Do American programmers have the right to work in America?
Update: Someone commented...
US Constitution does not garantee employment opportunity for any specific type of job.And of course this comment is correct. So I clarified the title of this entry. See the parenthesis.
This comment really misses the point of the referenced article. The visas are intended to bring in temporary skills from outside the US where those skills are in short supply.
If US citizens are unable to even *apply* for the more than 50,000 open positions, how can anyone tell that these positions cannot be filled by Americans? That is the point... the powers that be are circumventing the purpose of the visas (i.e. fill a temporary labor shortage) in order to gain an advantage over American workers (i.e. bring in more labor and lower the demand for salaries) that is unintended by the visa laws.
Is that more clearly stated? This is not about a right to work. It is about a law and the circumvention of that law for anti-competitive purposes at a time when many Americans are losing careers and only replacing them with lower paying jobs. That may well be a trend of the emerging global economy, but that does not excuse the practices by the US department of anti-labor in these 50,000 plus positions. There is no right to work, but neither is there a right to exclude Americans from applying for jobs in America, for crying out loud. Get real.