Washington, DC: A top Republican Senator has opposed the move of the Biden administration to resort to the traditional lottery system to issue H-1B visas to foreign professionals, saying it is giving Big Tech donors the gift of “cheap” foreign labor at the expense of American workers.
The Biden administration on Thursday announced that it is delaying the H-1B policy of the previous Trump administration on the allocation of the popular foreign work visas by continuing with the lottery system until December 31, 2021, to give the immigration agency more time to develop, test and implement the modifications to the registration system.
The Trump-era rule was scheduled to go into effect on March 9.
“Big Tech abuses the H-1B visa program to hire cheap foreign labor instead of Americans. That isn’t good for American workers, but the Biden administration is letting companies get away with it,” Senator Tom Cotton said.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it would prioritize wages to protect the economic interests of American workers, and better ensure that the most highly skilled foreign workers benefit from the temporary employment program.
Senator Cotton from Arkansas said that H-1B visas should help fill labor shortages, not help Big Tech hire foreigners instead of Americans to save money.
“Biden officials say reforming the program is too hard. In reality, they’re giving Big Tech donors the gift of cheap foreign labor-at the expense of American workers,” he alleged.
Early this week, the Department of Labor also proposed delaying the implementation of its final rule, entitled “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.”
It revises how the existing four-tiered wage structure of the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) wage survey is calculated for purposes of determining prevailing wages.