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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-10-06 02:50 PM
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44. Do you really think we import IT workers because Americans can't do it?
It's all about wage suppression, whether it's H1B visas, offshoring, or illegal immigrants doing farm work (and other jobs.)

Bright college graduates in liberals arts can learn most IT jobs. Very few require extensive math or engineering backgrounds. They require analytic skills and the ability to synthesize new tasks quickly. It's the pretext of requiring computer science or engineering degrees that allows companies to justify H1Bs, etc. Without such tools to import cheaper workers or offshore the jobs we would see corporations training their own IT staff or lobbying the government to provide such opportunities.

At the other end of the spectrum, workers who are here with iffy immigration status can't stand up for themselves to demand fair labor practices. A guest worker program will provide protections and employers will see costs rise. Our food costs will go up because the workers will be able to demand better compensation. What will happen then? Offshoring of food production? We already import a ridiculous amount of food for a country with our agricultural resources. Why not just suspend farming altogether and use that land to built more houses and retail centers?
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