April 4, 2007

THE RIGHT VS THE ECONOMY:

U.S. reaches limit for high-tech visa petitions in single day (The Associated Press, April 4, 2007)

U.S. immigration authorities said that the country had reached its limit for 2008 H-1B visa petitions in a single day and would not accept any more, to the dismay of technology companies that rely on the visas for hiring skilled foreign workers. [...]

Employers seek H-1B visas on behalf of scientists, engineers, computer programmers and other workers with theoretical or technical expertise. In Microsoft's case, about one-third of its 46,000 U.S.-based employees have work visas or are legal permanent residents with green cards, said Ginny Terzano, a spokeswoman for the company.

"We are trying to work with Congress to get the cap increased," Terzano said. "Our real preference here is that there not be a cap at all."


MicroSoft could make up for much of its criminal past if it would help break the nativists.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 4, 2007 12:00 AM
Comments

Confusion

Is it the "right" which opposes H-1B visas? This is because of all those software engineers sneaking in from Mexico, right.

One supposes the confusion aroses from the use of the word, "right." Highly sklilled immigrants are favored by proponents of economic freedom and opposed by organized labor, which, when last I looked, was not part of the "right."

Posted by: John J. Kevlock at April 4, 2007 12:10 PM

Hard to tell yellow from brown through a hood.

Posted by: oj at April 4, 2007 2:13 PM
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