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H-1B Visas Center Stage in House Subcommitee Hearing

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

On Thursday,  3/31/11, a House Immigration Subcommittee hearing underscored the U.S. economy’s reliance on scientists and engineers from abroad. The hearing, entitled “H-1B Visas: Designing a Program to Meet the Needs of the U.S. Economy and U.S. Workers,” was characterized by considerable disagreement among witnesses and subcommittee members as to how the H-1B program for highly skilled foreign professionals should best be structured in terms of wage protections and job portability. But virtually everyone, including Subcommittee Chairman Elton Gallegly (R-24th/CA) and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-21st/TX), agreed that foreign-born scientists and engineers, including many who come to the United States on H-1B visas, make critical contributions to the U.S. economy.

CEO’s and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a professional association, had a rare opportunity to make their case on the H-1B program  and up, wrote the House Judiciary Committee to emphasize the value of green cards.

For Tom Brokaw’s report on entrepreneurs leaving Silicon Valley, we link here.

…and for your listening pleasure, here is an animated version of an attorney explaining the PERM Labor Certification program (the 1st step in the green-card process) to a client, entitled When will Kumar get his Greencard? – Enjoy!

Immigration Solutions | Immigration Post Mid-Term Elections

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

There’s a big shift that’s taken place with immigration policy with the GOP at the helm in the House; namely John Boehner (R-Ohio) and extremist Steve King (R-Iowa), who will likely chair the House Subcommittee on Immigration.  It has been speculated, in the new Congress, that Lamar Smith (R-TX) the current Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee will be named chair of that committee.

House Republications have already said that they will focus on border security and immigration enforcement over any future immigration reform. King favors changes to birthright citizenship to keep US-born children of illegal immigrants from receiving citizenship and argues more states should pass immigration crackdowns like Arizona’s SB 1070.  He has also pushed for more border enforcement and an electrified fence along the border to keep illegal immigrants out and has stated, “We do that with livestock all the time”.  Boehner will set a good deal of the agenda, and is likely to follow some of the plans mentioned in the Pledge to America that was released in September.

This most certainly will be a challenging shift from how current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and how other leading Democrats handled immigration issues.  Particularly, we can expect proposals that increase penalties for immigration-related crimes and make the removal of immigrants with criminal convictions easier.  Add to this the fact that both Smith and King have supported proposals that authorize state and local law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws; and lastly, it’s been said that we can expect increased scrutiny of DHS enforcement practices by Congress and increases in funding for both border and interior enforcement.

For more on this, we link to the AILA Advocacy article released today.