Norm Matloff's Neat Summary of the H-1B Problem

By David North on September 2, 2014

The nation's leading critic of the H-1B program is professor Norm Matloff of UC-Davis — he teaches computer science there.

This gem is taken from a recent posting at his new-ish blog:

Here's a personal example. Some years ago I gave a talk in a public debate on H-1B, and after the talk a man came up to me, introducing himself as the CEO of a Silicon Valley firm. He said, "You're wrong about our hiring H-1Bs as cheap labor. There really is a tech labor shortage, and my company is having real trouble finding software engineers." I replied, "Well, my wife is a software engineer. I'll have her apply for a position in your company, and we'll see what happens. Her surname is different from mine, so you won't know it's her." He immediately backtracked, protesting, "No, that's not fair, she's probably making too much money!" Indeed. Clearly this CEO had cheap labor as his first priority; quality didn't even enter into the conversation.