I am not anti-immigration, not by a long shot. If it weren’t for the open immigration policy in the US during the early part of the 20th century, I wouldn’t be typing this in English and probably wouldn’t be alive at all. But I am very much in favor of honesty. So when I see tech companies lobbying for more H-1B visas while at the same time qualified US citizens are jobless, I have a major problem. A recent court case highlights this issue and is really only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. Tech companies hire H-1B workers because they can pay them less, treat them like crap and there’s little the workers can say or do about it. Meanwhile, US citizens, who must be paid more and have rights are left out in the cold.
It’s time to stop the hypocrisy and call these companies out on their practices. But will we?