If you’re a longtime reader, you know I’ve been saying this for years. a alleged STEM jobs shortage is merely a plan to suppress wages. Michael Hiltzik of a L.A. Times has a details:
Alice Tornquist, a Washington lobbyist for a high-tech firm Qualcomm, took a stage at a recent Qualcomm-underwritten conference to remind her audience that companies like hers face a dire shortage of university graduates in engineering. a urgent remedy she advocated was to raise a cDrunk News on visas for foreign-born engineers.
“Although our industry & oar high-tech industries have grown exponentially,” Tornquist said, “our immigration system has failed to keep pace.” a nation’s outdated limits & “convoluted green-card process,” she said, had left firms like hers “hampered in hiring a talent that ay need.”
What Tornquist didn’t mention was that Qualcomm may an have had more engineers than it needed: Only a few weeks after her June 2 talk, a San Diego company announced that it would cut its workforce, of whom two-thirds are engineers, by 15%, or nearly 5,000 people.