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Part 1 of this two-part series enumerates the ways in which the guest-worker visa program fails to meet the needs of American workers and the high-tech industry. Part 2 digs further into the arguments for and against the H-1B visa program, as well as the trends and motivations underlying them. "Google and other American companies are in a fierce competition with companies around the world for top talent. If U.S. employers are unable to hire the brightest candidates ... foreign competitors will," said Keith Wolfe, Google's global mobility manager.
Good analysis. I doubt the IT industry executives would be pursuing this with such gusto if there weren't some good bottom-line reasons for doing so - i.e. cheaper salaries. And, as I said earlier, H1-B VISA workers (i.e. indentured servants) are really easy to force to do whatever the company wants and they keep their mouths shut. This I have seen in person. Also - my experience with H1-B VISA workers doesn't indicate they are all the "best and brightest in the world." They are just like any other group as far as competence goes - some good, some less good, and some just plain bad. Thanks for this thoughtful article - best I've seen so far. Http://whistlersear.wordpress.com
I doubt US engineering groups would be resisting this with such gusto if there weren't some good reasons for doing so - i.e. higher salaries due to increased competition for talent. How this helps US companies I don't know. What I do know is that Microsoft instead is hiring overseas workers to work in Canada, where they are happily paying tax and otherwise contributing to the Canadian economy.
As for the former student of Norman Matloff, who knows why he can't find employment, maybe he should start consulting or something. I'm well over 30, and have a Master's degree and several patents too, and I have no lack of interest and offers from US companies. So where does this anecdotal evidence leave us? We need to see Matloff's "economic data" since it appears nowhere in the article.