President Donald Trump was in Wisconsin on Tuesday, but his terms possibly reverberated most in California.
He announced a plan to revamp an American visa program that brings tens of thousands of workers and students to the United States every year, many of whom find work in tech-related jobs in Silicon Valley.
“American workers have long called for reforms to end these visa abuses, ” Trump remarked. “They should never, ever be used to supplant Americans.”
The United States acknowledges 85, 000 people into the country each year on H-1B visas, 20,000 of whom are graduate student proletarians. But Trump responds companies employ the system to the disadvantage of American workers.
Workers from outside the two countries, he responds, are often hired at low-grade information technology jobs and are paid less than American workers. Trump’s plan is to alter the H-1B system so it acknowledges merely workers who are among the most highly paid and/ or skilled in their studies a “total transformation, ” he responds, from the present system in which successful applicants are chosen in a lottery.
Some experts have worried the move will limit Silicon Valley’s talent pool, pressuring companies to move actions overseas. Others say it could make it easier to draft highly skilled hires because H-1B visas wouldn’t be taken by lower-skilled workers.
Outsourcing companies such as Tata Consultancy Services, however, are almost certain to feel the effects of such a move. Trump was likely referring to Tata and companies such as Infosys when he talked about the visa program used in order to bring in proletarians from outside the U.S. to work in lower-paying information technology jobs.
Citizenship and Immigration Services has also muddled the employ process for Silicon Valley companies.
A policy change earlier this month reaches computer programmers applying for an H-1B visa turn in extra documentation to prove their jobs are specialized in a way that requires companies to look outside the U.S. to replenish open positions.
It too commits government officials to assure companies conduct careful searches for American employees before looking to those who have applied for a visa.
“We are sending a strong signal to the world: We’re going to defend our proletarians, protect our jobs and finally placed America first, ” Trump said.