Day: July 18, 2012

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Former Biden Adviser Agrees There is No Evidence of a Tech Worker Shortage

Jared Bernstein, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the former Chief Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, told an audience at the Brookings Institution that there is no proof of a shortage of workers with high tech skills. “Show me the data,” he challenged industry officials. Bernstein made these assertions during a Brookings sponsored debate with Vivek Wadhwa, a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek and former IT executive.  Mr. Wadhwa, argued in favor of allowing STEM employers to have unlimited access to foreign workers, with no regard for the qualified native workers who are being passed over for jobs.  He is part of well-funded effort by the tech industry, which is very good as creating a vast echo chamber that reverberates with the call for more foreign workers. But what Mr. Wadhwa cannot get around is the glaring fact that there is no shortage of qualified tech workers in the United States. Nor can they disguise the fact that the H-1B program is not bringing in the “best and brightest” from around the world.  As FAIR points out, foreign guest worker may be qualified to fill STEM jobs, but so too are many native workers who currently are either unemployed or underemployed.  Furthermore, skilled guest workers programs are pushing American graduates into other fields, creating an “internal brain drain.” Mr. Bernstein did a...

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Department of Homeland Security Exposed as ‘Sleeping at the Switch’

Back to square one: A just released scathing report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) documents a systematic failure of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate sham educational businesses that arrange student visas. Even worse is the indictment of DHS for ignoring the training of foreigners as pilots in uncertified flight schools. The GAO found that files on educational institutions that DHS is supposed to maintain were missing. It also documented a failure by the department to comply with a congressional mandate to investigate and recertify schools that sponsor foreign students and a failure to share information on problems in the student monitoring system within DHS and with other executive branch agencies. The security lapses identified by GAO are especially egregious given the context of the situation that led to the creation of DHS. The frantic review of U.S. visa security measures in the wake of the 9/11 attacks exposed the fact that there were thousands of fake educational establishments authorized to issue documents that enabled foreigners to enter the United States as students but who never attended school. It also revealed that the pilots of the hijacked aircraft had received pilot training in the United States without authorization from the immigration authorities. DHS was established to better coordinate national security operations – a responsibility that the GAO report shows it has failed to achieve....

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President Trump Must Keep His Promises On Immigration

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