A bill was introduced in Congress to change H1B rules, according to Deccan Herald. The "Protect and Grow American Jobs Act" proposes raising the minimum required salary for H1B seekers to $100,000 per year and require a Master's degree. These requirements do not currently exist, so it would make it much more difficult to qualify for the visa. The H1B visa is a common skilled-worker permit frequently received by technology employees in Silicon Valley, the tech capital of the US. The measure is intended to cut down on abuse according to its sponsors. Our Verdict: The H1B visa is a popular scapegoat in Congress, representing for many the perceived replacement of jobs for Americans in favor of foreign workers. That said, given the many powerful companies that rely on these visa recipients, it's unlikely an anti-immigration yet pro-business administration would adopt it. We'll monitor the bill as it evolves.
Dreamers face unclear future, writes CS Monitor. It's no secret that the Trump administration will address immigration within the first 100 days, but it remains to be seen how it will manifest. The article notes that activists are worried that the government, which currently collects personal information such as name and address, may suddenly rely on this database to round up and prosecute undocumented immigrants. It continues by noting Trump's opposition to DACA and his wavering on the issue since winning the nomination and presidency. Our Verdict: If we had to wager, we'd say it's unlikely the program will continue in current name, shape, and form. That said, it's even more unlikely to assume that the administration would round up bright, young students with no criminal record and split apart families in the process. Even Republicans in Congress would oppose Trump here, and he'd need their backing to get any traction.
The Wall. DHS and Trump transition officials met and discussed a 400-mile-long stretch of the border suitable for a wall. They also assessed "assets" suitable for construction of said wall. The Blaze has details here. The construction is estimate to cost $11bn. Trump also asked about aerial surveillance, a move set up by Pres. GW Bush that Pres. Obama has limited. Most notably, the incoming administration inquired whether government officials had altered any personal information in its databases to protect immigrants' civil liberties. Our Verdict: The wall will happen, but given the cost (and the uncertainty around Mexico's payment for it), we'd guess that Trump will compromise in the following way. He'll build a wall to appease supporters but drastically limit its length to keep costs low and resistance limited.