Skip to comments.H-1Bs and the Myth of Job Creation
Posted on 04/07/2009 7:44:17 AM PDT by IT Grunt
Stuart Anderson, a lobbyist for the National Foundation for American Policy, has been playing fast and lose with the numbers by saying that each H-1B holder that hi-tech companies hire creates five jobs around that position.
If so, why don't we raise the cap, import about 200,000 guest workers, and create a million new jobs?
Because the idea that H-1Bs create jobs is absurd.
The show will probably be aired several times this week so check the online CSPAN schedule for all three channels. They also have an online streaming broadcast so you can catch it at your convenience.
There is one important reason to catch the show live is that they take call-ins. This is your chance to give "Mr. H-1B" a piece of your mind. Be sure to think about your comment before you call though because Stuart is a very polished shill that is a very talented liar.
With 5.5 million US citizens unemployed, a sane Congress would immediately cancel the H-1B program until the employment picture improves.
Congress enacted this program because big employers gave generous "campaign contributions" and [provided lavish lunches, dinners, trips, etc.
I've highlighted the main problem unearthed in your statement.
We need a new party.
I’ll give you an even worse picture than is being painted, as the truth usually is.
I work in the engineering placement field for contract employment, and my first hand experience with H1-B’s is that a large majority don’t even work directly for technology firms, they work for what we call “Visa Shops”.
Basically, this “shop” does nothing more than hold a person’s visa and then contracts them out directly to companies.
And to show you how bad it is, on one occasion we were paying this shop $58 an hour for an employee on contract, they were only paying him around $17 an hour.
This is how the program is abused, you have 100’s of shops bringing these people in and then under cutting competition because they don’t have to pay these people what they’re worth since they hold their visas, and if the person decides to quit they have to go back from whence they came.
H1-B’s are a scam, there are plenty of Americans willing and capable of doing these jobs, companies just don’t want to pay their true market value, instead they use H1-B’s to depress the market.
Momma’s don’t let kids grow up to do I-T.
I posted this before, but wish to add to your comment. I worked with Indian programmers who told me they were on salary and had to work 50-60 hours a week, with a small bonus after the gig was over. The kicker was that the Visa Shops were billing the client for only 40 hours.
It was a no-brainer for the client - why hire an American who expected OT (we were all hourly paid) when you could get an H1B for much less?
I'd follow up with "Make 'em be doctors and lawyers and such" but they're outsourcing those, too.
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