Sens. Grassley (R-IA) and Durbin (D-IL) have reproposed a bill aimed at curbing H-1B usage. The bill creates an H-1B system that greatly expands the regulatory environment surrounding H-1B visas. Sen. Grassley's bill makes a number of changes to the H-1B system.
Sen. Grassley believes that the H-1B visa is used to replace US workers. He has long cited a 2008 USCIS Report as evidence of fraud in the H-1B program. To date, exactly zero prosecutions have resulted from this flimsy report.
Sen. Grassley proposed bill sets forth a system where employers would have to register and re-register with various government agencies. It would limit certain employers from hiring H-1B workers and increase enforcement.
Sen. Grassley’s bill will surely restrict H-1B workers. It is not clear that it will help US workers. Any credible study points out that the H-1B usage mirrors the US employment rate. The Economist has picked up on this finding. A better approach is to ask why US workers no longer move for better opportunities, since most H-1B employer’s value H-1B workers geographical flexibility.