“The severe shortage of H-1B visas is a nation-wide problem, and Nebraska is directly affected. The demand in Nebraska for these highly qualified individuals in fields such as health care and computer science far out number the supply. This legislation is important to helping keep America competitive in the 21st Century workplace.”
The article perpetuates an H-1b myth by writing: "Many industries use H-1B workers to fill jobs when American workers can’t be found."
This is false. Aside from no requirement to first recruit American workers before hiring an H-1b, the study "American Made" found at page 24 that in the majority of cases employers do not hire H-1b to fill a shortage shortage of skilled U.S. workers, but rather because they simply desire to hire a specific foreign worker. This could be an Indian immigrant preferring to have other Indians on the team, or a desire to hire family members or former associates from the home country. (Many companies founded by Indians are comprised almost exclusively of Indians - "Americans Need Not Apply.")
The article then lists H-1b visa users in Nebraska. I've added a hyperlink to their LCAs
- Union Pacific (Union Pacific Railroad) or (Union Pacific Corporation) (About 20 H-1b over a 5 year period. These are large corporations so a few H-1b per year should not be a significant factor either way.)
- Streck Labs (5 researchers, 4 earning under $40,000)
- First Data (2 VP H-1b earning $170k. 66 total H-1b, median around $60k. Their website lists several open IT jobs)
- Valmont (Only 5 H-1b over a 4 year period - they are unable to hire one American per year? Median pay $48k)
- Terracon (here) and (here) (52 H-1b over a 5 year period, but only 2 of the H-1b are in Nebraska)
- Western Electric (No LCAs found)
- DTL Industries (No LCAs found - unable to find alternate company name via Google)
- NIC USA, Inc. (30 LCAs for software jobs paying around $70k, but all are in Kansas)
- Omaha Public Schools (here) and (here) and (here) (40 school teachers over 5 years earning about $35k)
- Lexington Public Schools
- Great Plains Regional Medical Center (4 physicians over a 3 year period, earning - holy cow - $250,000. They have about 70 physicians in the directory, so one H-1b per year is not going to make or break this facility.)
- Mary Lanning Hospital (21 H-1b over 5 years, half are technologists and therapists earning under $20/hour)
The vast majority of employers in Nebraska get along fine without any H-1b workers, and with a bit more recruiting the above employers could fill every position with American workers. These examples do not support raising the cap but rather that Congress should suspend this "U.S. Worker Replacement Program."
America already has a President bend on destroying the American middleclass. Sorry, we don't need another one.