If you are a so-called American “STEM worker” in science, technology, engineering or math, if you have college-age children studying in the STEM fields, or if you have younger children who aspire to work in STEM industries and you are concerned for their future, you should do everything you can to join us.
April 22 is the last day of work for nearly 200 American workers at Abbott Laboratories, the pharmaceutical giant founded by Chicago doctor Wallace C. Abbott in 1888. The company sacked some of its most high-skilled workers in February to make way for H-1B and L-1 visa replacements from Indian offshore outsourcing firm Wipro.
I have worked with a lot of H1b visa employees over the years, and for the most part, on a personal level I have liked them. The H1b and L1 programs however are irredeemably flawed beyond any possibility of repair and must be abolished and replaced with a better alternative.
It’s long past time for these H1 and L1 programs to be eliminated.