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  •  The issue with shortages (7+ / 0-)

    is that there are a number of cases where an industry has created a self-sustaining "shortage".   As I said in an earlier comment, the H1B program was principally designed to be temporary - until the necessary skilled personnel became available here.  

    The way it works is that there's a shortage of skilled workers.  The industry goes and gets H1B workers to fill the gaps.  They find out that they don't have to pay them as much, the workers can't just leave for another higher-paying job, and they don't have the same rights as American workers - they're locked in.  Pretty soon they start forcing out the non-H1B workers - job cuts, firings, or just making it miserable enough for them to leave.  Now, you don't look very hard for replacements, you just get more H1B people.  You're "not hiring," or, just to make it look good, if you have a position, you offer it at a salary that isn't even close to acceptable.  This keeps the "shortage" going.

    Pretty soon, college students realize that there aren't any real jobs in the field.  They stop majoring in that field.  People don't bother entering it through retraining.  Now you have a real shortage!  You get to keep going with the H1B!   To add icing on the cake, you get to moan in public and to Congress about how people just don't want to enter the field!

    The shortage of skilled people that should have been temporary has now been turned into a permanent state.  It really works well for the bottom line.  

    I think that I have had enough of you telling me how things will be. Today I choose a new way to go ... and it goes through you!

    by Norbrook on Sun Nov 23, 2008 at 07:50:23 AM PST

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