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H1B or RG30M Visas?
It seems we cannot stop
talking about the H1B visa issuances, immigration, offshoring, etc.,
and the harm or good done to the American economy - particularly to
American engineers. Rightly so, I suppose, because the legitimacy and
fairness of the instituted laws are crucial to the continued competitiveness
of this country. For that matter, every country faces the same dilemma
when considering laws governing immigration and guest workers. I write
this from a nationalistic perspective as an American, but you can apply
the view to your own country.
My position, while admittedly
not rigorously researched, is based on quite a bit of reading of opinions
on all sides of the issue (there are more than just two sides to it).
It is based on the FACT that the world has transformed into a global
economy – like it or not – and that in order to retain our position
as the world leader in technology, medicine, software, etc., we must
look at our talent pool as a national resource the same way that any
company looks at its employees. We must attract and retain the best
and the brightest that the world has to offer. Given that America, for
all its supposed faults, is still the Numbero Uno (a little Spanish
lingo there) destination for people seeking opportunities in a new country,
the task should not be difficult.
I believe that first and foremost,
we must reform our own educational system to encourage – even demand
– a significantly higher competency level in mathematics and science.
That is not to say the liberal arts are not important, but let us be
honest, pursuits in that domain are the path of least resistance for
most people. Now, I fully appreciate the talent required to be a great
musical composer or a historian with encyclopedic memory, or even an
artist, but many of the people who gravitate there do so for lack of
ambition. It is no stretch to say that a large percentage of technical
types are also highly competent at one or more of the liberal arts,
but the reverse is not also true. Sorry if the truth hurts.
Simultaneously, we need to reform the immigration laws to provide expedited
citizenship to applicants who are accomplished professionals (no lawyers
need apply) and can prove an intense desire to become productive members
of and loyalty to our American society. That does not mean for people
to come here and try to transform America into the country they have
chosen to leave behind. I assert that adding such loyal individuals
and their families to the ranks of our citizenry will ultimately create
more job opportunities for born Americans than it would take away. If
we dominate the world’s technical resources, then the jobs are ours
to fill. Again, apply these concepts from your own country’s perspective
if you are not an American.
To discourage exploitation of both
current citizens and potential citizens, any attempts to underpay either
side should be staunchly monitored and opposed. Many employers today,
reportedly, under the current indentured servant structure grossly abuse
the people they employ because they are able to get away with it. Professional
groups like the IEEE can be used to lobby for such protections.
In my daily work, I know many people that are highly talented who
would be excellent additions to America’s citizen workforce. Not all
of them (if any) are desirous of becoming citizens, but, provided they
pass the aforementioned good citizen test, I would welcome them with
open arms. These folks are hard workers and would add significant value
to America’s national resources. You probably know of equally desirable
If you resent all this talk of allowing
foreigners into the country to take jobs from Americans, then I am genuinely
interested in hearing your proposed solution for maintaining our competitive
edge. The way we are proceeding, the situation will get progressively
Just for the record, I vehemently oppose the Open Borders
groups. Generally, the people entering the country illegally, as a group,
take more from society than they contribute. I do not buy into the notion
that they fill jobs that no Americans will take - if we can find ways
to overcome so many other obstacles, we can find a way to function prosperously
without those lawbreakers. Besides that, my citizenship plan calls for
permitting only people who possess a verifiable willingness to abide
by the laws of this country, and the Illegals are, by definition, violating
our laws from the moment they enter the country. That’s not an indicator
of desirable future behavior.
RG30M Visa? That would
be the Rio Grande visa plan, whereby 30 Million Illegals have gained
entry into the U.S., evidently with our corrupt government's blessing.
Your comments are welcome here.