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Brain drain takes toll on Valley

Region's high-tech talent returning in droves to India, China

by Kelsey Mesher

Smart, talented immigrants have shaped the entrepreneurial spirit and vitality of Silicon Valley for decades. But lately, with economies growing in China, India and elsewhere while the local tech scene remains stagnant, skilled immigrants are returning to their home countries in search of better opportunities.

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Posted by Jp
a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Its about time they are starting to leave!

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Posted by Duh
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

That and the fact that legal immigrants have to wait over 6 years to get their green cards. Stuck in archaic laws which prohibit career advancement whereas anyone from a failed state can manufacture a story on religious persecution and get in and start drawing on the benefits that our government has on tap for such people. Capitalism going wrong - the only to maintain an edge is to get the best and brightest because these people create jobs for everyone else. Our elected officials are only good at rhetoric and preserving their own seat - they could care less about the business' access to retaining talent by creating over-burdening immigration laws just in case the tax-laws were not enough. How can a business succeed when the cost of doing business is so high here and access to talent is becoming more and more difficult while our government keeps expanding programs for people who are not producing and taxing those hard-working folks who are.

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Posted by Michael
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

It takes a certain courage to pull up roots and travel far to live & work in a strange place. It is similar to starting a company. It happened before with Research Triangle and Austin. The hope is that the flow never stops. It is better to have a might river than a cesspool.

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Posted by Jeffrey Rodriguez
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Mar 6, 2010 at 10:27 pm

It is also a choice of what opportunities there are for our families, and the quality of life for us. Back home we still have relatives, a network of friends, and a warranty that our family will grow up on a familiar environment. Going back home is just natural. This country is not welcoming foreigners, we are still aliens after so many years living in this country despite the fact we speak the language, we pay taxes, participate in this society, and our kids are part of the American society. Furthermore, schools, medical care for our family and our parents is more affordable back home,and we have more to contribute and impact in our native countries, there are more opportunities to grow, etc. It is logical that given better conditions back home we would go back. We appreciate this country because it gave us many opportunities to grow and we in return gave a lot to this country.It is time to evaluate the current situation and take the right decisions to either stay on Silicon Valley or go back home. I am glad that I have those choices.

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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2010 at 9:06 am

In the most cases H-1b workers not the best or the brightest - but the cheapest.

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