Uh Oh, Look at HR 1044, Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act

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Democrats are trying to pass a new bill, HR 1044, and it’s bad. The ‘Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act’ would take a safety precaution out of the current law governing Green Cards that requires green card numbers to be doled out evenly to different countries and not monopolized by a small number of select nations.

Democrats in the House want to remove the safeguards and allow India and China to monopolize the green cards. It would benefit ONE INDUSTRY — the out of control BIG TECH.

The Democrats are trying to pass it on the Consensus Calendar which allows the bill to pass on the fast track without a hearing or amendments.

The Center for Immigration Studies explains what it will do:

  • This bill would reward the employers who literally replaced American workers with hundreds of thousands of low cost and less skilled contract workers who entered on temporary visas (mainly H-1Bs), often working in the tech sector.  These employers are mainly Big Tech and foreign outsourcing companies.
  • The foreign contract workers accepted the arrangement because they were promised green cards after a few years.  Because more green cards were promised than can be delivered under our legal system, the waiting list has grown over time.  No contract workers are being forced to return home, but because so many workers from India were recruited, they have to wait in a longer line for a green card under our rules.
  • Under current rules, citizens of India are getting about 25% of all the professional employment green cards each year.   If this bill becomes law citizens of India will get more than 90% of the professional employment green cards, according to USCIS – for at least the next 10 years.  Green cards would be unavailable to applicants from all other parts of the world (and many other occupations) for at least a decade.
  • The IT contract workers overwhelmingly tend to be ordinary workers hired in large batches every year.  In contrast, the green card applicants from the rest of the world often are individually sponsored by a wider variety of employers, not as part of a business model designed to exploit the temporary visa system.
  • A bill with such sweeping implications for US workers should not be passed without a hearing and without opportunity for members to offer amendments.
  • Adopting a different green card selection system that chooses the most highly educated and skilled workers would eliminate the need for a per country cap system, and would not reward the exploitative employers who thrive on the existing system.
  • HR 1044 reportedly also includes a provision to eliminate the per country cap on the EB-5 category, which enables foreign investors to receive green cards.  If passed, the result would be that primarily Chinese investors would receive these green cards, with citizens of other countries largely squeezed out.

The Democrats no longer care about the American worker. They care about foreigners. That’s where their future lies.


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