An immigration bill that proposes to end the national origin cap for the employment-based green cards got new amendments to get stricter oversight from the Department of Labor, according to Forbes.
Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) struck a deal to allow the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act (H.R. 3012) to move forward in the Senate. The bill would allocate employment-based green cards irrespective of national origin by eliminating country-specific limitations. Current law limits any particular country to 7 percent of the 140,000 employment-based green cards issued each year.
Sen. Schumer, Chairman of the Immigration Subcommittee, signed on to an “agreement to include provisions that give greater authority to program overseers to investigate visa fraud and abuse.” There is now an agreement to include a provision allowing the federal government to do annual compliance audits of employers who bring in foreign workers through the H-1B visa program, according to Schumer.
But David Bier, an immigration policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, criticized the ammendments in his article in Forbes. Bier believes that the Department of Labor would now have “broad discretion to delay and audit applications for H-1B visas,” and harass businesses who hire temporary high-skilled workers.