Comments by Ponzi

A scheme to lower engineers’ wages

The majority of H-1B’s do not return to their homeland. The “guest workers” usually apply for a “green card” and eventually become legal residents of the U.S. Most of the people in India and China who apply for H-1B visas are young, most in their 20’s. This fly against the face of the whole sales pitch the proponent’s pitch, that of being more experienced than Americans. How can someone beginning their career in IT or engineering in India be “more experienced” than similar 20-something college graduates in the U.S.? Another phenomenon resulting from the H-1B program is that it evetibaly displaces far more than one America worker. Many of the H-1B workers petition to bring over family members. Eventually there is a wife, parents and other members of their family. These people often are the recipients of public services and aid, just like the other immigrants who arrive here without language or work skills. Many of those who arrived as H-1B, after securing their resident status, completely abandon the high technology field they were recruited for (so “desperately needed’). They open other businesses such as restaurants, stores, and other non-tech related concerns. So the typical H-1B doesn’t just replace an American worker, they bring several mo9re family members who, if not on welfare, go out to open businesses that compete with U.S. citizens in our communities. The H-1B program turns out to be a front-row pass to immigration more than any savior to innovation in our high tech industry. I have worked among H-1B workers for years. I have seen the “husband and wife” teams that were brought over together and both have jobs lined up. However one (or both) is not qualified, but gaining employment for both spouses was part of the agreement. I have seen H-1B sponsors help their employees retain legal help, often corporate, to get residency papers, petition for family members to be granted residency and more. H-1B employees often purchase real estate and behave as if their 3-year stint is non-existent. Moreover, many of the candidates are employing the use of false credentials. Fake diplomas or purchased diplomas. Many of the degree mills come complete with staffs that will answer phones and submit false transcripts. Do a Google search for “false” or “fake” degrees in India and there are a host of stories about scandals at very legitimate universities where degrees have been bought instead of earned.
— March 20, 2015 9:48 a.m.

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