The H-1B visa debate: Pain and the politics

This week's hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the H-1B visa program offered both insight and friction

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"The immobility of the foreign workers is much more important than saving in wages. If you are an employer, having an engineer leave you in the lurch during an urgent project is disastrous," said Matloff, who was also invited to submit a letter to the committee.

Intel's views

Intel published a statement on the day of the hearing offering its views.

"Intel and similar companies do not typically use H-1Bs to bring foreign nationals to the U.S. on a temporary basis. The goal is instead to keep graduates from U.S. universities here permanently -- innovating in American companies or starting new ones.

"Our foreign professionals often make up a majority of the talent coming from top U.S. STEM programs," Intel said. "Like so many U.S. companies, Intel recruits foreign professionals on H-1Bs as a pathway to a green card or permanent status."

Final words from Sen. Sessions

]Sessions sees a pattern from history at work.

"This Congress represents the people of the United States, and yes, bringing in talent to America is a good thing. But we have no obligation to yield to the lust of big businesses, and these big businesses -- the new ones in the high tech world -- are the same moguls that used to run the oil and steel industry.

"They want more profits and lower pay for workers. That's just what they do," Sessions said at the hearing.

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