Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called for an investigation into a visa program which some American companies may have exploited to replace U.S. workers with foreigners willing to work for less pay. Sanders and 10 other senators asked the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Labor to look into the H-1B visa program. The law creating the special visas was intended to let employers hire skilled foreign workers for jobs that employers say too few Americans are trained to do. The senators called for the official inquiry after the Los Angeles Times found instances of companies abusing the law to replace existing workers with cheap foreign labor.
“A number of U.S. employers, including some large, well-known, publicly-traded corporations, have reportedly laid off thousands of American workers and replaced them with H-1B visa holders. To add insult to injury, many of the replaced American employees report that they have been forced to train the foreign workers who are taking their jobs,” the Senators wrote,” the letter by the 10 senators asserted.