Skip to comments.College Students Ask Trump to Halt ‘Egregious’ H-1B Visa, OPT Program
Posted on 05/22/2020 2:44:03 PM PDT by NobleFree
College student organizations are asking President Trump to suspend the H-1B visa and OPT programs while nearly 40 million Americans are jobless due to the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
In a letter to Trump obtained by Breitbart News, 30 college student organizations request that the OPT program be ended and the H-1B visa program be suspended to reduce white-collar labor market competition against American graduates seeking STEM jobs.
“We are writing to you today on behalf of concerned graduating college seniors and young professionals nationwide,” the college student organizations write:
Specifically, we ask you to immediately take action to rescind the work authorization of hundreds of thousands of foreign, nonimmigrant skilled guest workers in order to ease the economic suffering of American college students and recent graduates looking for meaningful employment in these trying times. [Emphasis added]
Made worse by the coronavirus economic crisis are the hundreds of thousands of nonimmigrant guest workers in the United States. These guest workers – and especially those in the OPT and H1B programs – take jobs temporarily at wages far below the average for their positions. This is because employers can easily pay these guest workers less than they pay Americans. This is not right. [Emphasis added]
As Breitbart News reported, the OPT program ensures that corporations like Amazon, Google, Deloitte, and Intel can continue to hire thousands of OPT foreign workers over American STEM graduates every year at a 15 percent discount. In 2017, alone, Amazon placed nearly 2,400 OPT foreign workers into white-collar STEM jobs that could have otherwise gone to American graduates.
Likewise, there are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment. Americans are often laid off in the process and forced to train their foreign replacements, as highlighted by Breitbart [
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I hope that President Trump opens his ears AND HIS HEART and hears these voices. The ONLY voices hes been hearing are those of businesses looking for cheap labor.
Agree. The Trump presidency has so presided over an increase in third world population transfer to our homeland.
Jarad Kushner will NOT be happy.
Abolish H visas, period.
... every year at a 15 percent discount.
More like 50%
He should, but he won’t. His so-called protection of the American worker EO was one of the most spineless things he’s done as POTUS.
The poison dream of cheap labor is killing the country and the Republican Party.
So he wouldn’t stop it for his base and these gys think they can? Dreamin... those corporations are skipping taxes paid to hire America and trump has confinued the practice. American citizens children rate far below cronyism.
Jobs in America need to go to Americans first.
JK can GTH.
It is to late. The Indians have almost completely taken over IT job recruitment in the US over the last 3 years. If you interview for an IT job in the USA now, 90% of the time you will be interviewed by an Indian. And he WILL NOT HIRE YOU if you are a naturally born American citizen. Our country is very close to having men from a foreign third world failed state running nearly all of our computer systems. It is shocking when you think of the implications of that and how fast it has happened.
“Likewise, there are about 650,000 H-1B visa foreign workers in the U.S. at any given moment.”
From my observation doing contract work in New Jersey, Philly, Washington DC, Seattle and anywhere in Texas it seems more like 5 million.
Whenever a new STEM job is posted you will see at least 200 resumes from names that sound like they are from India, China and Pakistan within a 24 hour period. Many, many are totally unqualified but they still submit their garbage resume.
The EO didn’t touch existing H-1B recipients already in the country. It only restricted future immigration requests and only for 60 days (we’re half way there).
In that case, a completely fair criticism.
Please outline how to reverse that.
I think “spineless” was the wrong word. “Toothless” would have been more accurate.
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