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The H-1B Program

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2009

Boo hoo hoo, American banks that took bailout money must be forced to — GASP! — hire Americans first, rather than the cheaper H-1B workers whose labor they’ve been exploiting for years.

The H-1B program needs to be reformed, if not eliminated altogether. Right now the H-1Bs are little more than indentured servants, allowed to stay in America only to work for a single company, and only so long as they are employed by that company. Which doesn’t help the H-1Bs or the American workers whose jobs they take, but it sure benefits the CEOs. As recently as March of 2008, when the economy was already showing signs of stress (and when Microsoft was seeing the full bitter flowering of the poisoned fruit that was Vista), Bill Gates was asking Congress for more H-1B visas.

3 Responses to “The H-1B Program”

  1. MEC said

    What’s their problem with hiring American workers? In this economy, the companies could hire U.S. residents at the low wages they’d pay H-1B workers.

  2. Charles said

    In the immortal words of an executive of my acquaintance, discussing hiring refugees from a dictatorship which had just massacred a number of dissidents, “We can pay them less, and I will have them by the balls.”

    It’s the latter that makes H1-B (and L-1 and TN-1) holders so desirable.

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