Tuesday, November 23, 2004

H-1B Exemptions Sought

I've written about this topic before, and I'm still rather ambivalent. On one hand I think that the U.S. should seek to have the best and brightest from around the world immigrate here. On the other hand, immigration policy in the U.S. absolutely sucks, and I have a hard time believing that the whole H-1B thing (which allows companies to hire 'temporary' foreign tech workers instead of native Americans) is little more than a corporate welfare sop to tech companies. This article didn't exactly reassure me:
The software companies joined manufacturers and several universities in warning Congress last week that U.S.-educated experts will be forced to work for the country's competitors because the H-1B quota for next year was reached last month.
Jeez, if that doesn't sound like a hollow threat, I don't know what one is. Is that all the industry has? I guess screwing over the tech workers native to the U.S. in order to save a buck has nothing to do with it?
'Long term, we should look at the education aspect and why we are not producing enough Americans to fill these jobs...'
Well genius, maybe keeping wages depressed with the hiring of foreign workers has something to do with.
While continuing the fight to retain the cap, Courtney said he fears that the prospects for raising it next year are good. Despite a high level of unemployment among skilled American IT workers, they have not developed political clout.
And there is the rub. No lobbyist means you'll get screwed over. Oh, and where are the Democrats on this issue? Those champions of the little guys? In typical fashion, they're lining up with the rest of the corporate suck ups to empty their bladders on the people they purport to represent.

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