On Tuesday, the US House of Representative will vote on legislation that seeks to lift the country-cap on green cards issue.
Being supported by over 310 lawmakers from the Democratic Party and Republican Party, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is all ready to sail through 435-member House of Representatives.
Buoyed by the fact of 108 Republicans and 203 Democrats co-sponsoring the bill, the proponents of the legislation are using a fast-track process that needs 290 votes to pass a bill without amendments and hearing.
Enhancing the per-country cap on ‘Green Card’ would benefit high-tech professionals on H-1B Visas from nations like India, for whom these waiting is more than a decade. Some of the recent studies have also been waiting time for Indian IT professionals for H-1B Visa is over 70-years.
Today, the Liberty of Congress said that the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, popular as HR 1044, is the most viewed bill in the starting of the week.
As per the Independent Congressional Research Service (CRS), this bill has also crossed the per-country cap on family-based immigrant visas from 7 percent of the total number of such visas available the year to 15 percent and to eliminate 7 percent cap for immigrant visas to employment.
It further removed an offset that has reduced the number of individual visas from China.
It also established transition rules for employment-based visas from the financial year 2020-22 by seeking a percentage of EB-2, EB-3, and EB-5 for workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability, skilled and other workers, and investors visas respectively for individuals not from two nations with the large number of recipients of such visas.
The CRS said, “Of the unreserved visas, not more than 85 percent shall be allotted to immigrants from any single country.”
However, the bill has to be passed by the Senate, wherein the Republican enjoys a majority, before it can be signed into law by the United States President.
The same bill was supported by a bipartisan group of senators, including Senator Kamala Harris is condemned to come up soon for consideration. Both the identical bills in the House and the Senate were raised on February 7, 2019.
In the Senate the bill was introduced by Mike Lee and Harris, while in the House the bill was raised by Congressman Zoe Lofgren, and Republican Ken Buck from Colorado.
On Tuesday, Breitbart has described it as a giveaway legislation to 300000 Indian H-1V work Visas.
It will incentivize “more low wage Indian graduates” to take US works from middle class graduates from America, urged Republican lawmakers who are supporting the bill to extract their co-sponsorship.
Breitbart alleged that “have kept the legislation secret – the bill has had no hearing or committee votes – and it is being backed by the immigration lawyer who helped Democratic Sen Chuck Schumer write the disastrous ‘Gang of Eight” amnesty in 2013’.”
Joining Breitbart, the Center For Immigration Studies claims that the bill would reward employers who are replacing American workers with a huge number of less skilled and low cost contract workers, who entered the nation on temporary visas, often working in the IT sector.
These employers are mostly Big Tech or foreign outsourcing units.
The Centre for Immigration Studies alleged, “Under current rules, citizens of India are getting about 25 percent of all the professional employment green cards each year. If this bill becomes law citizens of India will get more than 90 percent of the professional employment green cards, according to USCIS, for at least the next 10 years,” adding that “Green Cards would be unavailable to applicants from all other parts of the world (and many other occupations) for at least a decade.”
It further argued that a bill with “such sweeping implications” for workers of the United States shouldn’t be passed without hearing and without option 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,” it added.
Congressman Paul Gosar claims that it is another gift for Big Tech units at the expenses of workers and students of America.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “we should not allow” to pass the bill without following the rules, adding that the bill has not had a hearing or markup.