(HorizonPost.com) – Sometimes it seems the United States Congress has a penchant for heavy irony. One example is The Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act, the Senate version of which passed on December 2, 2020. It’s not clear if Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) — the driving force behind the bill — wrapped it in pretty paper and put a bow on it, but some Conservative pundits seem to view it as a massive Christmas present to the Big Tech companies.
India thanks you for your service, Senator!
— Pete D’Abrosca (@pdabrosca) December 2, 2020
When the House version was passed in 2019, media outlets reported that 71% of Silicon Valley workers were foreign-born, and the majority of those who come to America on H-1B visas hail from one country: India. Current federal law prevents applicants from any single country from getting more than 7% of those valued immigration documents, and the newly passed legislation would eliminate that.
It’s baffling that Congress could find any equity or fairness by passing a law that could potentially allow a single foreign country to monopolize access to the visa process. It can equate to a bonanza for the tech industry, however, as studies show H-1B salaries are well below the median in many markets.
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