Ted Cruz wants to increase H-1B visas from 65,000 to 325,000 annually

Cruz is a big supporter of legal immigration.

By Raif Karerat

WASHINGTON, DC: When it comes to increasing skilled workers on H-1B visas, one could say presidential candidate Ted Cruz is a bit of a black sheep amongst the GOP.

The Republican presidential candidate wants to increase the H-1B visas by 500 percent from its 65,000 to 325,000.

Cruz, who announced his run for the Oval office this morning, had made the proposition in 2013 as an amendment to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill.

While the Senate’s Judiciary Committee torpedoed Cruz’s amendment, they did approve an increase of 180,000 in the H-1B cap, but the House never acted on the legislation.

It’s not clear if Cruz had only the base 65,000 H-1B visas for skilled workers from around the globe to emigrate to the US in mind, and he didn’t want to include the 20,000 other H-1B visas which are allocated especially for students who graduate from universities in the US.

However, Cruz’s amendment proposed drastically increasing the fees associated with the visa applications from $1,500 to $2,500 for companies with 25 H-1B workers or more. According to Computerworld, the additional revenue would be directed towards promotion of STEM education.

Cruz is one of the few right-wing politicians who subscribes to the same school of thought as his Democratic opponents across the party aisle, in believing visa workers in the U.S. provide the catalyst for further domestic job growth.

In defending the H-1B increase, Cruz cited a study by the American Enterprise Institute that claimed 183 jobs for U.S. nationals are created for every 100 H-1B workers employed on American soil.

The report, which was published during tougher economic times, illustrated that H1-Bs were not even harmful during the recession.

“Even under the current immigration pattern—which is not designed to maximize job creation, has at least eight million unauthorized workers, and prioritizes family reunification—there is no statistically significant effect, either positive or negative, on the employment rate among [U.S.] natives,” it stated. “The results thus do not indicate that immigration leads to fewer jobs for [U.S.] natives.”

41 Comments

  1. Arlene Jewell

    What is now Ted cruz’s stand on increasing the number of H-1B visas?? I am for Ted Cruz, but my family is against him because of his likely hood of increasing this number.

  2. He was for it before he was against it, LOL.

  3. Don’t think Cruz will be on the ticket. Dear Mr. Cruz, if you could explain a few things, it would sure clear up a lot of questions myself and others have. You are the only one that has the answers and I know you will be very honest for you are a Christian and do not lie about anything.

    Mr. Cruz, why did you support 500 percent more B-1 Visa’s when American college grads with STEM degrees are unemployed? Was it because one of your biggest donors is Peter Thiel? The same Peter Thiel who co-founded PayPal, Napster, Spotify and was the first outside investor in Facebook, and probably the most successful venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and a member of the Bilderberg Group. And your other big donors are really big into the TPA and TTP acts? Is that why?

    And why didn’t you get concerned when your wife Heidi became a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, that pernicious nest of snakes as you call them? I know you said to bring a conservative view to the table. But, I read the Task Force Manual To Merge America Into The North American Union, I saw her signature on it, and I could not find any conservative values written therein. Why did she stay with the Task force for five years when she knew it went against all you and she believe in about the Constitution and Christian American roots? You know a solid America with borders and a big wall? Why did she say she approved of all the entire content the NAU Task Force completed? That did not seem right to me.

    Mr. Cruz, I was once excited about the possibility of you being the V.P. under Trump, back when you were at even at 4 and 5 percent. I was rooting for you and even saying you would be good with Trump. Then I saw a list of your CFR campaign advisors and looked at their resumes. Like Elliot Abrams, a head Viper of the Pernicious Council On Foreign Relations Nest of Snakes. Why Ted, why did you add this Neo Con Globalist whose resume shines with all the venomous years of serving the Council on Foreign Relations? Were you aware that Abrams has crafted many evils against the constitutional values you hold so dear before you asked him to work with you on foreign relations? Of course you did. After all Ted, you also helped craft many of these foreign policy ideas for George W. Bush. Your wife Heidi assisted the very same Bush administration. While George W. was busy with 911, pushing the Patriot Act, invading Afghanistan , pushing NAFTA, and carpet bombing Iraq, Heidi was busy working for the Council on Foreign Relations Task Force to merge America into the Bush policy (North American Union).

