SAN JOSE, Calif. If President-elect Barack Obama appoints Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security, the move would have significant implications on the incoming administration's policy on H-1B visas, according to a report.
The Computerworld article details Napolitano's long backing for expanding the H-1B visa program and the threads of such a policy already in Obama's team. Napolitano has been reported as a leading candidate for the post.
During the campaign, Obama said employers should be called to task for off-shoring jobs. How he balances the powerful concerns on both sides of this issue remains to be seen.
The tech world has long been divided about H-1B visa program and immigration in the tech field in general, long an emotionally charged issue. All sides agree the system has been abused in cases such as one that cropped up in May when a consulting firm was caught advertising jobs for H-1B holders.
Business leaders such as Bill Gates have called for opening the doors to technologists from overseas to fill the gap in skills lacking in the U.S. But others representing rank and file engineers and programmers have said the efforts actually take jobs from local workers.