Bernie Sanders, talking about real issues

<> on December 13, 2011 in Washington, DC.

It’s about time someone brought this up:

The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that’s one thing that makes the entrance of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race interesting.

As a senator, Sanders does not have a lot of political clout. He’s an independent socialist whose major campaign contributors are unions. But Sanders this week announced he’s running for the Democratic nomination for president, a move that could raise the visibility of the H-1B visa program as a national issue.

Sanders is skeptical of the H-1B program, and has lambasted tech companies for hiring visa holders at the same time they’re cutting other staffers. He’s especially critical of the visa’s use by providers of IT services that are headquartered overseas.

“Last year, the top 10 employers of H-1B guest workers were all offshore outsourcing companies,” Sanders said in a Senate speech in 2013. “These firms are responsible for shipping large numbers of American information technology jobs to India and other countries.”

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