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Chris Musillo on Nurse and Allied Health Immigration

IS TRUMP IN FAVOR OR AGAINST THE H-1B ?

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by Chris Musillo

This was first posted on the AAIHR blog.


The H-1B is the main US professional visa. H-1B visa demand follows the US unemployment rate. When the US unemployment rate is high and many US workers are out of work, H-1B demand is low. When the US unemployment is low and many US workers are employed, H-1B demand is high.

Last year 232,000 H-1B petitions were field on the first and only day of the H-1B cap window. This resulted in an H-1B lottery, whereby USCIS rejected 64% of otherwise approvable H-1B petitions. On the other hand, at the height of the US recession in 2010 it took about 300 days for the H-1B cap to reach the statutory limit of 85,000.

The tech industry is the largest user of H-1B visas. Stories of H-1B abuse plague the industry. Notably Disney has been sued by American workers who claim to have been forced to train the H-1B replacements.

The healthcare industry uses H-1B visas too, although at much smaller rates that tech in spite of the fact that the shortages of US labor in these occupations are greater than in IT. Physical Therapists and Occupation Therapists qualify for the H-1B. The US Department of Labor has repeatedly found that the importation of these Registered Nurses and Physical Therapists does not negatively impact the working conditions or salaries of US workers.

With each Republican Presidential caucus or primary, Donald Trump is inching closer to the Republican nomination. His positon on the H-1B visa appears to be fluid. For months he has generally disfavored any increase in visa quotas. In particular he has aimed his glare at the alleged abuses in the IT industry.

It was newsworthy then at the Thursday March 3 debate when Trump announced, “I’m changing,” in response to a question about his H-1B position. After being pressed by moderator Megyn Kelly, Trump fleshed out his new position, “I'm softening the position because we have to have talented people in this country." This statement appeared to indicate the Trump would be in favoring of allowing foreign-born US college graduates a path to work authorization.

The “softening” of his stance is not without controversy. In response, it appears that Trump may now have dialed back his “softening” and is now staking a middle position. Shortly after the debate, he reiterated his promise to end “abuse” in the H-1B system.

Perhaps Trump is playing politics. One view is that Trump may think that he has the Republican nomination in hand and is therefore tacking toward the center. This is a strategy that Republicans have used for a generation, ever since it was famously executed by then-candidate Richard Nixon.

A move to the center may mean that Trump would be willing to work with a healthcare industry that has giant supply shortages on the horizon and little hope to curing the shortages with US labor.

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  1. MKolken's Avatar
    "A move to the center may mean that Trump would be willing to work with a healthcare industry that has giant supply shortages on the horizon and little hope to curing the shortages with US labor."

    I don't think Trump has set a deportation policy in stone either, and that there ultimately will be room for negotiation.

    For example, if you actually break down his rhetoric it doesn't appear that Trump is in favor of mass deportation. Specifically, Trump said that "They're going to have to go out. They can come back, but they're gonna have to go out." This sounds an awful lot like 3/10 year bar relief, and not mass deportation.

    Ironically, native born Canadian Ted Cruz gets it: "So Donald Trump's position is once you deport them, it's what's called touchback. A lot of establishment Republicans had touchback," Cruz said in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. "Basically you make them fly back to their country for a minute, touch the ground, and then they come back with amnesty as citizens. Now, Donald is entitled to do that. He can advance that position, but he doesn't get to pretend that it's not amnesty if he's legalizing 12 million people [who are] here illegally."

    It should be noted that 3/10 year bar relief has Republican support.


    Updated 03-08-2016 at 02:02 PM by MKolken
  2. CMusillo's Avatar
    Interesting quotes about Donald. One wonders if Trump's policy will harden if more Trump supporters hear about a more measured approach to H-1B, deportation, etc. Then again, Trump's brand is authenticity.

    The problem with the 3/10 bar relief seems to be as much with the Ds who, in a lot of ways, are as intractable as the Rs. Great link to Cato and Alex who almost always have the sanest approach. I hadn't seen this particular article.

    For any readers who want a great Twitter follow for deportation/removal issues, Matthew's Twitter is a must. Here:@mkolken
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