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Highly-skilled foreign workers and the U.S. job market

So what do you think -- will the expansion of guest-worker visas for highly-skilled professionals depress the job market in the U.S?

Highly-skilled foreign workers and the U.S. job market

Hal Salzman, a senior fellow at Rutgers University´s John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development in New Brunswick. (Photo from policy.rutgers.edu/)
Hal Salzman, a senior fellow at Rutgers University's John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development in New Brunswick. (Photo from policy.rutgers.edu/)

So what do you think -- will the expansion of guest-worker visas for highly-skilled professionals depress the job market in the U.S?

That's what Hal Salzman, a Rutgers University professor and a fellow at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, thinks. He's the co-author of a study released Wednesday by the Economic Policy Institute. In covering the story in Thursday's Inquirer, I did quite a bit of reading. Obviously, given space restraints, I wasn't able to completely express the entirety of everyone's views.

So, I'm going to provide some links to the stuff I read. Obviously, this represents an extremely small slice of the mammoth legislative proposal known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This particular story focuses on highly-skilled workers.  

Here are the links:

Testimony of Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel: He says there's a genuine talent shortage.

Testimony of Ronil Hira, a Rochester Institute of Technology professor: He says the H-1B visas are all about paying workers less.

The study itself, titled Guestworkers in the High-Skill U.S. Labor Market. The study's co-authors are Daniel Kuehn, and B. Lindsay Lowell.

Here's the text of the bill and here's a link to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee page which lists the names of all the folks who testified earlier this week and provides links to their testimony.

Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer
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Jane M. Von Bergen Inquirer Staff Writer