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There’s all of about 55 words relating to the H1B visa in Donald Trump’s executive order and about 100 more words on aligning the immigration system in order to “Hire American” in the Buy American Hire American executive order signed on April 18, 2017.

The reason H1B stakeholders are reeling is not because of what Trump’s EO says but because of the audit that has informed these 100 odd words. At least three top Indian companies have been stung by remarks of top Trump administration officials accusing them of cornering a lion’s share of visas and suggesting that they undercut American workers by paying 8 out of 10 workers less than the median wage.

Link: Buy American Hire American EO

So, where has all this information, the nuancing, the data and the context come from?

Link to the FB Live conversation with Ron Hira is embedded in the text

Link to the FB Live conversation with Ron Hira is embedded in the text

Our dig shows uncanny symmetry between the White House assault on the world’s most controversial visa program and multiple testimonies on high skilled immigration by a Howard University professor of Indian origin Ronil Hira. We spoke to him on some of his more pointed criticisms of the H1B system which have resonated with the most powerful office in the world. Catch that conversation here.

The White House on H1B
“…the H1B program, which was always intended to be a skilled labor program.  I think maybe you'd be shocked to know that a full-on eight out of ten H1B workers are paid less than the median wage in their fields.”

Prof. Ron Hira on H1B
“…employers routinely select the lowest skill levels and pad their profits by hiring H-1Bs at the lowest possible “prevailing wage” levels.”

The White House on H1B
“…abuse of the H1B visa program is to bring in a worker not because you need their skills or talent, but for the purpose of undercutting the American worker.  That's the definition of abuse
that we're using.”

Prof. Ron Hira on H1B
“We have overwhelming evidence that many employers hire H-1B and L-1 visa workers not because they have specialized skills in short supply in the U.S., but instead because the H-1B and L-1 workers are much
cheaper than Americans.”

The White House on H1B
“…and those top three companies are companies that have an average wage for H1B visas between $60,000 and $65,000.  By contrast, the median Silicon Valley software engineer’s wage is probably around $150,000.”

Prof. Ron Hira on H1B
“Average wage for an H-1B employee at Infosys in FY13 was $70,882 and for
Tata it was $65,565.
80% of H1B workers that Tata, Cognizant, Infosys bring into the U.S. hold no more than a Bachelors degree.”

Updated Date: Apr 29, 2017 00:31 AM

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