Friday, February 8, 2013

Is American Ingenuity Lacking? Do We Need to Import Talent? It Is an Open Question the Nation Must Answer...

by: Les Carpenter
Rational Nation USA
-vs- Tyranny

It seems like a reasonable means of bringing more high tech talent to the USA, thus helping to make us more competitive in the global marketplace. Some however disagree.

The New York Times - WHILE genuine immigration reform has the potential to fix a seriously broken system, four senators have introduced a bill to solve a problem we don’t have: the supply of high-tech workers.

The bill’s authors, led by Senator Orrin G. Hatch, Republican of Utah, argue that America would benefit from letting more immigrants trained in science, technology, engineering and math work in the country, with the sponsorship of high-tech companies like Microsoft and I.B.M.

But the opposite is the case: the bill would flood the job market with indentured foreign workers, people who could not switch employers to improve their wages or working conditions; damage the employment prospects of hundreds of thousands of skilled Americans; and narrow the educational pipeline that produces these skilled workers domestically.

The impetus for the bill, which would give six-year visas to as many as 300,000 foreign high-tech workers a year, is the longstanding lament by business leaders that they cannot find the talent they need in the American labor market. In their version, there is a shortage of scientists and engineers, and the United States is failing to keep substantial numbers of foreign students in the country. As a result, our position as the world’s leading high-tech economy is in danger.

Fortunately, they argue, H-1B visas — our guest-worker program for high-tech workers — brings us “the best and the brightest” in the world. We just don’t give out enough of them.

But America’s technology leadership is not, in fact, endangered. According to the economist Richard B. Freeman, the United States, with just 5 percent of the world’s population, employs a third of its high-tech researchers, accounts for 40 percent of its research and development, and publishes over a third of its science and engineering articles.{Read More}

Perhaps we are all set without Senator Hatch's plan. However I can not help but wonder...

Via: Memeorandum


  1. Science, engineering and math graduate programs are very heavy in foreign students. Whether it is because US youth refuse to subsist on Raman and travel by bicycle for 6-7 years or other societal reasons, the resulting PhDs either take their education with them back to their
    country of origin....or stay here and give back.
    Scientific innovation arises in laboratories which receive both public and private support and that support has been decreasing from both.
    Consider the US student faced with a choice of
    earning big $$$$ with a 2 yr MBA, or going the
    raman/bicycle route.

    1. Very cogent point BB Idaho. One of the reasons I always liked NASA, even when the "pure" limited government types where cheering the abandonment of our space program.


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