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obviously
11-06-2006, 11:00 PM
Dear Friends,

It is great to see so much momentum in writing letters to elected officials. May I suggest that those impacted by retrogression/backlogs take an extra effort to articulate the issues and focus on differentiating it from the H1-B issues.

Here are some ways to frame 'thought provoking' discussions regarding retrogression:

Start off by stating in your letter that you are a non-US Citizen and non-Permanent Resident, currently in the Legal Immigration Queue!!

- In a country where there can be no legal bias on the basis of one's country of origin, why do we tolerate artificial quotas and restrictions during the legal immigration process based on country of origin?
- In an economy known for its dynamism and pace, where meritrocracy and hard work alone matter in principle, partly shored up by its hire and fire policy, granting Green Cards expeditously only enables them to more fully participate in the dynamic economy.
- In a country known for constant innovation and change, where the Top 10 firms of 50 years ago are so very different from the Top 10 firms of today, not enabling value-added immigration by highly skilled workers will only prevent such exponential innovation in the next 50 years.

- In a global economy where knowledge work can be done at any place where you have high speed networks, delays in granting Green Cards to highly skilled workers within the US only risks them and their high tax-paying jobs moving to other countries; including India, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore etc..
- From a public policy perspective, the time delay effect of not implementing a forward-looking policy in this regard will only inhibit economic growth because good ideas, able workers and creative capital finds its natural level over time. If the unreasonable backlogs continue for a foreseeable future, it is the US economy that will suffer in the long term because people and ideas will find a welcome home in other countries.
- Seeking resolution to the retrogression issue is neither a claim of entitlement or social promotion. It is requesting fairness, equity and reasonableness for those that respected the law and sought legal immigration through hard work and economic value-addition.
- Recapturing unused visa numbers does not create a net addition to the immigrant worker pool. In fact, it only creates a more mobile workforce, that can seek higher paying jobs, and in return contribute through taxes and social security.
- Ignoring the retrogression issue, would at one level, amount to gross injustice to citizens of countries that are democratic allies of the US.

Let us list out factual, cause-effect statements of non-resolution and hope that Congressional staffers will present these 'bullet points' in front of lawmakers.

I would urge everyone to send a personal email/ message.

1. Start off the email/message saying that you would like to share your pain points and perspectives so that the lawmakers can better learn about your interests, and that you hope that they will be sympathetic enough to come to the aid of legal high tax paying workers, and their respective employers.
2. Be frank and honest about the pains that you face due to retrogression - e.g. wife unable volunteer/seek work, unable to travel to other countries, unable to seek higher paying jobs, unable to grow professionally, unable to plan personal lives and investments, unable to live the American Dream, unable to move across State lines, unable to quell spouse's frustrations in being under 'house arrest', unable to feel the true freedom of this country, unable to maximize your value to the economy ... and other struggles and sacrifices
3. Take each of the above points and customize it to fit your needs
4. Close the email with a note to the effect that you would like to constantly remind the lawmakers that in their constituency, in this great democracy, in this meritrocratic economy, the current policies have created a slew of issues and hardships on professional and personal fronts due to the state of limbo.
5. Remind the audience that retrogression is an issue of 'backlogging' and is separate from the H1-B issue.
6. Remind them that not long ago, the Civil Rights movement started on the rather simple premise of ensuring that each and every man, woman and child in this country could live free and keep this nation free and make this a better world. The need for legal immigrants of the 21st century is no different in that you have a class of artificially segregated society that is unable to break free of its shackles of artificial quotes and arbitrary waiting times ... for no fault or folly of the person except that they dared to dream that they can live the Great American Dream.
7. Seeking resolution is not something to be ashamed or afraid about, and it definitely is not about 'guest workers not wanting to go back'. There is a legal process for guest workers to seek permanent residency and as applicants in the process, you are only seeking fair, judicious and expeditious resolution to backlogs and artificial 'hold backs'. This is a nation of immigrants and if one went back three to four generations, you would find stories of brave, bold believers that sought out the New World. Legal immigration is the modern Ellis Island. An entrance to the land of the brave, the land of the free.

Please, please take a moment to send out messages so that this features on their radar. Keep the messages professional, yet personable. Don't harrass or 'name call' anyone or any constituent in the messages. Our job should be to highlight the pain point, let us leave the resolution in their capable hands.

There are 1000's of members in IV. If each member seriously committed to sending just 1 message, chances are that we would be reaching ALL the elected members.

Remember, you can come back here and rant and rave as much as you want; or pontificate or predict about the issues. None of that makes a difference as much as your ability to challenge current beliefs and turn the tide in your favor through constant, consistent communication to lawmakers.

It's your turn... with the elections coming to close tomorrow, NOW is the time to set things right. Go ahead, please, I beg each one of you, make a commitment to send A Personal Message of Pain(AMAW)

Obviously

P.S. I would not recommend the 'Message A Week' from one person. I meant to say, if each of us took time to send 1 message each, over the next couple of weeks, together, we would end up having at least 1 message a week from this constituent body reach lawmakers and their offices. Please DO NOT flood them with messages every week, from the same person. This would waste their time and not be respectful of their attention. Again, just 1 message per person with all the points in there, would be helpful.
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