“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