Re: The Abominable Question

by Mark Krikorian

Derb: It’s worse than you think. When the president said:

The H-1B should be reserved only for those companies who say they cannot find somebody in that particular field.

He, like most immigration enthusiasts, doesn’t know what he’s talking about. There is no such requirement. The video you linked to was to show employers how to game the green-card system for “skilled” workers, which does have such a requirement, but companies can, and do, hire H-1Bs all the time specifically to replace existing American workers — who are sometimes required, as a condition of their severance pay, to train their replacements. Here’s the way one university site describes it:

Another advantage to the H-1B category is that the employer does not need to demonstrate that there is a shortage of qualified U.S. workers and, consequently, a labor certification process can be avoided.

The firm does have to demonstrate it’s paying the prevailing wage and that’s where the gaming comes in — “prevailing wage” is a legal term of art that has little connection to what actual people in a particular occupation are actually paid.

The reason this question even came up is that the H-1B program is designed to beggar educated, middle-class people who have the means to complain. Blue-collar workers are much more thoroughly screwed by our immigration system, but they’re less likely to have the skills and the means to object — and those groups who claim to speak for them are firmly part of the post-American, open-borders-uber-alles left, and consequently say nothing.