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How President Trump’s ‘Hire American’ order could impact Silicon Valley

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U.S. President Donald Trump kicked off his efforts Tuesday of proposed reforms to the nation’s H-1B visa program by signing and executive order.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday that directs federal agencies to review employment immigration laws to promote “Hire American” policies.

While the order has no immediate impact on the nation’s visa programs, it does instruct the Departments of Labor, Justice, Homeland Security and State to study existing laws and procedures and recommend changes.

In the case of H-1B visas specifically, the order directs the agencies to suggest changes to help ensure that the visas are awarded to the most skilled, best-paid immigrant workers. “Right now, H-1B visas are awarded in a totally random lottery, and that’s wrong,” Trump said at the signing in Kenosha, Wis., the hometown of White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus. The order also calls for a crackdown on fraud and abuse in the current system of work visas.

The <"hw.novacredit.com/resources/h1b-visa">h1b Visa program currently designates 65,000 work visas a year to foreigners, with 20,000 more visas granted to foreigners with advanced degrees and an unlimited number of extra visas available for universities, teaching hospitals and other nonprofit organizations. The program is meant to recruit the world’s highly skilled workers, and most of the visas are awarded to technology companies. However, other specialty industries also rely on the visas – First Lady Melania Trump began her career as a model in the states courtesy of an H-1B visa.

Under federal law, employers that use a large number of H-1B workers are supposed to document that they tried to hire Americans for the jobs. All H-1B employers are also required to pay prevailing wages to the immigrant workers who receive the visas.

The visa applications must be sponsored by an employer, every April 1, the government begins accepting applications for the next fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. This year, the government received 199,000 H-1B applications in the first four days and then stopped accepting them. Due to the immense the amount of applications received, the visa are awarded first awarded by lottery, then the case reviewed followed by requests of further information if the case officer is not entirely satisfied with the evidence in front of them. Each visa is good for three years and can be renewed for three more years.

In 2015, President Obama expanded the program to allow the spouses of H-1B visa holders, on H4 visas to also work in the United States, but in a recent court filing, the Trump administration said it was reviewing that policy.

Just how many workers are in the U.S. because of the visa is unknown, but analysts estimate 650,000 to 900,000. In recent years, about 70 percent of the visas have been issued to citizens of India.

The biggest employers of H-1B holders are India-based outsourcing companies like Wipro Technologies, Infosys, Tech Mahindra and Tata Consultancy Services. Leading American technology companies, including Google, Microsoft and Apple, employ thousands of H-1B workers. Two companies, Facebook and the chip maker Qualcomm, are heavily dependent on H-1B visas, with at least 15 percent of their American workforces holding the visas, according to federal filings.

Karthik Sundaram, CEO of Purplepatch Services, LLC , a Silicon Valley based, digital marketing services company, told Diya TV, that President Trump’s Executive Order is actually going to provide the much needed reform in the H1B Visa program, “it will really open it for truly talented and needy people”. He explained how IT services companies which apply for thousands of H1Bs each year, playing the odds at the lottery system, make it much harder for the single visa applicants, and reducing their chances, “No start up CEO is able to get their visa, because the IT companies have dominated the H1B visa”

However the Indian outsourcers, say they are helping American companies cut spending on certain basic services so they can keep employing higher-paid workers in other parts of their businesses. R. Chandrashekhar, the president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies, says that more than three-quarters of the Fortune 500 use the Indian outsourcers in some form or another. “These services play a critical role in ensuring that corporate America remains a job-creation engine,” Chandrashekhar said.

Sundaram who benefitted from the H1B program and went on to found Purplepatch, says he proudly hires American only. According to Sundaram, his company, which has been around since 2005 has not applied for a single H1B visa.

Some studies have suggested that American universities grant more than enough technology degrees to natives to fill these jobs, so critics of the visas say the program is unnecessary. Under the H-1B program, “all companies have to attest that they tried to find an American,” said Russ Harrison, director of government relations at IEEE-USA, the American branch of IEEE, the largest professional association for computer scientists and electrical engineers. “But all you have to do is check a box.”

The H1B regulations currently require employers to list the job postings to seek American candidates, even post a physical copy in communal areas in the place of business to alert existing employees of this search for an American candidate.

The Trump administration has been rather vague in terms of what should be changed with the program. Officials said they were considering changing the wage levels that would qualify for visas, raising fees for H-1B applications and steering more visas to immigrants with advanced degrees.

While some large Silicon Valley companies hire through the IT staffing companies, they also apply for H1Bs on their own, many a times losing the time and effort invested in a prospective candidate due to the lottery odds.

Many in Congress support changing the H-1B lottery system to give preference to the highest-paying jobs. “We should allocate visas based on who wants to pay the highest salary to avoid undercutting the wages of American workers,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren, CA-19 (D), who has long been a proponent for H-1B visa reform.

Information from The New York Times contributed to this report. 

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Indo-pacific framework documents declassified

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — In its final days, the Trump administration is declassifying some highly sensitive documents, including the “U.S. Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific” (SFIP), written by the National Security Council. India is shown as a rising power in the document, vital to the security of the Indo-Pacific region and important to U.S. interests.

Former US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley is starting a new political action committee called Stand for America PAC.  But so far, there’s no mention of President Trump on her donation site or web page. Haley’s spokesperson says don’t read too much into that. But Haley is widely considered a contender for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination and could face Trump if he chooses to run again.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — India’s Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar says terrorism remains the greatest threat to global peace and India’s best interests. So he’s unveiling an eight point action plan that includes using more U.N. sanctions and mobilizing what he calls the political will to fight this menace. The minister’s defensive posture is in response to the increase in security concerns related to China and Pakistan.

Two more Indian Americans are now part of a growing list of South Asians being added to President elect Joe Biden’s administration. Neha Gupta and Reema Shah are now part of the White House Counsel’s Office. Gupta will serve as associate counsel, while Shah will be deputy associate counsel. Both attorney’s already have experience and impressive resumes serving in other Democratic administrations.  

Federal authorities say an Indian American man targeted the elderly in a massive telemarketing scam. Hirenkumar Chaudhuri admitted that he used a phony Indian passport, false name, and fake address to open several bank accounts to receive money from victims of the telemarketing scheme. This is the latest in a crackdown on scams using call centers in India, defrauding senior citizens and others. People of Indian descent as well as others are involved in the scams that continue to operate and are ruining India’s reputation and have the potential of affecting the nation’s multi-billion-dollar back office industry.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — The House of Representatives voted 232-197 to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.” He is the first President to be impeached twice, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the removal of the President, whose term ends January 20th. But the Senate will not convene until January 19th to hold a trial for the president.

A full week after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters, President Trump released a video saying he condemned the mob violence that left 5 people dead and threatened the lives of members of Congress. Trump took on a solemn tone and did not address being impeached, nor acknowledge his successor President-Elect Joe Biden.

After months of massive nationwide protests by India’s farmers, the Indian Supreme Court has put three contentious farm laws on hold until further notice. The court said the decision to suspend the laws “may assuage the hurt feelings of the farmers and encourage them to come to the negotiating table with confidence and good faith.” The farmers argue the new laws passed in September would privatize land and undermine their livelihoods by giving more power to corporations.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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