Over the years of my writing this blog and before that an e-newsletter, I’ve received mail from a number of techies claiming conspiracies of one sort or another. They are convinced, for instance, that the reason the press has not properly covered the H-1B/green card issue is that reporters are stifled by the corporate interests that run the print and electronic media.
I’ve generally disagreed with such claims. I think most journalists (and their editors) are sincere people, trying to report the news accurately as they see it. The problem is that latter qualifier; their views of the problem are distorted by the extremely efficient tech industry propaganda machine. I might fault them for lack of full due diligence in tracking down the industry’s claims, but no, I don’t think they are being censored.
However, as the old joke goes, “Sometimes a person is paranoid because someone is out to get him.” It is rather mind boggling that mainstream, “insider” Republican presidential candidates Rubio, Cruz and Huckabee are suddenly speaking out against H-1B. Marco Rubio a critic of H-1B? Who knew? 🙂 And that suggests, yes, a possible conspiracy of a sort, as I will explain shortly.
I’ve mentioned many times that the Disney and SCE incidents have distorted the discussion on H-1B and green cards, but I’ve also noted that at least now there IS a discussion. Donald Trump may still be rather hazy on the matter himself, but he did force it into the forefront. So now suddenly, it has become a presidential campaign issue.
As I’ve noted before, except for Bernie Sanders, the Democrats have been mum on this issue. On the contrary, even the Democrats who spoke out against H-1B in the past have clammed up in the last couple of years. But now that the Republicans are talking about it, the Democrats will have to face the issue, especially because Hillary Clinton has a terrible record on H-1B, being quite cozy with the Infosyses, truly awful stuff.
Accordingly, I believe that it may be possible that both parties agree to keep the H-1B visa issue OUT of next year’s election campaign. Thus there may actually be action on the Grassley bill, which was announced yesterday and which I strongly criticized. The Democrats have been holding H-1B hostage to secure amnesty for the unauthorized immigrants, but they surely don’t want to see Republican TV commercials next year showing Clinton telling an Indian-American group that she is the “senator from Punjab.” And now there is this pesky new book by H-1B activist John Miano and prominent journalist Michelle Malkin. Better to nip this H-1B thing in the bud, the two parties may agree.
“But,” you say, “didn’t new House Speaker Paul Ryan say there would be no legislation on immigration until 2017?” Yup. But remember, the pols have an out — H-1B is officially termed a nonimmigrant visa. Gotcha. So, H-1B “reform” now, plus the Obama expansion of OPT, and then look for the coup de grace in 2017, staple-a-green-card legislation for foreign students.