Malkin on Rubio/Microsoft

Another provocative column by Michelle Malkin, describing a textbook case of “follow the money,” very disturbing. The Gates-Rubio connection is especially troubling.

The long arm of Microsoft seems to reach everywhere. I’ve mentioned before, for instance, that the firm and Gates have been huge donors to the Brookings Institution, one of the most pro-H-1B think tanks in the nation.

I have nothing against the firm (and applaud their current trend of embracing open-source software), but their track record on issues that I care about has been quite poor. For example, take the age issue. I’ve often emphasized that H-1B is used as a vehicle to avoid hiring older Americans, with young H-1Bs being hired in lieu of older U.S. workers. Remarkably, Microsoft actually admitted that they hire very few oldsters. And when you couple that with their strident push for expansion of the H-1B program, well, it doesn’t look pretty.

Be sure to follow Malkin’s link to journalist Maria Bartiromo’s putting Rubio on the hot seat, with Rubio blatantly ignoring her questions. I’ve always liked Bartiromo, even more so now.

4 thoughts on “Malkin on Rubio/Microsoft

  1. I’m curious about how exactly the discrimination in hiring at universities takes place. I always thought (naïvely maybe) that the employers state that they are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate based on nationality, immigrant status or country of origin. My friends on an F1 visa were rarely asked their immigrant status when applying for tech jobs until the very end when an offer was made and only for bureaucratic reasons. How did the employers filter out the immigrant students from the domestic students? It can’t be based on ethnicity or accent alone since I know a few people who studied in their home countries but had green cards.

    Or are you saying that the discrimination takes place indirectly during university admissions where international students are preferred because they pay more tuition?

    I know that a lot of Indian tech firms bring in people on H1Bs due to nepotism etc. but I’m skeptical that the major abuse of H1B visas takes place in university hiring.


    • Since the word university doesn’t appear in the post you are replying to, I don’t know what you mean. Are you talking about industry hiring foreign students at U.S. universities? Are you talking about the universities themselves hiring? Please explain, and I will reply.


  2. Sorry for the duplicate comments.
    I am in university and I have friends who are on an F1 visa. Based on my experience, most of them give their resumes to the companies that come to our career fair. A few of them might apply to other companies online, but mostly, hiring takes place at career fairs.
    Now most companies at the career fair do not ask whether a student needs sponsorship. The ones that do, do so to favor domestic students because they are startups who cannot afford H1Bs or due to security clearance issues. If anything, they prefer domestic students. But I’ve never seen a company specifically ask for F1 students in order to favor them. You mentioned a case where an employer was specifically asking for OPT but the firm was not a prominent one, nor was the university top-tier.
    So how do the big firms discriminate since the recruiters do not ask about the citizenship status of the students?


    • You’re missing an absolutely central point: A major reason why the H-1B visa is so attractive to employers is that it enables them to hire young foreign workers in lieu of older (age 35+) Americans. This why they recruit at university career fairs.

      Among the university students, no one ever said that the employers hire ONLY foreign students. But they do want to hire lots of foreign students, and they don’t need to ask immigration status in order to get them. If someone has a graduate degree and an accent, that makes the odds good enough for the employers; they know that in most cases, the person is indeed a foreign student, and thus they will indeed attain their goal of hiring lots of foreign students.


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