    Why did you partner up with Neo Cons like James Woolsey to also be one of your foreign policy advisors? I’m sure you realized that Woolsey was a national security specialist and former Director of the CIA under the Clinton administration. You did read his resume of heading up many Neoconservative groups including being the Chairman of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Founding Member of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, didn’t you? Is that why you said at the debate you would do another carpet bombing like Bush did in Iraq on ISIS? While in the same breath you would avoid civilian casualties? Ted, millions of civilians died in the Iraq carpet bombing? You did know that didn’t you, or did you just think we the people didn’t?

    Why did you add General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA to your advisory group who supports growing government surveillance and using American troops to achieve globalist NWO goals?

    But most importantly, why did you have your citizenship records sealed? At present, all FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests filed in search of any U.S. citizenship documents to confirm the true official U.S. citizenship status of you, Mr. Ted Cruz have been denied access. All citizenship records of yours are sealed unless and until you agree to allow any such records to be released by either U.S. or Canadian agencies. Why did you do this? Is it because Canada did not allow dual citizenship until 1976 and your mother would have had to denounce her citizenship to be a Canadian Citizen? Especially since the US didn’t allow dual citizenship until 1967. Your mother would have never been able to be a Canadian had she not denounced her citizenship. Therefore, there would be no reason to go to record your birth as anything other than a natural born Canadian, would there? You’re a smart attorney, you should know.

    Read More Here: http://www.birtherreport.com/2015/04/revealed-request-for-senator-ted-cruzs.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiple_citizenship

    I Trust Donald Trump will make the Country the best that can be, send the Illegal back & let them back legal, to pay tax’s as we do! They really make 4 times more than the Americans They get free (Housing, Food, Health, Schooling) They work under the table or use fake ID’s send their money home back to their Country to buy beautiful homes & businesses for their family’s, We Make them rich & prosperous Like fools, Meanwhile we struggle to keep things going never can get ahead, can’t get the free things they get, schooling is out of reach always paying the loans off, pay taxes up the ying-ying we are screwed big time,
    I like that he is Mathematically smart to do business with other Country’s to get the Country back on track, let them pay tax’s to sell thing in our Country.
    like the idea of opening the Pipe-Line, make a strong military so we can defend our Country if needed, like that he is rich & don’t have to answer to the lobbyist with our Tax dollars
    He is going to bring back our Country better than it was before The Clinton, Bushes, & Obama all a bunch of thieves & never cared about the American people, only time they did was to get our votes
    Trump is different he want’s America A Country that we can be Proud of & buy making the country great, we will prosper, HE WILL GET IT DONE & TAKE NO BULL SHIT!!
    Go-Trump-Go #TRUMP

  4. Here’s a direct link to Ted Cruz’s immigration plan. (I know, it is long, it is specific, it covers so many areas of the problem and so many people would prefer a 10 second sound bite that makes them “feel good” but, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a president who actually SOLVES PROBLEMS?) Among many other things, it suspends the H1-B program and calls for a total over=haul – specifics are given but you have to read it.
    https://www.tedcruz.org/cruz-immigration-plan/

  5. June 13th, 2015: NumbersUSA article on Cruz’s poison pill to the Gang of Eight (Rubios) Amnesty bill; “…what has many of our activists concerned about Cruz is an amendment that he offered to the Gang of Eight’s amnesty bill in 2013. The amendment would have granted work permits to most of the 11 million illegal aliens once the feds had successfully completed the biometric exit-entry system, built 700 miles of fencing consistent with the Secure Fence Act of 2006, doubled the number of Border Patrol agents, and quadrupled the number of technology resources along the Southwest border, including cameras and motion sensors.

    The border security requirements were so lofty that many in the media characterized the amendment as a poison pill since it contained much more border security than most Congressional Democrats could stomach. He also offered another amendment that would have kept the work permits in place, BUT WOULD HAVE REMOVED THE “PATH TO CITIZENSHIP” FOR MOST OF THE 11 MILLION.

    Cruz, knew (as we all did) that the amnesty bill was the democrats attempt to accomplish one thing, to get illegal aliens citizenship AND thereby their vote! Cruz’s poison pill, which includes the H1-B Visa part, worked just as he planned – The democrats refused to pass it!

