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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
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 worse.
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
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.
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