Yoder won’t be happy until every last American engineer is DEAD.



Jan 9, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC—On January 5th, Representative Kevin Yoder (R-KS), lead sponsor of the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans, sent a letter to President Trump urging his Administration to reject a proposal to deport H-1B holders awaiting permanent residency processing. Soon after, along with mounting pressure from business, technology, and government leaders, the Trump Administration has reportedly backed off from the counterproductive proposal.

The United States grants 85,000 H-1B visas every year to highly skilled applicants who are here legally, including roughly 70 percent for Indians, seeking employment and educational opportunities. According to the National Foundation for American Policy, more than half of privately-held companies worth $1 billion or more in the United States had at least one immigrant founder – with many having come to America on an H-1B visa, including the CEOs of both Microsoft and Google.

Yoder and Gabbard released the following statements today.

“I have seen personally how high-skilled immigrants have helped my community and so many others across the country by filling critical labor shortages in specific industries, preventing employers from fleeing overseas to fill them,” Representative Kevin Yoder said. “Plus, many of these immigrants hope to eventually start their own businesses and create new jobs here in the United States. These are the people who have helped America grow and thrive as a nation of immigrants and we need to make sure our system continues to value those who are following our laws and doing the right thing.”

“H-1B visa holders, many of whom become small business owners and job creators, drive innovation and help build and strengthen our U.S. economy,” Representative Tulsi Gabbard said. “The Trump Administration’s decision to back off this counterproductive proposal is a positive step forward.  While it remains a priority to invest in training and create a pipeline of skilled American workers, we must continue to leverage the talent and expertise of the hundreds of thousands of H-1B visa holders to fill the gaps in our domestic workforce.”