In his April 13 letter, responding to a letter of April 4, Chris Joyce makes the case for Sen. Angus King’s support of the Immigration Innovation Act (S.153).

As a Texas Instruments employee, Joyce points out the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education in general and the importance of H-1B visas to fill the needs of many American corporations for highly qualified STEM aliens. However, unmentioned in this letter is the fact that often these aliens displace equally qualified Americans.

So, why employ foreigners to do what Americans can do? Money. The foreigners come more cheaply.

My son – a foreign national working in Mexico, with a doctorate and postdoctorate from American universities, published research based on computer science and a profile in the Economist magazine – was sought out by Google but no longer pursued when it became evident he didn’t need an H-1B visa. My deduction was that he would no longer be cheaper than an American.

It makes no sense to me that Sen. King would support S.153 when there is a far superior bill, S.2266.

This bill recognizes the need for STEM H-1B visa aliens but acknowledges that the conditions applying to granting such visas should be much clearer and restrictive with, as a result, far fewer granted. Aliens have no right to be imported to displace Americans, to benefit either corporations or a political party.

Sen. King should withdraw his co-sponsorship of S.153 and join Sen. Chuck Grassley, along with the five co-sponsors (four of whom are Democrats), in supporting S.2266.

Alice Darlington

South Casco

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