Think Tank Opposes Caps, Fees, Time Limit on H-1B Visas
The Competitive Enterprise Institute supports more freedom and less bureaucracy for temporary foreign workers who are not U.S. citizens. Opponents are not convinced.H-1B visa policy as currently run by the United States Customs and Immigration Services is under attack from all sides.
An October advocacy paper by a conservative-leaning think tank calls for abolishing time restrictions, lowering or eliminating most of the fees, ridding company sponsors and removing most if not all of the bureaucracy involved in obtaining an H-1B visa. The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI)-which has been known to deny the damages and effects of climate change-contends H-1B visa holders greatly benefit companies that employ them and help raise the wages of American workers, and the group shuns the idea that H-1B visa holders take jobs away from natural born talent.
L-1 Visa Programs: Out of Control" on behalf of liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute. "Instead, loopholes in both programs have made it too easy to bring in cheaper foreign workers, with ordinary skills, who directly substitute for, rather than complement, workers already in the country. They are clearly displacing and denying opportunities to U.S. workers." CEI supports the elimination of the annual caps on the number of H-1B visa holders currently set at 85,000 per year. The organization also supports a major change in the program from these visas having temporary status: CEI wants H-1B visas holders to have an unlimited timeframe in the United States as long as they do not commit a felony. In a similar vein, CEI advocates for the complete elimination of company sponsorships. "Restrictions on the entry of highly skilled immigrants hinder the growth of certain industries, reduce economic growth and slow technological development," Nowrasteh said. "The government cannot pick winners among highly skilled immigrants before they enter the country, so the number of allowed entries should be as great as possible, the requirements for entry as low as possible, and the burdens eliminated to the greatest extent possible."