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  •  Your experience is unusual (8+ / 0-)

       I worked in IT for 35 years. During the last several years I worked with dozens of H1Bs. Some were very capable, some were mediocre and some were barely qualified. The only qualification necessary was a degree in computer science. Several of the H1B "programmers" had no practical experience outside of school. I had had to train some some of them on basic mainframe procedures and standards. They were not all used for work that involved a shortage of American workers. In fact, my company was always bidding for the same jobs as the H1Bs being marketed by the Indian software companies (Wipro, etc). The H1B program is severely abused and is a weapon management uses to drive down wages. I didn't just read about this crap, I lived it.  

    •  I don't disagree that it's often abused, (1+ / 0-)
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      though I'm in no position to have any clue how often that is.  I'm lucky in that I went to a well known school, and my employer places great importance on quality of personnel (I remember hearing someone comment that some companies, given a choice between paying an American programmer $200k and an equally qualified Indian one $100k will always go with the Indian one, while we go with both - or something along those lines).

      My opinion is that the H1B program should be modified to fix the abuse of the system, and make sure H1B employees are paid the same as native workers, so it works as it's intended - to attract competitive talent to the US.  I think the real problem here is that businesses are striving to pay people as little as possible, and H1B visa holders and illegal immigrants are being abused as a way to accomplish this.

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      Flying Goat, IreGyre

         I support using  H1Bs for those who have advanced degrees or specialized experience. I also think that foreign students who graduate from our masters or doctorate programs should be eligible to stay and work here. The current system is broken and need to be completely redesigned.

    •  One more thing (4+ / 0-)

         The availability of low cost tech workers has led to a decline in corporate training. In the 70s and 80s the companies I worked for were really big on training the current staff and upgrading their skills. With the advent of cheaper staffing companies like the Indian body shops, training for the staff became an unnecessary luxury. I once asked an IT VP about training some staff on a new technology and was told that it wasn't necessary because contractors could be brought in to do it cheaper. It turned out to be an H1B company.  

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