For too many years, we have seen visa bulletins month after month and year after year that do not move at all for 3 or 4 countries, mainly India, China, Mexico, and the Philippines. For too many years, we have seen that our colleagues with the same education and skills, who were not born in India or China, are ready to take the oath of citizenship, while we are still refreshing visa bulletins on the first Friday of each month. Since 2005, the wait times for India and China, especially in the EB3 category have been around 8-15 years, just because we were born in India and China. And others have leap-frogged ahead years ago just because they were born elsewhere. Since when did the country of birth become a job skill?
If you feel that the system needs change, then you need to show up for change.
Change will not come by hoping that others will show up. Change will not come by playing cricket and sitting around in social parties on Saturday discussing visa bulletins. Change will not come by praying for better visa bulletins. Members of Congress are not going to go door to door and ask if you have an issue that they can solve. They will wait for you to show up again and again. They will need to know that you are serious. And they will act on things only if they know for sure that you are serious about your own issue.
We are having Fairness and Freedom Rally this Saturday, 8th September in downtown San Jose. We need to send a strong message to members of Congress in Washington DC that we have a very unfair system and we are asking them to do right by us by passing H.R. 3012. We are counting on every one of you to show up, especially the local residents who live in the Bay area. This is a family-friendly event and maximum participation is encouraged, so please come with your family members.
10 AM to 12 PM: Circle of Palms Plaza, 150 South Market Street, San Jose, CA.
H.R.3012 bill update, Introductions, Registration, Live music band, Q&A with Immigration Voice core team members, collect your free Immigration Voice T-shirt.
12 PM to 1 PM: Small afternoon snack will be arranged.
After this event, we walk to the next event at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts. It’s a short 10-12 minute walk. (0.3 miles).
1 PM to 4 PM: San Jose Center for Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Boulevard, San Jose, CA.
National Anthem by Jessica Johnson, Welcome Address, Speech from Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Q&A with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, Video address by Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Immigration Voice documentary on H.R.3012, Panel discussion with Immigration and legislation experts, small comedy event, address to the crowd from Immigration Voice core team members, “God Bless America” by Jessica Johnson. The event will also be attended by a high-ranking official of DHS who overlooks immigration policy and also key industry entrepreneurs and leaders of the high-tech community.
Please RSVP for this event as soon as possible if you are attending.
Please plan to attend on time and bring your family with you. If you can bring your friends or colleagues who are also stuck in green-card waiting limbo, we would really appreciate it.
Stand up for yourself and your family. No one else will stand up for you. You have to do this for yourself.
Let’s make our voices heard!