Thursday, November 30, 2006

Don't Believe in the H1B Immigration Problem? Read This!

American engineers vs. tech management -- the H-1B issue
By Dino Perrotti on Wed, 11/29/2006 - 7:43pm
Shortly after the H-1B cap was raised to 195,000 in 1999, over 100,000 American careers and lives were devastated.

Corporations were consistently hiring H-1B engineers to replace engineers who are U.S. citizens. The GAO report on the H-1B program revealed that it is rife with this type of abuse. The report also raised many homeland security issues.

Don't Believe in the Immigration H1B Problem? Read This!

The linked article is should be read by all Americans. It even has comments from people in the industry. This issue not only affects traditional engineers but Information Technology workers and many others.

The H1B program was started to add engineers and IT workers and others to america's labor pool when there was a shortage of workers in america to perform the jobs. When American's were available to perform the work of the H1B's the H1B's were to be sent home.

There are Americans available, qualified, and ready to do the work of the H1B's in America, but they have not been sent home. The H1B program was a temporary VISA for an alien to work in America for up to six years and never intended to be a path for American citizenship.

DOD Report to Detail Dangers of Foreign Software

A U.S. Department of Defense task force early next year plans to warn the Pentagon of a growing threat to national security from adversaries who could insert malicious code in software developed overseas.

The possibility that programmers might hide Trojan horses, trapdoors and other malware inside the code they write is hardly a new concern. But the DSB will say in its report that three forces — the greater complexity of systems, their increased connectivity and the globalization of the software industry — have combined to make the malware threat increasingly acute for the DOD.

“The problem is we have a strategy now for net-centric warfare — everything is connected. And if the adversary is inside your network, you are totally vulnerable,” said Lucky, who is an independent IT consultant and engineer.

“This is a major concern, but not just when it goes offshore,” Pescatore said. He called the focus on offshore developers “xenophobia” but said the software security concerns raised by the DOD should serve as a useful wake-up call for all organizations that buy software.

Ira Winkler, author of the book Spies Among Us (Wiley, 2005), a former analyst at the National Security Agency and a Computerworld columnist, said that the kinds of measures outlined by Lucky may be useful but that there is a much more obvious step.

“If there is one line of code written overseas, that’s one line too many,” Winkler said.

The DOD report is due out in January 2007, a few weeks from now.

What do you think will be the recommendations to secure the software that America uses? Do you think it will be a politically correct suggestion that everything is ok and for us not to worry or do you think they will be truthful and require much more development in the United States by Americans? American industry that drove tens of millions of American programming jobs offshore and also brought in thousands of H1B temporary immigrants is providing there only study, which will probably tell us offshoring is good for America and is safe.

Watch out for the DOD and the industry studies and review them. America's security is at risk.