Could Amendments Improve Immigration Proposal?

Ann All

Despite a growing chorus of displeasure over the immigration bill being considered by the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D- Nev.) wants to end debate and take a vote on it by the end of this week.


Republicans, not surprisingly, say they need more time to consider a number of possible amendments to the bill.


Amendments are just what the bill needs, says immigration law expert Greg Siskind. In an article appearing on ILW.com, Siskind offers a dozen suggestions he thinks would improve the bill. A number of his suggestions would address complaints from high-tech companies and other businesses, many of which center around the H-1B visa issue.


Among them: Drop a proposed increase in H-1B visa application fees; restore experience equivalency in H-1B cases; and restore the SKIL Act, which would allow H-1B exemptions and other provisions to attract professionals with science, technology, engineering, medical and other needed skills.

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Jun 6, 2007 10:10 AM kimb kimb  says:
You fail to mention that "a proposed increase in H-1B visa application fees" would fund $15,000 scholarships to enable Americans to pursue degrees in engineering and computer science. Of course billionaires Gates and Ellison are too cheap to pay $1200 per year for each H-1b to help Americans.Please tell the whole story. Reply
Jun 6, 2007 12:35 PM jgo jgo  says:
You fail to mention that the tiny increase in H-1B fees doesn't even cover the cost for a decent background check, doesn't cover half of the amount by which they under-pay the average H-1B-holder in the first year, and in the past such fees have been diverted to training programs for construction, seed-oil pressers, basic key-boarding rather than for the advanced training that would have some remote chance of furthering the skills of the bright, well-educated, experience US citizen science and tech workers who have been displaced by the cheap, easily brow-beaten guest-workers. Reply
Jun 6, 2007 7:43 PM jake leone jake leone  says:
The high-tech companies want to keep their Green-Card-Whip. That is why they are stalling for time.The Green-Whip is the ability to keep h-1b employees locked into their job, because the employer has control over the Green Card application.American IT companies use the Green-Whip as a sword of Damacles over the head of any h-1b employee, keeping them frozen and keeping them from asking for a decent competitive wage increas.The current bill puts control of the Green Card application into the hands of the employee, freeing them to apply for citizenship based upon their personal merits, not the payola of the company.This bill, if it stands, will allow people to move between companies, while applying for a Green Card. Freeing them from the indentured servitude that the tech employers (Oracle, Microsoft, Google...) so crave. Reply
Jun 8, 2007 4:37 PM Greg Greg  says:
jgo - The "tiny" increase in filing fees would result in it costing companies $20,000+ per worker. Not so tiny particularly if you're a small business owner or a non-profit. Reply

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