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Published: Friday, March 22 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

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 these fields.

North Salt Lake, UT

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.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

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.

Deep Space 9, Ut

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?

One of a Few
Layton, UT

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.

Deep Space 9, Ut

To "One of a Few" that is a bad solution because it doesn't fix the security risk that the pourous border provides.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

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!

Murray, 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.

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