A top Republican in the House of Representatives has signed a bill that would expand the visa waiver program for the United States, making it more expensive for employers to hire American workers.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who is chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Fox News the bill will help employers who are currently unable to hire Americans and increase costs for American workers to work in the United State.
The measure would allow employers to request up to $1 million in taxpayer-funded aid, and employers would need to prove they would not be able to employ American workers under the new program.
Under the current law, employers who hire Americans without visas or who otherwise have a “good faith belief” that an American worker would be in the country illegally are allowed to hire an American.
The legislation would allow an employer to use this exception to hire foreign workers.
The new measure would extend this exception for five years, so employers who hired foreign workers in the past would be able for up to five years to use it.
The bill would also allow an employee to be eligible for a visa waiver if he or she has an outstanding pending application or the employer has not previously obtained a waiver from DHS.