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San Jose Mercury News Endorses Congressman Issa's Bill To Reform H-1B And Stop Outsourcing of American Jobs

Press Release
Jan 4, 2018

Issa's Bill "Deserves The Fast Track," Writes the Mercury News's Editorial Board

Editorial: Modest H-1B visa overhaul is worthy of tech support
Mercury News and Bay Times Editorial Boards
January 4, 2018
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/04/editorial-modest-h-1b-visa-overhaul-is-worthy-of-tech-support/

A new bipartisan plan for reforming the H-1B visa program holds out modest hope that 2018 will be better than its predecessor for the tech industry [...] the bill by Rep. Darrell Issa, a California Republican, would make some welcome improvements.

It will help level the playing field for tech firms, from startups to the likes of Apple and Google, which have an increasingly difficult time attracting skilled workers in a tight labor market.

Issa’s legislation has passed the House Judiciary Committee. Congress should pass it quickly to avoid any political silliness in this congressional election year.

The H-1B program is a temporary U.S. visa designed to allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals in positions for which there is a shortage of qualified American workers.

The program is critically important in places like the Bay Area. A 2017 report by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group revealed that an estimated 57 out of every 100 jobs in the region requiring a bachelor’s degree or more is filled by someone who was not born in the United States, including an estimated 25,000 H-1B holders.

Unfortunately, some outsourcing companies hiring workers for jobs in the United States use loopholes in the law to snag thousands of the limited number of visas. They then hire foreign workers at lower pay, often at the expense of U.S. workers. In some outrageous cases, domestic workers have been forced to train their replacements.

Tech companies hiring directly through H-1B visas also have abused the program. It’s shameful because without a thriving H-1B program, the U.S. risks losing future brilliant immigrant leaders like Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and current Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, who all were born elsewhere. [...]

Issa’s legislation, which Lofgren and the Leadership Group support, increases the minimum salary requirement for H1-B visas holders from $60,000 to $90,000 a year and directly forbids employers from replacing American workers with foreign workers.

It also redefines an “H-1B dependent company” — those required to prove that they tried to hire domestic workers — in a way that Issa says will give smaller U.S.-based companies “a better chance to get the H-1B employee they want.”

[...] any step in the right direction is promising. And these days, any bill with bipartisan support deserves the fast track.

Read the Full Editorial Here

Press Release Jan 10, 2018
This morning, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista) released the following statement:
In The News Jan 9, 2018
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Press Release Jan 4, 2018
VISTA, Calif. -- Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Vista), a member of the House Climate Solutions Caucus, released the following statement in response to the Department of the Interior's oil drilling plan:
Press Release Jan 4, 2018
Issa's Bill "Deserves The Fast Track," Writes the Mercury News's Editorial Board
In The News Jan 2, 2018
NOTE: "The rare bipartisan support that Issa’s bill received wasn’t lost on its supporters..the mere fact that lawmakers crossed party lines to craft the bill is worth noting.