The US has reintroduced a bipartisan bill, effectively checking outsourcing of American jobs by misusing a temporary visa programme. Representatives Derek Kilmer, Democrat, and Doug Collins, Republican, reintroduced the bill to prevent employers from sending jobs overseas.
What would the legislation achieve? It would stop employers that are awarded temporary visas through the H-1B programme from using them to train workers in the United States then move those jobs to another country. Reports said last year that American workers were forced to train H1B visa holders to do their job so that the jobs could be permanently outsourced to foreign workers.
H-1B visas facilitate American businesses to hire foreign professionals if skilled American workers are unavailable to take up the jobs. The employees must have expertise in fields like science and technology and generally have college degrees.
Explaining their push for preventing a gross misuse of the visa programme, Kilmer said: “Our policies should promote jobs in America,” said Kilmer. “They shouldn’t be about sending jobs done by hard working Americans overseas.”
“Protecting American jobs is crucial in order for our economy to continue to gain strength and momentum,” said Collins.
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