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5 Immigration Reform Proposals That Americans Actually Support (Think Progress)

August 10, 2017

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High-skilled workers [4]

Trump has often railed against the H-1B visa program used by many tech companies to bring in high-skilled foreign workers to work as engineers, computer scientists, and programmers. Both the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have stated their agencies would scrutinizeemployers who use the program to crack down on visa fraud.

A survey of 2,000 registered voters from a February 2017 Politico/Morning Consult poll, found that Americans are pretty evenly split towards whether the number of H-1B visa holders should be increased or decreased annually. Congress currently sets the annual visa cap at 65,000. About 45 percent of voters in the poll believe that H-1B visa workers generally help the U.S. economy. That would likely mean that any change in the annual cap would upset people on either end of the immigration debate. Yet despite criticism from the administration, a recent study from the Center for Global Development found that the H-1B visa program helped elevate the net gains of both the United States and India by about $431 million, Fortune reported.

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