March 11, 2016
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) issued the following statement calling for legislative changes needed to end H-1B visa abuse:
“The American people need to understand two key facts about the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program. First, under existing law, there is simply no requirement for most employers to seek a U.S. worker before bringing over a foreign H-1B worker. Secondly, to quote Dr. Ron Hira, Associate Professor of Public Policy at Howard University, ‘American workers can legally be replaced by an H-1B worker.’ Absent meaningful changes to the program, abuses of American workers like we have seen at Disney, Southern California Edison, Northeast Utilities, Fossil, and elsewhere will continue to occur – leading to more job losses, wage depression, and the elimination of future job opportunities for countless American workers.
Some in Congress have recognized these facts and called for meaningful reform to the program, and have introduced legislation such as the American Jobs First Act, the Protecting American Jobs Act, and the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act. All of these legislative efforts are squarely in line with the interests of the American people, although they are fiercely opposed by powerful portions of the business lobby and the open-borders advocates.
Meanwhile, too many politicians continue to turn a blind eye to the unjustifiable injustices in the current H-1B program, and support legislation such as the I-Squared Act – legislation that would triple the number of H-1B visas and provide work permits to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, while doing nothing to protect American workers.
The time for excuses has long since passed. This abuse must end—now. Any law that blatantly allows for the firing of American workers with the intent of replacing them with imported workers cannot, and must not, stand.”
Read the statement on Senator Sessions senate.gov page