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  • Earlier this week Immigration Voice posted a press release stating that Senator Chuck Grassley dropped an amendment to S. 386, the notorious and poorly named “Fairness for High Skilled Immigrants Act.” At this point in time, the Amendment has not been filed, but it has been prepared and could be filed anytime. In light of the consequences any amendment to S.386 or its companion bill, H.R. 1044 in the House could have, I asked author and attorney John Miano and tech worker and activist, Roger Ross to join me on a conference call to discuss the amendment.

    So check out our discussion on the amendment as well as the H-1B visa program that is the genesis of the backlog that led to the creating of S. 386 and H.R. 1044. You can also see a draft of the amendment by clicking on the below link:
    https://www.ustechworkers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/S.386_Amended_20190617.pdf

    I apologize for the spotty audio in some places.

    Comments

    Johnny Wesley says:

    Thank you Kevin! The only group of guys exposing the truth on immigration! Keep it up!

    Bharath K says:

    I agree with Sravan. This bill is a narrow bill. For whatever reason, thousands of applicants believe they have complied with the law and have in good faith waited their turn to be granted green cards with an approved i140. Some of these families have been waiting for decades and have been contributing as tax payers. So these benefits of immigration are funded by them as much as any other tax payer. The bill is a small step forward in recognition of the hardship on these families and providing them relief.

    I entirely agree that there can be very comprehensive discussion of current/future i140 and h1-b applicants. I think Grassley amendment make the process going forward better funded and more robust. Bills make incremental progress.

    It is also possible to argue for a merit based version for future applicants without revoking the existing i140 approved petitioners. Senator Cotton and other are contemplating such bills.

    I think it’s unfair/unfortunate to caricature people as “other” “less than”. The system originally created may have had standards that in retrospect looks weak. But that is a chance to improve the system. It does not make sense to place people atvthe center of the problem.

    Peter Miller says:

    Get them all out. American jobs for Americans only. The entire Congress with their 18 percent approval rating needs to go. Term limits on congressional seats now!

    Ten Minute Tokyo 2 says:

    There is no backlog. They are all here because they didn’t leave when Y2K ended as promised. They are all visa overstayers, that is the only reason the backlog even exists.

    Yash Toopchi says:

    Thanks a lot for the video, very informative

    amol sagar says:

    90% of Indias on h1b dont have AI skills. They hop on to some testing and support jobs by faking it as high skilled.

    amol sagar says:

    They should talk about what it will do to the wages of American tech workers. It's a trainwreck of epic proportions if passed.

    Seyed-Vahid Sanei-Mehri says:

    Thanks Kevin!

    Sravan Kumar says:

    Actually, Some points are misleading in this conversation.

    1. All the visas goes to India. I think the discussion needs to go thru like out of 100% only 12 % belongs to employment visas which is skilled immigration & will go thru first come first serve basis and rest are diversified.

    2. India is a very big country but if you take small counties like Nepal, Sri Lanka or any middle east counties then how come 7% is fair enough quota. In my opinion quota must be divided as per country. Not same quota for all other counties.

    Most of the Indians and Chinese will support this bill because they will benefit other counties will oppose because they lose the benefit.

    I support this bill because people who are already in this country for a long time will get GC sooner than people who came here in last 6 months.

    Path Kris says:

    In my opinion all these provisions have been added by someone on the fly to make it pass. These haphazardly written provisions need a thorough review and the bill revamped to address all stakeholder concerns. Hopefully this is what the merit based immigration bill or the Build America visa act will do.

    Shanyao Jiang says:

    Problem is Grassley support it. that is the issue. the one who has stopped the previous version case back this one. and this gentleman is playing a very important role in Senate

    spushor says:

    A train wreck followed by a typhoon of India First America Last.

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