Shikha Dalmia in the Business Insider on Why India Wants the Senate Immigration Bill to Fail


Restrictionist Republicans aren't the only ones rooting for the death of the Senate immigration bill. Ten thousand miles away, much of the Indian subcontinent is cheering on the bill's demise, reports Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia.

That's because a coalition of domestic high-tech companies and pro-labor Democrats has twisted the worthy goal of knocking down America's barriers to technical foreign talent into blatant protectionism.

Companies like IBM and Accenture have managed to rewrite the H-1B visa program so as to allow themselves to add foreign workers to their U.S. payrolls while forcing Indian companies in the U.S. to subtract Indian workers from theirs. But that's the kindest aspect of the bill. There are even worse provisions.

Why are they doing this? Writes Dalmia:

IBM now generates about a third of its revenues in India where it employs over 100,000 people. The visa restrictions are simply an effort to cripple their foreign competitors and capture their offshore market share, something that won't save a single American job…

Not only is this unfair but it sends the dispiriting message that America is not interested in abiding by the rules of free trade that it preaches to the rest of the world.

Read more here. 

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  1. I warned you, reason, that any immigration legislation produced by Congress would be an unpalatable mess that would only make the situation worse. But did you listen? No, you did not. In fact, I think you have me blocked by Reasonable.

    1. Nope, I can see you, right there…

        1. What the hell are you guys talking about?

    2. The bill is unsurprisingly stupid and evil. But Sarah Palin said it was bad, so I guess we have to pass it anyway.

    3. You think that’s why you’re blocked?

  2. Of course,we don’t enforce the immigration laws we have now (except against palefaced Europeans). But yessireebob by golly we’ll start to enforce this one as soon as it’s passed. Fully and completely. We surely will and that’s a fact. Believe us. The President must “take care that the laws be faithfully executed” and he will faithfully execute this one. Just like the immigration laws we have now and the employer mandate in the ACA. Really, honest, pinky promise.

    Why are you suspicious? What, are you xenophobic deniers of the rights of every human to come here and stay? So you think that the USA deserves to control its borders, just like every other county in the world. Why do you hate humanity?

  3. Nice.

    This is so reminiscent of the worldwide tit-for-tat protectionism a few years after the great depression. Is this how it starts this time around?

    1. All countries had immigration laws of some sort during the post WWII growth period and that didn’t seem to slow things down much. Why will it be a problem now?

      Soviet bloc, you will say? They were very interested in emigration control, not immigration control.

      1. But, dude, free beets?

      2. low base

  4. The fall of IBM has been fascinating. I’m old enough to remember when they revolutionized the PC market by entering it. Now they aren’t in it at all, and all the action is elsewhere.

  5. Americans should be concerned about the creeping Caste system in USA due to H1B/Immigrants from India.
    Caste system is worse than terrorism. It’s a slow poison that will destroy your middle class.

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