Gates Called On His Lie
In a meeting with government officials on immigration Bill Gates tried to convince people that the limits on the H1B visas need to be removed so that technology companies can hire more foreign workers. CNN reports:
"Anybody who's got good computer science training, they are not out there unemployed," Gates said. "We're just not seeing an available labor pool."
The Commerce Department undersecretary for technology, Phil Bond, cautioned Gates during his talk that unemployment among U.S. computer engineers regularly exceeds unemployment in other industries. "The politics of that are real," Bond said. Government figures showed 5.7 percent of information technology employees were out of work last year versus 5.5 percent of all workers.
Gates and other technology companies don't want to admit that they have been firing experienced IT people and replacing them with H1B foreign hires. It isn't that there are no available IT people, it that Gates and others don't want to pay a living wage and are using the foreign labor to drive down their costs.
This garbage about Americans trained and working on current generation technology can't do the job that Asian immigrants trained on old technology can do, is a cover for corporations firing experienced engineers who expect to be paid a decent salary. The government has let them get away with it and helped them with the H1B visa program.