What we were talking about 11 years ago….

CompeteAmerica is busy planting idiotorials again but this time it’s in college newspapers. The Yale article is listed on the CompeteAmerika website (mispelling intentional). The Harvard idiotorial isn’t listed on CompeteAmerica but it’s highly unlikely that both of them came out about the same time with such similar content.

For the most part these two op-eds are sob stories about foreign students who can’t get H-1B visas. I found the stories to be nothing but good news as they interviewed numerous foreign students who are going to have to go somewhere else besides the U.S. to work. Good riddance!

According to the Yale article employers are souring on H-1Bs because it’s just too dang hard to get a visa. If trends continue employers might actually have to hire an American — but keep in mind that neither article offered that as a possibility.

“I suspect that it probably gives some employers pause because they know the difficulties they might face in hiring international students,” she said.

Both articles propagandize for the Skil bill. One of the biggest farces in the Skil bill is that it doubles the amount of time a foreign student can hang around the U.S. looking for a job from 12 months to 24 months. If these students were truly the “best and brightest” then it shouldn’t be so tough for them to get sponsored for a visa. Companies should be falling head over heel for them!

Notice that these deadbeat students will hang around our country as long as we let them. OPT should be reduced or eliminated, and this quote illustrates why:

One glimmer of hope for these students is the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, which allows international students to work in the U.S. for up to twelve months without a visa.

This newsletter has featured many of CompeteAmerika’s idiotorial plants. Until now, I assumed that the shills for hire wrote the entire idiotorials by themselves and then simply handed them over to newspapers. Apparently that’s not the case — they probably use templates and coaching. Cari Tuna, the author of the Yale story, sent Norm Matloff some questions via email for their article. Kind of makes me wonder whose idea it was to ask Matloff questions, and who came up with the questions.

Including Matloff was a good idea to at least give a pretense of objectivity. That’s better than the large majority of CompeteAmerika’s idiotorials that are ususally 100% on the side of the cheap labor lobby.

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