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  •  Strikes me as a load of hooey... (6+ / 0-)

    The US graduates tens of thousands of folks BS degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering and related fields each year.  I live near a large state university, and I can tell you that Microsoft et al. don't really do much recruiting in our area.

    They want H-1B visa holders because they can pay them less.  According to the BLS salary and the Department of Labor's H-1B application reports, H-1B programmers are, on average, paid (or offered) approximately $15,000 less in yearly salary than are US-citizen hires for the same jobs in the same cities.

    Until it is shown that US-citizen hires are incapable of doing the work, I don't want to hear arguments for an increase in H-1B visas.  When Microsoft stops laying off workers (5000 between 2008 and 2009, with a smaller set of layoffs last year) AND starts rehiring AND rehires US citizens, I might pay more heed to their desire for higher H-1B numbers.

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