The debate over H-1Bs is both important and emotional. Given that it involves our jobs, that's no surprise. However, it's also an issue infused with myths and posturing, which is why we decided to produce this special report. We want to debunk the myths and set out the facts, describe the realities of the program as they are, not as someone wants them to be. Put together in large part by Associate Editor Dawn Kawamoto, The Facts Behind H-1Bs presents how the program works, how it plays out across the tech workforce, and how it influences our economy. We've included voices on all sides of the issue, from corporations and professional groups to an H-1B who shares his experiences, good and bad, as a professional pursuing opportunities far from home. Today, we begin with an in-depth look at the H-1B program's background, proposals for reform and an outline of current guest worker programs. Come back Thursday, Friday and Monday, when we'll share opinions from people directly involved in the debate. The Special Report:
- How 800,000 H-1B Workers Came to the U.S.
- The Picture in Washington
- Current Laws and Policies
- Programmers Guild: The American Worker Needs Protection
- Industry Group: More STEM Grads, But H-1B Reform, Too
- The Corporate Perspective: Intel’s Approach to H-1Bs
- The Opponent: H-1Bs Pressure U.S. Wages
- The Economist: H-1Bs Are Important to the Economy
- A Guest Worker’s Perspective on H-1Bs
Once you've read the report, we hope you'll join in the debate that's bound to begin in the blog's comment threads and Tech Talk. The only thing we ask is that you respect our community guidelines and Terms of Service. Those boil down to the notion of being courteous as you express your opinions, even when you don't agree with what others are saying. You can see the guidelines here, and an explanation about how we administer them here. Thanks for reading, and we're looking forward to the discussion.