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Fear of Crackdown on H-1B Program Causes Rift Between Silicon Valley, Indian Tech Firms

WASHINGTON—Silicon Valley technology firms, worried about their ability to bring foreign workers to the U.S. under President Donald Trump, are distancing themselves from Indian outsourcing firms, which are heavy users of the same visa program that U.S. tech firms rely on.

U.S. tech companies hope that any new restrictions on the H-1B visa program, which provides visas for highly skilled foreign workers, will be directed at the Indian firms and that U.S. tech companies can escape with more minimal changes to their practices.

“I’m supportive of an executive order that would close H-1B loopholes to prevent those few companies from abusing the program for cost-cutting and outsourcing that negatively impact American jobs,” GoDaddy Inc. Chief Executive Blake Irving said. […]

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Fear of Crackdown on H-1B Program Causes Rift Between Silicon Valley, Indian Tech Firms