H-1B holders are paid more than Americans !

The H-1B visa program has often received flak for fall in American salaries. In fact, anti-H-1B visa activists have often complained that the programme depresses American IT workers' salaries and robs them of jobs.

However, a recent research from the University of Maryland claims that foreign IT professionals on H-1B visas earn more than their American counterparts.

The research which examined the IT salaries using data from online salary surveys conducted from 2000 to 2005, found that foreign IT professionals earned 8.9% more than American citizens.

According to the surprising report in ComputerWorld, Hank Lucas, professor of information systems at the University of Maryland's Robert H Smith School of Business, and assistant professor Sunil Mithas found that those on temporary visas, such as the H-1B and L-1, were paid 6.8 per cent more than those with US citizenship, and green card holders took home 12.9 per cent more than their American-born counterparts.

After adjusting for educational qualifications, work experience, and other individual characteristics, Lucas and Mithas found that IT professionals without US citizenship earned 8.9 per cent more than American citizens, says the news report.


Iranian diplomat denied US visa- Tehran protests

Iran has lodged a formal protest against Washington for deliberately preventing a senior Iranian diplomat from attending a key nuclear conference in New York.
Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh missed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference, which kicked off on May 3, after officials in Washington refused to issue him a US entry visa.
In a letter addressed to the UN Committee on Relations with the Host Country, Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei said US officials "took advantage of their position as hosts of the world body when they decided to deny Akhoundzadeh an entry visa."
"By denying Akhoundzadeh a visa to the United States, Washington officials kept a high-ranking Iranian diplomat from participating in a major conference on the review of the 40-year-old NPT," he added in his Friday letter.
Khazaei said Akhoundzadeh's presence in the meeting was crucial, primarily because of "his role as supervisor of Iran's relations with the UN and secondly because of the meeting's sharp focus on Tehran's nuclear issue."
He further added that Washington had defied its statutory obligation to issue visas for envoys of all UN member states, seeking to press forward its political agenda and apply pressure on certain countries.



Illegal immigration in the US and the Arizona immigration law

An Arizona immigration law that requires police in the US state that borders Mexico to determine whether people are in the country illegally if there is "reasonable suspicion," has stirred a national debate and pushed the issue to the forefront of US politics.

Some very interesting facts about illegal immigrants in the United States, along with some of the policy initiatives by federal and state governments to address immigration:

* There were an estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants living in the United States on January 1, 2009.

* Most were from Latin America, with some 6.7 million from Mexico and 1.33 million from Central American nations El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

* Arizona had a total population of 6.6 million in 2009, including an estimated 460,000 undocumented immigrants.

* The state is the principal corridor for illegal immigrants entering the United States from Mexico. The US Border Patrol's Tucson sector has made an average of 650 arrests a day so far this year. Phoenix police reported 357 extortion-related abductions in 2007 targeting people with ties to Mexican smuggling rings.

* President Barack Obama backs a comprehensive overhaul of federal immigration laws. Any reform is seen as unlikely to pass Congress this year and Obama has said lawmakers may not have the appetite to tackle it before the November congressional elections. Some Democrats fear delay could cause a backlash among Latino voters.

* Obama supports a system that allows illegal immigrants who have otherwise obeyed U.S. law to pay a fine, learn English and become citizens; as well as tightening border security and clamping down on employers that hire undocumented workers.

* The last attempt to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, by Obama's predecessor, President George W. Bush, in 2007, was torpedoed by Bush's fellow Republicans in Congress.

* Arizona's law is the toughest, but by no means the only immigration-related measure passed by U.S. states, which traditionally leave border security to the federal government.

* It requires state and local police officers to arrest those unable to provide documentation proving they are in the country legally. It also makes it a crime to transport someone who is an illegal immigrant and to hire day laborers off the street.

* In just the first three months of 2010, more than 1,180 bills and resolutions relating to immigrants and refugees were introduced in state legislatures across the country. Of those bills, 71 laws were enacted and 87 resolutions adopted in 25 states.