SJD's letter to the editor lays the errors of fact in Mr. Bennett's quotes which appeared in the Chicago Tribune's news item, Congress Takes on H1B visas. However, they more correctly should be laid at the feet of proponents of increased H1-Bs, who have for years been misrepresenting the program to the public. Prior to the increase in the cap in 2000, I heard more than one proponent misrepresent the program as being for "temporary workers" who were the "best and the brightest". This was the theme presented by Senator Spencer Abraham, from my home state of Michigan, and one which I eagerly corrected in a letter to the Lansing State Journal before his failed re-election bid. The public should know that the program generally ends in the permanent addition to our job market of hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, and that, contrary to the original intent of the program, these workers need only have mediocre backgrounds. The public should also know that the General Accounting Office has documented large-scale fraud in the program by both employers and employees.
SJD can be sure that proponents of the program also hide or misrepresent the fact that the H1-B program does not require that employers show an honest attempt to fill the job with Americans, or even to give them preference in the event of layoff.
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