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By eweek  |  Posted 2003-04-14 Print this article Print

It would be interesting to know how many of Mr. Janjuas employees are H-1B. Did you ask him?
In N. Cal, there is 20 percent unemployment in tech. And yet H-1Bs, the laughably named "temporary" workers, remain.
How many bankrupt, tearful Americans will it take to get Washington to send these H-1Bs home? Michael Roberts
Lisa Vaas responds: Integnology Corp. has in fact employed workers on H-1B visas on a "necessity basis," done back when the market was at a point when hiring was difficult, Janjua said. His rationale, in his words: "If you look at the percentage of people in our company on H-1bs, its a small percentage. Theyre extremely capable, wonderful people making contributions. Theyre paying their taxes here. Half their income goes to taxes and the other half is spent here. That doesnt hurt our economy. But if you send money overseas, that hurts." Ms. Vaas: Thanks for your continuing and wonderfully cogent columns (eWEEK) on the sorry and horrendously growing global outsourcing travesty. Obviously I, like far too many others, have been sadly affected by this and look forward to a dismal future unless Im among the fortunate few who find some miracle. Please continue on with your noble work and God bless! James Woolley
Seattle, WA
Hello Lisa A useful and pertinent article "Perils of Going Offshore". Thanks. The problem is there are no real perils—only benefits—at least in the short term. The value proposition of going offshore is just too attractive. And actually the quality of the work has improved dramatically. The dangers are longer term. Five to 10 years from now at the rate things are moving the software industry will have been hollowed out with much of the expertise and intellectual capital located offshore. The Iraqi war has shown powerfully what a commanding lead the U.S. military has in large part because of the underlying software technologies behind the weapons of war. (Its also highlighted that the friends of 20 years ago can become the enemies of tomorrow—this time intellectual assets are being transferred offshore.) The commanding software lead may not exist in the future. Interestingly there is now a move in the UK for unions to become involved in this issue. I suspect for the first time a lot of IT workers in the United States are beginning to have at least a passing interest in joining a union. Like most IT workers Ive not been a great union supporter, but I guess tough situations change viewpoints. Sincerely
Michael Morris


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