Donald Trump's immigration plan includes proposals for the H-1B visa program that would make it harder and more expensive for tech companies to replace U.S. workers with foreign workers.
Trump's plan places him among the strongest H-1B critics.
- Among other things, Trump is proposing an increase in the prevailing wage and a requirement that companies hire U.S. workers first.
"Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas," Trump's plan states. "We need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed.”
Trump said his proposals will also "improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program."
Recently, tech companies have been under pressure to increase the diversity of their workforces.
There has also been growing attention around the issue of H-1B visas this year, starting with a lawsuit filed by former Southern California Edison workers who claimed they were victims of discrimination when they were fired and replaced by H-1B workers earlier this year. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has also criticized the H-1B visa, saying the program is being used to help ship jobs overseas.