    ARE WE CATCHING ON YET??

  6. Cruz and wifey are “globalists” getting in those workers to take the jobs of Americans . Wifey works for Goldman Sachs and Cruz is the biggest recipient of Wall Street donors.

  7. uglyamerican

    We already let in over a million people annually. We need to cut that down, not increase it.
    He was gaining popularity before he started saying stupid things like that.
    And NO! He is not vice-president material either.

  8. I’m not sure I believe this article! Was this written by Hillary?

  9. REOCON smith

    So what obama is flooding the country with MILLIONS of illegals , this country is toast

  10. Bunnysgrandma

    H1B visa is a temporary work related visa and does not give permanent resident to any foreign national. It was used at the high tech company I worked for (international) for work exchange programs as well as for students to get job training. The only way to have them stay legally for longer then a visitor visa or student visa. How the Obama administration is currently allowing is not the way they were intended and really do violate the spirit if not the actual law, by bringing in low income workers that have no speciality skills or job training in a multinational corp.

    • The problem is that foreign nationals are getting these jobs and our own citizens are not getting them. This needs to stop until we have our own people employed and if we ever have an excess of jobs then they can be offered to foreign nationals.

  11. Bunnysgrandma

    This is a smear article taken out of context… BEWARE

  12. Troll Magnet

    and with H1B increase he just lost my vote. i’m a software developer, an American. the H1B is HURTING my salary Mr. Cruz!

  13. Ronny Nelson

    I don’t think that is true.

  14. Phyllis J. Sandvos

    Please we need to really look close at this man…He belonged to the North American Union that believes in one country for North America with open borders. So if you have lost someone to the Heroin epidemic or someone in your family has been maimed or killed by illegals Cruz will never close the border…..Donald Trump is a big threat to the North American Union.. Mr. Trump wants to preserve our sovereignty and make us a country again. We are at the edge…Please no to Cruz

  15. etexfisherman48

    You don’t need a study to prove that; all it takes is common sense to see employers want cheaper labor for more profit. The study doesn’t get to the heart of the matter either, which is the fact the welfare system as it is currently set up makes it unprofitable for white and black males to go to work. If you were getting 40 to 45 thousand a year in total benefits you wouldn’t either would you?

    Cruz is a case in point as to why I keep cautioning not to jump on someone’s bandwagon without vetting them first. One apprehension I have had about Cruz is the fact his wife is a middle manager for Goldman Sachs another Globalist Wall Street bank. And I keep recalling the scripture that teaches us in the end time deception will be so great that if the Lord didn’t shorten those days even the very elect will be deceived. Contrary to some teaching the elect of God is not restricted to the Jew but also the born again Christian. Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering. Galatians 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

    I admit I have liked his position on many things but when it comes to immigration I am very opposed to his thinking and will not vote for anyone like him and Rubio that supports this. It appears blood ties or blood is thicker than water applies here as well. It reminds me of Alan Keyes another so-called conservative several years ago when he ran for president lost my support when he said blacks should get reparations.

  16. Ted Cruz just lost my vote

  17. SLAVERY of the CIVIL WAR returns to America  only this time the foreign slaves are used to take JOBS AWAY FROM OUR CHILDREN.

    Ted Cruz & Marco Rubio approve importing slaves to replace American workers using foreign slaves with H-1B visas. The  are forced to work at 25% of American wages and to live in squalor are used by our Chamber of Commerce to increase the profits of large US corporations ie. Microsoft, Facebook, Ely Lilly, Cummings Engine, Catapiller, Disney……Ted’s plan is to increase H-1B visas 500% from 85,000 to 500,000 per year.
    See:  http://www.cringely.com/2015/06/15/the-h-1tb-visa-program-is-a-scam/
    See: http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-fiscal-year-fy-2016-cap-season
    The H-1B visas will come back to haunt America as the slavery of the 15 thrut 18 hundreds and our children will never forgive the politicians.

    Note: a H-1b visa last for 3 years with 1 renewal and 1 extension.  This program can expand a factor of over 40 in 9 years.

