Only a True Believer globalist would be so cloistered and tin-eared to write "America needs this man"—in referring to a foreign worker in a HEDGE FUND, of all things. No, not an award-winning medical researcher, not an ingenious developer of green technology, etc. A worker in a hedge fund. As if the financial crash never happened. How in the world did a hedge fund worker become a poster boy for H-1B?Matloff is right about Alden being super-globalist. His Newsweek bio says Alden [Email him]is the Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and author of The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism, Immigration and Security Since 9/11.
What has happened to this worker may or may not have been fair or justified—given the opening premise of the piece, it's hard to take author Alden as being accurate—but in any case, there are lots of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who feel just as victimized as Mr. Ganti does. In their cases, though, they are victims of the very program Mr. Ganti hopes to benefit from.
I would point Alden, for example, to an excellent Web page put up by IEEE-USA, in their own words "the largest engineering professional organization in the U.S." The Web site, called the Misfortune 500, was constructed to profile 500 American engineers with strong qualifications but who were finding engineering work hard to come by, with H-1Bs being hired by the tens of thousands.
Well, I said, "I would point" Alden to that page, because IEEE-USA's parent organization, the industry- and academia-dominated IEEE, forced them to take a pro-foreign worker stance, and the Web page came down. These days IEEE-USA has views similar to those of this author, in fact.
The piece is chock full of misleading and incorrect statements. I've refuted them before, and won't spend the time to do so here. Readers who are not sure are directed here.