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What will Trump do with the H-1B visa?

Patrick Thibodeau | Nov. 11, 2016
Many unknowns and uncertainties ahead

Changes in guest worker policies, “which impact offshoring decisions, will not impact the trajectory of automation adoption. It will, though, impact jobs for U.S. workers, in a positive way.”

John Miano, the founder of the Programmers Guild, a group that opposes offshore outsourcing, and a programmer who became a lawyer, was buoyed by Trump’s win. Miano has been fighting President Barack Obama’s administration in court over its extension of the Optional Practical Training extension, which allows STEM students to work up to three years on a student visa.

“There is great joy right now in tech worker land,” Miano said. The next big question, he said, is what steps Trump will take. Miano said he hopes that Trump will reverse some of Obama’s executive actions, “but also take affirmative steps to use his authority to protect working Americans.


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