The Other War

While migrant workers from Mexico tend to draw the lion’s share of press attention, there’s a war being waged over how many highly skilled foreign nationals should be granted U.S. visas. The latest round pits the IEEE and SIA against legions of domestic high-tech workers, organized by The Programmers Guild.

Here’s the IEEE/SIA letter to Congress in support of a plan to grant H1-B visas to anyone with a bachelor’s and a job offer.

Here’s The Programmers Guild’s response.

This piece in the Oct. 15 issue of Business Week sums the two sides’s arguments, as well as some of the other issues.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

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