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Why Trump believes his H-1B plan is serious

Patrick Thibodeau | Aug. 21, 2015
The GOP candidate's ideas for the visa program have been espoused by others

Trump's reform ideas aren't new and they have a long pedigree found in research papers and legislative efforts. But he is the first candidate to give the H-1B visa issue this level of visibility in a presidential race.

The second major part of Trump's proposal is a requirement that companies hire Americans first. U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), have, over the years, offered up a similar proposal.

U.S. workers can be replaced by H-1B visa holders under current law. The Southern California Edison case "demolishes the myth of H-1Bs only being hired when no American worker can be found - American workers were already doing the job and being replaced by H-1Bs," Ron Hira, an associate professor of public policy, said in Senate testimony last March at a hearing about H-1B visa.

Trump argues that prevailing wage hikes and hiring rules will improve hiring, particularly for entry-level workers.

Norm Matloff, a computer science professor at the University of California at Davis, gave Trump an "A+" for his H-1B proposals on his blog. But he later urged his readers to forget what he had written about Trump's H-1B plan, after Trump tweeted this: "When foreigners attend our great colleges & want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of our country."

But Trump followed that tweet with another to reinforce his H-1B proposal. "My H-1B reform plan will transform program so it delivers for country, not lobbyists, & will have bipartisan support."


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