Letter: Bill undermines American workers

Readers who have a concern about diversity in immigration, outsourcing American jobs and importing temporary foreign workers to replace Americans in the tech industry should learn more about the recent "yea" vote by U.S. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, to pass HR 1044 in Washington, D.C.

The bill, cleverly named "the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act" is not "fair" in any way. Having passed the Nancy Pelosi-controlled House of Representatives (yes, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, voted for it too) HR 1044 would reward companies that bring in large numbers of Indian workers on H-1B specialty occupation visas, who displace U.S.-born tech workers.

The lobbying groups for this legislation include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity, Cognizant Technology Solutions, Microsoft, Facebook Inc., IBM and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

We should also take a second look at the lessons we were taught in school about "how a bill becomes law." Remember that old process in which legislation sees public hearings, a process that allows changes and enough time for careful inspection of the ramifications for Americans if it passes? HR 1044 never saw a committee hearing.

Under current rules, citizens of India are getting about 25% of all the professional employment green cards each year. Graves voted for citizens of India to get more than 90% of the professional employment green cards for at least the next 10 years, according to Jessica Vaughan at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Big corporations and their lobbyists will often claim that there is a "shortage" of American tech workers that necessitates an ever-growing number of "high-skill" visas. This is not true. We live in a time when American tech workers are being forced to train their foreign replacements because the Americans are "too costly" while many of our politicians assist that process.

We hope somebody asks Graves whose side he is on. And we should all speak up to our U.S. senators, where similar legislation is now pending.

Immigration should benefit Americans.

D.A. King


React to this story: