H-1B visa abuse destroyed my multi-decade software engineering career (as it has and continues to do to millions of others.) It did to me, by at least 2nd-order effects, though I would contend essentially directly. 18 people in team. Only 1 permanent Full-Time-Employee with normal benefits. All other than that one FTE eventually H-1B or in India. Do the math.
If interested, read on. But even if TL;DR, consider asking your Senators to support this bill.
The gory details, and some analysis, for those reading on...
Myself and my analyst colleague, who happened to be Latina, the only US citizens or legal permanent residents other than our one FTE colleague. And we were marginalized being into barely-legal "perma-temp" fake "contractors" with crap for benefits, despite being on multi-year ongoing project plans by name and general staff work that by definition was not temporary. Made barely-legal for IRS purposes by making us "Employees" on a W-2 basis of that BigGreenFinancial company' wholly-owned subsidiary captive "temporary employment agency).
(All 3 of us US workers are citizens but my point is that "legal permanent residents" also are "US workers" and also get screwed by H-1B "temporary worker because no qualified Americans" abuse.)
The rest, 15 of 18(!), either offshore in India, or mostly in our office from India on these outrageous H-1B visas. The majority of those H-1Bs imported "because no qualified Americans" were actually employed by "India Inc." giant outsourcing firm Infosys (traded on Wall Street as INFY) rather than by "BigGreenFinancial" directly. And that's because BigGreen had just laid off nearly 10000 software/systems professionals in that 2009-2010 timeframe without any penalty, more enforcement of age discrimination laws. Despite almost all being 45+, which is a "protected class" in software and is considered "old". (Thanks, Obama!) Via crony media, kept all but the first round of 3000 out of the financial press and out of the "hometown" general media.
They couldn't get their own H-1Bs for a couple more years because of layoffs. So they outsourced to India's Infosys for Infosys to hire and import the H-1Bs as INFY employees. Putting them in the same roles and desks as the displaced US citizen / Permanent Legal Immigrant workers Big Green dumped on the street. They used an Indian "Body Shop" to screw us. Because most of us pushed out were in our 40's and 50's, some older, our careers we're effectively destroyed entirely due to the rampant age discrimination in hiring developers and other software/systems people. ("But... that's illegal!" Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Think that's ever enforced? Yes I filed EEOC charges. As have many. With expected results.)
Of course, my colleague "contractor" and me, the only two US citizens left other than the one FTE in that entire 15-person team, were out next. First her, then me.
In both cases, by what employment attorneys call "constructive dismissal" of making the terms, conditions, locations of the job intolerable, then claiming "We didn't get rid of you, you quit!" In my case, all I'd done was insist that we needed to discuss the suddenly imposed unilateral changes or I'd have problems being able to continue. They claimed that request for a meeting was my submission of resignation, which I discovered the hard way early the next morning when out of diligence I wanted to log in to check a system even before driving into the office, finding myself locked out.
Fortunately, state unemployment departments recognized that for what it was, even though the Democratic administration's craven corporatist EEOC did not.
I don't know the details of what happened to my permatemped and pushed-out colleague, but with her 40-something and me then 50-something I'm sure we shared similar difficulty on age discrimination and "been unemployed for a month, no interview for you!" discrimination. I do know that our functions fell over to H-1B imported workers.
Repeat that story by hundreds of thousands, maybe by millions. Just the names and minor details change.
Issa is 100% correct in pushing this bill. He even should go further on the minimum salary for H-1B to essentially create a barrier against it, but that might not fly. Both the Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats (Clinton, Obama, Pelosi, Reid etc.) live the H-1B and get tons of corporate donations to keep loving it.
None of this bill would stop bringing in the truly uniquely skilled, the superstars, irrelevant keeping the best and brightest foreign graduates of US STEM fields top universities. It would just stop the destruction of careers of "American workers" by "No better than whom they replace" unjustly imported "Temporary workers because no qualified Americans" when the qualified American was just put in the unemployment line by that H-1B.
Remember, "American Worker" includes Legal Permanent Resident Immigrant. Ending the H-1B, or at minimum ending H-1B abuse, is PRO-Immigrant.
I'll bet Senator Bernie Sanders would vote for this bill. I'm guessing Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's Corporatocracy crony VP pick, opposes it. I know that it's directly in line with the written policy on Donald Trump's website (even though he bobbled his verbal answer about this months ago in a debate). That doesn't make it wrong. Remember, it's pro-legal-immigrant because they suffer from H-1B visa abuse layoffs too.