Give me your tired, your poor...oh heck, just give us your overly educated

Cox News Service:

High-tech companies and other businesses are planning a full-court press to get Congress to increase the yearly allotment of H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers.

The current cap of 65,000 visas was met months before the start of the current fiscal year, leaving thousands of applications unanswered and companies without needed workers, proponents said.

"There is a very serious shortage of qualified tech workers. Because of that, companies have to recruit wherever they can," said Jeff Lande, senior vice president of the Information Technology Association of America, which represents more than 300 companies.

"There are many flaws in the H-1B program," including weak prevailing wage guidelines and limited enforcement mechanisms, said John Meredith, president of IEEE-USA, a unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

"It depresses wages for American workers. It hurts the visa holder as well, because some of the workers are taken advantage of," he said.

Wow. Even electrical engineers have their own special interest group to try to inflate their wages. Awesome place, this America.

Posted by Evan @ 01/22/07 10:02 PM


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