After showering him with money and votes, Silicon Valley gets the shaft- Obama rejects their plea for more visas for scientists in favor of continuing a program to admit 50,000 uneducated welfare recipients and looters. Obama is acting deliberately – the liberals of Silicon Valley are just too stupid to see his plan.
STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. The purpose of the bill is to increase the number of visas available by up to 55,000 for immigrants with advanced degrees in those fields.
[Yesterday Obama announced that he would not support it]
The reason: In exchange for making thousands of new visas available to STEM workers, the STEM Act abolishes another visa program, called the “Diversity Visa” program, which distributes 50,000 visas through a lottery to a pool of nearly 15 million applicants with high school degrees.
The Diversity Visa program drives some people completely bonkers.
Yale law school professor Peter Schuck, who describes himself as “militantly moderate,” is one such person.
In a 2011 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, he called for a swap similar to the one proposed in the STEM Act.
First Schuck mocks the program for its lottery process, which, in 2011, resulted in 50,000 people being told they got visas when in fact they had not.
Then he hits a bigger point, arguing that the Diversity Visa program “imposes a cost — an opportunity cost.”
“The fact that some of the 50,000 lottery winners will turn out to be desirable immigrants is an accident, not a policy.”
“The solution is straightforward: Abolish the program and use those 50,000 visas (or more) to promote carefully defined national interests, particularly in more high-skilled immigrants who, many studies show, produce jobs, innovation and new businesses.”