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Reviewing H-1B programme too little too late say lawmakers

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Washington : The executive order signed by President Donald Trump calling for a review of H-1B visas is too little and too late, US lawmakers said, even as more than half a dozen legislations on reforming the programme remain pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

“We already know H-1B visa abuse hurts American workers. Simply reviewing the programme is too little, too late,” Senator Dick Durbin said after Trump signed the order directing his administration to review the functioning of the system.

US lawmakers have already tabled more than half dozen legislations in the Congress with specific proposals to reform and improve the H-1B visas systems. Many of those proposals, as per industry body Nasscom, are discriminatory and are targeted towards Indian IT companies.


Trump’s long-awaited executive order drew sharp reactions from the opposition Democrat lawmakers and the sponsors of these legislations, but drew applause from the treasury benches. PTI