Robert Reich on Immigration

Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

Against more H-1B visas: not a long-term solution

    America’s booming IT sector is [facing] a severe shortage of skilled people. What can they do?
  1. Give stock options.
  2. Help IT professionals keep their skills sharp.
  3. Grow your own [such as a] technology and engineering institute
  4. Recruit more aggressively [in] smaller rural communities and to women and minorities.
But there’s something I wouldn’t recommend, because it’s not a long-term solution. Don’t go to Washington to fight for allowing more foreign engineers and designers to enter the US on temporary H-1B visas. That may help in the short term, but it doesn’t deal with the underlying problem. It won’t create a permanently bigger stream of IT professionals for the future.

America’s buoyant economy is a testament to the dynamism of its IT sector. But for IT to stay dynamic, more Americans will have to become a part of it.

Source: Computer World, “Coping With the Shortage” , Sep 6, 1999

Other governors on Immigration: Robert Reich on other issues:
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Deval Patrick
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John Kerry
Scott Brown

Newly seated 2010:
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VA Bob McDonnell

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SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
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