There was a moment when the U.S. had an H1-b professional visa quota of 200,000 applicants. For about five years, this dropped to 65,000. The latter amount proved insufficient. With F-1 foreign Students eager to apply their new education and seek opportunities, the system thrived. America reached significant economic highs at the 200,000 H1-b1 levels. This, even if some of the visas were ineptly issued to eager so -called ‘consultants’ by an overwhelmed and underfunded I.N.S.
Americans depended upon foreigners to drive innovation, as usual. These newcomers had excitement. They wanted to live in a more free nation that allowed for more liberties and less repression. They witnessed their parents, who were economically stifled in their home countries. Many nations victimize the successful until no one sees a need or has the drive to create innovation for econonic and lifestyle gains.
There are some native born U.S. Citizens who may have desired a different sort of existence. The left academia anticipating that their degree will be sufficient. They had unrealistic expections about the job market. When jobs required them to ‘do windows,’ they winced. Unfortunately, a successful business requires an educated person to do what must be done, not merely call the clerical assistant for a bailout. Many refused to look for work, abroad.
Well, when the H1-b1 quota dropped, candidates had to find work. At the time, the need for technical support rose. This led to a system that allowed for those in Mumbai, India, among other places across the globe to patch in to any computer in the world with consent. The result was a white collar employment explosion that shot a blow across the U.S. Economy.
In its wake, English speaking nations like Canada (Newfoundland), India, Jamaica, and The Philippines with its cheaper labor and challenged economies filled the gap. Those foreigners, who were sick of the Labor certification worker immigration visa route abandoned ship for India. It appeared that they could start businesses in Mumbai after all. There was a market. However, America is losing it.
Well, what was America’s loss is a blessing to other nations. Yet, we can certainly continue to lose more in our shortsightedness. The need to create jobs is only advanced by the innovation of its Citizens. If we cannot find a way to reasonably adjudicate the permanent resident applications of those who will likely persist and live on with minor immigration law infractions, then we continue to disenfranchise the population from Citizenship rights.
In addition, in eliminating a INA 245i penalty fee and errecting the ten year bar, we significantly discourage the spouses of U.S. Citizens from ever lawfully completing their immigration process. We forced them to carefully rethink leaving.
Under the threat of triggering the ten year bar upon leaving, many decided to stay and remain victimized by the U.S. labor system. The INA 212(a)(9)(B) bar on return remains a bridge too far for U.S. Couples. Now, the rush is in jeopardy. The flush means that we have too much for too few, who make enough, but have no use for it. With expendable employees in an economic downturn, the employed will need to find a new market or opportunity.