Many Maryland residents are aware that immigration reform was part of Donald Trump's platform. One way to achieve his goals may be to reform the H-1B visas, which some claim are harmful to American workers. The visa allows American employers to hire skilled workers such as scientists or engineers for a short period of time. There are 85,000 such visas available per year, and those granted one are allowed into the country on a non-immigrant basis.
Critics of the H-1B visa say that the system has been abused and is now a method of replacing American workers with less expensive foreign labor. A statement from a member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform claims that lobbying efforts have led to relaxed visa standards that hurt American workers. It further claims that American workers are forced to train their replacements before they are eventually let go.