H-1B Visa: New Legislation On Hiring
In the House of Representatives, American lawmakers introduced legislation to stop companies from hiring foreign H-1B workers if they have recently or plan to furlough their American workers and require employers to pay their H-1B workers more than their American workers.
Introduced by Republican Congressmen Mo Brooks, Matt Gaetz, and Lance Gooden, the American Jobs First Act proposes to overhaul the H-1B visa program by making necessary changes in the Immigration and Nationality Act.
The H-1B visa program is supposed to give employers a route to recruit the high-skilled talent they need if, and only if, they cannot find a qualified American worker. Due to abuses, the H-1B visa program has become a cheap foreign labor pipeline that major companies abuse to increase profits at American workers' expense. Disney, Verizon, AT&T, and Bank of America are but a few players caught in the game of U.S. worker replacement.
What is the American Jobs First Act
- Stops employers from hiring foreign H-1B workers if they have recently, or plan to, furlough their U.S. workers
- Suspends the F-1 OPT program, which grants all international students extendable work permits and exacerbates job market competition among American graduates.
- Requires employers to pay their H-1B workers more than their American workers to ensure foreign labor is only used when necessary
- Ends the unfair diversity visa lottery program