There will be no fix to H1B or EB visas

Mar 23, 2018 31 Comments

To understand the American immigration system today, we must understand the history of the system. Before the 1965 immigration act, the US had a quota system that gave set amount of immigration visas to each country. The quota was set with the idea that the Northwestern Europeans are racially superior than other Europeans, let alone people of color. This is the same idea as Nazi Germany’s ideology. Before 1965, Northwestern European countries like Germany got about 65000 visas per country per year, Italy and Poland got about 1500 each, while the whole Asian continent was barred from immigration.

In 1965 America tried to pretend it’s better than Nazi without taking in too many non-white immigrants. So the lawmakers invented the current system that more than 80% of immigration visas are family based. (By comparison, 2/3 of Canada’s immigration visas are given to skilled immigrants last year.) They thought with the racial make up of 1965, this setup would ensure most of the new immigrants are white. “Unfortunately” as we know today, this approach backfires by bringing much more Latinos than whites because Europeans are less interested in immigration and they are not having extended families now.

Another thing is the 7% national quota. This still works pretty well for the racists: undesired group, like Mexican will need to wait more than 20 years for family visas and Indians need to wait more than 50 years to get an EB visas. And they can still claim that there is no racial discrimination because every country, no matter if it’s Luxembourg or China, gets the same number of visas.

The third thing is the diversity visa lottery, it was first designed for illegal Irish immigrants in 1980s. After giving green cards to most of the white illegal immigrants, they modify this program according to the 7% quota system. By claiming this visa is for diversity, it can exclude Chinese, Indians and Mexicans from this type of visa. As we all know today, this backfires too because African has a lot of small countries as well. It became the most important source of black immigrants.

What Trump want to do is to make America white again. To achieve this goal, there are three things he could do: cut family based visa, cancel the diversity visa program, and decrease the number of refugees and asylees. That’s exactly what he is trying to do right now. The H1B/EB visa system is the only thing that work well for him: Chinese and Indians are blocked by the 7% quota; other undesirables like blacks and Latinos don’t produce many engineers; whites from Europe and Canada can still get green cards easily during their OPT. There is no reason for him to alter this system.

Another reason why he won’t increase H1B is he want to punish California and all the tech companies for our overwhelming support towards Clinton. The taxation and the net neutrality things are examples of his punishment. There is no way he will do something for the tech sector.

Sometimes I feel sad when I see some Indian or Chinese people believing Trump wants to make America great again and setup a merit based immigration system. If you know the plot is to make America white again and you know how he retaliated against the whole tech sector, you will know that Trump will keep H1B/EB system as is if not making it worse.


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TOP 31 Comments
  • Facebook day9
    Word ! When you realize that a lot of American History is filled with racism, a lot of current policies make sense.
    Mar 23, 2018 1
    • Amazon 123raj
      And yet when i tell ppl to move back and make their own countries better they get their panties in a knot
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Microsoft Trump ❤️
    Trump ❤️
    Mar 23, 2018 0
  • Microsoft UMbR31
    Man that's a lot of analysis. I fully agree that H1B and EB will only get worse/harder.

    I think I don't agree with your point of 'punishing' tech tho. I think it's the tech industry (owners) that actively work to keep H1B and EB the way it is, to have a steady supply of immobile hard working individuals. Free mobility increases the amount you have to pay, and the single biggest expense for any software company is 'people'.
    Mar 23, 2018 1
    • Amazon wvJE27
      I partially agree. The tech industry wants to increase H1B cap but keep current EB2 number. Their ultimate goal is to put everyone in backlog. But trump does not care about them. He made H1B harder, not easier.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Tldr:. "as an Indian me my wife my cousin and my neighbor are ENTITLED to a green card.. And if we don't get it then umm racism.. Also fuck Americans who are unemployed or fired because of outsourcing"
    Mar 23, 2018 1
    • New fubarr
      This article states the facts about biased immigration policies of The US. It's your right to get butthurt to see Indians getting butthurt about this issue.

