I believe that letting companies control the need for foreign workers through visa numbers is a smart idea. Only the company executives fully know and understand how many foreign workers they need, and which qualifications those people need to have. By letting the companies control how many foreign workers enter the country, it can be assured that only people who are really needed will come to the United States on certain visas.
It's very hard to get into the U.S. legally. One of the only ways that is possible is to have a company say that they need you to work for them. If it continues to be left up to private enterprise, it will ensure that only valuable workers are brought in. Unfortunately, that may just cause more people to come illegally.
Letting the market determine the number of H-1B visas allows the U.S. to attract all the talent our industries need, and provides workers elsewhere the opportunity to find good jobs and a positive impression of America as an open, welcoming society. Imposing restrictions on foreign workers risks retaliatory gestures from other countries and is not a good way of promoting the welfare of U.S.-born workers. Firms that cannot hire the best talent currently available, including foreign workers, will not be competitive in the marketplace over time. We can always fund ongoing training efforts for domestic workers, and provide less remunerative jobs in the interim, if we wish to shore up their prospects. Artificially protecting them from competition, however, is an exercise in futility.
Private enterprise is not as closely regulated as the United States government is. I feel that if private enterprise is allowed to make these type of decisions there will be some errors made. It is very important that visas are only given out to the appropriate people and I think it should be left up to the government to decide who receives one.
I work in a company that employs several foreign individuals to conduct their business. These people are carefully selected by the company, but are also carefully screened by the Department of Homeland Security. Leaving this function in the hands of the businesses that wish to employ foreigners could lead to fraud and corruption, depending on how badly the company wants that person to work for them. Domestically, unemployment is up as well, and employing domestic workers as opposed to foreign workers stimulates our economy.
Large corporations already hire many foreign workers through various work visa programs. Currently, the American Economy is lagging, and workers within our country could use every advantage available to them. Also, many of these temporary workers do not leave and do not renew their visas when they expire. This leaves them free to infiltrate the U.S. as they please.
Engineering and computer science enrollment in college by American citizens has dropped in the past 30 years. This is partially due to outsourcing of design and also due to the H-1B work visa. Why get a degree that pays less now than it did 15 years ago, when the work is either given to an Indian or Asian abroad OR in your own country? In either case, they work for a fraction of the wages of an American citizen. Furthermore, companies will use the visa system to target jobs that are high pay and high reward. The work is not filled with H-1B because there are few people with the skills, like Farsi translation or developing geothermal energy by bringing in Icelanders who built up 90% of the world's capacity.
We should get rid of the H-1B visas altogether. If the work shall be done overseas, send the work there. Otherwise, pay Americans their market wage. If you can't do it overseas at low cost OR in America at American wages, your business model is not fair to those who follow the rules.
With outsourcing, the demise of the job market in the USA began its decline. This led to research and education improving in other countries, while it decays in this country. To avoid this, private enterprise cannot be allowed to utilize the world without borders or rules, until they can act for the world and not for their own profit centers.
Approval of the H-1B work visa allows immigrants to live in U.S. for six years (10 years for some defense programs). Private employers may have a need for a specific technical expertise that can be filled with workers found outside the U.S. But private industry cannot adequately fulfill the responsibility to properly vett a potential employee and assess their security risk. The underlying need for specific expertise may well overrule prudent decision-making in areas of national security.
I am against letting private business control work visas, because of the poor economy in America at this time. There are millions of citizens that desperately need the jobs that private businesses could be offering to those here in the United States. By bringing in more people from foreign countries, it will only make the recession continue.
If the private sector controlled the distribution of H-1B visas, then it is very likely that the distribution of visas would be heavily biased towards personal preferences of the employer. Without government regulation, it could lead to racial or cultural bias which could leave many trying to find a job in America out of luck because they came from the wrong background. However, if the government controls the distribution of visas and treats it as a lottery system, then everyone has an equal chance.
There is too much corruption in the U.S. government today and, by allowing U.S. corporations the ability to determine who gets H-1B work visas, it only allows that corruption to continue. We have recently became aware of a PAC called ALEC, an organization comprised of legislators and U.S. corporations whose sole purpose is to compose legislation favorable to their profits. This is not democracy, but rather autocracy, whereby the interests of a profit-making company are given favor over the common people, and this is in direct violation of the founding principles of our great country.
Any company which stands to profit from illegals will not respect the wishes of the government. Profits in this country tend to triumph above all else. If the government does not play an active role in the issuing of H-1B visas, then private enterprise will not either.
The government needs to make and enforce the rules to allow workers into the U.S. Private enterprises might not be as watchful as the government, but more focused on the bottom line. Thus, they may overlook the expiration of these visas if it impacts that bottom line.
There has been an attempt, by many companies in the United States, to hire workers from other countries at lower cost to save money rather than hiring willing American workers. This is wrong, especially when there is high unemployment in this Country and when the economy is in bad trouble because of the inability of the unemployed and those they care for to purchase goods and services. This is one case where the selfish interests of private enterprises need to be trumped by the Government's need to get American citizens back to work.
The U.S. government has many agencies standing behind them that determine the qualifications of any given person to work in the united states. A private enterprise does not have the same connections and know how. Government agencies have been trained for decades on how to determine if someone is a terrorist or a criminal. We don't want anymore of them in this country.