I can’t support the Senator without some indication that he is willing to change his position. As a MA delegate, I’m thinking about just staying home. I used to think Senator Kerry was the lesser of two evils. I’m not so sure any longer.
Below is a sampling of sites that document the misperceptions on H1B’s and detail the reality. I don’t understand how the Senator could not be aware of the systematic destruction of jobs and the lives of those in the tech and science fields. How can a Democrat not get it? I would really appreciate an answer.
Deval, Barack, Edwards and Clinton are on the same page. Deval joined eleven other governors in requesting further abuses and hardships for his constituents. The lobbyists have done their jobs well. The meme (as perpetuated by Bill Gates and Larry Ellison of Oracle in Congressional testimony) is that there is a crisis in finding sufficient technical skills in this country. The sky is falling and their respective corporations have to pay too much to US workers! My suggestion to Bill and Larry is to hire these two US citizens as they seem to know quite a bit about technology.
The dot com bubble burst and left a staggering number of H1B visa holders in this country competing with US employees for vanishing jobs. But, the H1B visa holders are cheaper. So, the end result is this from a former research chemist:
So much has been said of the computer specialists, but scant attention is being paid to the pharmaceutical, biotech and chemical industries. My career as a research chemist has been totally destroyed because of both the H1-B program and job outsourcing to China and India. I know, I have always been the one to train these ‘highly qualified’ chemists. It’s not just the low salary and benefits (not even a 401K!) that is the reason these people are hired, but also because they will NOT speak up in their defense. By extension, these circumstances will apply to any American citizen that works in the lab. I have had several people, even in HR at large pharmaceutical companies tell me that science careers are “immigrant jobs”. After years of complaining and protesting against these circumstances (and making myself a target as a result), and then having the full impact of knowing that I was actually making LESS than a high school teacher after nearly 15 years of experience (with a Masters in both organic chemistry and and MBA), I have decided to simply give up and do the most sane thing I can. I am becoming a high school chemistry teacher. The salary is almost the same, the working conditions are better, and at the end of the day, I can feel reassured that I did not work my ass off just to make some conceited prick in top management more wealthly than he needs to be. And, to top it off, one has to be an AMERICAN CITIZEN to be a public school teacher! From what I hear the dean’s of various teaching programs around NY and NJ, their is a flood of American scientists going into education. It’s such a shame, because how on earth are we going to get kids interested in math and science when the end result is that they won’t have a job if they pursue such a career in the first place. This is first and foremost a national security issue. It must be addressed because science is the future.
Similar harm statements are being ignored. Don’t think your field is safe. It’s just a matter of time before you too will be competing for jobs that pay a fraction of what you are making, and don’t expect your elected officials to care.
If you are curious as to which corporations are getting visas, salary erosion and what careers are being wiped out, check out 2005 recipients in MA.
Dr. Norman Matloff of UC Davis has documented the problems and solutions for Fixing our Badly Broken H-1B Visa and Employer-Sponsored Green Card Programs.
Senators Grassley and Durbin findings on H1B fraud and abuse. BTW, Senator Kerry wasn’t even familiar with this legislation when questioned.
The Programmers Guild also provides extensive documentation.
The Center for Immigration Studies
describes The Bottom of the Pay Scale.
One of my friends suggested that H1B sounds like a deadly virus. I agree. Are we being distracted by primaries and elections while corporate lobbyists are winning the battle? Are there any civil rights protections in place for those who are being brought into this country in indentured servitude? Why should I vote for a Democrat or Republican who has sold out this country? This inquiring mind would like to know.