Great op-ed by the above title in today’s WaPo from Bill Gates. It makes some great points, among them:
We’ve made all these points here before, but when they come from a successful businessman and billionaire, they carry a little more weight. He knows what he’s talking about. Gates notes that, “Half of this country’s doctoral candidates in computer science come from abroad.” It was former Sen. Allen (R-VA) at the NAM Board meeting who said of the foreign graduates of advanced US degrees in math and science that he’d staple a visa to their diploma. He’s right — otherwise we’re send the next Andy Grove back home to compete against us. Bad idea.
So yes, we need to increase the number of H1B visas. Microsoft pays their H1B workers the same as their US counterparts, like almost every other company. The notion that these high-end employees somehow depress America wages is laughable. And, we need to reform the green card process so we can speed the more permanent residence of the workers we need.
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