[linux-elitists] Fwd: [firstname.lastname@example.org: FC: DOJ quietly drafts USA Patriot II, includes anti-crypto section]
Sat Feb 8 17:31:38 PST 2003
>>>>> "KMS" == Karsten M Self <email@example.com> signs:
KMS> [...] The truth behind the H-1B IT indentured
KMS> servant scam:
Hmm. I was one of those H-1B's 1997-2002 and voluntarily went back to
where I originally came from. So forgive me if I actually paid
attention to your .sig. It is true that the transition from H-1b to
employment-based permanent residency can entail indentured servitude.
It also true that an H-1b who actually leaves, leaves behind the
accumulated social security and cannot use the unemployment he's paid
for. It appears that this bargain is an OK one for the H1-b holders
-- I viewed it cynically as regular government regulation overhead
without attaching a nationality to it. It certainly can be much more
expensive and a bigger hassle to deal with the government that's
ostensibly my own. It is a tribute to the US that the last remark
holds for many places including most in the 'west.'
An H-1b holder who actually leaves the US _can_ keep on working in his
home country doing the same stuff and competing with all-American
workers just the same. I am unsure, in a connected world, if you can
be protectionist to the extent that computer talent you use stays
This is an OK link for advocacy as it at least has accurate
but somewhat dated information.
This one is indeed shameful. It actually tries to play on the fear
Sept 11 caused along with resentment unemployed people have for
foreigners working in the US.
I have felt zero resentment from the many Americans I have
worked/studied with and ran into during my 15 years in the US. This
includes being a from a predominantly Muslim (albeit friendly) country
post 9-11. And that is one of the reasons why the US is a good place
to live. I hope you guys never lose that -- it is an asset that's
worth far more than a few months' wages.
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