As we approach the 2016 presidential elections, the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump, has been outspoken on the issue of immigration, making it one of the cornerstones of his campaign. Meanwhile the leading Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, has expressed strong views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform but otherwise has not made immigration a top policy priority in her campaign.
What will the 2016 presidential election mean for employers of immigrants?
High-skilled immigration and the domestic workforce
On the H-1B program, which allows U.S. employers to sponsor foreign degreed workers in specialty occupations (i.e. IT, finance, law), Trump proposes to raise the wage requirements; he further wants to require U.S. companies to consider American workers before offering jobs to foreign workers. While this sounds fine in theory it’s hard to imagine in practice—would it look something like the cumbersome and outdated PERM labor certification process? Further, Trump proposes a moratorium of unspecified duration on the issuance of all green cards, during which time US employers would be required to hire from the pool of unemployed domestic workers.
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