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2020-04-08 -Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
COVID-19 stops the unstoppable - Foggy Bottom suspends H-1B program
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Posted by Besoeker 2020-04-08 01:01|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6523 views ]  Top

#1 Now all that is left to do is to reform American universities so they (once again) start producing competent engineers instead of "Empowering Minorities and Women".
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2020-04-08 01:06||   2020-04-08 01:06|| Front Page Top

#2 Suspend is good first step. Now end it idiots.
Posted by 3dc 2020-04-08 03:27||   2020-04-08 03:27|| Front Page Top

#3 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment.

Many of whom will get Green Cards and permanently displace an American tech worker. Around 140,000 guest workerss each year receive an Employment Based Green Card. Each country gets a max 7% (9,800 people) of the total. Worked a few companies where I was the only US citizen engineer. Not a good work environment.
Posted by Cholutch Shereper2174 2020-04-08 04:14||   2020-04-08 04:14|| Front Page Top

#4 /\ Not a good work environment.

But that was precisely the intended outcome, for the average American worker that is.
Posted by Besoeker 2020-04-08 06:19||   2020-04-08 06:19|| Front Page Top

#5 No comment from our oligarch-turned-shadow health minister in Redmond WA
Posted by Lex 2020-04-08 07:11||   2020-04-08 07:11|| Front Page Top

#6 #1 #2 both.
Posted by Woodrow 2020-04-08 09:56||   2020-04-08 09:56|| Front Page Top

#7 End this program and federal aid to universities.
Posted by DarthVader 2020-04-08 10:25||   2020-04-08 10:25|| Front Page Top

#8 I swear some of this has to be attributable to Tucker Carlson and his focus on it. Sometimes it seems his segments are directed precisely for the President and several times have seen impact follow.
Posted by NoMoreBS 2020-04-08 12:22||   2020-04-08 12:22|| Front Page Top

#9 Close the office (as long as possible) as non-essential.
Posted by Procopius2k  2020-04-08 12:50||   2020-04-08 12:50|| Front Page Top

#10 They should eliminate the program. If we need to bring them in to fulfill an economic need that our labor market cannot fill, then give them a green card so they are not slaves to their H1B sponsor. This makes them an equal footing with citizen engineers in terms of salary negotiation and the ability to walk away to a competitor. And if they cannot make the requirements of a green card, then we dont want them here anyway.
Posted by Marilyn Tojo7566 2020-04-08 13:15||   2020-04-08 13:15|| Front Page Top

#11 The program was always and ever a ruse to try to cap the rise in skilled engineers' compensation in this country. It's a major reason for the extraordinarily high operating margins in the software industry and thus a major source of the unbelievably large fortunes of that industry's leaders, especially Gates and his ilk.

IOW a scam designed primarily to line their pockets. Zip to do with "competitiveness" or a phantom "skills shortage."
Posted by Lex 2020-04-08 14:02||   2020-04-08 14:02|| Front Page Top

#12 ....a shortage they created by making it not worth the time and effort to get the degrees for 30 years. Same concept for bringing in below production cost oil, to put competitors out of work.
Posted by Procopius2k 2020-04-08 16:18||   2020-04-08 16:18|| Front Page Top

I worked on a group that used a corrupt circle of officials, back in 2011 to get Pakistanis and Indians into America. They exploited the H visas to get things in that were so dangerous if word got out, people would lynch those officials themselves.

The FBI ultimately arrested those officials, but Gawd knows what became of the fuckers they had already gotten in. Their clientele were usually rich landowners from the Punjab regions, relatives of Pak government officers rejected once, brides for people they'd sent earlier, etc. Occasionally they would insert the radicalized and recruiter type individual, posing as students and 'scholars'. They even had a scheme of routing them in from the UK.

I think either accounts of everyone connected to the H-1 visa process should be periodically evaluated, or it should be shut down completely. There is no dearth of jobs in Asia, for people who want to work. It's the leeches usually that exploit these systems and end up as fuel for the Liberal machine in universities and politics.
Posted by Dron66046 2020-04-08 17:21||   2020-04-08 17:21|| Front Page Top

#14 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment.

Sequester them for 2020 census takers.
Secondary for Covid antibody testing.

"Cough, cough. Yeah 4 people live here."
Posted by Skidmark 2020-04-08 21:00||   2020-04-08 21:00|| Front Page Top

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