In which David Bier, a Bachelor’s degree in PoliSci tries to discredit the research of PhDs from the @EconomicPolicy.
Bier fails to address why H-1Bs on average fall under the Level 1-2 (entry-level) wage tier when they are supposedly the “best and brightest.”
He also fails to address the EPI researchers’ central argument: prevailing wage rates are set *too low*. Bier assumes that the current prevailing wage *is* the market wage & provides no reason why the 17-34-50-64 percentile tier is an accurate reflection of the market.
Most of the article presents a lot of confusing arguments with deceptive graphs. One can just skip all that & jump to the last paragraph in which you can see the absurdity.

“H-1Bs are the best & brightest but don’t reform laws where they are paid more to reflect true mkt wages.”
Remember, DC-Libertarians are intellectual fraudsters—corporate propagandists. As long as the Koch Foundation is writing their paycheck to protect them from the labor markets they are looking to alter here, what do they care about the US workers who have to compete in that maket?

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Time for you to stop pretending like you know what the H-1B visa program is and how it really works. Same goes for you @BrittaGlennon (the paper Polumbo cites in this article).
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The H-1B visa program actually *facilitates* in the offshoring of US jobs to India. Straight from the horse's mouth - this what the former Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath told the New York Times in 2007 (source: nyti.ms/3hTkffn):
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Why are the top 10 H-1B employers mostly all Indian IT outsourcing/offshoring firms? Research by the @EconomicPolicy discusses how the top 10 H-1B employers all use the visa program to send American jobs offshore.
epi.org/blog/top-10-h-…
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16 Aug
Tekgence, an H-1B dependent firm, sends an email out to prospective clients containing a list of H-1B/OPT workers (all from India) available for LEASING.

There are literally tens of thousands of these mom-&-pop IT staffing firms in the US who profit off leasing H-1B workers.
The H-1B/OPT is always sold as the program that imports the “best and brightest” foreign workers from across the world. But take a look below at the salaries being paid for H-1B workers sponsored for green cards (all from India) with “Master’s degree” & “6-12 years experience”.
The truth is that these H-1B/OPT workers at Tekgence (all IT staffing firms for that matter) are ordinary workers doing jobs that don’t require any specialized knowledge, let alone a college degree.

Take a look at all the unranked universities they got “Master’s” degrees from:
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7 Aug
The central problem with @SenMikeLee's HR1044 w/ Lee Amendments is that it creates an immigration pathway for just ONE country's citizens - India, while creating huge wait times for others. Indians currently receive the greatest % of EB Green Cards each year than others.
The underlying issue that created the backlog for citizens from one country is the direct monopolization of the H-1B system to funnel cheap labor from India, & the dual-intent clause added in the Immigration Act of 1990 that allowed H-1B workers to stay permanently.
Instead of fixing the problems that created this mess, @SenMikeLee exacerbates the problem even further. He added an amendment called 'Early-Filing' that allows essentially ANY foreign worker (including OPT students) to bypass H-1B visa program entirely & get EAD cards.
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21 Jul
Durbin on the floor now.
Durbin is using doctors "fighting COVID" as the people in the Green Card backlog. He's talking about aged out children of H-1B visa workers.
He's criticizing Mike Lee's S386 bill. He's using the Congressional Research Studies (CRS) report to attack S386. Not enough Green Cards.
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13 Jul
"No one else had made the journey from India to attend college in the United States. Her parents took out loans... The investment would be worth it...Perhaps Prakriti might even end up working at one of Seattle’s famed technology companies after graduation"wapo.st/38QEdDY
F-1 student visa program has turned into an immigration pathway program especially for foreign students from India.

Education is just a ruse. The goal is a job & permanent immigration.

Universities act as de facto immigration centers. Charge high $ to provide OPT permits.
Companies every year then come and recruit international students with OPT permits. Why? Because:

- Tax savings (FICA exemptions)
- No minimum wage requirement for OPT workers
- Destitute indentured workers who will do anything to please employer in hopes for H-1B sponsorship
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19 Jun
1/ Sam - We're glad you and your DC Libertarian ilk continue bringing up the deeply flawed PEW research. You have no interest in seeking the truth, but we look at this as a teaching opportunity to show what seeking the truth looks like. Class is now in session. . .
2/ The major flaw in this study by @jensmanuel & @neil_ruiz is they lump ALL Computer & Math occupations, including lower wage occupations like *Computer Specialist* that doesn’t require a Bachelors (most workers in that occup. don’t hold a Bachelors) together for US workers.
3/ By definition, an H-1B must have at least a Bachelors degree and the occupations eligible for an H-1B requires a Bachelors. So, *Computer Support Specialists* wouldn’t qualify for an H-1B, yet Manuel & Ruiz left it in the data and it skewed the wages lower for US workers.
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