DearColleague.us

Letter

Bill Pascrell

From the office of:

Bill Pascrell

 

From: The Honorable Bill Pascrell, Jr.
Sent By:
Dylan.Sodaro@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/31/2017

Improve Protections for American Workers and Visa Holders

Cosponsor the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2017

 

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in closing loopholes in the H-1B and L visa programs to reduce fraud and abuse, provide protections for American workers and visa holders, and require more transparency in the recruitment of foreign workers. This bipartisan legislation would
overhaul the H-1B and L-1 visa programs to protect workers and crack down on foreign outsourcing companies which deprive qualified Americans of high-skill jobs.

Foreign outsourcing companies are the top users of the H-1B and L-1 visa programs. These companies have been exploiting the H-1B and L-1 visas to displace qualified American workers and facilitate the eventual offshoring of American jobs. They import large
numbers of H-1B and L-1 workers for short training periods and then send these workers back to their home country to do the work of Americans.

To restore Congress’s original intent for the H-1B and L-1 visa programs the bill:

  • Requires employers to make a good faith effort to recruit and hire American workers before bringing in foreign workers and prohibits employers from replacing American workers with H-1B and L-1 workers or giving preference to H-1B visa holders when they
    are filling open positions.
  • Modifies existing H-1B wage requirements, and establishes wage requirements for L-1 workers.
  • Prohibits employers from outsourcing H-1B and L-1 visa holders to other sites unless the employer obtains a waiver which is available only in limited circumstances when the rights of American workers are protected
  • Gives more authority to the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to investigate fraud and abuse in the H-1B and L-1 programs by requiring the two departments to audit employers and share information, ensuring visa petitions are more effectively scrutinized.
  • Prohibits companies from hiring H-1B employees if they employ more than 50 people and more than 50% of their employees are H-1B and L-1 visa holders.
  • Creates a new H-1B visa allocation system that gives top priority to workers who have earned advanced science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degrees from U.S. institutions.
  • Increases penalties on those who violate the law, and provides visa holders with a list of rights before they enter the U.S. to ensure they are better protected against mistreatment or underpayment of wages.

If you would like to cosponsor the bill or have additional questions, please contact Dylan Sodaro in Rep. Pascrell’s office at Dylan.Sodaro@mail.house.gov, Zoe O’Herin in Rep. Brat’s office at Zoe.Oherin@mail.house.gov,
Chris Schloesser in Rep. Khanna’s office at Chris.Schloesser@mail.house.gov, or Trevor Pearson in Rep. Gosar’s office at Trevor.Pearson@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

Bill Pascrell, Jr.                                               Dave Brat

Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress

 

Ro Khanna                                                      Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.

Member of Congress                                       Member of Congress