2007 October 19 Friday
Employers Want All Engineers Into United States

The capitalists want open borders for technical workers.

As employers and professional groups ask Congress to speed up immigration reform for high-skilled workers, U.S. tech workers are fighting back.

The latest clash erupted after the U.S. chapter of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Semiconductor Industry Assn. (SIA) sent a letter to congressional leaders Oct. 11 calling for any foreign student with at least a bachelor's degree in technology or science to be granted permanent residency if they get a job offer. The letter outraged U.S. tech workers who feel displaced both by immigration programs and outsourcing (BusinessWeek.com, 10/10/07). In response, the Programmers Guild, which represents 1,500 technical and professional workers, has drafted its own letter to congressional leaders, warning that such a policy would further disadvantage American workers.

The Semiconductor Industry Association represents capital. Capital wants cheap labor. So the SIA's position makes perfect sense. They are arguing for a position that will boost short term profits of their members. But isn't the IEEE supposed to represent practicing engineers? Is it captive to companies that employ large numbers of engineers? How does that work?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 October 19 10:13 PM  Immigration Labor Market


Comments
Ignacio said at October 20, 2007 1:46 PM:

That is not a good idea, nor is outsourcing every job. However, there are currently shortages of specialized engineers in the aerospace/defense industry and it currently takes 6 years time to get a green card for an engineer with graduate-level degrees, which I think is equally detrimental for the country.

tommy said at October 20, 2007 3:42 PM:
But isn't the IEEE supposed to represent practicing engineers? Is it captive to companies that employ large numbers of engineers? How does that work?

It is probably similar to the way unions act: the rank-and-file may not benefit from an increased supply of engineers but the people who run the IEEE, just like union bosses, are looking at more potential members. You must also keep in mind that the IEEE is an international rather than a domestic organization so they don't necessarily have the best interests of American engineers at heart.

James Bowery said at October 21, 2007 1:32 AM:

The New Deal nationalized the primary functions of unions with a de facto picket line at the national border. Post 1965 immigration is Union busting -- National Union busting with scabs called "immigrants". So -- let's imagine what would have happened had FDR been assassinated rather then Huey Long, because that's basically when the New Deal con game got started.


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