H-1B work visa & employment- based green card categories, popular among Indian-Americans, are frequently not compatible with their goals as they do not bring in PhDs & computer scientists but only mid-level data management workers, a top Senator has stated.
Republican Senator ( from Arkansas ) Tom Cotton met President Trump this week, told the modern system does not bring in the brilliant & the best from over the world. So there is need to improve it, & this is what Donald Trump intends to do.
“I think, on the H-1B temporary visa but also the permanent green cards, like EB1, EB2, the President wants to get the very best people from around the world. Often those programmes are implemented in a way that are not consistent with their purposes,” Cotton said MSNBC.
“They don’t bring in PhDs and computer scientists. They bring in mid-level and they replace mid-level data management workers. That’s why you get controversies like people losing their jobs at companies like Disney and Southern California Edison that were just replaced by foreign workers who weren’t necessarily high skilled,” Cotton argued.
“So he (Trump) would like to see reforms to those programmes that I would,” told Cotton, who is also a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
“It’s really an empirical questions where we do have gaps in our economy. But I will say this, there is no job that an American won’t do. Americans, with the right pay, will do any job. That’s just the fact of the matter,” he noted.
“We need to make sure that we’re focused on Americans getting back to work and getting higher wages, supplemented where need based on the evidence with immigration,” said the influential Senator from Arkansas.
On Tuesday, Cotton & Senator David Purdue went to the White House to meet with the President Donald Trump about an immigration bill they have proposed.
The bill refocuses on legal immigration system on high-skilled immigrants who come to this nation with English language competency, education levels that are greater than they have presently with higher levels of job abilities that will be able to provide to the economy, Cotton told.
“Right now, only about one out of 15 immigrants that we admit to this country every year come based on those criteria. The President has said in public, as he told us yesterday, that he wants to move in the direction of, for instance, Canada and Australia, and focused on more of what he calls a merit-based system. Our legislation is the first step in that,” he told.
“He’d like to see additional steps focusing on some of the employment-based green cards and visa and we’re happy to work with him on that,” Cotton told.
End month, Senators Cotton & Perdue introduced Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act, that they told will decrease overall immigration to 637,960 in its 1st year & to 539,958 by its tenth year — a 50 percent reduction from the 1,051,031 immigrants who arrived in 2015.
Amongst other things, it calls for the elimination of diversity lottery visa & limits issuing of Green Cards to refugees to 50,000 per every year. The United States, last week, told it is temporarily halting the ‘premium processing’ of H-1B visas from April 3, excluding the option of shorter wait times for the program that encourages highly skilled foreigners to work at American firms.
The suspension is effective April 3 & could last up to 6 months, according to the United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).