Advocates say the program helps keep U.S. companies from moving operations abroad, while opponents argue that it displaces American workers with foreigners who would work for less pay.
[Bush Calls for More H-1B Visas January 24, 2007 By Patricia Guadalupe]
Here's the transcript of Bush's speech:
Remarks by President Bush on Energy Initiative
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush: DuPont Theater Hotel du Pont Wilmington, Delaware
As an aside, when I talked about the immigration bill last night, I also want you to know I understand that we need to make sure that when a smart person from overseas wants to come and work in DuPont, it's in our interests to allow him or her to do so. We've got to expand what's called H1B visas. I know the Senator and the Congressman understand that. I'm looking forward with Congress to do just that. It makes no sense, by the way — I know, I'm getting off topic here — (laughter) — but I feel strongly about what I'm telling you. It makes no sense to say to a young scientist from India, you can't come to America to help this company develop technologies that help us deal with our problems. So we've got to change that, as well, change that mind set in Washington, D.C. I know we can work together on that.