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Do We Really Need So Many Foreign Tech Workers?
Creators syndicate ^ | Feb 7 2019 | Froma Harrop

Posted on 02/22/2019 10:27:29 AM PST by rintintin

Americans don't usually think of technical professionals as "guest workers," yet at any one time, there are more than a half-million foreigners holding tech jobs in the U.S. They are here thanks to the H-1B visa program. H-1B, so the official spiel goes, addresses an alleged shortage of "highly skilled" Americans to fill jobs "requiring specialized knowledge."

Growing evidence, however, points to companies' using the program to replace perfectly qualified American workers with cheaper ones from elsewhere. A new report published by the Atlantic Council documents the abuses. The authors are Ron Hira, a political scientist at Howard University, and Bharath Gopalaswamy, director of the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center.

Among their criticisms:

—Virtually any white-collar job can be taken by an H-1B visa holder. About 70 percent of them are held not by what we consider tech workers but by teachers, accountants and salespeople, among others.

(Excerpt) Read more at creators.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: h1b; india; workforce
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1 posted on 02/22/2019 10:27:29 AM PST by rintintin
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After we get the wall built, this should be the next thing we try to reduce.


2 posted on 02/22/2019 10:29:19 AM PST by rb22982
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I’m getting sick and tired of recruiters who can barely speak intelligible English and who have names I can’t pronounce. I tell them I can’t understand a word they’re saying and hang up.


3 posted on 02/22/2019 10:29:53 AM PST by TomServo
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To: rintintin

No. Next question.


4 posted on 02/22/2019 10:31:22 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: rintintin

Sure, if you want to depress salary increases and redirect an entire generation of Americans away from STEM disciplines because they can hire foreign workers cheaper, then create an environment where older IT workers are displaced by less expensive younger foreign tech workers, who despite having studied the given subject, have no where near the experience nor capability to complete the task in a competent manner.


5 posted on 02/22/2019 10:31:34 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists...Socialists...Fascists & AntiFa...Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: rb22982

After we get the wall built, this should be the next thing we try to reduce.

I agree, but I’m not sure Trump does


6 posted on 02/22/2019 10:31:48 AM PST by rintintin (q)
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*** Cheap Labor Express ***


7 posted on 02/22/2019 10:32:05 AM PST by EagleUSA
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Do we need so many foreign tech workers....?

Only if you don’t want to create jobs for Americans.


8 posted on 02/22/2019 10:33:28 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom
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To: Caipirabob

I would say H-1B is a socialist program for corporate America. It is also pushing otherwise normal Americans to give up and throw in with the socialists.


9 posted on 02/22/2019 10:33:56 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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To: rintintin

We need to start giving 10 year no interest loans to qualified applicants of Coder Camps.
Where I work 90+ percent of emps are H-1Bs!


10 posted on 02/22/2019 10:34:54 AM PST by Harpotoo (Being a socialist is a lot easier than having to WORK like the rest of US:-))
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To: rintintin

“Growing evidence”

The evidence has been growing for like 35 years!!

Don Trump was ELECTED to end the little train of job thieves into the U.S.!!

Why does anyeone have to act like this is something new!?

We’ve all been against it for DECADES


11 posted on 02/22/2019 10:35:32 AM PST by Regulator
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The short answer is no. What firms are attempting to do is to use the visa program as a source of cheap skills. If the visa program required that the job pay average salary plus 10% and had an additional 10% tax on that salary - the demand for these visas would dry up very quickly.


12 posted on 02/22/2019 10:36:06 AM PST by taxcontrol
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“Hello”?
This is Robert from Microsoft, your windows computer is showing a virus...


13 posted on 02/22/2019 10:36:13 AM PST by Zavien Doombringer (Bringing back the Viking Kitties!!! May the Zot be with you!)
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“Do We Really Need So Many Foreign Tech Workers?”

No, we do not.

simple question. simple answer.

Now, if the Politicriminals would just do this.


14 posted on 02/22/2019 10:36:24 AM PST by Macoozie (Handcuffs and Orange Jumpsuits)
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To: central_va

I supported Trump all the way through, back when other Freepers were mooning over Cruz or Carson. I’m disappointed with Trumps follow-through on a number of immigrationnissues, including h1b visas. Looks like there’s a plan to increase them


15 posted on 02/22/2019 10:36:57 AM PST by rintintin (q)
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To: taxcontrol

Bingo - that is exactly the change I would make to the program.


16 posted on 02/22/2019 10:38:38 AM PST by rb22982
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To: Regulator

Don Trump was ELECTED to end the little train of job thieves into the U.S.!!

Yes, but it seems like he’s changing his position, no?


17 posted on 02/22/2019 10:38:53 AM PST by rintintin (q)
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There is no sector of the US economy with a genuine labor shortage - not white collar, not skilled blue collar, not unskilled. If there were real labor shortages, the unemployment rate (which only counts people actively seeking work) would be effectively zero. “Labor shortage” is upper management-speak and politician-speak for “we’d rather pay wages that Third World immigrants will accept than American wages.”


18 posted on 02/22/2019 10:39:18 AM PST by ek_hornbeck
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Since STEM workers have no union or huge PAC working K Street on their behalf they get thrown under the bus like they were so much krill. It is really disgusting to me. Globalist capitalism sucks for the worker.

I was never in a union but now understand their value.

19 posted on 02/22/2019 10:40:49 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn)
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our colleges are graduating less STEM peoples than the demand is for ,,
thats what im told..


20 posted on 02/22/2019 10:42:05 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd ((>> M A G A << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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