Regulations proposed by President Trump last June to reform H-1B visas that allow U.S. companies to hire foreign labor at lower wages than they would pay an American are moving forward smoothly, Breitbart reported.
A senior official who spoke with Breitbart said the regulatory process is moving forward quickly without encountering any obstacles and that all the goals President Trump announced last June still stand.
H-B1 visas allow major U.S. companies to employ foreigners (outsourcing) at lower wages and under less challenging conditions including in terms of potential employee litigation, vacation requests, union demands, and workplace environment complaints.
The regulations proposed by the president aim to reduce the categories of jobs where companies can use foreign labor, creating jobs for Americans in these specialties and increasing the average wages of those jobs.
Initially the program was used by technology companies to hire and train people for low-complexity, routine software jobs. But then the program spread to coastal jobs in science, health, management, accounting, recruiting, marketing, and other white-collar work.
The current population of foreign workers with the H-B1 visa program is 600,000, with about 100,000 entering annually.
On June 22, President Trump signed an executive order to suspend the entry of immigrants who might take a job from a U.S. resident because of job losses caused from the pandemic. Following this executive order, discussions began to reform the current conditions of the H-B1 visa program.
Another major source of outsourcing is universities that can sign the necessary enrollment documents for foreigners to obtain work permits through the government’s Curriculum Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs. Between these two programs, CPT and OPT, there are about 400,000 jobs currently held by foreign labor. These programs were also dramatically reduced during the Trump presidency.
Trump said in March 2016, “I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.”
The measure has been welcomed by several union and The American Workers’ Coalition (AmWorkCo) posted it on its website: “AmWorkCo is thrilled that the DHS H-1B reform will hopefully include a tighter definition for a specialty occupation and a significantly tighter definition for what constitutes an ’employer’ so that the shadow employment practices [H-1b gig-workers] can be curtailed and American citizens can once again get high-paying professions.”
“It’s a good thing that Trump wants to have this regulation out and implemented before the election,” said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers.