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Donald Trump, zingers and all, emerges as sharp H-1B critic

Patrick Thibodeau | Aug. 17, 2015
Businessman Donald Trump's plan for the H-1B visa is to make it harder and more expensive for tech companies to replace U.S. workers with foreign help.

The intellectual roots of Trump's H-1B views can be found in its links, which includes the testimony and work of two of leading academic critics, Ron Hira, an associate professor of public policy at Howard University, and Hal Salzman, professor of planning and public policy at Rutgers University, who studies the science and engineering workforce.

In previous presidential campaigns, the H-1B visa has been notable mainly by its absence. By making it major part of his immigration platform, Trump is clearly raising the issue's profile and may force other candidates to engage on it. That alone could lead to a much broader debate about the H-1B visa than ever before.


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