Responding to the H1B visa row, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said, if multinational companies have made big businesses then Indian minds have contributed to it immensely. Saying that there is a need for reciprocity, Prasad said after conquering the world Indian IT companies should explore the vast market of Digital India. “Indian IT companies create jobs they do not steal jobs either in USA or in any other country. If multinational companies have made big business then Indian minds have also immensely contributed. There is a need for reciprocity. Indian IT companies have conquered the world. Now it is their time to look back inside India and explore the vast market of #DigitalIndia,” he said.
When I was teaching myself about the stock market, I loved the investors business daily.
But this crap is the most uninformed propaganda that I have ever read.
It’s true that if you limit the flow of tech workers coming into the U.S. under the H-1B visa program, you will likely see more native-born Americans being hired in the short run. But it won’t last. And long-term, limiting the flow of highly productive, highly trained workers will hurt our economy — not help it.
We’re not open-border types by a long shot. But letting the world’s smartest, best-educated people come into this country is a win-win. Numerous studies show it will add substantially to our total productivity, thereby adding to the total economic output and making us all, as a nation, better off.
Those who say it “costs” jobs have to define that term. Evidence suggests otherwise. Yes, as we noted, it is a fact that for every foreign person who gets a job, one American doesn’t. But that’s not the whole picture.
And once here, high-end tech immigrants have an extraordinary record of entrepreneurial success.
Just over half the so-called “unicorns” — startups that are worth more than $1 billion — were started by immigrants, creating tens of thousands of jobs for, yes, Americans. That’s 44 companies, each, on average, employing 760 workers.
Your green card scam is no more than the H-1B scam.
We simply do not create enough jobs in America because (a) we send our jobs to other countries and (b) we import non-immigrant guest workers, whether they be H-1B or Green Card holders to take the remaining jobs and then we deny our local citizens the ability to compete via age discrimination and caste.
Notice how they do not even mention the American workers displaced by this scam?
It will be the same with the green card scam.
WHO GETS HURT
The outsourcing companies that place H-1B workers pay them considerably less than U.S. workers in the same positions. Moreover, workers cannot petition for a green card on their own. Their employer, typically the outsourcing company, has to do it for them. And the companies almost never sponsor the workers for green cards, so it’s rare they become American citizens that way.
Alqarqaz’s post equates the H-1B visa with immigration, but that’s not the case. Visa holders are temporary guest workers. And although thousands of IEEE members have successfully received green cards while working in the country on an H-1B visa, it is not, in fact, a path to citizenship. At best, the visa is a waiting room for potential immigrants to sit in until a green card becomes available, if one does.
In many cases, in fact, H-1B visas are used as barriers to citizenship. Some companies, particularly outsourcing companies, use an H-1B visa specifically because it is not an immigration visa. Unlike green cards, the visa belongs to the company and not the worker. Workers can stay in the country exactly as long as their employers let them. But if the company chooses to take the visa back, the worker has to leave unless he can find another employer to sponsor his visa.
That dependency gives employers a tremendous amount of control over their workers—which in turn makes the workers easy to exploit. For some companies, that is the primary advantage of the visa. If a company decides that it doesn’t want a given worker to become a U.S. citizen, there isn’t really much the worker can do about it.