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    Trump Signals Support for Stricter H-1B Standards

    28 Mar 2017
    Washington, D.C.

    An effort to weed out foreign workers under the H-1B visa program is getting support from President Donald Trump.

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told the Hindustan Times that Trump supports his H-1B reform plan, which is designed to keep U.S. corporations from replacing Americans workers with outsourced labor.

    Issa’s legislation, titled the ‘Protect and Grow American Jobs Act’ will raise the minimum salary required for foreign workers under the H-1B visa program from $60,000 to $100,000 a year.

    Issa called the current minimum salary under required by the H-1B program “absurdly” low, and signaled that his legislation was supported by Trump.

    “The president is supporting it,” Issa told the media.

    IT firms, mostly based out of India, would be hurt by the reform, as well as U.S. corporations who directly apply to hire low-wage foreign workers.

    “Indian companies are gaming the system,” Issa said.

    Additionally, the legislation will eliminate a provision within the current H-1B visa program which allows for businesses to apply for waivers for those without a master’s degree.

    Every year, some 85,000 foreigners apply for H-1B visas, something the Trump Administration has said they do not seek to change at least this fiscal year, as Breitbart Texas reported.

    Goldman Sachs estimated that nearly a million foreigners on H-1B visas are working within the American university systems, as Breitbart News reported.

    Another study, reported by Breitbart News, found that the H-1B visa program has depressed wages within the tech industry and has depreciated job availability for American workers in the computer science field.

    Critics of the H-1B visa program, like Director of Government Relations Rosemary Jenks, have told Breitbart Texas in the past that reforms like the one Issa is proposing must be coupled with more legislation to curtail abuse and lower the cap on incoming labor every year.

    Other critics, like Protect U.S. Workers President Sara Blackwell, have said the H-1B visa program suffers significant abuse and fraud, citing specific tech companies like IBM and Microsoft, who have used the foreign guest worker visa to find cheaper labor.

    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) claims the H-1B visa program remains one of the most discriminatory work programs in the U.S.

    Residents living in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka have “24 times the chance of being hired as an H-1B as the average resident of the world, excluding U.S. workers, who, of course, have zero chance of being hired in this program,” as expert David North found.
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    It needs to be phased out - period. A couple of years for these companies to hire Americans.

    Also, any company found to have falsified the applications need to be tried and convicted.

    I saw a program of a company whose job it was to 'advise' companies on how to 'comply' with the wording - if not the intent - of the rules.

    One was that the company had to show they had actually advertised for workers. The rule doesn't specify how, or where the advertising was to be placed. The 'consultants' suggested they could simply advertise in the 'Knitter's Monthly Newsletter' or some such ridiculous thing - but it would comply with letter of the law

    Until people, everyone, is made to pay a price for breaking the law, things are only going to get worse.

    Let's offer education for our own American young people. Teach them to do these jobs.

    Any company who has laid off Americans and/or demanded they train their foreign replacement should be fined so much it put the company under and the people responsible be fined personally and striped of their ill gotten gains.

    I'm tired of this - really am.
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    There is no shortage of Americans for these jobs. Americans cannot afford compete in regards to salaries. I worked at job where this happened. Cheap labor trumps American skills.
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