Excellent, succinct analysis, but I would replace “some employers” by “many employers, including the big household name firms.” As I wrote for instance in my HuffPo op-ed,
This immobility is of huge value to many employers, as it means that a foreign worker can’t leave them in the lurch in the midst of an urgent project. In a 2012 meeting between Google and several researchers, including myself, the firm explained the advantage of hiring foreign workers: the company can’t prevent the departure of Americans, but the foreign workers are stuck. David Swaim, an immigration lawyer who designed Texas Instruments’ immigration policy and is now in private practice, overtly urges employers to hire foreign students instead of Americans.
This candid statement by Google (which they volunteered, not in response to a question) should have been a bombshell, appearing in a prominent outlet. Reporters should have been beating a path to my door, asking me for details. No one ever has, including the ones who contacted me about H-1B because they had seen the HuffPo piece. Go figure.
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