Quoted: on the Senate immigration bill and H-1B visas

“The technology industry is asking the government to come in and intervene in the normal functioning of the U.S. labor market, specifically on their behalf.”

Ron Hira, associate professor of public policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, on the H-1B visa portion of the immigration bill that’s scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The bill increases the annual H-1B cap from 85,000 to 205.000 workers. But according to Hillicon Valley, tech companies are worried about proposed amendments that would tighten up some requirements, which Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, says are “common-sense amendments” meant to “root out fraud.” Earlier this year, Mike Cassidy wrote on SiliconBeat that Hira found that the top users of H-1B visas are offshoring companies.


Photo of Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, from Associated Press archives

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