An influential American lawmaker has launched a laws within the Home of Representatives to overtake the H-1B visa system to forestall the firing of home employees.
Launched on Thursday by Congressman Mo Brooks from Alabama, the American Jobs First Act seeks to discourage employers from hiring international H-1B employees if they’ve not too long ago, or plan to, furlough their US employees.
It additionally requires employers to pay their H-1B employees greater than the American employees to make sure international labour is simply used when completely obligatory.
The American Jobs First Act suspends the F-1 OPT program, which grants all international college students extendable work permits and exacerbates job market competitors amongst American graduates.
Additional it ends the variety visa lottery program, which fails to serve US pursuits by issuing 50,000 inexperienced playing cards to foreigners from all over the world no matter their qualifications.
American Jobs First Act will carry a lot wanted reform and oversight to the H-1B visa program to make sure that US employees are not deprived in their very own nation, Congressman Brooks stated.
To finish the attract of low-cost international labour, the invoice would require employers to pay any H-1B employees a minimal quantity of USD 110,000, he stated.
“And to cease American employee substitute, my invoice would require corporations in search of H-1B labour to not have fired any American employees for at the least two years with out simply trigger and decide to not firing any employees with out simply trigger for 2 years after,” Mr Brooks stated.
Commonsense H-1B reform measures like these, alongside ending the unfair Optionally available Sensible Coaching (OPT) and variety visa lottery applications, all serve to advertise American pursuits with regards to immigration, he stated.
Early this 12 months, the Tennessee Valley Authority callously intestine punched tech employees after they tried to switch Individuals with low-cost international H-1B employees, Brooks stated.
Due to President Trump, TVA board member heads rolled and TVA reversed course, he added.
However, adjustments within the legislation are obligatory to make sure American employees do not face substitute by low-cost international labour sooner or later, Brooks stated.
“Attributable to intense stress from massive enterprise, H-1B reform has been stalled for years, however Individuals are hurting, they usually can not wait any longer for aid. Firing American employees solely to rent low-cost international employees to switch them just isn’t solely unpatriotic, it is downright repulsive!” the lawmaker stated.
Chris Chmielenski, the deputy director of NumbersUSA, stated the American Jobs First Act makes various much-needed reforms to the H-1B program, together with setting a wage flooring of USD 110,000 for all H-1B employees in order that employers who say they’ll”t discover an American to take a job need to put their cash the place their mouths are.
“It ends the outrageous Optionally available Sensible Coaching program that truly provides employers a tax break for hiring international employees quite than Individuals,” he stated.
The laws additionally ends the visa lottery that palms out 50,000 inexperienced playing cards, with work permits, primarily based on a randomized laptop drawing, Chmielenski added.
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