IT Leaders react to Trump’s H-1B order

April 27, 2017

When the “Buy American and Hire American” executive order was signed on April 18th, it represented a seminal step towards the Trump administration’s goal of reducing reliance on foreign labor. Bolstered by new enforcement guidelines from the Justice Department and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the stage has been set for sweeping H-1B visa program reforms.

A Case of Supply and Demand
IT leaders widely agree on two things: increased restrictions on H-1B visas will negatively impact the availability and cost of skilled talent, placing U.S. firms at a competitive disadvantage. Because the vast proportion of H-1B petitions lie in software applications and engineering, building a broad pool of highly skilled candidates will become even more challenging.

On the other hand, domestic talent may benefit from H-1B policy changes. Even as employers brace for shrinking IT talent pools, U.S. workers should reap the benefits of higher wages for in-demand development positions.

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Posted on The Hill on April 27, 2017