Jennifer Wedel of Fort Worth asked why the government continues "to issue and extend H-1B visas when there are tons of Americans just like my husband with no job?"Obama has obviously been lobbied directly on this issue, as the H-1B visa program is justified by claims that there are skilled jobs that no American can fill. But it is not true, and the vast majority of H-1B visa are for foreigners with no special skill. Norman Matloff has documented this issue.
She was persistent and at one point broke in on the president as he gave a response, to ask: "Why do you think the H-1B program is so popular with corporations?"
After learning that Darin Wedel is a semiconductor engineer, Obama said that "the word we're getting is that somebody in that kind of high-tech field, that kind of engineer, should be able to find something right away. And the H-1Bs should be reserved only for those companies who say they cannot find somebody in that particular field."
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Sunday, February 05, 2012
In this video, Barack Obama is asked why we are importing foreign labor while Americans are out of work: