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

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From: Gavin Thomas Nicol (
Date: Fri Jun 09 2000 - 10:45:17 PDT

> 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.

Amen to that. H1B's cloud the issues too. I think I'm a reasonably
good programmer, and a pretty good architect. I have a lot of
specialised knowledge, and pay more in tax than the median income
in my state.

The problem is that even though I *want* to stay and work in the US,
the INS makes it hard for me to do so... I certainly suffer extremely
restricted freedom. In Japan (where I lived for 10 years), a change
of job did not necessarily impact your visa at all...
> In my experience, there is a worker shortage.

From mine too.... or rather, a shortage of *good* programmers. I've
seen lot's of people with SEI training: very good at the *process*
of software engineering, but they still are hopeless, because they
don't have the *art* down.

It's easy to come to work every day, and go through the motions
as dictated by "process", and never accomplish much. That doesn't
help anyone...

The true geniuses (and I've been lucky to have been exposed to a few),
are those that have theory, process, and experience on their side.

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