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Grassley Blocking Startup Visa in Senate

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Surprise! As long as the GOP allows this protectionist to singlehandedly stop pro-business job-creating immigration legislation, they cannot claim to be a pro-immigration party. We hear over and over that they're only against illegal immigration and want enforcement of our laws, but when it comes to supporting legal immigration bills, they seem to love big government and hate free enterprise. Hypocrisy!

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  1. gg's Avatar
    Arizona desperately trying to attract business and tourists. (Now tourists can choose to stay if they wish .. no questions asked .. )

    I came to play I choose to stay
    I came to work I choose to stay
    I came to visit I choose to stay
  2. Jack's Avatar
    The poll below shows that legislation like H.R. 3012 ("Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011") is not popular with the public:
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    They have officially become the Nativist party in America.
  4. George Chell's Avatar
    "The poll below shows that legislation like H.R. 3012 ("Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011") is not popular with the public"

    No one wants anyone to come into the country to work and everyone wants the right to work abroad. Ask the same folks whether they will take up a job abroad if they are offered, I will bet they will all want to do it. It is the same selfishness that says we need to force American corporations to bring jobs abroad but dont like the idea of foreign corporations leaving our shores either. It is pure selfishness. It actually ends up hurting the country as more jobs move abroad. UK is learning that the hard way. Perhaps Americans need to learn that lesson as the hard way!

  5. George Chell's Avatar
    Charles "Assinine" Grassley is hell bent on destroying the US economy.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    Actually I should say that Charles "Assinine" Grassley is trying his best to destroy the US economy, but David "Dunderhead" Cameron by adopting even stiffer anti-Skilled migration law (and in the process destroying the UK) is making sure he does not as all the research related jobs continue to move to the US along with British manufacturing.
  7. gg's Avatar
    @GC - Charles "Assinine" Grassley is hell bent on destroying the US economy.

    let us not be naive. We know status quo benefits both democrats and republicans and most of all special interests with deep pockets. There has not been a single genuine attempt to address immigration reform since the last failed attempt of Kennedy-Mcain-Bush which was also sabotaged by special interests.
  8. Another Voice's Avatar
    I agree with gg both parties prefer the status quo and like to play good cop/bad cop, but in the end they have no interest in real reform. They are not result oriented folks, the only care about keeping their own jobs.
  9. George Chell's Avatar
    "We know status quo benefits both democrats and republicans and most of all special interests with deep pockets."

    Status quo on skilled immigration benefits both democrats and republicans for two main reasons one from within the country and one from abroad: (1) An estimate by an international organization indicates that a staggering 80% of foreigners who marry US citizens or permanent residents have a college degree and many have a PhD; (2) Foreign countries are doing their best to destroy their economies led by David "Dunderhead" Cameron of the UK who if things dont change over the next few months will be single handedly responsible for Obama's re-election..while US firms are not really creating jobs, job creation recently has been led by foreign investment, especially a surge in British investment.

    And dont worry, next year, if things go according to trend, the Tony "the Aussie Assinine" Abbott will make sure that more jobs will move to this country. Add to that the Selfish Singaporeans anti-foreigner and anti-foreign student sentiments (incidentally some of the folks who oppose foreign students in Singapore have themselves studies abroad on foreign university one way street hypothesis), US status quo will work as long as they dont roll back laws already in place..and that I am beginning to thinks is highly unlikely with the hold in the Senate. It actually works both ways. So, the status quo does not appear too bad for the Dems and the GOP Charles "Assinine" Grassley not withstanding.
  10. JC's Avatar
    @Jack, you may need comprehension lessons. The poll asked questions related to "And a new Washington Post-Bloomberg News poll shows wide, bipartisan opposition to Romney's call to increase the number of visas for highly skilled foreign workers." (increase is what they are opposed to). HR3012 does not ask for that, which I believe it should have.
  11. George Chell's Avatar

    Romney is asking for it although I simply do not believe him.
  12. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    I am with George. Newt maybe a windbag, but at least he seemed honest about immigration. So did W.
  13. Another Voice's Avatar
    Luis Gutierrez Slams Mitt Romney Over Calling SB 1070 A "Model"
  14. gg's Avatar
    Two-third of GOP voters support immigration reform that allows either path to citizenship or temporary work permits for undocumented instead of deportations ....

    In both states, then, nearly two-thirds of Republican voters said they supported mechanisms that would allow illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work legally, rather than face deportation. (Among the major candidates only Newt Gingrich supports anything like that policy, and even he does not go nearly that far.) That result is even more striking in Arizona, where illegal immigration has been a powerfully divisive issue, than in Florida, where the issue has been much more muted, in part because it is not relevant to Cuban-Americans and Puerto Ricans, the state's two largest Hispanic groups.
  15. George Chell's Avatar
    Arpaio at it again....
  16. Another Voice's Avatar
    Why States Are Already Shifting Away From Alabama and Arizona's Failed Anti-Immigrant Experiment
  17. JoeF's Avatar
    You beat me to it, George...
    The birthers don't give up.,0,5437098.story
  18. USC's Avatar
    "The poll below shows that legislation like H.R. 3012 ("Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011") is not popular with the public"

    .....Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

    If you need a link to the above words or are unfamiliar with the basic concepts of American democracy I can furnish further links.

  19. Limbo's Avatar
    What does Grassley's hold on HR 3012 have to do with the startup act??

    Nothing. This is worthless journalism.

    I suspect this is just another attempt by proponents of HR 3012 to equivocate by claiming it has something to do with job creation.

    HR3012 just rearranges the deck chairs while the ship continues to sink.
  20. Guest's Avatar
    Kiss my A^%.

    Grassley is an A&^hole. This old scumbag fails to realize that US is losing it competitive edge on the world market. When other countries welcome immigrants for their own betterment, US on the other hand educates these immgrants, trains them and sends them packing.

    Very soon developing nations like India and China will be competing head on with US. With a young, energetic workforce these countries stand a better chance in this competitive world.

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