If innovation truly is our objective, wouldn’t it be better to invite those who are innovating in their own country?

Wouldn’t that make more sense than importing a tidal wave of workers who are not known for innovation who overwhelm our system and force qualified Americans out via age discrimination, caste, and nepotism?

Another concern with the current system is that the incentives it has created work against the goal of encouraging innovation. Because outsourcing firms are pouring tens of thousands of applications into the total “pot,” highly innovative US-based companies face lower odds of obtaining an H-1B for a specific employee. Under the system, a world-class expert in a niche field is treated exactly like a newly graduated junior employee, which makes it much harder for companies to bring in those experts who could do the most transformative work, especially when outsourcing firms are putting in thousands of applications annually.