Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The best and the brightest doing the jobs Americans won't do

The immigration debate continues with groups like FWD.us arguing for an increase in H1B visas based on the idea that we need the best and brightest from other countries in order to fill jobs that can't be filled by Americans, either because we are too stupid or because there aren't enough graduates to fill the positions or because we are too stupid to graduate and then fill the position, and advocates for illegals arguing that immigrants only fill the jobs that Americans won't do.  This article actually sums up the true situation nicely:

about 250 Disney employees were told in late October that they would be laid off. Many of their jobs were transferred to immigrants on temporary visas for highly skilled technical workers, who were brought in by an outsourcing firm based in India. Over the next three months, some Disney employees were required to train their replacements to do the jobs they had lost.
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H-1B immigrants work for less than American tech workers, Professor Hira said at a hearing in March of the Senate Judiciary Committee, because of weaknesses in wage regulations. The savings have been 25 percent to 49 percent in recent cases, he told lawmakers.
I don't begrudge companies making a profit.  I don't begrudge them cutting costs.  I don't even begrudge the idea of offshoring positions.  But I do have a problem with this.  First off it's illegal.  That isn't the purpose of H1-B visas and everyone knows it they just  look the other way.  Second it's immoral.  People complain about the coarsening of society and the breakdown of the social contract.  Well here is exhibit number one.

(Here is how I would fix the H1-B problem.  You can have all the H1-B visa workers you want but you have to pay them 1.5 times the prevailing wage and when the prevailing wage is being calculated there wages are counted so it would be an ever escalating cost.)
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