Hillary Tech: US STEM Students Don’t Matter

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.

Jobs for the future, starting now.

Government officials like to tout “government-industry” partnerships to promote job growth.  Leave the government and our tax dollars out of the picture with industry-college partnerships.  I’m referring to co-op programs and apprenticeships, combinations of education and work experience that grow the economy and educate productive citizens.

Co-op programs are usually used for professional careers requiring a 4-year degree, often in STEM subjects.  A promising student enters into a contract with an employer that gives the student tuition assistance and summer on-the-job experience in exchange for the student agreeing to work for that employer for a specific number of years.  If the student defaults on the contract the unrepaid part of the assistance becomes a loan that must be repaid.  If the company defaults on the deal the student owes nothing.

Apprenticeships are used for skilled trades and typically involve education at a community college, possibly up to an associate degree, along with on-the-job training and work experience.  The contract is similar to the co-op program.  Apprenticeships work.  The US will always need skilled trades if it wants to regain industrial superiority, repair it’s aging infrastructure, keep construction building, and keep transportation moving.  Skilled trades offer a decent living to those who would rather work with their hands than in a white-collar career but want to do more than flip burgers.

Both of these programs exist now, but expansion of them would be better than more government intervention.  We could even give US companies a tax incentive to help train US workers and offset the cost with higher charges for importing foreign workers, e.g., through the H1B visa program