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What is HR 1044? This bill would dramatically change our employment green card distribution system by eliminating a safeguard that prevents green card numbers from being monopolized by citizens of one or two countries. Known as the “per country cap,” this provision ensures that the employment-based visas are available to a truly global pool of talent in a wide variety of occupational sectors. It should not be scrapped; eliminating it would benefit one industry (Big Tech) and two groups of applicants (Indian tech workers and Chinese investors) and squeeze out all others.
House Democrats reportedly are trying to pass the bill on the Consensus Calendar, which allows the bill to pass on a fast track without a hearing or rule for amendments.
Bill - Employers - Workers - Hundreds - Thousands
This bill would reward the employers who literally replaced American workers with hundreds of thousands of low cost and less skilled contract workers who entered on temporary visas (mainly H-1Bs), often working in the tech sector. These employers are mainly Big Tech and foreign outsourcing companies.
The foreign contract workers accepted the arrangement because they were promised green cards after a few years. Because more green cards were promised than can be delivered under our legal system, the waiting list has grown over time. No contract workers are being forced to return home, but because so many workers from India were recruited, they have to wait in a longer line for a green card under our rules.
Rules - Citizens - India - %
Under current rules, citizens of India are getting about 25% of all the...
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