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  •  You are right to question the H1B provisions (3+ / 0-)
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    Sychotic1, WorkerInUSA, claude

    of this bill.  It has everything to do with skilled labor from other countries.  When our unemployment rate is in the high 7's, it is insane to even consider importing skilled labor.  The arguement that these jobs can't be filled by American workers is BS.  

    "The regulations define a "specialty occupation" as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor[1] including but not limited to biotechnology, chemistry, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialties, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum...."

    I worked for a major corporation with 25% foreign professionals working there.  They were smart, skilled, knew the language, no complaint there.  The problem was that local graduates of a very good university were taking "clerical" jobs in order to get their foot in the door, while the plum jobs went to foreign workers.

    •  And there is a reason for this (4+ / 0-)
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      importer, hannah, claude, IT Professional

      The good jobs do go to the H-1Bs, and the increase in the scab quota will ensure that this continues. Why, people ask?

      It has a lot to do with the economics of the IT business. That asshole Zuckerberg who is making millions stealing and monetizing your personal information was perfectly happy employing US workers, until the company went public. At that point, he was no longer able to underpay US workers with the promise of stock options. So, what to do? If he paid them the appropriate rate, he would have lost one or two of his billions. So, he now pushes for more H-1B scabs, because he can underpay them by listing their positions falsely. This is the same dodge that MS used. MS went public in 1986, and soon thereafter they realized that they needed another mechanism to get cheap labor. Hence the H-1B.

      The H-1B is NOT AN IMMIGRATION PATH. I am pro-legal immigration, but the job visas are destroying the IT profession in this country.

      So why the H-1B? Simple, really. It allows corporations to falsely promise green cards. In reality, what they do is keep the scabs coming, and keep the jobs as "perma-temp" positions.

      The H-1B is the modern version of the indentured servant really. Quasi-slaves. We need to eliminate it.

      •  They were all accountants where I worked, (2+ / 0-)
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        WorkerInUSA, IT Professional

        so it crosses all sectors.  I know IT is hit harder than most, one of my sons works IT and it has become more and more difficult for him work.  Most companies, if they hire American workers at all, they bring them in as temps, too.  So they never get any traction.  The hourly rate sounds good until you figure out there is not benefit package - none and no security.  Over the years he has worked the pay and benefits have plummetted.  

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