January 18, 2019
Anything to clear out these stinkpersons.
Give me MS-13 over H1-B any day.
The H-1B visa program, the primary way high-skilled workers can come to the US, is the visa of choice for Indian men. In 2017, more than 70% of all H-1Bs were given to Indians, and close to 80% of those Indians were men.
But they’re not the whole story. “There is this misconception that the H-1B program is really just men coming to work, and then going back to their home countries,” says Amy Bhatt, a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Baltimore, Maryland County. “In reality, it’s not just individuals moving for work but entire family units crossing borders.”
Amy is the author of High-tech Housewives, a book that dives into a decade worth of research on the wives of H-1B workers. The spouses of H-1B workers come to the US on a different visa, called the H-4. Until 2015, this visa came with a pretty big catch—you could live in the US, but you couldn’t legally work here.
Since many H-1B holders are Indian men, their spouses tend to be Indian women. Bhatt says that because of the way marriage tends to work in India, highly educated men typically marry highly educated women. So the women that accompany the men on the H-1B tend to be high-skilled themselves. “It’s hard to then come to the United States and to be told, no, your qualifications, your expertise, your skills, they’re not welcome here,” says Bhatt.
In 2015, the Obama Administration passed a rule that allowed some H-4 visa holders to work. If your partner, the H-1B holder, was far enough along in the green card process or had been residing in the US for more than six years, you could apply for a work permit. Since then, about 100,000 spouses on H-4 visas have applied for work permits. More than 90% of them are women.
But in 2019, this group of largely women may lose their right to work again. Save Jobs USA, an organization of former IT workers who claim to have lost their jobs to H-1B holders, has filed a lawsuit arguing the Obama-era rule makes it more likely that foreign workers will replace American workers. John Miano, the lawyer representing Save Jobs USA, argues that rescinding the Obama-era rule is about much more than whether a group of largely women may no longer be able to legally work in the US. It’s about the strength of the entire H-1B program. “Eliminating the ability of spouses to work will reduce the incentive for H-1B workers to remain in the United States,” says Miano.
What Miano is describing might already be happening.
Literally owned by the Jewish Atlantic, Quartz is a liberal publication that obviously wants these stinkpersons in our country because, well, they’re not white and liberals just want to replace all white people with nonwhites and don’t really care too much about the details.
Just so you understand their perspective.
This story isn’t getting a lot of general coverage, but I doubt they are fear-mongering. The issue is that neither liberal nor conservative media have an especially strong feeling about these stinkpeople.
Liberals have never met a brownie they don’t like, but the IT pakis are replacing middle class people, rather than building upon the permanent brown underclass that the liberals are so concerned about nurturing and expanding. I don’t know how many of them end up voting Republican because of taxes (and probably for certain social reasons), but there are several famous Hindoid Republicans.
Democrats get a surplus no matter what with latinx immigrants, and that will never change because there is no chance that more than half of them will ever pull themselves up out of poverty and dependence on the state.
Conservatives on the other hand do not like brown people, but do not want to be accused of not liking brown people, and so go along with this “we want educated immigrants to come legally to steal jobs from the middle class” narrative.
So the H1-B issue remains largely simply not talked about.