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Dr. Norm Matloff On The LA Times And H-1Bs
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April 02, 2009, 01:33 AM
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Dr. Norm Matloff writes:
A few comments on the enclosed article:[Visa program for skilled workers under attack | A requirement that bailout recipients hire Americans over H1-B visa holders could be extended to all U.S. companies. By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, April 1, 2009]

1. John Miano tells me he was misquoted. What he likely meant is the point I`ve always made, which is that the underpayment of H-1Bs is done in full compliance with the law, exploiting loopholes.

2. Concerning the statement,

At Microsoft Corp., for example, 35% of the patent applications the  firm filed last year were the result of work by H-1B and green-card  holders, according to a blog post Tuesday by the firm`s general  counsel, Brad Smith.
But the fact is that Microsoft R&D people consist of even more than 35% H-1Bs and green card holders, in which case it proves nothing.

Microsoft has a poor track record with truth on the H-1B topic. See for example this.

3. If these Microsoft H-1Bs are indeed that talented, surely they should not mind Senator Grassley`s proposals for reforming the visa. The industry lobbyists have referred to these as "extra hoops to jump," but Microsoft shouldn`t mind a couple of hoops in order to get what they claim is top talent. Microsoft could go a long way to fixing its credibility problem on H-1B (see above) by supporting the Grassley/Durbin bill. But that`s not going to happen.

Norm