Friday, February 10, 2017

H-1B Visas - - The National Engineering Issue

From the Letters to the Editor column of the Wall Street Journal on February 9, 2017 - - comments from two engineers on the Journal article entitled "White House Takes On Working Visas," page one, February 2, 2017.

First comment - - 

"There are currently about 90 million people between the ages of 18 and 65 unemployed in the U.S.  What efforts are being made to train the workers that are needed?  The idea that the America worker is lazy and making no effort to improve isn't borne out by millions in night school or those working and volunteering.  It's closer to the truth to say that corporate America's leadership has abdicated its responsibility to the country and its workers."

Second comment - - 

"I don't think the engineering profession would agree with your H-1B assessment.  In my 40 years working in the aerospace industry, I have seen many ill effects of the program.  It's been used to depress American engineering salaries.  Its elimination or curtailment would greatly benefit American engineers.  It's partly been responsible for the dependence on foreign suppliers for key aspects of critical technologies required by the military that for national security purposes should be homegrown.  It's created a surplus of high-technology billionaires who have little allegiance to our country or its values.  It has also been partly responsible for our engineering and software jobs, with the exception of military programs, being outsourced to China and India."

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