WASHINGTON — As reported by Univision , Silicon Valley executives and their companies are applying pressure to Congress to increase the number of visas for highly-skilled immigrant workers.
These visas, called H1-B, allow highly-skilled workers from foreign countries to come to the U.S. and work in various industries. Silicon Valley executives, this past Monday, pleaded with Congress to discuss the H1-B visas as the immigration reform debate takes place on the Senate floor.
Companies like Google and Microsoft argue that there is a scarcity of engineers, programmers and other related fields in the U.S. and that they have to look abroad for these skill sets.
Univision highlights the efforts of the Gang of Eight, who include Senators Marco Rubio, Dick Durbin, Orrin Hatch, among others. Hatch is a big proponent of easing H1-B visa quotas while Durbin is stonewalling Hatch’s efforts, because he expects equal concessions from the Republican senators. The article quoted an AFL-CIO official, Tom Snyder, that the Republicans want to increase the H1-B visa quotas by 3 times the normal amount, something that his union is against.