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February 19, 2005

More on Bush Tech Policies

Jon Meltzer complains that the American Electronics Association proposals to deal with US technology lags are just:

Another trade organization in favor of increasing the cheap-labor H1B quota puts out the same old story of America needing to import technology workers.
I'm not a big fan of the H1B program, so what is exciting about the AEA proposal is that they support full rights of immigration for the tech workers, instead of making them indentured servants on an H1B guest worker program. As they state in their recommendations section (p. 25):
Accredited U.S. colleges and universities award
8,000 doctoral and 56,000 master’s degrees in science
and engineering to foreign nationals per year. Instead
of sending these people back to their countries, they
should be given a Green Card to stay in the United
States.
What's actually remarkable is that despite the tech lobby's usually obsessive discussion of H1B expansion, this report doesn't mention it and instead focuses on moving such workers towards full citizenship. They also support much stronger education programs for domestic students, so they aren't leaving US residents behind, but there is no question that the US can only gain from encouraging a diversity of international experiences and ideas within our technology industry.

Posted by Nathan at February 19, 2005 10:23 PM