Matt Potter 3:30 p.m., Nov. 20
Sanders, Issa pump H-1B program
Qualcomm will love it but domestic engineers will not
In an article in the Washington DC publication The Hill, North County Congressman Darrell Issa and former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, now head of the local Chamber of Commerce, give hoorays for the H-1B program, by which foreign residents (mostly from India) get into the country on temporary visas and take mid-level science, technology, engineering and math jobs.
San Diego's Qualcomm is one of the nation's largest users of the H-1B program, and its top management is constantly promoting the program. The main sales point to try to get more H-1B people into the country is that there is supposedly a shortage of American engineers.
However, H-1B opponents make a cogent case that the shortage is a disingenuous myth. They argue that H-1B lowers the pay of both American engineers and the foreign newcomers, thus bolstering corporate profits and permitting top management to take outlandish salaries.