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    4 Senators Propose Easing Visa Limits for Highly Skilled

    4 Senators Propose Easing Visa Limits for Highly Skilled
    May 22, 2012, 1:00 pm
    By JONATHAN WEISMAN

    A bipartisan group of four senators proposed on Tuesday easing visa limits for highly skilled immigrants and foreign students, a move that challenges Congressional leaders on their fixed positions on the issue of immigration during an election year.

    Two Democrats, Senators Mark Warner of Virginia and Chris Coons of Delaware, and two Republicans, Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Jerry Moran of Kansas, introduced the legislation, which is a break for both parties. Democrats have traditionally held highly skilled worker visas as a bargaining chip for measures on lower-skilled immigrants that are far less politically popular. Many Republicans have opposed any expansion of visas.

    But the senators, appearing at a news conference on Tuesday, said the struggling economy necessitated steps that move past those positions. Mr. Rubio is trying to gather support for his version of legislation that would offer legal status to young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children, but he said he would not try to link his version of the Dream Act to the new high-skilled worker proposal. That has to pass on its own merits, he said.

    Senators Coons and Warner agreed, even as they reiterated their support for comprehensive immigration legislation.
    “We’ve got to grow jobs,” Mr. Warner said.

    “We can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Mr. Coons said.

    The new legislation would create a new type of visa for as many as 50,000 foreign students graduating from American universities with master’s degrees or doctorates in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Visa recipients would have to show they stayed in science and technology fields for five consecutive years before they could get permanent resident status. The proposal would also create 75,000 new visas for immigrant entrepreneurs in the science and technology field.

    The legislation would also eliminate numerical limitations on employment-based visas that use per-country quotas. And it would make tax changes that favor start-ups, including making permanent President Obama’s 100 percent exemption on capital gains taxes for investments in small start-ups.
    “It’s new businesses that create jobs,” said Robert Litan, vice president for research and policy at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, not necessarily small businesses.

    The lawmakers are trying to build off the success they had with the JOBS Act, which focused on easing capital to small businesses. Joining them at the news conference was Steve Case, a co-founder of America Online and one of the JOBS Act’s biggest champions.

    “This economy was built on risk-taking entrepreneurs,” Mr. Case said. “It’s important that we double down.”

    For decades, immigration measures have been far more controversial than straight business bills. Democrats and immigration advocates have held back visas for highly skilled workers and temporary agriculture worker programs to martial support among business groups, reasoning that once they passed, Republican allies would have secured their priorities and any effort to get a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants would lose the few Republican allies it has.

    Immigration opponents have said high-skilled visa expansions take good-paying jobs from Americans and work as a disincentive for students who should be striving for those jobs.

    Those factors make the new push for four relatively new senators an uphill climb.

    “As the new guys, we didn’t get the memo that in an election year, we’re supposed to take the year off,” Mr. Warner said. “Clearly, China is not taking the year off.”

    4 Senators Propose Easing Visa Limits for Highly Skilled - NYTimes.com
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    The LAST THING Americans need right now is more imported labor courtesy of these traitors like Marco Rubio.

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    Un Frick'n Believable ... I am almost speachless .. how do you even respond to this insanity

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    The new legislation would create a new type of visa for as many as 50,000 foreign students graduating from American universities with master’s degrees or doctorates in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
    US Kids graduating don't have jobs, this is ridiculous.
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    Senators Propose Easing Visa Limits for Highly Skilled Immigrants and Foreign Students



    Senators Mark Warner (VA)
    http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/...?p=ContactPage

    Chris Coons (DE) http://www.coons.senate.gov/contact/

    Senator Marco Rubio (FL)
    http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

    Jerry Moran (KS)
    http://moran.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-jerry
    Last edited by working4change; 05-23-2012 at 07:54 AM.

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    We need to SLAM these 4 Senators with millions of phone calls - we have over 28 million unemployed American citizens who can be re-trained and put into these "high skilled" positions - these unemployed Americans will pour millions of dollars back into the U.S. economy instead of the money being sent to foreign countries by imported high-skilled workers - CALL TODAY!!!!!

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    These companies simply want cheap labor....................We have approximately 200 million workers of that number 88 million are not working or under employed how in the name of GOD does bringing in more people going to help, I had nearly 45 years work life there are few jobs that Americans cannot learn if given the opportunity so it's not about skills it's about cheap/slave labor.
    I'm simply amazed how little politicians know about business,manufacturing and the American worker.
    I'm old with many opinions few solutions.

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    CAPS Vets Ad 2012.mov



    Published on May 21, 2012 by crowdifornia
    Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS) has launched a national TV campaign calling attention to the fact that despite high veteran unemployment, President Obama and Congress continue to admit almost a million new legal immigrant workers a year to take American jobs. The ad is running throughout the Memorial holiday period as Americans reflect on the sacrifices our men and women in uniform made for the country.
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    First article added to the Homepage with amended title

    http://www.alipac.us/content/senator...y-skilled-550/
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