Black professionals oppose increase in H1-B visas

Published July 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Black engineers, scientists and computer specialists have formed a united lobbying front that seeks to stymie congressional attempts to raise the number of H-1B visas that would allow more skilled foreign workers to occupy US high-tech jobs, The Associated Press reported.  

A Wall Street Journal report on Friday said the black professionals charge US politicians of both parties with striving to satisfy industry demands for more skilled foreigners while minority Americans are excluded from well-paying, mid and high-level technological and scientific jobs.  

The Coalition for Fair Employment in Silicon Valley, a group said to represent thousands of minority professionals, claims there are already far more qualified Americans to fill existing high-tech jobs than there are openings. "Many of them [are] African-American and other minorities," the group is cited as saying in a recent full-page ad in Roll Call, a Capitol Hill-based newspaper.  

The report said the organization is directing its lobbying efforts at pending bills seeking to raise the annual limit on so-called H-1B visas, which allow high-tech workers from India, China and elsewhere to take jobs in the US. Both Democrats and Republicans have proposed competing bills that would nearly double the current annual 115,000 limit on H-1B visas. The coalition contends the visas rob Americans of jobs and reduces pay levels since employers can hire foreigners willing to work for less -- (Several Sources)

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