New head of US homeland security is ex-lobbyist of Indian trade body Nasscom.
Chad Wolf, who took office Wednesday because the acting head of the department of homeland security (DHS), was formerly a paid lobbyist for Nasscom, a trade of Indian IT firms which are among the heaviest consumers of US H-1B visas, which have come under rigorous scrutiny of the Trump administration.
DHS oversees the H-1B policy programme, and that is directly run by a number of its bureaus, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS).
Critics of this H-1B visa programme was campaigning against Chad’s appointment and had targeted Stephen Miller, the immigration czar at the White House who they thought was behind the appointment.
Thought they neglected to stop it, they have not given up.
‘Any senator who insists to the nomination of CHAD WOLF is voting against the American workers and putting the swamp as head of DHS,’ wrote Sarah Blackwellan anti-H-1B attorney who has represented American workers displaced by workers brought on H-1B by Indian IT firms.
Wolf does not have to be supported by the senate as a’acting’ secretary. The White House hasn’t said when the president plans to name a person to direct the department on a permanent basis, and if it’s going to be Wolf, that would then require to be supported by the senate.
According to a news reports, the Wolf intends to hand over the management of this H-1B visa programme into some other official in perspective of a possible conflict of interest. However there’s not been any official announcement yet, and Wolf, that tweeted Thursday to thank President Trump, hasn’t addressed that the anxiety felt among several quarters about his past work as a lobbyist.
There was no answer to a request for a comment from Nasscom. The trade has employed professional lobbyists to work on’issues related to trade and immigration policy, and skilled worker training’, as was stated by Abraham Strategies LLC, its present lobbyist, in a mandatory lobbying disclosure document filed with the US senate in August.
Wolf was among officials recorded in the disclosures announcement signify Nasscom for erstwhile lobbyist,” Wexler Walker, a unit of Hill+Knowlton Plans, LLC, from 2015 to 2018.
Indian IT business officials here, who’ve dwelt as January 2017 in terror of the one morning tweet contrary to President Trump that may totally upend their afternoon and businesses, have been watching the appointment closely. But they wondered whether Wolf can prevent that converse or loosen the screws.
The Trump government has exposed the H-1B visa programme for unprecedented examination to stop its being used to displace American workers. Rejection prices for new petitions have, for instance, have shot up, particularly for IT services companies, that comprise Indian companies Infosys, TCS and Wipro.
Indians are the main beneficiary of those visas, cornering more than 70 percent of those 85,000 that are issued. They’re hired by the two Indian firms like the ones listed previously, and US firms such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon.