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H1-B Visas Shouldn't Become a Political Weapon

 Posted on CIO Insight by Samuel Greengard on June 6, 2017

Over the last few years, the controversy over foreign labor, skill shortages and visas has reached a fevered pitch. Finally, in April, President Trump issued an executive order designed to reform America's H-1B visa program. The goal? Reduce American reliance on skilled foreign labor.

While the H1-B program should be examined closely--there have been some notable abuses, particularly the use of cheap foreign labor to replace American jobs--the vast majority of H1-Bs have benefited the United States. They have helped build a world-class tech industry and have bolstered many other American companies that face serious talent and skill gaps, particularly in crucial areas like science, computing and engineering. Continue reading the full article.