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While Republican Senator Orrin Hatch suggests increasing the H-1B visa cap to as high as 195,000 per year, along with doing away with green card country caps (meaning that they will mostly be from India), his proposal creates new categories-exemptions-loopholes, which will lead to immigration of unknown numbers of additional foreign workers and their families.

Illegal immigrants can tunnel under a wall: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, April 5, 2012 San Diego tunnel to smuggle drugs discovered on US-Mexico border” Legal immigrants don’t have to.

Focus appears to always be on illegal immigration. However, legal immigrants take jobs away from the uneducated and educated alike. The educated often have student loan debt. Instead of proposals for Americans to have their college tuition debts forgiven, we need proposals for Americans to get the jobs that they were trained for, rather than giving them away to foreigners! Don’t be fooled. There are qualified, unemployed, American STEM workers. However, H-1B workers take jobs from liberal arts majors, too. And, they aren’t necessarily more qualified, either. They may be less qualified. Screen shots of the population clocks are less than 10 minutes apart.


https://www.census.gov/popclock/

https://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2016/demo/p20-578.pdf

While the father of Moni Basu, who wrote an article on H-1B visas for CNN, supposedly had unique qualifications, this wasn’t always the case, even in the 1960s. Did America need a foreign sociology professor who wrote their Ph.D. dissertation about unionism among US oil workers in the 1960s? Not at all. Nor are they needed today. That should be a no-brainer. This is employment theft. Americans have dreams too, and many only have one country. The following article explains that the current system is bad for both US workers and often for workers from India, as well: “Why the highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in America” By Moni Basu, CNN Updated 0131 GMT (0931 HKT) June 5, 2017 https://archive.is/5QtWj

ORRIN HATCH AIMS TO DO AWAY WITH PER COUNTRY LIMITS FOR GREENCARDS, AS WELL AS INCREASING H-1B VISAS TO 195,000 PER YEAR, WHICH WILL EFFECTIVELY TURN THE US INTO A COLONY OF INDIA. HE IS ALSO CREATING ADDITIONAL IMMIGRANT CATEGORIES-EXEMPTIONS-LOOPHOLES. RECALL THAT INDIA WAS A SOVIET ALLY DURING THE COLD WAR, AND REMAINS A PUTIN ALLY. RECALL THAT H-1B IS DUAL INTENT FOR GREEN CARDS AND CITIZENSHIP. AND THAT “FAMILY JOINING” CAN MEAN A NEVER-ENDING CHAIN OF EXTENDED FAMILY:
Under the escalator, up to 110,000 additional H–1B visas (for a total of 195,000) may be granted in a fiscal year if certain demand requirements are met

Per-country numerical limits: Eliminates annual per-country limit for employment-based green cards and adjusts per-country caps for family-based green cards

This will do little to help. “Purpose and intent” are difficult to prove. It will just make the job theft more difficult to prove, by making it less overt:
Prohibits employers from hiring an H–1B visa holder with the purpose and intent to replace a U.S. worker.https://archive.is/UtLSP

Currently, and as long as Republicans have majority in the US House, Hatch is third in line after Pence and Ryan, if Trump were to resign or be impeached. This is one more reason to vote Democrat, this time, even if you have to hold your nose. Republicans don’t care about the American people, they just sometimes pretend to. Both parties are wrong on a multitude of points, including immigration. However, there is bad and there is worse. And, for the peace of mind of the country, there is need for Trump to be put on trial by the US Congress, which is called impeachment. Too many Republicans are in bed with Putin, too. More than meets the eye.

More lengthy excerpt from Orrin Hatch-Flake proposal follows below. When reading it, be aware that there are US universities which operate as effective diploma mills for foreign students. For that matter, many US universities act as diploma mills, period. With so many generations of Americans who have been unable to understand their (immigrant) math teachers, it’s a wonder that there are still qualified American STEM workers. But there are. Now, some high schools are hiring immigrants from India to teach, meaning that Americans may not understand their high school math and science teachers either. The miracle of American STEM workers can best be understood by the boy, with curly golden hair, big blue eyes, and a Scottish surname, who slept in front of me in high school math class and received the highest grade. My default function was to wake him up and tell him that class was over.

Immigration Innovation (“I-Squared”) Act of 2017 
Employment-Based Nonimmigrant Visas (H–1B Visas)
* U.S. advanced degrees: Uncaps the existing exemption (currently 20,000) for holders of U.S. master’s degrees or higher from the annual numerical limitation on H–1B visas for individuals who are being sponsored for or who will be sponsored for a green card
* Statutory cap: Increases the annual base allocation of H–1B visas from 65,000 to 85,000. 
* Market escalator: Creates a market-based escalator to allow the supply of H–1B visas to meet demand. Under the escalator, up to 110,000 additional H–1B visas (for a total of 195,000) may be granted in a fiscal year if certain demand requirements are met.
* Lottery prioritization: Prioritizes adjudication of cap-subject H–1B visa petitions for holders of U.S. master’s degrees or higher, holders of foreign Ph.D.’s, and holders of U.S. STEM bachelor degrees
* Hoarding penalties: Subjects employers who fail to employ an H–1B worker for more than 3 months during the individual’s first year of work authorization to a penalty.
* Prohibitions on replacement: Prohibits employers from hiring an H–1B visa holder with the purpose and intent to replace a U.S. worker. ?
* Work authorization for H–1B spouses and children: Provides work authorization for spouses and dependent children of H–1B visa holders.
* Worker mobility: Increases H–1B worker mobility by establishing a grace period during which H–1B visa holders can change jobs without losing legal status.
* Dependent employers: Updates 1998 law exempting H–1B dependent employers from certain recruitment and nondisplacement requirements. Raises from $60,000 to $100,000 the H–1B salary level at which the salary-based exemption takes effect. Narrows education-based exemption to H–1B hires with a U.S. Ph.D. Eliminates exemptions for “super-dependent” employers altogether
 Green Cards
* Per-country numerical limits: Eliminates annual per-country limit for employment-based green cards and adjusts per-country caps for family-based green cards
* Green card recapture: Enables the recapture of green card numbers that were approved by Congress in previous years but not used. 
* Exemptions from green card cap: Exempts spouses and children of employment-based green card holders, holders of U.S. STEM master’s degrees or higher, and certain individuals with extraordinary ability in the arts and sciences from worldwide numerical caps on employment-based green cards.
* Worker mobility: Increases worker mobility for individuals on the path to a green card by enabling such individuals to change jobs earlier in the process without losing their place in the green card line.
* Employment-based conditional green cards: Creates new conditional green card category to allow U.S. employers to sponsor university-educated foreign professionals through a separate path from H–1B.
Student Visas
 
* Dual intent: Enables F–1 student visa holders to seek permanent resident status while a student or during Optional Practical Training (OPT).
STEM Education and Worker Training
*  Promoting American Ingenuity Account: Increases fees for H–1B visas and employment-based green cards and directs fees toward state-administered grants to promote STEM education and worker training.

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https://www.hatch. senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2018/1/hatch-flake-introduce-merit-based-high-skilled-immigration-bill-for-the-21st-century

History of H-1B: http://web.archive.org/web/20070204100323/http://www.zazona.com/ShameH1B/H1BHistory.htm

Economic and prestige immigrants have been increasingly stealing American academic jobs for half a century. By sheer quantity, they have undermined the value of Masters and Ph.D. degrees, and undermined the tenured professor system. The timeline of US immigration policy suggests that it led to the creation of temporary/adjunct academic positions, which often pay under minimum wage, and now dominate US academia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adjunct_professors_in_North_America It’s basic to the law of supply and demand in the labor force.