Larkin and Lacey Vocalize Problems With New H-1B Visa Restrictions

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of the Frontera Fund say President Trump’s latest war on H-1B and student worker visa’s will really hurt US companies that depend on foreign IT professionals.

The president’s goal is to reduce the number of visas for foreign employees and get government agencies to hire more US workers, especially for government contracts.

According to President Trump, these programs, that were put in place in the 1990s, reduces American salaries and restricts Americans’ access to the tech industry. Learn more about Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/12/16/proceeds-arpaio-suit-fund-asu-journalism-chair/20480479/

Right now H-1B visas are granted in a random lottery, up to 85,000 per year, for three years. The average salary of foreign workers with H-1B visas average about $80,000, and the highest percentage are from India, then China. The US Citizenship and Immigration Service says the number of applicants for H-1B visas have already dropped from 235,000 in 2016 down to 199,000.

Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin point out how large companies that rely on foreign tech workers, like Facebook and Google will stumble if they’re workforce must leave. “Think of the ramifications if your valued workers must leave the US,” says Michael Lacey. “Don’t think these companies will just replace senior engineers.”

Many people think this will force more companies to simply outsource work, which hurts the United States even more.

During the election campaign, Trump had voiced his opposition to the use of H-1B visas, claiming that they were used by large multinationals to hire and bring to the United States foreigners who worked for lower wages than their US counterparts.

However, high-tech companies, like Google, insist that they need to hire foreign personnel because they cannot find enough qualified US personnel with the required technology skills.

“The Trump administration is going to overhaul the entire process for any foreign worker,” says Jim Larkin. The administration is also targeting spousal and student work permits.

Currently, there are a range of permits for foreign workers that allow them to work in the US, like students with F and M visas are allowed to work while attending school, and after graduation, they can remain in the US to perform internships. The Department of Homeland Security is also amending rules that allow spouses of H-1B visa holders to work.

The Frontera Fund, founded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin in 2015, advocates for civil and human rights, and promotes public awareness on various issues.

Based in Arizona, the organization works to protect migrant and foreigners civil rights, and provides financial support to pave the way for lobbying.

Inspired by Larkin and Lacey’s own fight against Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s unlawful discrimination, the Frontera Fund was established from a multi-million dollar settlement the men won.

Today their organization leads a parallel fight for civil and human rights, and to change discriminatory efforts in this country.

Ronald Fowlkes: The Duty To Serve the Country by Fighting Terrorism And Crime

Ronald Fowlkes served his country of the United States of America when he joined the Marine Crops in 1989 to 1993. Ronald is a First Gulf War veteran that has already been promoted two times during his time in the Marine Crops, a big honor for people like him that served the Marines.

 

Ronald endured and courageously passed the Marine Corps School’s Marine Combat Training, and he expanded his non-combat military knowledge with the Basic Engineering course in the Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company (ANGLICO).

 

Ronald Fowlkes also learned to be one of the elite and heroic airborne soldiers in the Army Parachute School and through grit and determination, earned his advance Navy-Marine Corps Parachute Insignia and to expand his skills further; he also attended the NSWF Combat Diver School. Ronald has been to numerous high-level missions in the 1st ANGLICO where he performed various tasks in parachute operations such as naval and air gunfire missions through the use of several types of radios that are both non-encrypted and encrypted, as well as using a laser designator (MULE). Ronald Fowlkes also performed reconnaissance missions, and he acquired a very big reputation during such missions.

 

During his employment working with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) as a Department of Defense Contractor with the United States Army in Iraq, Ronald’s various roles composed of dismounted and mounted infantry combat zone operations. Ronald Fowlkes also trains personnel in the U.S. military in a tactical interrogation of captured and detained dangerous individuals, post-blast analysis, tactical operations, hostage rescue and CQB, and gathering of evidence. Ronald’s experience also expanded to the law enforcement community that has a span of 13 years.

 

Fowlkes worked with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department for ten years and three years with the St. Louis County Police Department. He has trained law enforcement officers in the use of a tactical rifle, defensive tactics, shoot house, and urban/swat tactical warfare. Ronald Fowlkes has an extensive experience in investigating gang activities, illegal narcotics trafficking, and illegal gun possession with the most ruthless neighborhoods in the US. These illegal gun possessions and corrupted traffick has shown that there is a lot of work for people like Ronald Fowlkes to dedicate their time investigating such schemes.

 

Currently, Ronald Fowlkes is Eagle Industries Unlimited’s Business Development Manager of Law Enforcement. His role in the company is educating more than 150 sales personal on the products of the company, development, product selection, and sale. Eagle Industries manufactures operational nylon equipment and gear for operations that are tactical in nature, such as load-bearing equipment, tactical assault vests, holsters, weapon transport gears, and personal gear carriers. They have great potential and are some of the best tactical assault equipment available.