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Why Have H-1B Visa Denials Skyrocketed Under The Trump Administration?

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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington on Aug. 12, 2019. Under the Trump Administration, USCIS is denying record numbers of H1B visas.


The H-1B is one of the most commonly-used work visas in the United States, and the Trump Administration is denying them at a record rate. Data reporter Sinduja Rangarajan spent eight months investigating why.

This investigation is a collaboration between Mother Jones and Reveal, and it was produced by KALW immigration reporter Teresa Cotsirilos. You can read Mother Jones’ investigation here and listen to Reveal’s original episode here.

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Teresa Cotsirilos is a reporter at KALW, where she covers labor rights and public health in the Bay Area’s immigrant communities. A recipient of the IWMF Adelante Fellowship and the Center for Health Journalism's National Fellowship, she is currently investigating California wildfire cleanups and their impact on immigrant workers’ health and safety.