The 200,000-member IEEE-USA, the U.S. arm of the world’s largest technology professional organization, intends to urge President-elect Donald Trump to quickly replace the random H-1B lottery with a system that gives priority to companies that pay the best wages.
This proposal would also move large H-1B users to the back of the visa distribution line. For this to happen, all it would take is an executive order by the president, the engineering group says.[ Find out how to get ahead with our career development guide for developers. | The art of programming is changing rapidly. We help you navigate what’s hot in programming and what’s going cold. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]
Separately, the IEEE-USA also wants Trump to prod the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate what it claims is discrimination against U.S. workers by H-1B visa-using companies. This discrimination occurs when U.S. workers are replaced by visa-holding workers.
Trump has immediate “opportunities to start pushing back against outsourcing through the H-1B program,” said Russell Harrison, director of government relations, for the IEEE-USA.
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