In her technology agenda (which you can read on her own web site) Hillary Clinton gives the nation’s technology moguls, hedge funds, and teacher’s unions everything they could want: billions of dollars for technology research, internet expansion, and computer science education. Then she gives US graduate students in STEM subjects a big slap in the face. She wants to give green cards to foreign STEM graduate students along with their diplomas. That’s right, green cards! These aren’t the non-immigrant H1B work visas that allow a foreign worker to work for one company; these cards grant permanent resident status with a path to citizenship.
So, how does this hurt US graduate students? A permanent resident can apply for any job with any company, anywhere, any time. That puts foreign graduates in direct competition for the best jobs with US graduates, and once in the job line they’ll probably get favorable treatment. This competition is globalism at it’s worst. It’s inherently unfair, one reason being that there’s no reciprocity with other countries. A US student couldn’t get an MS in Computer Science in Canada, for example, and expect to be granted automatic residency. The result will be that US students, already burdened with the heaviest debt, will be relegated to the lower paying, less challenging jobs.
How can anyone who wants to be president of the US suggest establishing a completely open global job market in the US? Globalists like Soros must be cheering. Hillary shouldn’t be elected, and if you’re a STEM student or have students in college you now have a good reason to not vote for her. She’s working for Wall Street, not for you, regardless of what her signs say.
There is an alternative: the H1B visa program. While I’m opposed to employers using the H1B visa system to replace experienced US professionals I recognize that this program has a legitimate purpose in allowing employers to fill necessary jobs that are unfilled by US citizens. If the H1B visa regulations were strengthened to protect US citizens as I suggested in “Does STEM Matter Any More” we could balance the needs of technology employers with the right of US STEM graduates to be at the front of the employment lines.
A vote for Hillary is a vote against US students.