H-1B Visa Programme Slammed by Top US Senators

27 Feb 2016    07:55 pm

Washington: Top US lawmakers on Friday slammed the popular H-1B visa programme and demanded strict action against companies abusing it to replace Americans with low paid foreign workers, from countries including India.

"The sad reality is that - not only is there not a shortage of exceptionally qualified US workers - but across the country thousands of US workers are being replaced by foreign labour," Senator Jeff Sessions, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, said during a Congressional hearing.

Mr Sessions refuted the claims of many US companies about shortage of skilled workers in the US and thus the need to bring in qualified foreign workers from India.

"The data shows that there is no shortage of highly qualified working American professionals, nor is there a shortage of American STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) college graduates every year," he said.

Senator Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said immigrant visa programmes must be used to complement the US workforce, not displace it.

"We must ensure that current laws are not misused in ways that disadvantage American workers," he said.