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Some Tech Firms Welcome Trump's H-1B Reforms

IT services firms that hire U.S. workers and don't offshore work are looking forward to President-elect Donald Trump's crackdown on H-1B visa use. This includes firms such as Rural Sourcing Inc. (RSI), an Atlanta-based domestic software development company. RSI employs about 350 people and doesn't hire workers on temporary visas.

It has four development centers in Augusta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; Jonesboro, Ark.; and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a new center opened this year.

These are places "not widely known as big IT markets," said Monty Hamilton, the firm's CEO. That helps to keep costs down and makes it easier to compete with offshore firms. The locations appeal to developers who don't want to relocate to coastal tech centers, he said.

The three IT services firms contacted for this story all said business is good and growing, thanks to expanding business digitization initiatives. Big competitors include offshore IT services firms that hire H-1B workers by the thousands.

If Trump follows through and moves to restrict H-1B visa use, "I believe it will grow software employment for U.S.-based talent," said Hamilton.

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It has four development centers in Augusta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; Jonesboro, Ark.; and in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a new center opened this year.

These are places "not widely known as big IT markets," said Monty Hamilton, the firm's CEO. That helps to keep costs down and makes it easier to compete with offshore firms. The locations appeal to developers who don't want to relocate to coastal tech centers, he said.

The three IT services firms contacted for this story all said business is good and growing, thanks to expanding business digitization initiatives. Big competitors include offshore IT services firms that hire H-1B workers by the thousands.

If Trump follows through and moves to restrict H-1B visa use, "I believe it will grow software employment for U.S.-based talent," said Hamilton.

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