If you’re like me, your mailbox, email inbox, and text messaging apps are probably flooded with candidate statements. We are in the throes of primary elections and in some states that season will linger as late as August!
While we can’t endorse candidates; we can discuss how they stack up on the issues we care about, notably employment visas such as H-1B, L-1 and Optional Practical Training (OPT). So, here goes!
J.D. Vance (Republican) Ohio Senatorial Candidate
Vance is the antithesis of Portman in that he believes immigration policy is mostly used to favor the interests of Big Business at the expense of American workers. Specific to H-1B visas, Vance has stated, “I believe the H1B visa is abused, because too many companies take advantage of them to undercut the wages of American workers. I’ve never encouraged the companies I’ve invested in to use the program.”
Blake Masters (Republican) Arizona Senatorial Candidate
On H-1B visas, Masters has said, “I’m open to suspending it entirely. I think the H-1B system is totally abused. I think we probably should suspend it until we can kind of figure out what’s going on.”
Joe Kent (Republican) Washington – 3rd Congressional District
He has also criticized the H-1B visa and the OPT work authorization program for international students. Kent has met with former Intel employees fired from their jobs and replaced by H-1B workers and has rallied for outright elimination of the guest worker visa program.
Mo Brooks (Republican) Alabama Senatorial Candidate
Brooks understands the problems with the various guest worker visa programs and has sponsored legislation to eliminate the OPT program and reform the H-1B program so it’s less predatory to American workers. NumbersUSA has given him a grade of “A+” for his voting record on immigration-related bills.
Katie Britt (Republican) Alabama Senatorial Candidate
As someone who was once a registered Democrat and a delegate to the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party, I wish I could tell you there’s a California candidate running who aligns with our views. But there isn’t.
In closing, Robert (Bob) Heath, a stalwart activist who created the database for H-1B Facts and who has won several complaints against firms that discriminate against American workers, has been diagnosed with advanced bone cancer. Bob is one of the brightest, most stubborn, and hardheaded men I’ve had the pleasure to work with. And while I’m sure his stubbornness will prevail, I ask you to keep him in your thoughts and take a moment to pray for his recovery.
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