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March 11, 2009

It’s a Terrible Time to Reject Skilled Workers

Filed under: FYI,US — 7macaw @ 8:32 pm
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There was an interesting article in today’s Wall Street Journal:

Thanks to the Employ American Workers Act (EAWA) it’s become harder for companies getting government support to hire skilled immigrants with H-1B visas.

Supporters say the law will help U.S.-born workers and stimulate our economy, but this is just wrong. The economy is not of fixed size, in which more foreign-born workers necessarily mean fewer U.S. workers. Productive foreign-born workers can help create more jobs here. Keeping them out damages us.

There is also indirect, unforeseen damage that’s beginning to appear in higher education. According to the National Science Foundation, 42% of Ph. D. science and engineering workers in the U.S. today are foreign born..

And where will all these foreign-born students go? To countries whose leaders recognize their job-creation potential and shape policy accordingly. For example, current British immigration policy welcomes an unlimited supply of the world’s best and brightest business minds.

February 23, 2009

Stimulus package sets H-1B limits, leaves out E-Verify mandate

A provision requiring banks receiving federal bailout funds to give hiring priority to U.S. workers over foreigners with H-1B visas made it into the final version of the economic stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed last week.

But House and Senate negotiators dropped a separate proposal that would have forced all employers benefiting from stimulus money to use the government’s Web-based E-Verify system to vet the employment status of their workers.

Source: ComputerWorld

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