The presidential election is coming soon, and voters may not understand how the candidates stand on immigration issues. Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican candidate. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are both vying to be the Democratic candidate. Understanding the policies of these potential candidates can help voters decide which candidate to choose.
Donald Trump’s Stance Has Changed
Donald Trump has clinched the Republican presidential nomination. His stance on immigration has changed while on the campaign trail. Trump began the campaign with more moderate ideas, at first supporting the H-1B program. Trump is now against the program and believes it is being abused.
His plans include building a wall between the United States and Mexico, restricting the H-1B program if not ending it, and adding a recruitment requirement for American workers. He would raise the prevailing minimum wage of H-1B workers, eliminating the supply of cheap labor.
Trump has admitted that he used the H-1B program himself to hire cheaper foreign workers.
Hillary Clinton’s Platform Silent on Immigration
Hillary Clinton’s platform does not officially discuss the H-1B program. She spoke strongly in 2007 in favor of expanding the program. Clinton became more cautious in 2009 regarding outsourcing due to the looming recession.
Clinton still supports increasing the number of H-1B visas. She argues that foreign workers contribute to technological innovations. The two prior increases to the visa cap occurred during the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton.
Bernie Sanders Wants to Change Program But Voted on Increase
Bernie Sanders calls for the visa system to be revamped. Sanders would increase the prevailing wages for immigrant workers. He would also not allow workers to be bound to a particular employer. Sanders does not support the idea that there aren’t enough STEM workers available.
Senator Sanders did vote for immigration reform in 2013. This bill proposed increasing the cap of H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000-180,000 per year. He also supported the H-1B Visa Reform Act which also increased the number of visas.
H-1B Visa Program May Be Changing
No matter which candidate is finally elected, the H-1B visa program will likely be facing some changes. No one can be certain on what changes will actually occur. Each candidate has different ideas on immigration and some of their views are not particularly clear. A corporate immigration lawyer can help expedite the visa process before a new president comes into office.