Immigration Reform News: Bipartisan Senate Bill ‘Explicitly’ Bans H-1B Visa Holders Replacing American Workers

The Latino Post has Reported that “U.S. senators introduced bipartisan to reform the country’s visa programs, which may affect future U.S. immigration. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., introduced the “H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2015” (S. 2266), which amends the “Immigration and Nationality Act” in an effort to “reduce fraud and abuse in certain visa programs for aliens working temporarily in the U.S., and for other purposes.”
If S. 2266 passes the Senate and House of Representatives, in addition to the president’s signature the bill would ensure “qualified Americans are given the first opportunity at high-skilled job opportunities.”
Based on a press statement from Grassley’s senate website, the bill prohibits U.S. companies to employ H-1B employees if the company has more than 50 people and more than 50 percent of the employees are already H-1B and L-1 visa holders. It also would “crack down” on outsourcing companies that import H-1B and L-1 workers into the U.S. but then send the workers to their native country to perform tasks Americans can do.