re: H-1B Workers Not Best Or Brightest, Study Says
The study sounds like a thesis on the fox watching the chicken coop. You put a CS prof in charge of a funded study with an agenda to show USA-citizen students are brighter, so correlations are tested and presumed to be causality. If that is the kind of education our brightest CS and other tech students are getting, there is even more to worry over.
The citation of one disgruntled worker seems very out of place. Perhaps more evidence was edited out for length?
A factor not mentioned in the story or other comments is that many of these students were educated here in the USA. Our universities love these students because they often pay more, as non-residents. Hiring them for a period of time after we educate them is a recouping of our investment (too little, as it may be) in higher education, in part.
Finally, if it is cheaper for companies to hire people on H1Bs, then companies will do so. But cheaper isn't just the salary, as already noted in these comments. There is also a real price of training (the comments of another writer here notwithstanding) and turnover. It has become more common that these workers, many of whom would like to get permanent green cards and stay and work productively in the USA, are sent "home"; this increased after 9/11 and has not abated as far as I know. So most companies hiring an H1B holder would know they will have to do it again in a few years, and factor in that cost, and the other administrative costs. Bottom line is just because it is net cheaper does not mean it is not to the benefit (overall) of our economy.