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As I’ve mentioned previously, computer scientist Norman Matloff is a great source of information and analysis on immigration issues – and especially on the visa system that lets businesses replace high paid domestic tech workers with low-paid foreigners. Late last week, the University of California-Davis professor once again showed his chops. Thanks to him, I learned about a stunning instance of poetic justice for a leading national center of Open Borders policies and enthusiasm.

Surely everyone knows by now that, as a municipality, San Francisco is proud to be one of America’s most ardent cheerleaders and enablers of dangerously permissive immigration policies. Its sanctuary city status directly resulted in the murder of a young woman by an illegal immigrant criminal that it released from custody rather than comply with an extradition request from the federal government. And of course the entire Bay Area’s zeitgeist is strongly influenced by the Silicon Valley tech companies whose profits depend heavily on continually driving down labor costs by hiring relatively young and extremely cheap immigrant programmers and the like and getting rid of older, more expensive native-born employees.

In addition, these descriptions also apply to the entire state of California – which has been charged with moving ever closer to become a full-fledged sanctuary jurisdiction.

So although it’s always unfortunate when someone loses a job, some smirking is surely understandable in response to the news – summarized in this September 8 post by Matloff – that the University of California’s San Francisco branch is pink-slipping 80 of its tech workers and some of the vacant positions will be filled with H1Bs supplied by an Indian outsourcing company. Worse, at least some of the cashiered employees at this public university believe they will need to train their imported replacements – as with a widely publicized case involving the Disney Corporation two years ago.

As made clear in this comprehensive account, the university’s decision could well spread throughout its numerous branches and potentially affect thousands of tech workers. And as Matloff explains, these government tech workers

are highly sophisticated, aggressive people who know how to pull strings. It becomes especially important in light of UC’s generous defined-benefit pension plan. If someone has worked, say 10 years, at UCSF and had planned to work 25, they are having enormous future pension sums snatched away from them. So it’s real money” they’ll be losing.

A final point worth considering. According to the executive in charge of information technology services at the University of California-San Francisco:

the campus is facing ‘difficult circumstances’ because of declining reimbursement and the impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act, which has increased the volume of patients but limits reimbursement to around 55 cents on the dollar….”

California, of course, is a major Democratic Party stronghold, in part because its (immigrant happy) public employee unions are so enormous and so powerful. I wonder how many more state university workers will be replaced by immigrants – and how long it will take the broader state government to adopt these practices – before the Golden State’s politics begin to change.

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