Re: H-1B Overhaul Increases US Dependence On Skilled Foreign Workers
This is certainly a very complex issue with few objective answers. At the end of the day, nobody should be denied the right to have a good job and make a good living. That isn't the reality, though, and the lawmakers in this space have the difficult job of deciding where to draw the line. The terrifying trend in US politics of making all issues sound black and white obviously doesn't help. As you point out in the full article, many of these workers go on to found startups and create more jobs in the US. The general idea that a strong economy benefits everyone should not be overlooked. Moreover, the difficulty companies are having filling these jobs is a failing of the US education system. These are all aspects of the issue you may or may not hear tuning into the nightly news.
Still, I have to wonder if increasing the cap so dramatically is really the answer. As was discussed in the article and comments on EBN, this system is far from invulnerable to exploitation. Those mass outsourcing companies seem to evoke the idea of violating the spirit of the law while skirting the letter. I've also heard of fake companies being registered just to bring immigrants here illegally using H-1B Visas - and exploiting them further once they get here. Moreover, the continued need for more foreign skilled workers suggests that the current system may not be succesfully shoring up the US base in the long haul the way it was intended to. Will we just continually raise the cap every few years indefinitely? We can't use H-1B to avoid fixing our schools. I personally feel I have no more right to American citizenship than these people do simply because I was born here, but there are negatives to consider.