H-1B Visa

Imported High-Tech ‘Talent’ U.S. Could Live Without

There’s been a lot of blah, blah, blah about what a shame it is that America is turning away so much foreign talent. This then is “backed up” with the idea that native-born Americans just don’t seem smart enough or “innovative” enough to lead the businesses of tomorrow. This meme is often repeated in reference to the high-tech world and Silicon Valley.

Tech Companies Don’t Want Older (Qualified) Americans

Older unemployed high tech workerIf there is truly a shortage of Americans who can do computer programming and other tech jobs, as tech companies constantly claim, then how is it that there are millions of Americans with technical training who are either working in other fields or are unemployed?

Microsoft Layoffs Disprove Worker Shortage Claim

The 18,000 laid off Microsoft workers might take cold comfort in the moribund 2013 Gang of Eight Senate bill. Had it become law, as Microsoft founder Bill Gates so fervently hoped it would, the recently unemployed would compete in an ever-shrinking job market. S.744 would have admitted 150 percent more H-1B and other employment-based foreign-born guest workers than the total of projected new IT jobs created every year.

Beware Immigration Bills’ Unintended, Harmful Consequences

Americans resist comprehensive immigration reform for dozens of reasons. The United States is already overcrowded; more immigration leads to higher population through chain migration. More immigration also means more people who in turn put more pressure on irreplaceable natural resources.

Just to Reiterate: There’s No Shortage of U.S. STEM Workers

Billionaire tech moguls such as Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg never tire of warning us that America faces a terrible shortage of qualified workers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

H4 Update: More Likely to Work in Mainstream Jobs than in High Tech

In a recent blog post, I wrote about the Obama administration’s proposed new rule to grant work permits to H4 visa holders who are spouses of H-1B non-immigrant workers.

Obscure Visas Facilitate Arrival of More Workers

Americans’ Struggle to Find Jobs Continues

Tech Firms Cry Worker Shortage – Americans Need not Apply

Scott Corley is a man with a mission. Corley is executive director of Compete America, an organization representing some of the top names in American high tech and information technology (IT), including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Microsoft. Corley is lobbying Congress to grant a significant increase in the number of foreign tech workers that the companies can hire under the H-1B temporary visa program.

Coming Soon: New Category of Work-Authorized Immigrants

Here’s a great example of how federal immigration policy subtly but effectively undermines American workers. In a mostly under-the-radar discussion, the Department of Homeland Security is considering granting work permits to some spouses of H-1B visa holders who have filed for an extension after their initial three-year term expires. Spouses and unmarried children under age 21 receive H-4 visas when they come to the U.S.

GUI (Governing Under the Influence)

Most folks are familiar with the initials “DUI,” which stand for “Driving Under the Influence.”

Today, because of campaign contributions and incredible pressures brought to bear by special interest groups against individual candidates as well as their political parties, many politicians are forced to govern under the influence of the money and pressures that are applied to force these supposed representatives of their constituents to betray those who voted for them to satisfy those who wield the power.