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house Bill H.R. 170

Should the H-1B Visa Program be Reformed?

Argument in favor

The H-1B visa program is in need of an update to ensure that it’s not abused to the detriment of American workers. This bipartisan bill would cut down on exemptions to H-1B requirements, opening more opportunities for American workers.

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01/24/2017
One of the reasons why tech workers from other countries are hired to fill jobs that US citizens can fill is low wage caps like these. The government encourages companies to hire foreign workers because their wages must be kept 1/3 to 1/2 less than standard markets wages. The caps must be comparable to the typical pay scale for these jobs (between $80K and $130K).
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Lynne's Opinion
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04/08/2018
It is a myth that there are not enough American workers. H-1b workers are taking jobs that should be used to hire all the unemployed college graduates. Young adults that have graduated with degrees in computer science can not find work. These kids are desperate for work, want to work, studied for years but there are no jobs available for them. I T jobs are bloated with H-1b immigrants. I hate Trump but Americans should be hired first. Stop the H-1b visa program. This generation has been robbed of jobs they hoped and worked for. Allow these “immigrants to bring value to their own country.
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Jennifer's Opinion
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11/15/2017
The H-1B visa program is in need of an update to ensure that it’s not abused to the detriment of American workers. This bipartisan bill would cut down on exemptions to H-1B requirements, opening more opportunities for American workers.
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Argument opposed

The H-1B visa program shouldn’t be changed to increase the salary threshold and eliminate the masters degree exemption, that would cut off businesses’ access to many qualified H-1B visa applicants.

Lisa's Opinion
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01/23/2017
I don't think the sponsors of this bill have thought through the economic consequences of imposing a $100,000 prevailing wage requirement for H-1B workers. They would effectively be raising the minimum wage for H-1B positions for all workers (US and non-citizens) to $100,000 per year because state employment laws require that those who are working in the same position be treated the same. So, if the H-1B worker is required to be paid $100,000 per year, everyone in the same position will need to earn a minimum of $100,000 per year to comply with state employment laws. So basically, the sponsors of this bill want to raise the minimum wage for graduates with bachelor's degrees to $100,000 per year. That's a minimum wage of $48.07 per hour.
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Marcia's Opinion
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11/13/2017
I’m against anything Darrel Issa supports! Vote no!
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NikkiSez's Opinion
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02/04/2017
This does nothing to help US workers. It's a diversion to make you think Chavetz
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 170?

This bill — known as the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act — would reform the H-1B visa program for high-skilled non-immigrants. It would revise the definition of “exempt H-1B nonimmigrant” to eliminate the masters or higher degree exemption, and to raise the annual salary threshold from $60,000 to $100,000. Under current law, exempt H-1B nonimmigrants can be hired by “H-1B dependent employers” (whose workforce is at least 15 percent H-1B workers) without having to satisfy H-1B hiring criteria that require employers to recruit American workers first and not layoff existing U.S employees to replace them with H-1B workers.

Impact

American workers; non-immigrant workers with H-1B visas; employers; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 170

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) introduced this bill to reform the H-1B visa program to protect American workers:

“In order for America to lead again, we need to ensure we can retain the world’s best and brightest talent. At the same time, we also need to make sure programs are not abused to allow companies to outsource and hire cheap foreign labor from abroad to replace American workers. The legislation we’re introducing today does both. It will ensure that our valuable high-skilled immigration spots are used by companies when the positions cannot be filled by the existing workforce. This bill is simple, bipartisan and is an important step to growing our economy and fixing one of the many aspects of our country’s broken immigration system.”

Lead cosponsor Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) added:

“Curbing abuse of the H-1B system will protect American jobs and help ensure that visas are available for innovators who need them to maintain a competitive workforce. This bipartisan bill makes one of the much-needed updates to our high-skilled visa system to level the playing field and help prevent companies from taking advantage of the system to offshore jobs. I will continue pushing for a comprehensive fix to our immigration system, but in the meantime this is a smart step forward.”

This legislation passed the House Judiciary Committee on a voice vote and has the support of nine cosponsors in the House, including seven Republicans and two Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

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AKA

Protect and Grow American Jobs Act

Official Title

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the definition of "exempt H-1B nonimmigrant".

    I don't think the sponsors of this bill have thought through the economic consequences of imposing a $100,000 prevailing wage requirement for H-1B workers. They would effectively be raising the minimum wage for H-1B positions for all workers (US and non-citizens) to $100,000 per year because state employment laws require that those who are working in the same position be treated the same. So, if the H-1B worker is required to be paid $100,000 per year, everyone in the same position will need to earn a minimum of $100,000 per year to comply with state employment laws. So basically, the sponsors of this bill want to raise the minimum wage for graduates with bachelor's degrees to $100,000 per year. That's a minimum wage of $48.07 per hour.
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    It is a myth that there are not enough American workers. H-1b workers are taking jobs that should be used to hire all the unemployed college graduates. Young adults that have graduated with degrees in computer science can not find work. These kids are desperate for work, want to work, studied for years but there are no jobs available for them. I T jobs are bloated with H-1b immigrants. I hate Trump but Americans should be hired first. Stop the H-1b visa program. This generation has been robbed of jobs they hoped and worked for. Allow these “immigrants to bring value to their own country.
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    Just no.
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    One of the reasons why tech workers from other countries are hired to fill jobs that US citizens can fill is low wage caps like these. The government encourages companies to hire foreign workers because their wages must be kept 1/3 to 1/2 less than standard markets wages. The caps must be comparable to the typical pay scale for these jobs (between $80K and $130K).
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    The H-1B visa program is in need of an update to ensure that it’s not abused to the detriment of American workers. This bipartisan bill would cut down on exemptions to H-1B requirements, opening more opportunities for American workers.
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    I’m against anything Darrel Issa supports! Vote no!
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    Another 1984 title in which lies are named truths, in which green is called blue and up is called down. What mastery off manipulative semantics! What dropping the requirement for a masters degree for immigrant workers does to protect American workers is beyond me? What paying a few more money than most American taxpayers will ever see does to protect our jobs also eludes me. As was intended. This is a no vote for another misleading bill.
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    This does nothing to help US workers. It's a diversion to make you think Chavetz
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    This would result in a $100,000 inflation cost in the government. We REALLY don’t have the money to do this.
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