GOP candidate Vivek Ganapathy Ramaswamy has vowed to end the H1-B visa program if he wins the election. Ironically the Indian-Origin presidential hopeful himself has used the H1-B program 29 times. He has used the program to hire high-skilled foreign workers for his pharma. According to Politico, Ramaswamy had 29 applications approved for his former company Roivant Sciences, between 2018 and 2023. Speaking to the publication, Ramaswami said that the H1-B system is bad for everyone that is involved. He said that the lottery system needs to be replaced with actual meritocratic admission. He further dubbed H-1B visa as a form of indentured servitude that only accrues benefit of the sponsoring company. Ramaswamy said, ‘I will gut it.’
Ramaswamy wants to end the H-1B visa program he used 29 times https://t.co/SeJJ5h3o1F
— POLITICO (@politico) September 16, 2023
Vivek Ramaswami was born in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA), to Tamil-speaking Brahmin immigrant parents from Palakkad (Kerala) India. His father worked as an engineer and a patent attorney for General Electric. His mother worked as a geriatric psychiatrist. Ramaswamy is a Haravard grad with a degree in Biology. It’s quite the irony that someone who benefited from the exact system voluntarily now wants to gut it when it doesn’t serve his agenda.
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In FY 2023, 474,301 H-1B visas from Indian applicants were received. The US Congress has capped the most coveted visa at 65,000. In FY22, America accepted over 76% of the applications. With Ramaswamy in charge, the ax would fall upon major Indian MNCs who send their skilled talent for onsite work.
Here’s how the internet is reacting to Ramaswamy’s statement.
— Anthony Sarver (@carolinawdwrker) September 16, 2023
The problem with Ramaswamy’s position is that “meritocracy” is a myth. It has a very limited perception of value. If a couple immigrates to the US, becomes citizens, and uses chain-based immigration to bring an ‘unskilled’ parent, he sees that as a mistake.
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