This year, it took only ten weeks for employers to reach the nation’s overall cap on the H-1B visas they need to hire immigrant workers in specialty occupations—three times faster than last year. Yet debates over the program suffer from a lack of information about where demand for H-1B workers is highest, and the role that the program plays in addressing local labor market needs.
On July 18, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted a forum presenting a regional analysis of the H-1B visa program, highlighting how foreign-born skilled immigrants in the United States contribute to the country’s metropolitan economies. Panelists from the public and private sectors discussed the report’s findings and their potential impact on current economic and immigration debates.
After each discussion, panelists took audience questions. Participants joined in the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #metroH1B.
Following this event, Brookings's Jill Wilson answered questions on the H-1B visa program in a live POLITICO web chat.
Visit the link above to see video of all the discussions.
I share this here because it's interesting. Skilled workers have a hard time coming into this country... but unskilled workers who are much more of a drain on our nation - pour in without hindrance.
These skilled guys must be kind of ticked off that they jump through all the hoops are government demands and are not rewarded, whereas those who come here illegally are welcomed by being charged in-state tuition for kids to go to college, low income housing, food stamps, etc., all after just getting here and thus not having paid a dime into the system that is supposed to help the indigent.