re: H-1B: Ripe For Reform
Michael, good analysis. However, you miss the main issue in tech: a corporate culture of employment discrimination based on age, gender, race, and national origin. Visa programs give legal cover to discriminate based on national origin. This is what Bright Future Jobs wants to fix.
Another secret that Stockman, from the Boston Globe, covered is the high levels of unemployment among visa holders. In a report I authored, 20% of want ads targeted to foreign students or H1-b holders did not even offer jobs but promised helping getting a job.
Legal means of avoiding hiring local talent is an open invitation to trafficking unemployed visa holders. Many Indian bodyshops, which are really American staffing agencies, have enthusiastically RSVP'd by warehousing unemployed visa holders in their company owned guest houses that are really little more than unemployed camps.
Donna Conroy, Director
Bright Future Jobs