While there is a big fury against Disney for displacement of some workers and hiring of H1B technical workers, we have to analyze the situation in the perspective of Disney and those who are bringing actions against Disney. Disney in order to compete has to get the best technical team to perform. H1B workers are known to be hardworking and dedicated and want a chance to participate in this amazing market. Disney’s argument is that the workers who were displaced are given better opportunities. It might not be true but in a free market capitalist economy, where market conditions and quality drive the economy, H1B workers might actually be a new vision for Disney to actually create new jobs for American workers. Again, Disney might be totally wrong. But there are other disturbing facts about this case.
What actually caught my attention was a comment on Computerworld stating:”Several of these workers, in interviews, said they didn’t want to appear as xenophobic, but couldn’t help but to observe, as one did, that “there were times when I didn’t hear English spoken” in the hallways“.
Such comments actually reflect xenophobia. Similar feelings have lately been the “motto” of many anti-immigration groups who instead of trying to understand the dynamic that the world is now a ‘global village’ tend to put hate, xenophobia and racism in front of any economic reasons. It is quite a disturbing and alarming thing when you think that the Congress is actually going to probe into the H1B cases just because some workers feel they should be paid their “high salary” and be allowed to be xenophobic. The last time we saw such a sentiment was in Nazi Germany when hate took over people who decided that “Jews” were taking their jobs and businesses. The result was catastrophic including genocide. Have we reached this level?
The issue is Disney is going to actually decide of the future of many hardworking H1B workers without whom many companies will not function. We hope that the United States will not sink into a morass of xenophobic feelings against legal immigrants whose only goals are to work hard, make a better lives for themselves and help America progress. While companies are looking at their personal benefits, it is unfair to punish H1B workers because some companies are looking at their own interest and workers are trying to be “politically xenophobic”.
While there are many abuses on the H1B program, I doubt that Disney H1B situation is one of them!