  18. Business needs smart workers. Not Republicans.

  19. What critics will never mention is that since H1 program began, both employment numbers for American citizens as well as average salaries of US citizens have increased exponentially in IT and tech sectors. None of them can explain this. ie: if Indian IT outsourcing is lowering salaries and killing US employment in those sectors.. why do the numbers say otherwise? THE ANSWER ??? Poorly qualified Americans are losing their jobs, but being replaced in bigger numbers by those that are better qualified.

    • RGlenCheek

      that is a shameless lie, you ignorant wretch
      In fact many times the American workers are forced to train their replacements.
      How can the American workers be less qualified if they are training the H1-Bs?
      Never mind, you are probably just some manager who would prefer a return to slave labor to cut costs and have no heart or soul, just your fat ass you talk from.

  20. Most H1 visa are granted to HINDUS from India. Hindus are the wealthiest and most educated group in USA, ahead of even Jews. Let’s hope for a PRESIDENT TED CRUZ.

    • fuck you fundamentalist!!

      • You said Fuck and got away with it. I usually get moderated for saying Ass.

        This appears to be an adult site and I’m fairly certain that most here are not children and yet on youtube where many children hang out there is nearly no censorship.

        My bad… I thought I was still on Breitbart. :-(

        Trump 2016 Hell, Shit, Piss… Fuckin’ A

        Thanks for letting me vent.

    • strayaway

      Nothing against HINDUS, but my priority remains the employment of US citizens. The principle reason to bring in foreign workers, corporate indentured servants, remains that they work for less.

      Maybe it is just coincidence but Hillary made partner at the Rose Law firm when her husband became Governor, Michelle’s pay about doubled when her husband became a Senator, and Mrs. Cruz landed a great job at Goldman Sachs.

      • If your priority is thus, you should support H1 even more. The numbers show that US employment and salaries in STEM have skyrocketed since H1 began. Hindu H1’s all form companies in USA and create employment for Americans.

        • uglyamerican

          No they don’t. If you believe that I have some excellent beachfront property in Nevada I’d like you to consider buying.
          If they are doing so great why don’t they start their companies in India and get their economy out of the toilet?

  21. The 183 jobs number from the AEI study is totally bogus. See the analysis of the this number at http://econdataus.com/amerjobs.htm . This also addresses an oft-quoted 262 jobs number from the same study.

  22. OhioProgrammer

    If Cruz wants to expand the corrupt H1B visa program, then he has just lost my vote, and probably the vote of most STEM workers in America.

    • He did not lose my vote because he never had my vote…

    • Disappointing that Cruz has not explained/denounced his position on increasing H-1B visas. Scott Walker, so far, appears to be the only candidate willing to speak out/against increased immigration/amnesty.

      • Bill the Cat

        Probably because there IS no reasonable way to “explain” it.

        I’ve donated to Senator Cruz numerous times, but between his vote to fast-track TPP and his goal to increase H1Bs 500%, he’s received his last dime from me.

        • Kathleen3

          Same here. Disappointing, isn’t it?

        • Bunnysgrandma

          very disappointed on the fast track, but he was lied to, and then he publically shamed Mitch McConnel on the floor (lost lots of brownie points) for lying or he would not have voted and the HB1 visa is temporary and used mainly by high tech and international companies who trade jobs in expatriat an impatriat for a 2 year transfer stint. Or when a company pays for the education and then desires to use the talents. What Obama has allowed is the abuse and have low wage, average workers to use to take over non specialty jobs

    • I just sent an email to him on this ..I sent money to him and I wish i hadn’t now…If he makes it so illegals cant get welfare of any kind and makes it a federal crime to even try to get it Im back in..This includes one on it now to.but until then Im done .Trump is up next. maybe Carson…

    • TED CRUZ FUNDED by OBAMA superPACs/NWO the same to all other candidates, —————-ONLY TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT, he is selffunding,smart,confident and LOVE America that SCARES all the media.
      # http://www.donaldtrump2016online.com/2015/11/live-stream-donald-trump-rally-at.html
      # http://redstatewatcher.com/

  23. Cruz panders to the donor class and is oblivious of the needs of the working class. Furthermore the pay to play “research” from the American Enterprise Institute is biased towards its corporate elite benefactors. I vote out all politicians of all parties who refuse to give highly skilled and qualified Americans a fair chance to compete for jobs in our own country.

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