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.