I thank Mr. Matloff for his response to my letter. I'd like to first say that I was pointing out that the H-1B program has nothing in common with slavery not that it has nothing in common with indentured servitude. With regards to the contention that the program is creating modern indentured servants I can't address this as I am not very familiar with what an indentured servant went through. So I'll have to pose some questions instead. First, I am curious if indentured servants received raises? H-1B visa holders certainly can and 90% of the individuals my office works with do. Also, could indentured servants find a new employer or were they locked into their agreement? Certainly H-1B visa holders are allowed to switch employers as often as they like by merely filing a new H petition. Were the employers of indentured servants required to pay the prevailing wage in the area? Most of the employers we deal with pay well above the prevailing wage. Certainly employers who don't should be swiftly and harshly dealt with. That seems like an enforcement problem not a problem with the H-1B program. We have an H-1B visa holder that makes over a million dollars a year. Uncommon obviously but since we only hear about the horrors of the H-1B program I just wanted to share a success story.
I suppose there are plenty of bilingual naturalized citizens and LPR's who would like to have a job where that skill is needed. But the H-1B visa holders we work with have that skill and are also engineers, international lawyers, physicists, etc.. An LPR or USC with these skills likely already has a job – well maybe not in this economy – but a few years ago.
I must admit I am still unclear as to why Mr. Matloff's letter states a dislike for the H-1B program used to import skilled employees but is fine with other programs that do the same for the best and brightest of other countries. Other countries that don't have the infrastructure to work on expensive science might not have the infrastructure to perform less expensive tech work or have the need or funds to hire engineers etc. It seems that argument is really a class distinction. We want the best but we don't want the middle. This is a country mainly built by the bottom and the middle so we certainly shouldn't forget about them.
To be honest I'd love for the best, the middle and the bottom, of all countries to be invited to become residents here without jumping through lots of hoops. I believe that our country only becomes stronger when new people with new ideas come here. If that meant less money for immigration attorneys but better lives for immigrants so be it.
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