wages the immigrants are willing to accept. The business owners pay the low
wages because they can. All this does is put American workers out of work and
put more money in the pockets of the business owners. It has to stop, giving
them, the illegal workers and their families full rights, is only hurting more
American workers. Remember we tried this type of approach awhile back and now
the problem is out of control. If we are not going to enforce the immigration
laws them let's just give up and become a third world country like Mexico.
Businessmen of all stripe, seek to find cheap labor in their insatiable quest
for greater profits. The standard of living of Americans causes
American labor to need higher wages. The importation of cheap labor, of every
educational level and skill, is action that will reduce the American standard of
living to that of foreign nations. That’s OK with the businessmen, when
the golden goose if dead, they will have their wealth to console their sadness.
To "Ultra Bob" if politicians were so concerned about protecting
american jobs, why are they not securing the borders? Think about it, if
illegal crossings are eliminated or cut down as close to 0 as possible, what
would happen to businessmen that want the ultra cheap and illegal laborers?
Funny thing is, you don't need a border fence. All that needs to be done
is to fine and jail employers who hire illegal workers, including the local
housing conglomerates who call their illegal employees "subcontractors"
and the incentive to cross the border would dry up like the AZ desert. But
Congress consistently refuses to do the right and practical thing.
To "One of a Few" that is a bad solution because it doesn't fix the
security risk that the pourous border provides.
The high-tech industry has taken a lesson from the lower-tech industries.Namely, its far cheaper to pay lobbyists to tell Congress
"there's no way I can fill those jobs with American workers; therefore
I need cheap foreign labor in order to keep my business afloat" than it is
to pay the prevailing wage.It doesn't hurt if he/she also
throws around phrases like: "lets keep families together",
"they're only here doing things Americans won't do"; or, - my
favorite, "they add to the economy without taking anything from it".Politicians and illegal/unethical employers are selling out the American
public big time with their (continued)talk of more foreign workers!
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.
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