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Feds want to stop IT immigrant programs

By jmottl ·
The Department of Defense is proposing a complete hlt to immigrant visas for those working in the U.S. technology field, citing national security issues.
The issue of immigrant labor, and the longtime H1-B visa program, is a hot topic and we want your opinion of what the DOD's plan means for you as a tech leader, your enterprise, and even your professional career path.

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I don't think DOD can do that.

by road-dog In reply to Feds want to stop IT immi ...

As I understand it, H1-B is administered by Immigration, not DOD.

The Pentagon has many H1-B workers involved in sensitive programs and these individuals will be transferred to nonsensitive positions or released.

I don't believe that H1-B is being affected by this overall.

I suspect that it would be a good idea to scale back H1-B visas until the economy has completed its recovery. Employers are taking advantage of loopholes in order to use H1-B labor in spite of Americans being out of work.

I think that Employers should have to post intent to hire H1-B labor in the employment section of the newspaper closest to the location of the job, giving locals the first opportunity to apply.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/bw-exec/2002/mar/07/030702512.html

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H1-B DOD workers

by TheSeacher In reply to I don't think DOD can do ...

Road-Dog mentioned that many H1-B worker work for DOD in sensitive positions.

What is the definition of sensitive?

Non-citizens are not granted U.S. security clearances except in the very rarest of circumstances or if they have high level political connections like in the Clinton administration.

I was on a contract assignment in Rockford, IL at a company that did have some military contracts and the non-citizen workers were told to stay out of the areas where the military work was done.

However the non-citizen workers were not monitored and they wandered everywhere. If you mentioned it to management you were then on the short list for cut-backs. I did not say anything about it but those that did were soon gone. Which said tome shut up because nothing will be done about the real problem.

Management pretended as if they had a monitored program, ie, an American had to be in the area whenever the non-citizens were working. What a farce. The non-citizen workers would disappear for hours on end and no one ever knew where they were.

When companies that have DOD contracts employee non-citizen workers the security policies are just paper policies.
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Possible Americans First Mods to H1-B

by road-dog In reply to Feds want to stop IT immi ...

If we can put tariffs on foreign steel to protect american steel companies, why not a tariff on H1-B labor to make american labor more competitive with "the cheaper foreign products".

The federal government is incurring costs to administer these visas and additional security measures, why not have the companies taking advantage of the program pick up the tab? Lest I be labeled a liberal, I identify this not as an additional mandatory corporate tax, simply a protection measure for another facet of the US economy.

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Where did you read this ?

by meeramar In reply to Possible Americans First ...

Could you post the link?

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Which

by road-dog In reply to Where did you read this ?

The DOD reference is pasted at the bottom of the post.

As to the H1-B tariff, I just thought it might be a good idea, causing companies to place residents in positions before going H1-B. The cost savings are taken away.

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Another link

by D. In reply to Article link
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Story link, another question

by jmottl In reply to Article link

Hi,
Here's the link the story I was referring to, and I apologize for not including it in my initial post (the hyphen is part of the ur).

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A57**3-2002Mar7.html

There was a great segment on 60 minutes last night about the INS, and while they didn't delve into particular visa problems, one can only assume that if the INS isn't handling every day visa issues and keeping track of visa expirations, it's likely true they're not tracking the over 100,000 they approved last year I believe just for the H1B.

I'm curious to find out that if all the tech visas were pulled, what do you think the impact would be on technology companies and corporate IT houses...
Judy Mottl
CIO Community Editor

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That All Depends..

by road-dog In reply to Story link, another quest ...

on the level of a conpany's dependence on H1-B labor. If your company phone directory looks like the Calcutta white pages, you've got problems. Many companies will be scouring Dice.com for replacements.

I suspect that most of those who's visas are revoked will not proceed in an orderly fashion to the nearest airport and buy a ticket home. They will find alternate employment and INS will fail to find them.

Suffice it to say, the INS should not be approving visas if they don't have the time to do proper security procedures. That has never made any sense to me. If there is a backlog of security checks, then visas should be refused, not approved. Your tax dollars at work..

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a backlog of security

by rrgilmore_2001 In reply to That All Depends..

Well here we go, part of me is in disgust and other part is offended. I cannot believe that the us DOD is not doing their job! 100,000
Last year into the us. Ok lets see am I working with a cold blooded killer, a terrorist or did he come here to get away from that sh*t hole?
I must be stupid; I actually thought our government was doing their job. Up until SEP 11th 2001.
H-B1 I have never pointed my finger and said bla bla bla bla.
I just thought ok he \ she must be better than me so he \ she got the job.
I never thought he \ she got the job because they can pay him \ her less, he / she is cheaper.
Now I am starting to think this would be a good thing, I know this action does not seem fair; life is not fair by fare.

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