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H-1B Visas Take American Jobs

March 24, 2012
Phyllis Schlafly

When President Obama was participating in a live video chat, Jennifer Wedel asked him, “Why does the government continue to issue and extend H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?” Her husband is a semiconductor engineer laid off three years ago and still unable to find an engineering job.

We all would like the answer to that question.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that, counting only U.S.-born individuals, there are 101,000 with an engineering degree who are unemployed, another 244,000 who are not working or not looking for work and therefore not counted in unemployment statistics, and an additional 1.47 million who have an engineering degree but are not working as an engineer.

Obama’s answer to Mrs. Wedel sounded like he had been well briefed by the big corporation lobbyists. He even expressed bewilderment that any U.S. high-tech engineer could be out of work because industry executives tell him there is an unfilled “huge demand” for engineers.

Obama said, “H-1Bs should be reserved only for those companies who say they cannot find somebody in that particular field.” Yes, indeed, they should. But in fact they are not.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 24, 2012 5:32 pm

    Yes that is an issue whose time has come. I have been hammering Washington on all those “blanket” visas granted to multinational to be used as they wish to bring in specialized labor. Also have been showing how costumers are being forced to deal with foreign service people on banks issue,credit cards, Internet and just about any thing we need service. My computer was ruined by poor communication and the my server specialist spent five hours retrieving all lost material and still must be careful.
    With so much trouble with names and S.S. numbers being abused why should I give all my most private information banking and credit to someone in India, Israel,(my phone bill few years ago) and around you go. With many student graduating in the USA needing entrance jobs would not be best to let them have those jobs?

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