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US CHAMBER SAID TO BE OPTIMISTIC ON CHANCES FOR H-1B CAP HIKE, PESSIMISTIC ON BROADER REFORM

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The Austin American-Statesman is reporting on remarks made yesterday by US Chamber Vice President for labor, immigration and employee benefits Randel Johnson. The comments section below the story, however, is pretty interesting. Looks like the NumbersUSA folks are hard at work getting the antis riled up over the story. If you are pro-immigration, remember to weigh in as well when you see these stories to let the public know that there are other viewpoints.

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  1. Another voice's Avatar
    Hopefully they can start at least with this part of Immigration reform and move down the list. I do think that democrats will not support the fact that this would not deal with the 12 million undocumented workers as they are counting with Spanish support to come ahead in 2008.
  2. drew from immigrants list's Avatar
    Yes, reading comments on any immigration article, it is always the antis that seem to comment. On a website like Politico, immigration articles are always the most commented on. I think a lot of the reason for this is that progressives have more major blogs out their - Dailykos, Talking Points, etc. There aren't as many on the Conservative side, so they turn to commenting on newspapers.



  3. RJ's Avatar
    How about the chamber working for a little EB backlog relief?
  4. pz's Avatar
    The USCIS I-485 receipting update is out. As I predicted, they posted it today but put a date of 8/24/07 on it, as if it was posted back then. It seems Nebraska is moving to 7/24 while Texas is still having trouble passing the 7/1 mark.
  5. Pankaj K's Avatar
    drew from immigrants list:

    I am a frequent reader/poster on both dailykos.com and redstate.com, which are on opposite sides of the political spectrum. On H-1B and EB reform issues, redstate.com is far, far, friendlier than dailykos.com.

    The latter is full of populist democrats and leftist unionists who are hell bent against H-1B expansion.

    Senators from both sides are supportive of H-1B and EB reform, but by far the most vocal opposition for this comes from Sen Byron Dorgan - a Democrat, who is supported by Durbin, another Democrat, and Grassley, a Republican.

    The point being I think it would be a mistake to assume that the commenters on the newspaper sites are conservatives - I would guess it's about evenly split, maybe even a majority of them being liberals.
  6. Another voice's Avatar
    Yeah that guy Dorgan was big bringing down CIR he is anti -immigration. Durbin is playing to the union supporters but he may be able to come to this side. Grassley I am sure as soon as Corporate Ag dollars start to flee to support people against him he will start to see clearly specially in IOWA.
  7. drew from immigrants list's Avatar
    Pankaj K: Good point. Definitely wasn't my intention to say that liberal/progressive blogs & their posters are necessarily pro-immigration.

    On Politico.com, however, people do list their party affiliation. The comments on immigration related articles there are roughly 5% list themselves as Dems with the other 95% being split between Republicans & Independents. Not that Politico's audience is necessarily the same as other news outlets, but don't think I would go so far as to say that liberals are the majority.
  8. Pankaj K's Avatar
    Interesting data from politico. I should start following the discussion there!
  9. drew from immigrants list's Avatar
    Yes they do have some interesting stuff, ranging from articles on Cornyn & the Latino vote to Talk Radio killing the debate. Its usually in their top ten most searched (right now its number 4) which probably accounts for why they give it so much emphasis. Their article on Bush & the new crackdown received something like 1,000 comments.
  10. Limbo's Avatar
    A one year increase in the H-1B cap was already shot down recently in the senate. It was, if you remember, lumped in with a Schedule A and EB visa number recapture. It got 55 votes, which is apparently never enough in the senate any more.

    I hate to sound like a pessimist, but the senate seems hopelessly deadlocked with naysayers in both parties (for different reasons) and the 60 vote threshold.

