Re: National Sign-On Letter to House on H-1Bs, U.S. Immigration

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From: Rafe Colburn (
Date: Thu Jun 08 2000 - 14:10:41 PDT

On Thu, Jun 08, 2000 at 10:25:30AM -0700, Joachim Feise wrote:
> If you ran into it, it is due to clueless managers. But this has nothing
> to do with immigration per se. Of course, some of the people that are
> "imported" as you put it are clueless, but the mere fact that these
> people leave their home countries and families and plunge into a
> quite different culture indicates that they are much more willing to try
> out new directions and are much more self-confident that the average
> American programmer.

 I think that there are more nuanced views of the issue than being
"pro" or "anti" H1B visas, and more importantly, than being pro or
anti immigration.

 I consider myself to be pro-immigration, and at the same time believe
that H1B visas are rotten because they subject employees to what amounts
to indentured servitude at the hands of their employers, if those
employers are unethical.

 In my experience, there is a worker shortage. At my current employer,
we've been trying to hire a single Java developer desperately. We don't
need a superstar or someone who's got tons of experience, and we haven't
found anyone in our now two month search. I'd be happy to interview
someone of any age, but we just haven't had that many good candidates

 Maybe I am too picky.


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