Microsoft, Rubio, Sessions and the H-1B ground war

The following is a short excerpt from the full article, which can be found here:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2947092/outsourcing/microsoft-rubio-sessions-and-the-h-1b-ground-war.html

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Microsoft’s argument that the U.S. faces a shortage of people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills isn’t helped by the 7,800 layoffs it announced last week.

In fact, said Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate’s Immigration Subcommittee, Microsoft’s latest cuts show “there is a surplus — not a shortage of skilled, talented and qualified Americans seeking STEM employment.”

Sessions’ criticism of Microsoft — the company declined to comment on his remarks — was aimed at Senate supporters of the I-Squared H-1B bill as much as the company itself. I-Squared would increase the H-1B visa cap considerably.

Sen. Marco Rubio, (R-Fla.), now seeking the Republican nomination for president, is a primary sponsor of I-Squared. He is also from a state that includes Disney Parks and Resorts IT operations. Disney recently replaced IT workers by using IT services firms that are large users of the H-1B visa.

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