The H-1B visa program is not designed for “the Best & Brightest”. It is designed to provide wage competition for US citizens in technical fields. If these occupations were in such high demand, we would have seen a strong increase in their wages. The wages have been flat to slight increase. Companies see the H-1B visa as a way to drive down wages and avoid the minimal retraining of existing technical workers. The requirements to pay the “prevailing” wage are completely ineffective.
Low-skill labor has seen dramatic wage decreases as their labor market has been flooded with new (legal & illegal) immigrant labor. We need to get firm control of our immigration to make the USA stronger (both taxpayers/citizens & corporations).