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Old 03-25-2015, 04:43 PM
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Default ACTION ITEM: Please call to oppose H-1B amendment to the budget bill in the Senate

THIS IS VERY VERY URGENT AND TIME SENSITIVE ACTION ITEM.

PLEASE MAKE CALLS TO SENATE OFFICES RIGHT NOW TO REGISTER OPPOSITION TO HATCH H-1B AMENDMENT #1025 TO THE BUDGET RESOLUTION

Senator Hatch has introduced an amendment #1025 to the Budget resolution. This Hatch amendment will:

* increases in the annual H-1B cap
* exemptions for advanced degree holders from the H-1B cap

Although Senator Hatch's Immigration Innovation bill (also called I - S Q U A R E D act) had fixes for eliminating per-country limits. Immigration Innovation bill also adequately increased green cards and had many other good fixes to overhaul the system. Here is a thread for summary of Immigration Innovation bill.

Breaking News: Immigration Innovation Act introduced in the Senate - Immigration Voice (Breaking News: Immigration Innovation Act introduced in the Senate)

But it seems some companies don't like employees getting green cards. So this Hatch amendment #1025 has stripped almost all the green card fixes from Immigration Innovation bill and retained the H-1B increase to unlimited number by exempting all advanced degree holders from the H-1B cap. In the past, the idea was to exempt all advanced degree holders from green card count. But companies have twisted that idea to now push for exempting all advanced degree holders from the H-1B cap.

According to our calculations, this hatch amendment #1025 will increase the current 1 million green card backlogs in in 10 years to 10 million people waiting in the green card backlog. And because the per-country limits will not be removed, most people in the current backlog will continue to wait for decades, rather rest of your life.

Hatch amendment #1025 does propose recapture of unused visas. But the recaptured visas will be subject to 7% per-country limits and it will have keep 98% of everyone from backlogged countries in the decades long green card backlogs.

We strenuously oppose any amendment to increase H-1B visas without adequate green card fixes. That is why we ask you to call every Senate office to say the tell them that you OPPOSE Hatch amendment #1025 to Budget Resolution bill.

Here is a link to find the contact information of your Senator:
U.S. Senate: Senators of the 114th Congress

This is a message you can relay:

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"Hi, I am ________ and I am calling from ___________ and I am calling from Immigration Voice to speak with Immigration Legislative Assistance to the Senator."
If the person at the reception asks the reason for the call, then say:
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"I am OPPOSE Hatch amendment #1025 to Budget Resolution bill and I would like to know Senator's position on this amendment."



When transferred to the Immigration Legislative Assistance (or their voice mail), tell them that:

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"Hi, My name is ________ and I am calling from ___________ and. I am member of Immigration Voice. I am calling to register my opposition to Hatch H-1B amendment #1025 to Budget Resolution bill .

What is the position of your boss on Hatch's H-1B amendment #1025 to the Budget Resolution bill? This amendment will increase H-1Bs to unlimited number.

I am/was on H-1B visa and even I oppose increasing H-1B in the manner Hatch amendment is increasing. H-1B visa do not create jobs. Green cards create jobs.

I want to start a company but I cannot do that without a green card.

If Congress wants to create more jobs, then please pass bill to increase green cards and eliminate per country limits on Employment Based Green cards.

Hatch H-1B amendment will increase green card backlog and exploitation of immigrants, which leads to discrimination against Americans in the job market.

This is H-1B amendment wrong at so many levels.

Please tell the Senator to oppose Hatch H-1B Amendment because it WILL FOR SURE hurt Americans and will create an environment of exploitation of more H-1B workers who have to wait in backlogs for decades.

I will encourage you to please consider supporting removing per country limits on EB system and increasing green cards"

I am counting on Senators oppose any attempt to not throw U.S. workers and immigrants workers under the bus. Please tell the Senator to OPPOSE Hatch's H-1B amendment #646 to the Budget Resolution bill.

Thank you for speaking with me."
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File Type: pdf Hatch Highly Skilled Budget Amdt.pdf (19.0 KB, 171 views)

Last edited by The Alchemist; 03-26-2015 at 02:32 PM. Reason: Amendment #646 has changed to #1025
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Just called Senator Durbin and Mark's office.

Surprised how this became a priority all of a sudden, thought this would go nowhere when Senator Sessions and Grassley are in charge.
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Called CA senators Dianne Feinstein and Barabara Boxer's office.
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Just called Senator Durbin and Mark's office.

Surprised how this became a priority all of a sudden, thought this would go nowhere when Senator Sessions and Grassley are in charge.
Any H-1B bill will have to to though the committee. But since this is amendment on Budget bill, it will be voted directly on the Senate floor and will not need to go through the regular process.

The way amendment is structured, it increases some fee on H-1B and is designed to show that the H-1B fee is bringing in revenue. So it has been added to the Budget Resolution bill.

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This is most important!!!

I called my guys.
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Any H-1B bill will have to to though the committee. But since this is amendment on Budget bill, it will be voted directly on the Senate floor and will not need to go through the regular process.

The way amendment is structured, it increases some fee on H-1B and is designed to show that the H-1B fee is bringing in revenue. So it has been added to the Budget Resolution bill.
Is it possible to get any senator to propose a similar amendment to increase GCs (By recapture\ not counting dependants\ raising the number of GC's)?

May be they can raise the fee and show it as bringing in revenue?
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Actual amendment is also attached to the original post.
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Is it possible to get any senator to propose a similar amendment to increase GCs (By recapture\ not counting dependants\ raising the number of GC's)?

May be they can raise the fee and show it as bringing in revenue?
In politics, public opposition is expressed after there is no way to salvage anything.

At this point, we have to first call to prevent damaging amendment from going in.

Folks here need to understand that you are up against a well massively funded well oiled lobbying machinery of many companies.

While in the immigrant communities some folks are busy fighting with each other, world will not wait for until they can restore their sanity. Please guys, stop wasting your time on these internet forums. Do yourself and your families a favor and not waste your time on forums, rather invest your time in speaking up and making a difference.

Please continue to make phone calls until you speak with Immigration Legislative Assistance in the Senate office.
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Default It also captures unused greencards?

As i read through the amendment, i see there is a mention of "recapture of unused green cards"

May be i am missing something?
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As i read through the amendment, i see there is a mention of "recapture of unused green cards"

May be i am missing something?

You are. Please read the first post of this thread.
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sorry, got little excited there
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My wife and I just called both the Senators from our State. I will now start calling every Senator. Can someone post the list of all 100 Senators with their phone numbers. My wife and I will call every Senator.
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Thank you for posting this and keeping us abreast about what is going on. Cannot find this anywhere online. I will call Senators.
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Done. I also posted my comments on Sen. Warren's FB page, and tweeted to both Sens. Markey and Warren.

Do we need to tweet/call/email Sens. Sessions and Grassley? An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.
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