      You were just lucky to be born here as a citizen or immigrated in a few years (probably) How are we law abiding Indian people/workers different than our Uruguayan or Turkish H1B colleagues who got their green cards in <2 years. H1B is misused and should be fixed. I'm not an IT engineer or a CS guy so don't know much about the abuse but in my industry of wireless hardware they're aren't many "Americans" to begin with, not many getting laid off and replaced by "cheap drones from India". Stop stereotyping all Indians as visa abusers or unskilled. Visit a grad school of any engineering school and then you'll know it's all Indians and Chinese. Your people don't wanna study and bitch a lot.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Oracle 1122eerr
    I'm floored by the level of objectivity.
    Mar 23, 2018 0
  • Amazon tjg5ht
    I think we should have quotas for each country based on a system that evaluates the civil/social development in the country:

    - average level of education
    - number of people in poverty
    - crime rate
    - amount of corruption
    - whether it's a democracy
    - whether it's a US ally

    The more points a country scores the more immigration we should have from that country.

    I believe that people from countries with high rates of crime or corruption have less respect for civil society, do less to benefit their neighbors, less likely to contribute to charity, more likely to try and game the system for their own benefit.

    Of course you want to evaluate the applicants as well, but it's most likely that will be checking that they have a degree and a job offer. It's harder to assess whether an individual is s good citizen. By taking more people from cultures that have developed a strong civil society it should help with that.

    I'm concerned that people from some countries really just look out for themselves, don't contribute anything to society. I look at the countries they come from and they are a tragedy of the commons: people hustling to get ahead at the expense of the community.

    Strong civil values made America strong and you can find countries of any color/race that have strong values and that have shitty values.

    For example, I think Japanese have a really strong commitment to building a good society and we should take as many from Japan as well can get. Whereas in some other Asian countries there is too much bribery and corruption.
    Mar 23, 2018 6
    • Amazon wvJE27
      I have a question for this kind of collectivism arguments: is ethnic group or birthplace a more accurate indicator? Are black people in Chicago closer to the white people in Chicago or black people in Detroit, in terms of level of education, crime rate, etc.? Do you think with your reasoning, it makes more sense to profile people based on race/ethnicity rather than birthplace?
      Mar 23, 2018
    • Microsoft / Eng

      Microsoft Eng

      Hate coding quizzes but studying hard for better future!
      This is going backwards of history and will exacerbate racism. By this policy, it will exclude the people from poor countries like Africa, India and Pakistan. Economy has strong correlation with corruption and everything you listed. This is elitism which will contribute to the mindset of how people will treat each other and can lead to discrimination.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Oracle 1122eerr
    Sounds like you're just pissed because you got a mountain of RFEs and/or your visa was denied.

    And now you're just lashing out.
    America is racist!
    Trump's the devil!
    Mar 23, 2018 1
    • Apple trello
      No OP is not. Just read his analysis again.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • This is the most accurate description of the history of American immigration.
    Unfortunately while all this is true from national perspective, from Silicon Valley we see the power of immigration. We need to create another country where anyone can move to without racial quotas in order to replicate this. Have a strong Silicon Valley type culture and encourage people to pursue their dreams
    Mar 23, 2018 1
    • Apple / Eng

      Apple Eng

      I ain’t got no worries.
      Mars, duh!
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Cruise Automation / Eng Coolbeanss
    I agree, the PR wait will never be fixed. Moving to Canada before everything else blocks that queue as well
    Mar 23, 2018 2
    • That intake is actually increasing every year. Problem is a lot of folks go there but there are no big tech companies and many end up doing crappy jobs. We need some enterprising talent to have a mega Corp started like G or FB to kick things to high gear
      Mar 23, 2018
    • Salesforce


      Big companies will show up once they see a pool of talents.
      Mar 23, 2018
  • Microsoft / Eng AmIEval
    This is what my US history professor taught us, too. What the OP describes is factual and known. A few decades ago people, including US presidents, were a lot less shy about stating their overt racism, so you can find direct quotations from them.
    Mar 23, 2018 0


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