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senate Bill S. 153

Should More Immigrants With Special Skills Be Welcomed Into The U.S.?

Argument in favor

Upping the number of H-1B visas the U.S. approves will increase the amount of skilled labor available to American businesses. Their diverse talents will in turn help fuel economic growth.

tea's Opinion
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02/16/2015
The notion that "there are only so many jobs, and if there is one extra person in the country there would be 'one less job'" is ill-founded and irrational. The influx of these skilled workers will stimulate the economy, so it has immediate benefits for the U.S. This bill also includes measures to strengthen our country's STEM education and training, so it's also good for the U.S. in the long run.
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BananaNeil's Opinion
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03/22/2015
Improve our workforce. Help outsiders come to a thriving society where they can be of great contribution. Absolutely.
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ThomasParker's Opinion
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06/01/2015
Immigration helped build the U.S. into a prosperous nation. Today, the welfare state entices immigration instead of freedom and opportunity, and onerous regulations on labor and employment make hiring needlessly difficult. Our policy should be complete open borders with only 2 conditions: no welfare, and no terrorists.
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Argument opposed

There are millions of Americans who are struggling to find work, some of whom are qualified to perform the work that the H-1B visa recipients would be doing. This is quite literally a "they're taking our jobs" moment.

Karthik's Opinion
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04/06/2015
This helps only to bring more cheaper labor to US to benefit companies. It doesn't mention about any equivalent ratio of green card increase. So this will make the wait times for the green cards from current 4 to 10 years to 50+ years, which will enslave law abiding legal immigrants. So I strongly oppose any bill that doesn't address the current green card backlog, which will help the immigrants to create new businesses.
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David's Opinion
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04/07/2015
It is bad enough that we don't use our own skilled workers and want to take away more jobs from Legal Americans? Aren't American businesses happy with paying there own countrymen?
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PacificCstar's Opinion
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06/11/2015
These jobs should go to U.S. Citizens, not people here to earn money and take it home.
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Title

I-Squared Act of 2015

Official Title

A bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States, and for other purposes.

Summary

Immigration Innovation Act of 2015 or the I-Squared Act of 2015 Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish an annual cap on H-1B nonimmigrant visas (specialty occupations) at between 115,000 and 195,000 visas depending upon market conditions and existing demand. (The current annual H-1B cap is 65,000.) Sets forth allocation provisions. Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) to: (1) authorize the accompanying spouse of an H-1B alien to work in the United States, and (2) provide such spouse with an appropriate work permit. Prohibits the Secretary of DHS or the Secretary of State from denying a subsequent petition or application for a previously approved visa petition or admission application to extend the status of an H-1B or L-visa (intra-company transferee) nonimmigrant involving the same alien and petitioner unless: there was a material error in the previous petition approval, a substantial change in circumstances has taken place that renders the nonimmigrant ineligible for such status, or new information has been discovered that adversely impacts the eligibility of the employer or the nonimmigrant. Deems an H-1B nonimmigrant whose employment relationship ends (voluntarily or involuntarily) before the expiration of his or her period of authorized admission to have retained such legal status for 60 days if an employer files a petition to extend, change, or adjust the person's status during such period. Directs the Secretary of State to authorize a qualifying alien admitted under an E-visa (treaty traders and investors), H-visa (temporary workers), L-visa (intracompany transferees), O-visa (extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, athletics, or the arts or films or television), or P-visa (athletes, artists, and entertainers) to renew his or her nonimmigrant visa in the United States. Eliminates the foreign student visa requirement that an individual has no intention of abandoning his or her foreign residence. Eliminates the per country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants and increases the per country family category limit. Applies such provisions beginning with FY2016. Amends the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 to eliminate the provision requiring the reduction of annual Chinese immigrant visas to offset status adjustments under such Act. Provides for the recapture of unused employment-based immigrant visas. Directs the Secretary of State to ensure that all authorized immigrant visas are issued to qualified applicants. Excludes from employment based immigrant limitations aliens: (1) who are the spouse or child of an employment-based immigrant; (2) who have a master's or higher degree in a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, and math) from a school qualified under the Higher Education Act of 1965; and (3) for whom a priority worker petition for an employment-based immigrant visa has been approved. Increases H-1B employer fees and establishes a fee on employment-based visa petitions. Provides that such fees shall be used for STEM education and training. Establishes in the Treasury the Promoting American Ingenuity Account to enhance U.S. economic competitiveness by: (1) strengthening STEM education and ensuring that schools have access to well-trained STEM teachers; (2) strengthening the elementary and secondary curriculum, including efforts to increase computer science course availability; and (3) helping colleges and universities produce more graduates in fields needed by American employers. Allocates 3% of Account deposits for grants to establish American Dream Accounts. Sets forth provisions regarding: (1) fund allocations, (2) state grant applications, and (3) approved grant activities. States that nothing in such STEM funding provisions shall be construed to permit the Secretary of Education or any other federal official to approve the content or academic achievement standards of a state.

