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Acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division Tom Wheeler said in a release that the Justice Department will "not tolerate employers misusing the H-1B visa process to discriminate against U.S. workers."
"U.S. workers should not be placed in a disfavored status, and the department is wholeheartedly committed to investigating and vigorously prosecuting these claims," he said.
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President Trump slammed H-1B visas early in his campaign, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions has long targeted the program.
"It's simply wrong to think that we're in a totally open world and that any American with a job can be replaced if somebody in the world is willing to take a job for less pay," Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing.
The problem is not the existence of the H1B visa program, which allows US companies to import educated workers to fill insufficient worker rolls in the US. However, a loophole allows some firms to fire US workers and hire foreigners, and even force the US workers to train their foreign replacements if they want their final benefits.