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Foreign STEM workers don’t guarantee higher IT productivity. Do we really need more H1Bs?
An EPI study casts doubt on the ‘need’ for foreign-born STEM workers, while lawmakers push for more offshore outsourcing. Why?
By: PlanetMagpie IT Consulting
But what if popular belief isn’t true?
H1Bs Used for Workers Who Aren’t the “Best and Brightest”
An EPI Study (http://upstart.bizjournals.com/
So if they’re not the ‘best and brightest,’ what’s the reason for the Immigration Innovation Act?
The Act was filed by 10 U.S. Senators in January. If passed, it will significantly expand the number of H1B visas granted, from 85,000 a year to 300,000 a year. According to this article (http://www.bizjournals.com/
Does this mean we have a STEM labor shortage? Are these executives trying to locate additional talent for science & technology demands?
Biggest Use of H1Bs is Offshore Outsourcing, Not Bolstering Local STEM Workforce
No. A Computerworld Study (http://www.computerworld.com/
More H1Bs would contribute to higher unemployment – “a major hemorrhaging of American jobs,” according to the study. Not only that, but tripling the number of foreign workers will decrease demand for American STEM graduates.
Given the H1B’s real purpose and the fact that more H1Bs = higher local STEM unemployment, we can conclude that the Immigration Innovation Act is unnecessary.
Do we need to import STEM Talent to sustain our economy? No.
H1Bs are being used by highly-profitable American companies to get cheap labor. Yet the STEM talent we need already exists in the U.S.
As noted in the white paper “The Argument for Reshoring American IT (http://www.planetmagpie.com/
Foreign-born workers aren't best and brightest, study shows – Upstart Business Journal (http://upstart.bizjournals.com/
President Obama talks immigration reform with Silicon Valley CEOs – Silicon Valley Business Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/
Top users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcers, Computerworld study finds – ComputerWorld (http://www.computerworld.com/
SOURCE PlanetMagpie.com (http://www.planetmagpie.com)