The Morrison Public Affairs Group (MPAG), will be the only beneficiary of collected funds. The MPAG will provide targeted strategic advice and assistance to stop and or amend H.R. 1044/S. 386. The contract will start from 06/25/2019 for three months and the total compensation of $28850. The money will be delivered by wire transfer from the bank account of the “SUPPORT ALLIANCE OF US IMMIGRANTS” corporation to the designated MPAG account.
On behalf of thousands of U.S.-educated students and workers, we urge the Congress to resist the temptation to divide our country with zero-sum legislative “solutions” that solve nothing, regarding the backlog problem, particularly for employment-based green cards. We refer specifically to the troublesome legislation for lifting the ‘per-country cap’ without adding green cards, so-called “Fairness for High Skilled immigrants Act (H.R.1044/S.386)”.
It is simply false to claim, as some do, that America’s green card distribution discriminates against any source country. We note over the past ten years, individuals born in India have gotten 280,523 green cards; China, 130,248; South Korea 115,274, and the Philippines 84,792. That distribution of green cards is decidedly NOT biased against people born in India, who get considerably more than twice as many as any other source country. We understand the intent behind the “per-country cap removal” efforts and agree that the long wait, Indian nationals face, is a problem. However, the zero-sum approach of abolishing per-country distribution without adding more green cards would only move the backlog around and expand it to all nationalities. It would prioritize citizens of a small number of countries with particularly high immigration volumes and backlogs, who are often employed in the U.S. technology sector, allowing them to move more quickly to the head of the queue at the expense of those from all other countries. Indian nationals currently dominate the visa and green card programs. In FY2017, for example, Indian nationals accounted for 47,302 or 11% of the student visas, 72% of all H-1B visas, and 17% of employment green cards.
To illustrate this further, consider the second employment-based preference category, where most of the problem is. This category is for “members of the professions holding advanced degrees or aliens of exceptional ability.” Data presented on Congressional Research Service (CRS) (Report # R45447, December 2018), yield that roughly 12.5 years would be required to eliminate this queue of prospective immigrants. This leads to ZERO green card for high skilled immigrants from Africa, Central America, North America, South America, Europe, Oceania, and others, for years to come. This legislation would force international students/workers from a variety of countries who are inside the U.S., to pursue work outside or to apply elsewhere in the first place, given the bleak prospects of future residency in the U.S.
The UAW 2865 Joint Council who represents international students/workers throughout California Universities opposed this legislation and noted “We urge you to consider alternatives” and added “we support reforms that encourage mobility, promote socioeconomic and cultural diversity, and that reflect the diversity of the green card and visa applicant pool and promote access to residency for all international student workers at UC.” Several other organizations oppose this legislation, including Korean Americans in Action (KAA), American Hospitals Association (AHA), LeadingAge, Philippines Nurses Association of America (PNAA), Canadian American Bar Association (CABA), American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), Iranian American Medical Association (IAMA), U.S. Tech Workers, and EVEN South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).
We wish to urge Congress to adoption of a more comprehensive and equitable immigration reform that would address the long wait for backlogged communities, however, it would also best meet the needs of American businesses across all sectors and promote diversity of backgrounds, not just in nationality, but also in education and training to keep economy vibrant and competitive. Please help us to raise the awareness regarding the unintended consequences of H.R.1044/S.386.
- Sina Samii
- Yasaman Rezvabi
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