Fed-Ex is doing a land-office business delivering applications for H1-B visas to La Guna Niguel, California. 65,000 U.S. visas are issued annually to companies importing foreign tech workers; last year there were 236,000 applicants. On Monday, opening day of the sweepstakes, the Fed-Ex driver, first at the gate, said he had 15,000 pieces of "mail" to deliver and many more were on the way. The rush is on because the rules are up for changing. NYTimes
As background to the problem recall the 2015 Disney World lay-offs of 250 tech workers who were to be replaced by contract workers from India. That was scandal enough, but the knife was twisted by Mickey Mouse requiring the 250 to train their replacements as part of their severance agreement. As Congressional hearings revealed other companies like Southern California Edison did the same in cashiering employees in favor of H1-B visa holders.
The plight of tech workers along with farmer's worried about planting and harvesting crops underline the shabby state of our immigration laws and the vexing problem for U.S. workers at both lower-paying and higher-paying jobs. Will Trump deliver a solution?