A coalition of multinational corporations, United States Chamber of Commerce, and other businesses have asked President Joe Biden for an increase in visas for H-1B holders from overseas. This will enable them to increase the number of foreign workers in the labor market.
The corporate coalition wrote Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas of DHS asking for the government to grant H-1B visa holders’ spouses and children the right to work in the U.S. labor market.
Multinational corporations, especially tech companies, lobby Washington, D.C. politicians for increased foreign worker flow to America. This is to maintain low wages in white collar industries and to outsource jobs while increasing profit margins.
The coalition writes:
H-1B visa holders and other nonimmigrant workers are important drivers of U.S. growth. They are essential to America’s global competitive advantage. The U.S. immigration system doesn’t provide adequate support for them and their families. Due to the bureaucratic red tape, spouses often are prohibited from working. Sometimes it takes years to get a green card. After many years of living in the United States, their children might lose the ability to stay in the U.S. This uncertainty can cause harm to families and hamper our ability to retain and attract the best talent in America.
America’s communities are going to suffer if it has to lay off its citizens and workers. Their skills and talents will be lost to global competitors. They are children who were brought by their parents to America as Dreamers. They don’t know anyone else and have been denied legal status. DACA has been offered by policymakers as temporary relief. We continue to ask Congress for a fair and inclusive solution. We ask policymakers to address concerns of over 200K children from highly-skilled immigrant families, who are at high risk of being left out of the system.
The letter was signed in part by several companies and groups, including billionaire Jeff Bezos’s Amazon and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg’s FWD.us as well as billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Bloomberg.
These are the other signatories.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Make Your Dreams Come True
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
South Asian Bar Association
Uber Technologies, Inc.
Biden has already made it easier for big companies to send thousands of highly-skilled STEM jobs to foreign graduates.
Cognizant, Tata Consulting Services, Google, and Amazon were the top six employers of H-1B visas. They sought to outsource nearly 57,000 American tech jobs to H-1B visa workers mostly from India, China, and India in Fiscal Year 2021.
Breitbart News has been documenting for years the abuses committed against white-collar American workers by H-1B visa program. There are 650,000 H-1B visa-exempt workers in the U.S. at any given time. Breitbart News pointed out that Americans are frequently made redundant and must train foreign workers.
Biden and his top DHS officials reversed almost all of Trump’s H-1B visa reforms. Biden allowed corporations to reapply for H-1B visas that were denied to them from Trump’s administration last year.