Lax immigration policies a disservice to America’s STEM professionals

The DHS program, which now covers hundreds of thousands of these foreign workers, has created a giant low-wage supply of guestworkers for the IT sector.

Lax immigration policies a disservice to America’s STEM professionals

OPT gives companies another large incentive to discriminate in favor of foreign workers. When Congress created the student visa in the 1950s they never allowed or intended foreign students to stay past their graduation and work. Those who could show hardship, however, were allowed to find limited on-campus work and, understandably, they were carved out from having to pay payroll taxes. Now, however, with hundreds of thousands of “students” working in the IT sector many years after they’ve graduated, this payroll-exemption bizarrely still stands. As a result, companies get a giant 7 percent discount for every OPT worker they hire, amounting to around a billion dollars in savings annually.

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