Limit overseas workers
That an immigration lawyer advocates for more immigration is hardly surprising (Business Forum: “H-1B Visa Shortage A Serious Impediment to Local Hiring,” May 10). But Robert Whitehill’s message that more H-1B visas are of urgent importance to the business community is wrong.
Numerous nonpartisan studies have debunked the long-promoted idea that America needs more foreign-born workers, especially H-1Bs. The H-1B narrative has been skillfully packaged and promoted by well-funded advocacy groups like Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us as essential to the national interest. In reality, it reflects the economic interests of tech companies and universities that employ nonimmigrant visa holders. Read “It Doesn’t Add Up,” published in the Columbia Journalism Review, June 2013.
With about 90 million Americans not attached to the labor force, the nation needs fewer overseas workers, not more. As for the “O” visa that Mr. Whitehill said had “limited applications,” I suggest they’re “limited” only by the applicant’s creativity or lack thereof. Justin Bieber, he of questionable character, came to America with an “O” visa.
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