H-1B Visas, Competition and a Secretary Napolitano

By December 3, 2008General

From computer World, “H-1B Cap May Rise“:

President-elect Barack Obama‘s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will face a nomination hearing before a Senate committee whose chairman, Sen. Joseph Lieberman, has been both a critic and a defender of the H-1B program. The Connecticut senator’s most recent action on the program came in April, when he backed legislation seeking a major increase in the number of H-1B visas that are issued.

Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who was officially nominated Monday to head DHS, is a strong advocate for increasing the H-1B cap. She is expected to appear in late January or early February before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, which Lieberman heads. The ranking GOP member is Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who last year pushed for reform of the H-1B program.

This morning, NAM President John Engler particpates in a news conference sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education marking the release of “Measuring Up 2008: The National Report Card on Higher Education.”  While the NAM strongly supports the increase in H-1B visas, Engler will make the case for “growing our own,” creating an educational system with an effective STEM component — Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics — that prepares students for the innovation economy.

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  • Karl says:

    2008 Cumulative Job loss: 1,179,000

    Nov. 275,000 (projected)

    Yea, bring in more cheap labor and fire a few more Americans! Yes, they are cheaper not better- do some research. We are nearing 1.5 million jobs lost this year and we want to let in more H-1B visas? We must be crazy.

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