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.

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Does STEM Matter Any More?

As our progressive government and it’s subservient public school system try to steer students towards college degrees in STEM subjects the Democrats are simultaneously devaluing those degrees.  Did you see the article about STEM graduates working in Wal-Mart to pay off their huge student loans?  Want to know how this administration is undermining US citizens?  The answer is H1B visas.  Conceptually companies can only request H1B workers to do jobs for which no citizen is qualified.  Some companies are using foreign contractors to bypass the intent of the visa program.  Most recently, April 24th was the last work day for IT workers at Abbott Labs as they were replaced by contract workers, some of whom are here on H1B visas.  In some cases US workers have had to agree to train their foreign replacements and not sue the company in order to get their severance packages.  Talk about adding insult to injury.  Some companies just go the direct route.  Tech giant Intel has announced a 12,000 person layoff at the same time it has requested over 14,000 H1B visas.  Could that be a coincidence?  The whole H1B visa scam began in Silicon Valley, where cheaper foreign workers replaced US workers who were conveniently labeled “obsolete”.

So why is this happening?  One is the progressives’ obsession with globalization.  US workers must compete, even if unfairly, for US jobs.  India has an education industry created solely to teach students computer programming and minimal English so they can come to the US.  This is what I described in “Undocumented Foreign Aid”, i.e., the money these high paid workers send overseas.  Another is simply the ignorance of the public that’s more concerned with the latest reality TV show than their children’s’ futures. There’s even a bit of UN Agenda 21 as this is de facto wealth redistribution.

To protect US workers I propose the following modifications to the H1B visa program:

  1. No employer shall terminate or coerce a US employee into leaving in order to replace that worker with a foreign worker, either directly or through the use of a contractor.  If an employee is terminated the position must be filled by a US worker or left open for one year.  The position cannot be eliminated and recreated with a different title to bypass this rule
  2. No employer can require a terminated employee to sign any agreement that would protect the employer from a lawsuit if the ex-employee learned that the position had been filled by a foreign worker within one year.
  3. No terminated employee (unless terminated for cause such as theft) shall be denied any promised severance package for any reason whatsoever.

I have also proposed inversely indexing the H1B visa quota to STEM unemployment and raising the cost of H1B visa holders to US employers.

Next time President Obama says “every child should learn to code” ask him “why?”.

Update:  Billionaire Zuckerberg wants even more H1B visas to replace US workers and foreign companies taking US jobs.  He’s starting with $24 million to help train Africans in computer programming.  Since he can thank the US for being so rich why doesn’t he fund retraining for US IT workers who have been displaced by foreign workers?  Since they already know computers they shouldn’t have any problem learning the latest coding techniques, and they actually speak English.

Update 2:  Hillary Clinton’s “Tech Agenda”, her plan for US technology should she win the 2016 election, would be to “staple” green cards (permanent residency) to diplomas of foreign STEM students.  More foreigners in Silicon Valley, more citizens flipping burgers.

A mission statement for schools.

The schools’ mission is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be responsible, productive, and happy citizens.

How’s that for a mission statement?  It’s concise and complete in one sentence.  Let’s look at each requirement.

Responsible:  To be responsible citizens students need to understand our Constitution, how the three branches of government work, and where they fit in a representative system.  That’s called “civics”.  They need to know the history and geography of the US and the world around it.  They should have some idea of how other forms of government such as parliamentary systems, monarchies, and dictatorships work.  They need to understand the current world situation.  They need to know how the economy works and how to manage their own finances.  They should also have a sense of pride in their country. A nation that hates itself will ultimately destroy itself.

Productive: This means students have the knowledge to pursue the career of their choice, whether it’s a profession, a skilled trade, or building the family business.  Right now the emphasis is on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to which I’d add another M for medicine because the country needs doctors.  STEM isn’t all though.  The USA needs researchers and teachers in other fields too, it needs business leaders and entrepreneurs, and it needs skilled tradespeople.  If we want to recapture our industrial leadership manufacturing needs machinists, welders, metal workers, robotics programmers, and composite materials workers.  Construction will always need carpenters, electricians, masons, painters, welders, and plumbers.  Transportation doesn’t run without mechanics for cars, trucks, trains, planes, and ships.  Much of the work done by skilled trades can’t be offshored.  You can write computer code on the other side of the globe but you can’t fix my car engine from over there.  Everyone must have the “good oral and written communication skills” demanded by employers.

Happy: Huh???  The three words “pursuit of happiness” found in the Declaration of Independence were not an accident.   The founders of this country wanted it’s citizens to be happy.  Obviously happiness can’t be taught because it involves personal interests.  Being prepared for a career will certainly help most people.  Beyond that the best schools can do is to offer a wide range of curricular and extracurricular opportunities so that students will know what’s out there.  Students should have some appreciation of our cultural heritage through art, literature, music, and theater.  They should be able to participate in athletics and sports.  They should have the chance to be involved in student government, chess clubs, robotics competitions, and other extracurricular activities.  Some schools also sponsor community service projects to build citizenship.  All of these things could develop into lifelong interests that promote happiness for the individual.

Did I miss anything?   If you think so you probably want the nanny state school.  It’s down that dark hall to the far left.