What You Missed: Open for Questions Roundtable on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Yesterday afternoon, just a couple hours after the President's speech, we held a first-of-its-kind event here at the White House -- maybe anywhere? -- in which we took questions from the public on every side of the immigration debate.  We hosted Cecilia Muñoz, White House Director of Intertgovernmental Affairs and one of the President’s closest advisors on the issue, along with representatives from online media outlets examining several angles of the immigration issue will be there posing the questions on the minds of their readers.   Forbes, which focuses on business and economic issues;  the Examiner.com network which has citizen reporters in every state including more than 50 border state communities; CNET which focuses on the tech community; and Univision.com, which has covered the immigration debate as closely as anybody for years -- all of them came with questions directly from their readers. 

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*** Clarification from Cecilia: Restricting the opportunity to apply for a position to H-1B workers is plainly unlawful and preventing US workers from competing for a job opening is an obvious perversion of the program. While I misspoke when I said that employers are required to recruit U.S. workers before hiring workers with H-1B visas, employers are required to inform U.S. workers of their intent to hire a foreign worker through the H-1B program. Moreover, employers who use the program must fulfill a range of other requirements in order to protect U.S. workers.  For example, they must pay the greater of the prevailing or actual wage paid to similarly situated workers so that there is no opportunity to undercut U.S. workers. Some employers clearly violate those requirements and our enforcement resources must be dedicated to ensuring the integrity of the program and cracking down on those employers. For more information on the H-1B temporary worker program, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website.
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