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Subject: Re: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Opposing Views: The Debate Over The H-1B Visa
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Ruben Safir wrote:
> On Wed, 2005-05-11 at 22:34 +0100, Inker, Evan wrote:
>>Information Builders Inc., a 30-year-old New York software company,
>>to 60 H-1B employees, mostly programmers, among its 1,750 employees.
>>Gerald Cohen is a strong proponent of H-1B visas, saying sending work
> This is nonsense. This is a false choice. How about paying US workers
> fair wages and investing in US Education.
An American systems analyst/programmer, age 31 to 50, holding
an advanced degree earned a median salary of $87,000 a
year--40% more than that younger H-1B worker, the same
GAO study found.
%40 is nothing to shake a stick at. Gates CAN find the Americans
to fill the jobs, but he doesn't want to PAY 40% more for them.
I'd like to see a comparison of older Americans to
younger Americans. Maybe we should find the GAO report...
I like the summary in the final paragraph:
Employers worry about having enough talent, and that the best
and brightest won't see the United States as the place to work.
Employees worry about driving down U.S. wages. As the coin
spins in the air, the question again comes down to how you call
it. Do you worry more about the foreign workers who come
here--or the ones who stay home?
The choice is then whether you want foreign workers doing our software
HERE or at HOME? You're led to believe that having them HERE
is better because AT LEAST American companies are
getting the lucre. Wrong. American companies get
the lucre either way. This is a question of American companies
wanting to throw out their 35+ year-old programmers and get younger,
more desperate ones. THAT'S what there's a shortage of.
 "$87,000 a year" is pretty bad English for a journalist..
shame on you, Mr. Chabrow.