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Life is good for NASA's "Mohawk Guy." He became world famous after helping NASA's huge Curiosity rover make a dramatic landing on Mars, and now he'll sit with first lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday's State of the Union address.
The Iranian-American Mohawk Guy -- whose name is Bobak Ferdowsi -- will sit in the first lady's box to highlight President Barack Obama's call for more visas for skilled immigrants in the fields of math, science and engineering, Southern California Public Radio reported Monday (Feb. 11).
No offense intended to Bobak or anyone who has come to the US to work. But for fuck's sake, I'm pretty sure there are people in this country who know how to do math, science, and engineering!! (Sorry, I don't have link to support that statement, but I've heard there are individuals with those skills here.) Well, sorry, no jobs for them. The guest worker visa program is making sure of that, as the exiled Dan Rather explains (h/t Economic Populist):
Most people --- including guest workers -- might assume that if a U.S. company decides to sponsor a person to come here on work visa, they must have tried to hire an American first. But that's not the necessarily the case. According to U.S. Department of Labor, a guest worker visa known as H-1B for "specialty occupations" especially tech workers -- may be issued "even when a qualified U.S. worker wants the job." In fact, the bulletin notes, "A U.S. worker can be displaced from the job in favor of the foreign worker."
Thank you, First Lady. You've just secured your nomination for Worst First Lady Ever.
(photo credit: NASA)