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Dear Editor:
Once again Chucky's letter to the Editor needs to get his facts straight. His argument has changed from "there is no need for H-1B's" to it is simply "unfair" for employers to hire cheap foreign workers. Let's look at the facts. It is far more expensive to hire a qualified foreign worker under the H-1B visa than to employ a qualified American worker. The employer must deal with the filing fees, legal fees, and the interminable delays in getting the foreign person on board. "Cheap foreign labor" is a figment of Chucky's imagination. Employers are required by law to pay the exact same wages and benefits as they pay their American workers. It is illegal to pay them less. Employers must pay the same wages and benefits as American workers receive. The company has to pay for the legal and filing fees and other costs. Extensions are also added on. Delays occur preventing the employee from getting to the work and becoming productive. Relocation costs are far more. Those are the facts. So why would an employer hire a foreign worker when it is so much more costly? Maybe it has something to do with a word Chucky's letter used in his latest response, that word is "qualified". Also, let's remember that of the claimed 6 million US workers seeking jobs, only a tiny fraction of that number are in fields that H-1B workers might occupy. Only professional level jobs are able to be filled by H-1B workers. Of the remaining 98+% of the six million, H-1B workers have nothing to do with their unemployment situation. The facts are that the vast majority of the unemployed don't have the education and skills to fill the jobs that H-1B workers fill. When local companies in Southern California report publicly they are seeking engineers in the hundreds, the facts clearly show that the issue of qualifications is what is in dispute. These jobs pay well and the benefits are outstanding. However, to be hired a candidate has to be qualified. That is the issue.

Peter Larrabee



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