Overhauling immigration is complicated and controversial. There's been a proposed increase in H-1B visas. Those are the visas that allow companies to bring in skilled foreign workers for jobs that can't be filled by Americans.
Now a look at one part of the immigration debate in Congress: a proposed increase in H1-B visas. Those are the visas that allow companies to hire skilled foreign workers. As NPR's Martin Kaste reports in today's business bottom line, offering more of those visas is controversial, especially among American tech workers of a certain age.
You hire the alien first, and then you manipulate the regulatory system to prove that you can't find an American.
Bruce Morrison shaped the H1-B system as chairman of the House Immigration Committee two decades ago. Now, as an immigration lawyer and a lobbyist, he says employers have become too fond of the temporary foreign workers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, wages for computer programmers have stagnated. In fact, between 2001 and 2011, the mean hourly wage didn't even keep up with inflation. It's still less than $40. Microsoft says there have been some healthy increases recently - not reflected in the government numbers. But for critics of the system, it's apparent that the H1-B visas work as a kind of pressure-release valve on pay. Matloff also thinks the visas let companies avoid hiring older programmers.
I thought that this was an interesting article, though I have only taken snippets above.
One of the reasons to oppose immigration reform is not, as many would like to put it, based on racism. Rather one very good reason to oppose immigration reform is because many larger companies do not hire more experienced or older workers in favor of less experience and younger workers of foreign decent that they can treat as indentured servants at a lesser pay than a more experience person would require.
One of the companies featured in this NPR report is the very liberal Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft is again requesting that the congress allow more H-1B visa's because of a storage of programmers in the talent pool. However, it appears from this NPR report that there is no shortage of workers. Rather there is a shortage of desire to hire the workers that are qualified and available, but that would also demand an appropriate wage as well as refusing to submit to slave like conditions.
Looking aside at the illegal aliens desire to be legalized, one must wonder just why the American companies are so intent and desirous of immigration reform that is detrimental to the American citizen and worker. One must also ask the question of whether this is also the reason that many business are now demanding that illegal aliens be given citizenship, or a path to citizenship. Is the reason to insure a base of low pay workers. I believe it is.