Crack down H-1B visas?

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  1. matt wade

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    http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9126721

    Normally I don't like too much government involvement in corporate affairs. But in this case, I must agree. The H-1B program was designed to allow workers to come to the US and work if there wasn't a qualified US worker for the job. In cases such as layoffs, H-1B's should be the first to go.

    To go even further, I personally believe that it would be a great economic stimulus to revoke most (if not all) H-1B's. We are facing record unemployment numbers and revoking the H-1B's would free up jobs for US workers. I'd propose giving companies and H-1B workers six months until revocation.
     
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    I'm not sure what an H-1B is. If you are referring to temporary work permits being handed out, then I agree with you. I work at a temporary staffing agency. People have been pouring in like crazy. You would think that in times where the unemployment rate is so high that the government would stop & think about this.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H1B_visa

    "The regulations define a “specialty occupation” as requiring theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge in a field of human endeavor including, but not limited to, architecture, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, social sciences, medicine and health, education, law, accounting, business specialities, theology, and the arts, and requiring the attainment of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as a minimum."

    Basically they are work visas for highly skilled labor. Lots of computer programmers are here on h-1b's.
     
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    And doctors.
     
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    I totally agree with you. (I bet you're an engineer or computer professional like me.)
     
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    Off topic....What kind of engineer are you ?
     
  7. matt wade

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    I'm a computer programmer. Mostly in C, but I do some C# as well. I also program web stuff in PHP.
     
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    I am an Associate of Electronics, and I agree with the spirit of your post. My field has been completely diluted by this practice. Then, add racial quotas, even with a good education and 20 years experience, I could not find a job, once Clinton moved mine to Mexico. Nobody will hire a white guy in his 40s. Plain & simple truth.

    We could also address the practice of outsourcing help desk questions to foreign countries. But that's another can o' worms.
     

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