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.