In a major development, Numbers USA, the anti-immigrant group, has mobilized to stop the Irish E3 visa bill passing through the senate.
The organization sent an email to its one million plus membership on Thursday targeting the Irish visa bill. Their actions came after both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported that Senator Scott Brown had stated that he was close to getting the Irish visa bill through the senate.
The bill would allow up to 10,500 non immigrant visas a year from Ireland. It is based on similar legislation that allows similar amounts of Australian visas.
Numbers USA is one of the largest anti-immigrant groups and claims over one million members. They urged their members to write to their senators.
The suggested copy they sent reads:“We don't support bills that increase foreign workers, particularly those that favor one nationality over another. That's what Sen. Brown's E-3 visa bill is and we hope you will oppose it.
“The U.S. isn't expected to reach full employment again for a number of years. We need more jobs, not more workers. Nevertheless, Sen. Brown's bill would increase legal immigration by 10,500 visas every year.
“Sen. Brown's bill is just for Irish workers, no other group would be eligible. There is no justification for this kind of favoritism either.
“Sen. Brown's bill is a perfect example of how our immigration system rarely considers labor market situations. Rather, it is used by selfish politicians as a special give away to special interest groups.
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