The report, released last week, argues that guest worker programs such as H-1B visas should not be expanded as proposed in the Senate’s immigration reform bill (S. 744) because those positions could be filled by U.S. workers. That is in contrast to arguments by the high-tech sector, which says companies cannot find enough workers to fill open information technology positions. According to the report, highly skilled immigrant workers are filling one-third to one-half of all IT jobs and are paid lower wages than domestic workers. Although the report focuses on the IT sector, it points out that more students have been graduating in all STEM fields. However, only half of those graduates are hired into STEM jobs each year.
by Andrea Widener |
April 29, 2013