    I'm not a political analyst or anything, but maybe the Democrats will be a little more mindful of being seen as having accomplished little or nothing in the run up to the election, and may be a little more hungry to compromise on some issues. Who knows?
  11. Another voice's Avatar
    I agree with the assesment that the Dems have not acomplished anything and should try to get somethings done. Specially in Immigration they want to use it as a carrot stick to keep Hispanics and minorities in their camp.
  12. Athan's Avatar
    We need more H1-bs, but we want to fix Green card mess first if possible. In long term permit more green cards and reduce the H1-bs .H1bs are used only making money by companies, abusing the employees by companies by showing green card carrot and for making money by lawyers everytime when we extend H1B or change company. H1b program is total monster giving total control to employers. We need a Green Card process like canada where we can apply green cards without help of any lawyer or company. if such a program comes even for discussion purpose it would be killed by lawers first. i know that canada has different problems. But pure process point of view canada is best.
  13. NK's Avatar
    The benefits of the immigration are somewhat indirect and secondary. This makes is hard for everyone to see them and appreciate the importance of immigration. Here is an article by Fareed Zakaria that focus on American competitiveness and also touches upon immigration. Fareed was featured as the immigrant of the day a few weeks ago. The article is a little dated but very relevant to the issues being discussed here.


    How Long Will America Lead the World?
    The United States is still the dominant force in technology, innovation, productivity and profits. But Americans don't quite realize how fast the rest of the world is catching up.
    By Fareed Zakaria

    http://fareedzakaria.com/articles/newsweek/061206.html
  14. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Athan - Remember my post from a few days ago complaining about establishing immigration policy based on the tunnel-vision of one occupation - computer programmers. Your post is the perfect example of this. The only ones making the complaints you're enunciating are the IT workers. These complaints are not coming in other fields. Don't assume the H-1B is not working well for the rest of the world. I've favored for a long time separating IT in to a different visa category and addressing its issues separately. Perhaps keep the H-1B and its cap for IT and then create an uncapped professional worker category for everyone else.
  15. Another voice's Avatar
    I would not blame the Lawyers for helping people through the process. If you want to go at it alone be my guest but enlisting the help of a professional here or Canada or where ever is a smart thing to do. But if you want to do it on the cheap and deal with the headaches yourself good luck!!!. Immigration system need a lot of work in the US in many areas and for all immigrants. I do not think that H1-B and attorneys are to blame for the bad system.
  16. Athan's Avatar
    Greg

    I agree that i am talking from IT view as majority of h1bs are used by IT. as you said if they can create a seperate category that is best.

  17. paskal's Avatar
    Immigration Fight Widens to Colleges
    Va. GOP Bill Would Bar Illegal Residents

    By Tim Craig
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, August 30, 2007; Page A01

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/29/AR2007082901619.html?hpid=topnews

    so much for DREAM!
  18. H1B's Avatar
    This says it all-

    http://lyrelyrepantzandfier.com/
  19. Athan's Avatar
    Whole process of GC is BS atleast for Techies

    We dont need PERM step and I-140 step at all for GC. Only thing needed is I-485 as 485 has essentials like medical and security checks and checking valid legal status.

    1.PERM step is total bogus. One add is used to fill many, They know whom to fill already so they just prepare documnetation to project as if no body else avialble there to fill job. this whole process is pure BS.

    2. I-140 is used to check whether company can pay the promised wage. This is such a waste step. as GC person can leave the company after 6 months of filing Or once he gets GC he can leave the company after 6 months and he can do any job. so whats the use of I-140 anyway?

    This I-140 is making some techies to go through hell as many companies does not give the I-140 paper to port the priority date when they switch companies as it is their peoperty . This is making them to sit behind the queue with new priority date and langusih for years. and some companies does not give experience letters even after u work for many years.

    Because of the I-140 and labor steps are there , every company has their own legal lawyers and employees are asked to use them only in many many companies as I-140 step needs documentation of the private/financial data of the company. and many lawyers treat the employees as sh*t as they are dealing with employers directly. and many employers does not care for the mistakes done by lawyer as it does not effect them directly.I am balming lawyers here. Only the process.

    atleast for the techies , GC should be given to any person who completed n number of years with valid status and with good w2 standing like they do in England irrespective of sponsor by companies BS.England they give after 4 years. If Engalnd employ such process of giving GC and Canada can employ such clean process to give GC why US making this total GC process such a mess.
  20. Athan's Avatar
    Correction:

    I am not blaming lawyers here instead of i am blaming in the line given below
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