President Obama’s immigration announcement on Thursday fell failed to impress the technology interests in Silicon Valley as there were no assurances for an increase in hi-tech visas.
Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they would have a better case if they also funded college-based training programs for U.S. workers.
To the U.S. technology industry, there’s a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it’s more sinister.
Demand for H-1B visas for highly-skilled workers is so high this year that the government announced Friday it will be issuing the visas by lottery.
Many executives are calling for more H-1B visas for tech workers and to issue green cards for foreign students who graduate in the U.S.
Anand Sundaram, one of the founders of the Santa Clara-based Immigration Voice, has even garnered the support of Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose), who co-authored the legislation.