Feds won’t STEM flood of foreign tech workers


by Kenric Ward

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To hear Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg tell it, there aren’t enough skilled U.S. workers to meet the demands of America’s high-tech sector. Despite data showing few such labor shortages, Washington has opened the floodgates for foreign job seekers, radically expanding programs to import hundreds of thousands of science, technology, engineering and math — or STEM — workers.

The influx of tech migrants — 690,000 by 2012 — is leaving more U.S. workers by the wayside.

“I quit my job when I saw the writing on the wall,” said John Miano, a computer programmer turned lawyer. Since exiting the tech field, Miano said prospects for homegrown STEM workers are “getting worse because companies are finding more ways to bring people in from overseas.”

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