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  •  For the first things... (6+ / 0-)

    ...*heavy* auditing of H1-B visa programs.  It is pretty much an open secret that companies jiggle the numbers to claim that there are no US workers qualified for the job.  Heck, we should have a few of the rules and regulations regarding hiring that European countries put on their companies to ensure a better treatment for their citizens.  

    What "fair trade/Free Trade" proposals would you make?  I'm looking forward to this because chances are I've seen and rebutted them already (especially that old "retrain" lie).

    "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

    by Mister Gloom on Tue Feb 17, 2009 at 12:01:15 PM PST

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    •  auditing of H1Bs is good (1+ / 0-)
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      No reason not to do it.  One thing that would make things more fair is demanding the same standards of American companies inside and outside US.  For example, we require a linen shop to provide health, paid vacation and holidays, and 401k to its employees in this country.  However, the same company doesn't have to provide any of the above benefits to its employees outside of US, which reduces their costs even more so than the income gap.  You could tax them the difference.

    •  Without a Comprehensive Change... (0+ / 0-)

      in immigration policy we will continue to have problems with foreign workers taking Americans' jobs.  You feel the bite from H1B's because you are probably in the Tech field.  But, come to Texas and look at any construction site.  Mostly immigrants.  Many of the policy makers support open borders and sancutary for immigrants.  Why should IT, H1B workers be treated any differently than laborers.

      We need to make a decision on what kind of immigration policy we want, enforce it, and accept the consequences.  And of course some Americans will be affected in their job search.

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