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H-1B Visas: No More Until Late 2012
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User Rank: Apprentice
12/14/2011 | 2:10:41 AM
re: H-1B Visas: No More Until Late 2012
This H-1b visas should have been stopped a long time ago as they are simply cheap and often fraudulent (many have fake degrees and experiences ) substitutes for well qualified American workers. Even though it is bit too late, I am glad to see that someone in our government has finally got the brain to propose this law. Similarly, student visas issued per year should also be limited/decreased to a greater extend as many of the student (particularly from south asian countries) are merely here for work and have no intention of completing any degree. In other words, by these foreign students working more the regulated amount of 20 hours, there hampering the scope of an American getting hired for the same job.
User Rank: Strategist
12/14/2011 | 5:18:12 AM
re: H-1B Visas: No More Until Late 2012
It is not clear that immigrants drive our economy. All unbiased studies indicate that immigrants start new business enterprises at the same rate as native born Americans. Thus increasing immigration will not drive new companies or new jobs.

Saying that eBay, Yahoo, Sun, and Qualcomm were started by immigrants is a stretch. eBay was founded by Pierre Omidyar born in Paris France but raised in Washington DC since age 6 and educated at Tufts University. Yahoo was started by David Filo born in Wisconsin, educated at Stanford and Jerry Yang born in Taipei, raised in San Jose California since age 8 and educated in the at Stanford. Sun Microsystems was founded by Scott McNealy, Bill Joy, Vinod Khosla, and Andy Bechtolsheim of whom only Vinod Khosla and Andy Bechtosheim were foreign born. Of QualcommG«÷s many founders it appears that only Andrew Viterbi was foreign born and he immigrated to the US at age 4 as a refugee. None of the foreign born founders came here on a work visa so using them to justify increased work visas is suspect. Moreover foreigners here on H-1B visas have never started a business. The visa does not allow it. It is a temporary work visa that requires an existing business for sponsorship. The H-1B is for cheap labor.

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