GOP leaders are clamoring behind the scenes to massively increase the number of guest-worker visas for high-tech companies if Republicans control Congress after the midterms.
According to The Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently said that “there is agreement on reforming the rules governing high-tech visas, known as H-1b visas.” Hatch, “the chairman of the GOP’s High-Tech Task Force,” told an Overstock.com corporate office in Utah that H-1b reform could “help pave the way for additional and more far reaching reforms.”
Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), who was part of a House working group on immigration before leaving it, pushed for more “high-tech immigration” in an interview with BuzzFeed.
And, as Breitbart News noted, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) also pushed for massive increases in high-tech and low-skilled visas in a weekend interview with The Wall Street Journal.
Though there is a surplus of American high-tech workers, companies like Microsoft are laying off 18,000 American workers–while pushing for more foreign workers.
Massive increases in guest-worker visas would only cut off opportunities for Americans to enter the middle class. Liberals, such as Vice President Joe Biden, conservatives, like Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, and nonpartisan scholars, including Professor Ron Hira, have all agreed on this point.