NPR’s All Things Considered covers the H1-B visa program, its controversies, and potential changes from Congress and the Trump administration. The draft executive order, if implemented, would initiate a review of the H1-B program but likely have no direct, immediate impact. However, is it a good idea to send a strong signal that we no longer like foreign workers — we’re all about only U.S. workers?
A leaked draft of an Executive Order proposes changes to H-1B and L-1 work visas. Executive Orders don’t change laws themselves, but they can call for stricter enforcement or propose changes to current laws. This EO sets a new tone by increasing the priority of finding jobs for US workers over letting in foreign workers.
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Recently, Reuters published a story analyzing our current H-1B visa system and changes Trump may wish to make. I weighed in on what would be necessary for the changes to take place.
While Trump could initiate some changes to the visa program with executive action, significant shifts would likely need to go through a lengthy formal rule-making process, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration expert at Cornell Law School. Major changes would likely be subject to court challenges, he said.
Other reforms, like changing the visa cap or offering more green cards to high-tech workers, could require Congressional action, Yale-Loehr said.
Read the full Reuters article.