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From: Tim Stephanini (e-mail him)
Re: Rob Sanchez's Blog: Rep. Giffords' Bill To Triple H-1B Visa Cap
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' bill to triple the H-1B allowance to 180,000 is a kick in the groin to unemployed American technology workers.
In the past decade, the U.S. has imported millions of H-1B tech workers to chase many fewer jobs. The consequence is massive unemployment for American engineers.
Non-immigrant visa applicants are allowed to come to the U.S. without a job, then transfer and work for different companies on a contract basis. Eventually, they apply for a green card; then they never leave thereby competing unfairly with Americans for the rest of their professional lives.
In truth, these are not the best and brightest workers. In many cases involving Indian H-1B holders, they have fake degrees and some have only taken a two-week computer class.
Government officials in the Indian town of Bihar recently found 100,000 fake Indian degree certificates. Worse, even legitimate diplomas are useless since the typical Indian degree is from a three-year institution, not four years as required by H-1B standards.
The list of failed companies and projects associated with these frauds is huge.
Quark Inc. was almost destroyed by con man Alluka Kamar until the Board of Directors canned him.
The Indian outsourcing firm Satyam Computer Services inflated its earnings and assets for years before being caught. The result was a collapse on the Indian stock market similar to Enron's. [Satyam Chief Admits Huge Fraud, by Heather Timmons, New York Times, January 9, 2009]
In April 2006, Computer Associates CEO Sanjay Kumar was sent to prison for 12 years after he pled guilty to charges including conspiracy, securities fraud and obstruction of justice back. He has been sentenced to 12 years and fined $8 million.
Yet despite it all, Obama made Vivek Kundra, a past shoplifter who claimed a biology degree that he did not earn, Federal Chief Investment Officer. Obama also appointed Aneesh Chopra, one of his donors, Chief Information Officer.
Lord help us if Giffords gets her way.
Stefanini is the principal and founder of Velocitos Corporation. He has over 20 years experience working in the software industry and has been the CTO, Vice President, or Director of five companies in Silicon Valley.