Barack Obama would sign a new border safety bill on Thursday, that has been termed as"discriminatory" by the Indian and American companies, as it raises H-1B and L-1 visa fee mostly for Indian companies to produce funds for the USD 600 million to secure the US-Mexico border.
Obama, in a statement, welcomed the passage of the bill after the US Senate came back from its summer indentation for a rare special session yesterday morning to endorse it by a voice vote. Only two senators attended the short session: Democrats Ben Cardin and Charles Schumer.
Under Senate rules, only two members must be there if legislation is unanimously agreed to by all others. The House of Representatives had passed the bill untimely this week.
To offset the emergency border expenditure, the proposal would hike fees assessed on meticulous companies that exploit two categories of visas. Firms with more than 50 employees and more than 50 percent of their employees on H-1B work visas would be pretentious.
"A handful of foreign-controlled companies that process in the US, such as Wipro, Tata, Infosys and Satyamrely on H1B and L visas to import foreign workers to the US.
The Senate Democrats' border security proposal would amplify the visa fees paid by these companies by roughly USD 2,000 per visa application," said Senator Claire McCaskill.
Obama said that this action by Congress answers his call to boost the essential work of federal law enforcement officials and progress their ability to partner with state,local, and tribal law enforcement.
"The resources made accessible through this legislation will build upon our successful efforts to protect communities along the Southwest border and across the country. This new law will also reinforce our partnership with Mexico in targeting the gangs and criminal organisations that activate on both sides of the shared border," Obama said.
"So these steps will make a significant difference as my administration continues to work with Congress toward bipartisan comprehensive colonization reform to secure our borders, and restore responsibility and accountability to our broken immigration system," he said