The owner of a Cleveland IT consulting firm said the H-1B program makes American workers less competitive and is “a huge job and industry killer for us.”
Another I-Team investigation in 2015 found federal agencies routinely fine companies and public agencies for running afoul of program rules, but such violations rarely result in criminal charges.
I-TEAM: Visa fraud rarely prosecuted
Trump’s order would direct U.S. agencies to propose rules to prevent immigration fraud and abuse in the program. They would also be asked to offer changes so that H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid applicants.
The number of requests for H-1B visas declined this year by about 15 percent, or roughly 37,000 applications, but the total was still nearly 200,000, far more than the 85,000 limit.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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