The new Canon USA headquarters building that is being built...

The new Canon USA headquarters building that is being built on the south side of the Long Island Expressway, just east of Route 110. (Feb. 1, 2012) Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan

It’s all well and good that Canon Inc. is considering a research facility for genetic testing [“New focus on R&D,” News, June 5]. However, the article refers to Canon’s employee count of 1,570. The assumption is that these are all permanent Long Island employees, but I wonder how many in fact are H1B visa holders.

The H1B visa was intended to fill technical positions in the United States when there are no qualified U.S. citizens. Citizen employees who already have these jobs are being replaced by lower-wage staff from overseas. In many cases, U.S. employees are training these H1B visa holders to perform their jobs and are then terminated!

I don’t say that’s the case with Canon, but Newsday should revisit that employee count.

Richard Weiss

East Moriches

Editor’s note: The writer is a former Canon employee whose job was eliminated in 2004.