Big tech and data companies keep saying that there’s a shortage of “Qualified” engineers in the US. A claim which also happens to be an out and out lie.
What these big companies and their lobbyists actually saying, is that there’s a shortage of “Low Wage” engineers living in the US that are not only willing to work for the subsistence wages that these companies would prefer to pay, but that they prefer to hire enployees whom are also not entitled to the protections afforded by US Labor laws, and that the companies don’t have to offer the same level of health care and employee entitlements and benefits … responsibilities those tech companies would be required to account for when hiring US workers.
President Donald Trump’s clash with Silicon Valley over immigration is about to become even more contentious.
After the new president banned refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Google, Facebook, Salesforce, Microsoft and others railed against the move, saying it violated the country’s principles and risked disrupting its engine of innovation. Trump’s next steps could strike even closer to home: His administration has drafted an executive order aimed at overhauling the work-visa programs technology companies depend on to hire tens of thousands of employees each year.
If implemented, the reforms could shift the way American companies like Microsoft Corp., Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. recruit talent and force wholesale changes at Indian companies such as Infosys Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. Businesses would have to try to hire American first and if they recruit foreign workers, priority would be given to the most highly paid.
“Our country’s immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest,” the draft proposal reads, according to a copy reviewed by Bloomberg. “Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.”
Read the whole article here: Trump’s Next Immigration Move to Hit Closer to Home for Tech – Bloomberg
This is a great move for US workers.