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Immigration is becoming as nettlesome to high-tech companies as it has long been in the agriculture and construction businesses. Although technology firms don't reach into the same labor pool as do ag comglomerates or building contractors, their problems are converging. The challenge, advocates of immigration reform say, is a lack of government responsiveness to their need for brain power. Perhaps the prime example is the H-1B program, which -- with a few exceptions -- has capped the number of six-year visas at 65,000 since the 1990s.
Over 600,000 science and engineering degrees are granted annually from American universities.(1) The US produces only 120,000 science and engineering jobs per year (much less lately).(2) That leaves 480,000 graduates per year without jobs in their chosen careers. Add to this over 240,000 H-1B visas and an equal number of L-1 visas each year. Half a million Americans are losing their jobs to cheap foreign technical workers every year. Another half million Americans waste their S&E degrees on non-S&E jobs.
(1) Tabulated by National Science Foundation/Division of Science Resources Statistics (NSF/SRS); data from Department of Education/National Center for Education Statistics: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System Completions Survey and NSF/SRS: Survey of Earned Doctorates.
(2) http://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2004/02/art5full.pdf page 83
H-1B and L-1 visas are the Trojan Horse to offshoring of American Jobs.