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    Daniel Griswold: Why the U.S. Needs Skilled Immigrants




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    The problem with Mr. Griswold’s argument is that the US has a surplus of high skilled workers. Companies want H-1Bs because they cheap not because there is a shortage. As one user of H-1Bs put it:

    “I know from my experience as a tech CEO that H-1Bs are cheaper than domestic hires. Technically, these workers are supposed to be paid a “prevailing wage,” but this mechanism is riddled with loopholes. In the tech world, salaries vary widely based on skill and competence. Yet the prevailing wage concept works on average salaries, so you can hire a superstar for the cost of an average worker. Add to this the inability of an H-1B employee to jump ship and you have a strong incentive to hire workers on these visas.”

    The problem is that loopholes in the H-1B law make the H-1B cheaper and H-1B workers may be hired even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job, and a U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker.
    By n6532l5 years ago