Bill raises visa total for foreign workers

  • Article by: JIM SPENCER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 9:14 PM

Brain drain cited of people trained in U.S., then forced to leave.

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mrprogressiveJan. 28, 1310:01 PM

Amy, you should fight for us. Instead you are fighting for cheap H1B workers (mostly) from India and their corporate owners. This is the wrong move in a down economy. Shame on you!

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twinsfan1100Jan. 29, 13 6:12 AM

Rarely are H-1B visas used to import "highly skilled" workers. In fact, not only are they NOT "highly skilled," the GAO found that 94% of H-1B visa recipients are not even "Fully Competent." In 2011, the GAO found that a mere 6% of H-1B visa recipients are "Fully Competent" workers with 54% of the H-1B visa recipients are "Entry Level" workers. In fact many disenfranchised US STEM workers had to train their H-1B visa replacements in order to receive a severance package. The people who claim that the number of H-1B visas is capped at 65,000 or 85,000 fail to "remember" that "non-profits" can receive an UNLIMITED number of H-1B visas and "non-profits" can hire their "workers" out to anyone. Each year, the USCIS prints up around 150,000 H-1B visas. Still that does not include the 100,000 OPT visas that are granted, the 75,000 L-1 visas that are granted and the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of B-1 visas that are being used ILLEGALLY in broad daylight. The true numbers of work visas that are being used that displace US STEM workers is somewhere between 300,000 and 500,000 ANNUALLY! Very few people argue against TRULY highly skilled workers, but these visas are not being used to hire "highly skilled" workers. These visas are being used to hire REPLACEMENT workers so that Google, Microsoft, GE, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Oracle, etc can hire cheap, entry level third world workers, primarily from India and Communist China.

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rms316Jan. 29, 13 6:47 AM

One must believe that plenty of cheaper unskilled workers would be included in these numbers. You can't tell me U.S. Citizens aren't qualified to take some of these jobs... skilled and unskilled.

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garcialaterJan. 29, 13 7:19 AM

She didnt do this on a whim, so what was her motivation? Who is directing her to do this and why?

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garcialaterJan. 29, 13 8:02 AM

"The pressure of jobs offshoring, together with vast imports, has destroyed the economic prospects for all Americans, except the CEOs who receive “performance” bonuses for moving American jobs offshore or giving them to H-1b work visa holders. Lowly paid offshored employees, together with H-1b visas, have curtailed employment for older and more experienced American workers. Older workers traditionally receive higher pay. However, when the determining factor is minimizing labor costs for the sake of shareholder returns and management bonuses, older workers are unaffordable. Doing a good job, providing a good service, is no longer the corporation’s function. Instead, the goal is to minimize labor costs at all cost." Paul Craig Roberts, Asst Treasury Secretary under Reagan, cofounder of Reaganomics

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mrprogressiveJan. 29, 13 8:10 AM

garcialater - corporate donations.

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garcialaterJan. 29, 13 8:11 AM

" Claiming the United States doesn't have enough skilled IT workers to meet American companies' increasing demands, Microsoft has called on the feds to issue 20,000 more H-1B visas and 20,000 additional green cards per year to help fill the gap.The recommendation does not sit well with the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), which has accused Microsoft of fudging the labor numbers to create the illusion of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills shortage. The EPI argues that opening the floodgates to IT talent from overseas will exacerbate STEM unemployment rates in the United States." Author Ted Samson

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elmore1Jan. 29, 13 8:19 AM

Amy, this seems contrary to the goal of upgrading our educational system and creating good jobs for US citizens. The company that I work for has hundreds of well educated people from India that stay here. Is this a stop gap until we can improve our secondary education systems?

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Area51Jan. 29, 13 8:24 AM

Think back to the Y2K era, when salaries for IT were escalating due to demand: more students majored in IT fields, some people came out of retirement; the labor market was very robust for workers and attracted more people. Dumping tens of thousands of foreign nationals on the labor market does what exactly to attract more people to STEM fields?

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twinsfan1100Jan. 29, 13 9:14 AM

Before we start believing that hiring cheap labor reduces labor costs, it would be worth our time to consider the CityTime project that was managed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of NYC. About a decade ago, Mayor Bloomberg embarked on a project to manage the time cards of the employees of NYC. The project was estimated to cost the taxpayers of NYC $60 million. So far, the cost of that project has exceeded a staggering $700 million, and is still not complete. Mayor Bloomberg began the project by personally granting SAIC a "conflict of interest waiver" and hiring two of his crony "foreign entrepreneurs" to do the IT work with a staff of H-1B visa recipients instead of highly qualified US and NYC STEM workers. Mayor Bloomberg's crony "foreign entrepreneurs" are named Padma and Reddy Allen, owners of TechnoDyne Corporation, which is an H-1B body shop. In spite of Mayor Bloomberg's mismanagement and complete lack of knowledge that the project was ten-fold over budget, a disgruntled NYC contractor spilled the beans on this project and the net result is that Reddy and Padma Allen were barely able to escape the US in front of indictments of the US Attorney in NYC. The Allens have received sanctuary back in India. So as Mayor Bloomberg would have to admit, if he was truly honest, HIRING CHEAP LABOR CAN BE VERY, VERY EXPENSIIVE!!

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