Jul 12, 2015

Are US companies abusing the H1-B Visa program or is there really a shortage of skilled Americans to fill IT positions?

I’ve heard politicians criticize the H1-B visa program for displacing American workers in the IT field with foreign workers, but I’ve also read that tech companies are calling for an expansion of the H1-B program so they can meet their hiring needs. What’s the truth of the matter? Is there really such a shortage of skilled IT workers that we need to import people to take up the slack, or is criticism of the H1-B program due mainly to politicians pandering to the anti-immigrant sentiment of some Americans?
I'm cynical enough to think that they are abusing it, but I could be wrong. It seems to me that some companies are hell-bent on trying to lower wages whenever and wherever possible, including in IT positions.
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