Could Trump’s visa plan clobber Miami’s high-tech industries?


A little-noticed executive order signed by President Donald Trump last month could be the first step in tightening restrictions on guest-worker visas that nourish South Florida’s growing high-tech business sector, a move that some businesses claim could have serious economic consequences, several key industry figures say.

The visa, known as the H-1B, is for skilled foreign professionals, and it’s primarily used by high-tech workers. Miami ranks a surprisingly high 38th as a destination city for H-1B holders taking jobs in a quietly growing South Florida industry hub that has made Florida the fourth-largest state in terms of high-tech employment, according to industry association CompTia.