The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently published articles about H-1B visa abuse, and how such abuse has hurt American workers. A pair of letters to the WSJ particularly highlighted how H-1B visa abuse has significantly damaged American workers and the native-born workforce. Both letters to the WSJ are printed below.
H-1B Visas Help Employers, Hurt U.S. Labor
Tech companies use H-1B visas to bring in foreign workers at the expense of American STEM graduates.
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Feb. 8, 2017 6:48 p.m. ET
If there is any program that has been more abused to the detriment of the American workforce and to STEM graduates in particular, it is the H-1B visa program (“White House Takes On Working Visas,” page one, Feb. 2). Tech companies use it to bring in foreign workers at the expense of American STEM graduates.
I am an electrical engineer. From the time I had finished my junior year in high school through my graduation from MIT, I had an engineering job every summer. Companies hired students during the summer and used that job training as a recruiting tool to determine if they might be interested in making a full-time offer when one graduated from college.
When a STEM graduate interviews after graduation, a familiar interviewer response is, “But you have no technical experience.” So how is the STEM student to get experience if he or she cannot find it during the summer?
There are currently about 90 million people between the ages of 18 and 65 unemployed in the U.S. What efforts are being made to train the workers that are needed? The idea that the American worker is lazy and making no effort to improve isn’t borne out by the millions in night school or those working and volunteering. It’s closer to the truth to say that corporate America’s leadership has abdicated its responsibility to the country and its workers.
There’s not a greater need for H-1B visas. What’s needed is responsible corporate leadership.
I don’t think the engineering profession would agree with your H-1B assessment. In my 40 years working in the aerospace industry, I have seen many ill effects of the program. It’s been used to depress American engineering salaries. Its elimination or curtailment would greatly benefit American engineers. It’s partly been responsible for the dependence on foreign suppliers for key aspects of critical technologies required by the military that for national security purposes should be homegrown. It’s created a surplus of high-technology billionaires who have little allegiance to our country or its values. It has also been partly responsible for our engineering and software jobs, with the exception of military programs, being outsourced to China and India.
Cedar Knolls, N.J
Legal Immigrants For America (LIFA) has consistently reported on the grave problem of H-1B visa abuse in this nation, be it by Disney, or in Silicon Valley, or in the world of academia. LIFA salutes Len Lindenmeyer and James Phelan for their boldness in writing these letters to the WSJ to brightly shine the light of truth on this H-1B visa abuse problem which is decimating American workers.
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