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Trump sounds death knell for H-1B visas

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday after serving jury duty for failing to respond tosummons five times since 2006.  

Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has sounded the death knell for the H-1B visas by proposing to raise the minimum wage for this most popular work visas for Indian technology professionals as he released his policy of putting American workers first.

Such a move, Trump argued, would force companies to give IT jobs to unemployed Americans and not cheaper workers from overseas, including India.

Releasing his much awaited immigration policy, the New York based real-estate tycoon lashed out at Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who has introduced a bill to triple the H-1B visas. Rubio is one of the Republican presidential candidates.

Raising minimum wage

“Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs,” said a position paper on immigration reform released by the Trump Campaign as it came out in strong opposition to the Zuckerberg’s move to increase the number of H-1B visas, which at present is mandated to 65,000 per annum every year by the U.S. Congress.

“We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs, yet as much as two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program,” the position paper said. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program’s lowest allowable wage level, and more than 80 per cent for its bottom two, the Trump campaign said.

“Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas,” it said.


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