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Silicon Valley lawmaker introduces H-1B reform bill

Silicon Valley lawmaker introduces H-1B reform bill

When Trump pledges immigration reform, he’s largely talking about building a wall and deporting illegal immigrants. But in Congress, there are numerous proposals to reform the H-1B visa — the incredibly popular visa for high-skilled foreigners.

The latest proposal would allot the visas to employers who offer the highest salaries — not through a lottery, as is current policy. H-1B visas are highly coveted. Last year, demand was three times more than the annual limit of 85,000.

On Tuesday, Representative Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat who represents Silicon Valley, introduced a bill that seeks to address a main criticism of the H-1B program — that outsourcing firms exploit it to hire foreign workers.

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 Silicon Valley lawmaker introduces H-1B reform bill