H1B issues

We are hearing news stories that our H1B visa program is broken.

Evidently many companies are having trouble finding employees with the skills that they need and are trying to hire workers from foreign countries.

When companies want to hire foreign workers with special skills to come work in the United States, the workers frequently need work visas.

The H1B program is one way to obtain the visas.

While there is talk about the high cost and general scarcity of the H1B visas we are not hearing about why the visas are necessary in the first place.

Why is it that these companies cannot find U.S. citizens to fill these jobs?

Are our young people not willing to learn the skills that the companies are looking for?

Are our universities not teaching what the companies need?

Is it that the companies can pay less money for the foreign employees that they bring over here?

Maybe our readers can help us to understand this issue better.

We deserve better


10 Responses to H1B issues

  1. Stop Blaming The Kids says:

    It is not the kids sitting basements. It is the greedy ass companies unwilling to pay higher wages. Take Disney for instance: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/judy-frankel/insourcing-american-lose-_b_11173074.html


  2. ManintheMoon says:

    Part of the problem also is that the majority,not all, of the younger generation of the last 25 years are mostly interested in the mostly worthless cookie cutter liberal arts degrees and many institution of higher learning push this junk and this is where they make their money. I have younger family member who got his degree in computer engineering and left El Paso and the U.S. total for a higher paying job overseas.
    The other problem is many U.S. companies did not want to pay what U.S. higher skill workers are really worth and go for the much cheaper workers from overseas. Remember many of these workers from oversea are not strapped with 80 to 100 thousand dollars plus of debt they have to pay back for their degrees because their countries at least covered some if not all of the cost of their education so they can afford to work for less.


  3. Anonymous says:

    We now have in the USA, too many ‘Snowflakes’ living in mama’s basement and looking for Bernie Sanders to give them all the ‘free stuff’ they think they are entitled to.


    • Weatherman says:

      Blizzards have taken up residence in your basement and most people don’t even realize it or acknowledge it. Those blizzards are large corporations being subsidized by the government, which means you and me. Those subsidies include food stamps and healthcare for their employees who are working, sometimes multiple jobs, for less than a living wage and still living below poverty level. Another prime example is Walmart, which has reduced its store security staff and is placing increasing demands on local law enforcement.

      Bottom line is that we’re subsidizing large corporations to help them keep their wages and employee costs down so that they can make more money for themselves.


  4. BabyApe says:

    I have worked with two companies (Sprint and Lucent) that sponsored and hired H1B employees. They get them cheaper and provide them less benefits such as health care and retirement. This practice also allows them to raid other countries top talent for less. The practice should be STOPPED as we have qualified workers here they just don’t want to pay for it so the top level people can maximize profit for bigger bonuses.


  5. Jerry K, says:

    When I used to work in Silicon Valley many of my co workers were H1B, mainly Asians. I believe they were paid less than their US counterparts. They were very good workers.


  6. The Wizard says:

    In about 2005, I know UTEP hired at least one liberal arts student worker from Juarez on an H1b. While a nice young lady, I didn’t see any special skill she possessed beyond El Paso/US students. H1b and student worker……really? How hard can the job be if you are hiring a student worker anyway? I wonder how many student workers are on H1b visas at UTEP today.


  7. Max Higgs says:

    Perhaps there is a real shortage of people with skills in STEM caused by the failure of our schools to produce such people.


  8. anonymous says:

    For the most part, it’s that companies can pay lower wages to the foreign employees that they import. It’s just the on-shore version of off-shoring jobs.

    This is extracted from a 60-Minutes report:

    “The H1B program, created more than 25 years ago, allows American companies to fill gaps in the workforce from overseas with highly skilled employees, who can’t be found in the U.S. Many businesses use the program as intended, but we discovered more and more are taking advantage of loopholes in the law to fire American workers and replace them with younger, cheaper, temporary foreign workers with H-1B visas. But before the American workers walk out the door they often face the humiliating prospect of having to train the people taking their jobs.”

    Maintaining a flow of cheap labor and keeping wages depressed is also the primary reason that Republican administrations haven’t addressed illegal immigration over the past 30 years. Democrats turned a blind eye for the votes; Republicans did it for the money. They’re both to blame.


  9. I think that the designation of what is a special skill is very subjective. Remember when the Cowboys hired Rafael Septien as their place kicker? In order to satisfy proof that they could not find a qualified “special” place kicker in their area, they ran want ads in the Dallas area seeking an American, so that they could prove they had looked for one. I do believe that our broken education system is not properly preparing our own young people for the real world, and that certainly plays into this issue. Ultimately, does anyone have any real figures as to what impact this has on anything at all?


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