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    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2015
    The notion that "there are only so many jobs, and if there is one extra person in the country there would be 'one less job'" is ill-founded and irrational. The influx of these skilled workers will stimulate the economy, so it has immediate benefits for the U.S. This bill also includes measures to strengthen our country's STEM education and training, so it's also good for the U.S. in the long run.
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    This helps only to bring more cheaper labor to US to benefit companies. It doesn't mention about any equivalent ratio of green card increase. So this will make the wait times for the green cards from current 4 to 10 years to 50+ years, which will enslave law abiding legal immigrants. So I strongly oppose any bill that doesn't address the current green card backlog, which will help the immigrants to create new businesses.
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    Improve our workforce. Help outsiders come to a thriving society where they can be of great contribution. Absolutely.
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    It is bad enough that we don't use our own skilled workers and want to take away more jobs from Legal Americans? Aren't American businesses happy with paying there own countrymen?
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    Immigration helped build the U.S. into a prosperous nation. Today, the welfare state entices immigration instead of freedom and opportunity, and onerous regulations on labor and employment make hiring needlessly difficult. Our policy should be complete open borders with only 2 conditions: no welfare, and no terrorists.
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    It's not a "taking our jobs" moment. The immigration applications are REALLY tough - employers are required to prove that they couldn't source the skills locally. Yes we need more home-grown talent, but until then let's be pragmatic.
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    I hired a person on an H4 visa and he was a highly skilled addition to our team of employees. His wife, however, could not work causing hardships for his family.
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    It seems that conservatives struggle with this contradiction. They tend to be free-trade, but against legal immigration. Those two political policies are very similar concepts, because they both increase competition and productivity. If the conservatives want to continue having a high standard of living, they must accept the fact that our country is competing in the global economy and our workers will have to adapt.
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    These jobs should go to U.S. Citizens, not people here to earn money and take it home.
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    The current H1B policies are often simply a way for companies to hire less expensive foreign workers even when there are usually existing US citizens with the needed skills, unemployed and looking for work.
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    No. This request is a 'self incriminating' request on the part of the Govt. The list of specialty occupations are primarily a STEM education based list. Evaluate the 'costs' of legislation to collect and analyze data that would be employed by DOE and other Govt agencies for purposes of the US being more competitive. No outsourcing. Exception is to privatize the STEM solutions model to private sector.
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    Having a highly skilled work force is something every country should strive for.
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    H1-B displaces Americans in favor of immigrants. Americans should come first in America.
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    Companies only want cheap labor, that's why they also don't want a minimum wage increase. It's called greed.
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    We have too many workers in US who need jobs
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    Yes . We needn't settle for illegals living off welfare , we don't want thugs or drug trafficking.we need the best kinds of immigrants out there .those who can make something from themselves . If they are skilled or talented it means they have many opportunities and it would be a benefit for our economy .we are a country built on immigrants. THESE people can create businesses thus creating more jobs as well
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    We need them....to help us ..it's just that simple.
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    Have citizens trained to do these jobs and pay them a competitive wage. Build our people to support our country.
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    Keep the jobs for true Americans!
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    All immigrants should be welcomed into the US. However I think there should be protection for American workers. Level the playing field.
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