Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Candidates on H-1B Immigration

SPEAKING OF FOREIGN WORKERS: Jeff Sessions said at a Trump campaign event in Iowa that he was open to eliminating the H-1B visa program for skilled foreign workers. "We shouldn't be bringing in people where we've got workers," Sessions said during a stop in Indianola, according to the Des Moines Register. "There are a number of ways to fix it. I don't think the republic would collapse if it was totally eliminated." The H-1B program allows skilled workers to live and work in the U.S. temporarily, and 172,748 such visas were issued in fiscal year 2015, according to the State Department
Trump's campaign statements on the H-1B program have been wildly contradictory, as the Washington Post documented earlier this year. In a March debate, for instance, Trump spoke of the need for more highly skilled foreign workers, then reversed his position that same evening, saying in a campaign statement that he would "end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program." Clinton has sent mixed signals, too. She's backed giving out more visas as part of comprehensive immigration reform, but told Vox in June that stories of Americans losing their jobs to H-1B visa holders were "heartbreaking." Politically active tech execs seem to prefer Clinton, FiveThirtyEight's Farai Chideya reported Tuesday: "Of the $8.1 million given by tech employees or executives, Clinton got 95 percent." More from the Des Moines Register here and from FiveThirtyEight here.

These respond to questions asked in class last week. 

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