Foreign Techies Were Already in Limbo. Now They Have Trump.
Nikhil Swaminathan
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The H1-B program has been abused though, by large Indian outsourcing companies like TCS, HCL, Infosys and others (I used to work at one of these firms). They apply for mass H1-B visas to supply large scale, lower cost IT labor to large US corporations and make huge profits off the backs of the US workers who get displaced. Many of the people who get these visas aren’t especially skilled vs their US counterparts: they’re just cheaper. It’s a myth that there aren’t enough skilled American workers. There are plenty of such workers, but no-one wants to pay American wages in America when the law allows the import of cheaper, desperate people who are enslaved to large companies for 10 years at below-market rates. And of course no-one wants to talk about it, hush hush.

The point being that US companies should have access to the best talent but we’ve lost sight of the fact that they should be giving priority to the existing American workers first. It’s America after all!

Indian workers wouldn’t like it either, if India allowed itself to be flooded with cheaper African labor taking all the well-paid local jobs.

Part of the reason Trump got elected is because many existing American workers don’t get hired anymore: cheaper H1-B workers were given the opportunity to take their jobs. It’s not the fault of the H1-B workers, they’re just making use of the opportunity presented to them. But those displaced American workers eventually get angry at being treated like second class citizens in their own country, and they vote for increasingly worse leaders who will eventually abolish the H1-B program under pressure, and start doing forced repatriation of foreign-born workers (including even naturalized people by revoking their citizenship) so that US-born workers can take back their “rightful” place. American corporations will adjust by moving some of those jobs offshore and accepting the higher tariffs on offshored labor imposed by a newly protectionist US government.

Unless the H1-B program is reformed to balance the legitimate needs of American workers against needs of corporations, that is the only way for this sad story to end.

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