Tuesday, March 15, 2016

H1B Visa Program & Donald Trump

I witnessed a video where Mark Zuckerberg went on and on about "opportunity for our brothers and sisters who code" by bringing them in on H1B Visas.  Here's the way it works:
  • They bring in programmers from India on these visas. They can only work for the company that brings them in. So they can't hop to another company without being sent back to India'. They are paid shit!
  • The companies put them up 4 to a cramped apartment and work them 12 hours a day.
  • When they're done, they send them back and replace them with another fresh batch.
Understand, this is how ALL the entry level programmer positions are filled. No American kids can get their foot on the bottom rung of the ladder and have the opportunity to gain experience and work their way up.

You ask companies about this, and their answer is "we only are concerned about our Quarterly results and haven't given such matters any thought."

Only Donald Trump has addressed this issue in his Position on immigration, which I have copied and pasted from his website:

Here are some additional specific policy proposals for long-term reform:
Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program's lowest allowable wage level, and more than eighty percent for its bottom two. Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.
Requirement to hire American workers first. Too many visas, like the H-1B, have no such requirement. In the year 2015, with 92 million Americans outside the workforce and incomes collapsing, we need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. Petitions for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office, not USCIS.

The standard BS about Immigration necessary because we need workers "who do jobs American workers won't do" is BS!  When they had an ICE raid up in Longmont and deported some 1300 illegal aliens, all the meat packing plant had to do is raise the wage by $2.00 an hour and it was up and running in less than two weeks! 

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