In response to the Jan. 10 Perspectives column by Charles Cooper, "":
The reason Silicon Valley needs H-1B workers is to remain the leading influence in the technology world. In general, I have found U.S. workers tend to be slow, uncooperative, lazy and extremely lacking in experience and ability. Having spent many years managing tech workers in Silicon Valley and across the world, I have to say, the U.S. worker is the least cooperative, least agile, and least willing to do what is necessary to get the job done, when compared to other nationals. This is reflected by your article--you feel Sak is owed a job based purely based on his nationality and not his experience, qualifications and abilities. This is the kind of stance that is commonly referred to politically as "Luddite." It is education, knowledge, experience, talents and willingness to work hard that is being exploited to ensure the Silicon Valley tech economy remains strong and competitive. If you are not interested in the graduates of IIT and other leading technical colleges around the world, I am sure there are other places in the world willing to take advantage of this talent pool.
Without nationals from many of these countries, Silicon Valley would not be what it is. See how many companies here are run by people of Indian, Russian, and Israeli Descent. Want to send them all home, too? And while you are addressing these issues, there are a huge numbers of Africans, whose use as slaves has come to and end--might they be taking valuable American jobs? I contend that your opinion is fundamentally racist. America is a "melting pot." Do you want to change the fundamental nature that has ensured its success?
You cannot blame or penalize the H-1Bs for the current failures of the tech economy. Instead, look at those Americans who chose to lie about corporate revenues. Maybe Sak should admit that he does not compete against exceptional talent. Not requiring H-1B sponsorship is seen as an advantage by most tech companies now. Maybe Sak just is not very good.
San Francisco, Calif.