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But having an incentive to lie is not equivalent to lying.

I claim the companies are lying. Using H1-Bs only makes the companies "competitive" insofar as having bigger profits (because they can pay lower wages) inherently makes them more competitive. I don't want this kind of competitiveness.

What makes you think the companies would not outsource jobs to countries with lower wages if you close the H1B program?

If they could, they'd be doing it already, unless you want to argue that companies make more money from using H1-Bs than from outsourcing.

And in general, I'm not convinced by "you shouldn't cut off this method of abuse because they can always switch to another one".

If they could, they'd be doing it already

They are doing it already. In the recent years, US software companies opened many development centers in India and other countries, sometimes directly outsourcing jobs previously done in the US. Without the H1B programs the process would only go faster.

This is a common pattern. When a new technology is developed the companies that originally produced it could pay their workers more and still remain highly profitable. But sooner or later, the competition in other countries catches up and the companies can no longer sustain the wage differential and be competitive at the same time. H1B may actually be delaying this by draining highly qualified specialists from other countries.
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