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.