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Last night, Donald Trump upended U.S. politics and defeated Secretary Hilary Clinton in the presidential election. From day one of his campaign, President-elect Trump made immigration enforcement and control a centerpiece of his political platform, carrying the theme throughout the election. He committed to building a Mexican-financed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, declared that he would suspend immigration from certain regions, and said that he would “end the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program.” He also stated, however, that he will welcome immigrants. His companies have leveraged high-skilled and low-skilled visa categories to meet their staffing needs.
Trump’s Immigration Plan
President-elect Trump’s 10 point plan states that, upon assuming the office, he will:
Though his platform focuses on immigration enforcement, President-elect Trump often criticized the H-1B program while on the campaign trail. U.S. workers who had allegedly been displaced by companies that leverage high-skilled visa categories frequently spoke at campaign events.
It is therefore expected that President-elect Trump’s administration will seek to modify high-skilled immigration policies. But what the policies will look like, when the policies will be implemented, and whether any changes will survive legal challenge, are questions that will be answered in the weeks, months and years ahead.
BAL encourages companies to participate in our upcoming webinar on Wednesday, November 16, to learn about the election and what the implications will be for high-skilled immigration.
Participants in the webinar will include Lynden Melmed, who served as counsel to the Senate Immigration Subcommittee the last time Republicans controlled the White House and Congress, and Scott Corley, one of the leading advocates for high-skilled immigration reform and current Executive Director of Compete America. They will address key questions, including:
What Employers Should Know Today:
To Register: Please register for this webinar HERE or at www.bal.com.
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