To the editor:
I read your recent article, Green-card red tape sends valuable engineers packing, about foreign engineers heading back home because they are waiting too long to get a green card.
In the article, attorney Russel Swapp said, "There are simply not enough Americans with the education level in tech necessary to meet employer demand."
I am an EE with a BS in electrical engineering and an MA in computer science and I am having plenty of trouble finding work. And I live in Boston! I know first-hand a dozen engineers with advanced degrees from universities such as MIT who cannot find work, and they are American born.
Everyone knows there is still s surplus of good engineering talent in America, except apparently EE Times. I cannot believe you folks just accept an immigration attorney's opinion. He benefits from helping people get green cards, so of course he will state that there is a shortage, when in fact there is still a surplus!
In the 1990s, companies complained there was a shortage, when in fact there was none [then, either]. The job market got flooded with foreigners, and then, come 2002, many many engineers were out of work. So where was the shortage then? Can you explain that? I doubt it. And that surplus of engineers has lasted for years and is still here today.
EE Times should be ashamed of itself for being so one-sided in its assesment of the engineering job market. Come to Boston and I can introduce you to some unemployed engineers.
If companies don't want a brain drain, I have a simple solution: Hire us unemployed, American-born engineers. We definitly will stay here in America, for America is, always has been, and always will be our home.
Name withheld by request