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As IT presses for more H-1B visas, academics question STEM worker shortage

Kenneth Corbin | March 18, 2014
Amid simmering debate in Washington over immigration reform, scholars challenge the notion that the United States faces a widespread shortage of workers educated in science, technology engineering and math.

Salzman counters that it's an apples-and-oranges comparison to look at advertised jobs alongside actual hiring activity.

Qualcomm CEO: Immigration Policies 'Idiotic'
So the scholarly debate will continue. In the meantime, the tech sector remains adamant in its push for immigration reform that will permit more skilled foreign workers - particularly those educated in U.S. colleges and universities — to remain in the country.

"We do a good job in getting some people into engineering education. We do a good job of bringing the world's best here to be educated in our institutes of higher learning. Our immigration policies are idiotic," says Qualcomm Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs. "I mean, sending those people back home to create centers of excellence in other places just seems like a very bad policy to me."

 

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