The article “Banks sought foreign workers amid layoffs” (2/2, A-1) misleads the general public into thinking that H-1B workers, who hold highly specialized jobs, have contributed to Wall Street’s collapse.
On the contrary, these workers are highly educated, hardworking, highly skilled contributors to American society — super-achievers in our world who hold such critical positions as doctors, scientists, high-tech workers and the like — and only strengthen and improve our economy. And contrary to what this article implies, a U.S. employer hiring an H-1B worker must make attestations (under penalty) intended to protect U.S. workers.
Unless our laws continue to encourage the best and brightest to be employed in highly specialized positions and contribute to the U.S. economy, the best and most successful people will go elsewhere. America needs to attract and retain highly successful immigrants who create jobs through the critical work they do and the money they spend. It is these important contributions that add to our economic prosperity.
H-1B workers had no role in Wall Street’s collapse. American taxpayers will only be “suckers” (in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s words) if they believe the misinformation circulated in this biased and xenophobic article.