An open letter to the U.S. Congress

Block S.386/H.R.1044 from COVID or Omnibus Bills

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I urge you to object to the inclusion of S.386/H.R.1044 in any Omnibus or COVID stimulus bill. It is a deeply flawed controversial bill that has never had a single hearing or debate. This so-called "Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act" is anything but fair, as it will effectively kill the EB-5 program and all other employment-based categories. It would essentially exclude skilled workers from all countries other than China and India, who dominate the visa backlog. According to a CRS report, it would create a 17-year backlog for immigrants from over 190 nations, including tens of Muslim countries. Dozens of minority immigrant organizations have already issued objections to this bill. The bill also contradicts President-elect Biden's agenda, as it would block almost all international PhD scholars from getting green-cards - a group that was promised permanent residency during Biden's candidacy. They include highly skilled immigrants in high-need areas, such as health care and medical research, who would be shut out of residency for well over a decade. These scholars are also essential to the work force and financial stability of many universities, who are also concerned about this legislation. The newest version of the Senate bill includes a poison pill dubbed the "Chinese Exclusion Act," since it would effectively prevent almost all Chinese nationals from getting a visa. I again urge you to object to this bill. There are other ways to address the Chinese & Indian visa crisis without grossly expanding visa waiting periods for nearly 200 other countries.

First sent on December 9, 2020 by Concerned Americans for Diverse Immigration

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