H-1B Foreign Worker Visas and 'Disreplacement': Are Guest Workers Supposed to Supplement- or Supplant- Domestic Workers?


Increasingly porous national borders, migrant waves and the ongoing easing of other migration/immigration, employment and social-benefit policy barriers in the E.U. and the U.S. are very worrying to those harboring apprehensions about a global or regional migrant-entry and employment "open border"-induced free-for-all.

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H-1B Foreign Worker Visas and 'Disreplacement': Are Guest Workers Supposed to Supplement- or Supplant- Domestic Workers?

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Increasingly porous national borders, migrant waves and ongoing easing of other migration/immigration, employment and social-benefit policy barriers in the E.U. and the U.S. are very worrying to those harboring apprehensions about a global or regional migrant-entry and employment "open border"-induced free-for-all. On the other hand, to many others, they are a sign of a long, wide relentless march toward "fairness", "justice", "equity", "compassion", "freedom" and "altruism". To still others, they are a sign of an ageless battle among competing self-interests.

Although not as dramatic, large-scale or as intensely covered as illegal entry and the emergency migrations into the EU, the issue of H-1B guest-worker visas and looming expansion of that program in the form of the "I-Squared" (Immigration-Innovation) bill, S.153-I-Squared Act (in addition to alleged secret terms of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership also recently approved by the Senate for "fast-tracking") occupies a prominent place among such concerns.

In response, the concepts and institutions of national identity, sovereignty, protections and boundaries are now being vociferously reaffirmed and defended, e.g., in the U.S., by presidential candidate Donald Trump and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions—Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest—and by various political and NGO factions throughout the E.U. Those "big picture", nationalist geopolitical issues aside, Sessions, Trump and a chorus of others are slamming the proposed I-Squared legislation as looming exacerbation of unemployment, employment injustices and failing economic policies.

About the author

Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa, writer for Recruiter.com, is a former editor and writer with China Daily News, Hong Kong edition and Editor-in-chief, Business Insight Japan Magazine, Tokyo; he has also been a columnist with one of Japan's national newspapers,The Daily Yomiuri, and a university lecturer (critical thinking and philosophy).
H-1B Foreign Worker Visas and 'Disreplacement': Are Guest Workers Supposed to Supplement- or Supplant- Domestic Workers?