PROTECTING AMERICAN WORKERS: President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are protecting American workers by reforming requirements governing the H-1B visa program.
The Trump Administration takes action to tighten foreign worker Visa requirements and protect American workers
“No one can compete with American workers when they’re given a fair and level playing field, which has not happened for decades.”
– President Donald J. Trump
Finally, President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are protecting American workers by reforming requirements governing the H-1B visa program.
The Trump Administration announced two Interim Final Rules to dramatically improve the H-1B work visa program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is tightening standards to require that foreign workers show specialized merit to establish their eligibility. DHS is also taking action to rein in “shadow,” third-party employers who use the H-1B program to displace American workers and to reduce the validity period for H-1Bs used by these “shadow” employers, which will ensure more frequent vetting for compliance with H-1B program requirements.
According to Ken Cuccinelli, Acting Director of USCIS, DHS is codifying existing authorities to conduct workforce inspections and clarifying that failure to fully cooperate with inspections may result in the denial or revocation of employer H-1B petitions. The Department of Labor is publishing a rule to appropriately identify the wage levels for H-1Bs and other foreign labor programs, which will improve the quality of H-1B workers and better reflect wages paid to similarly employed workers in the United States.
The key is that this rule will limit an employer’s ability to replace workers with cheap foreign labor and help ensure wages are not suppressed by the presence of low-cost foreign workers.
The original vision of H-1B visas was to have them only be reserved for specialized talent that helps support a strong economy and combat labor shortages in a specific field until American workers caught up.
For too long, this program has been misused and abused as a cheap labor program, replacing American jobs in the process, while reducing wages and wage rates paid by globalist companies.
These critical reforms will improve the quality of the H-1B program without changing the annual statutory cap for H-1B visas.
Trump is closing longstanding loopholes that have allowed employers in the United States to replace American workers with low-cost foreign labor.
Earlier this year, Trump signed an Executive Order to prevent Federal dollars from being used to displace Americans with foreign workers or offshore labor. To aid our Nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, the President placed a temporary pause on multiple categories of aliens from coming into the country for work.
Trump issued regulations that will, once in effect, remove the incentive to apply for asylum for the purpose of obtaining authorization to work in the United States.
It’s been a long time coming.