The notion that there is a shortage of American high-tech workers has been parroted as if it were an indisputable fact by members of congress Congress, academia, and the mainstream press. It has been the impetus behind the relentless campaign for amnesty legislation and a dramatic increase in the number of high-tech visas to allow Silicon Valley to import more foreign workers.
Except there is a problem with those claims. They are not true, and there is empirical evidence to prove it, says Michael Teitelbaum in a piece in, of all places, The Atlantic, a publication that is often cozy with the captains of the high-tech world. He writes that “such claims are now well established as conventional wisdom” and “there is almost no debate in the mainstream.”