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Americans call and write your US Senators to oppose S386 & any similar or related bills. Call Senator Durbin and thank him for blocking S386. https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state&Sort=ASC Oppose the removal of the per country green card cap, oppose the doubling of family joining caps, AND oppose any expansion in green card numbers. The purpose of the caps is to have diversity, which allows immigrants to become Americans. It keeps one group from monopolizing immigration. Year-long public hearings, allowing Americans to be heard, and debate are needed. There are rumors that it may be sneaked into a DHS appropriations bill.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians has sent a letter to Senator Dick Durbin asking him to oppose HR 1044/ S386. They “express our concern regarding H.R. 1044/S. 386 ‘The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019’ currently before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary“.

They note that “There is little of ‘Fairness’ in this bill; in fact, H.R. 1044/S. 386, would only compound the inequalities of the current visa allocation system in general and towards the Irish in particular.”

They ask US Senator Durbin to oppose H.R. 1044/S. 386 and not allow it to move forward with unanimous consent, for the following reasons: “The current cap on any one country receiving more than 7 percent of available green cards was put in place to guard against the monopolization of the green card process by a few large countries. Even with the current cap, research shows that fear to be justified.

Of the H-1B petitions approved in FY 2017, 75.6% of the beneficiaries were from India, followed by China, South Korea, and the Philippines; the rest of the world’s nations, including Ireland, did not even register for statistical tracking purposes.

During the period from 2015 to 2017, one Indian I.T. Firm, HCL Technologies, received 10,432 H-1B visas and 310 L-1 visas. During that same period, the entire island of Ireland received only 372 visas through the Diversity Visa program.

In the most recent Diversity Visa program, Ireland received 66 of an available 55,000 visas. To give perspective, this is only a quarter of the number of Medal of Honor recipients who list “Ireland” as their birthplace (257)…

Respectfully Senator Durbin, the inequity in our current immigration system is manifest, but H.R. 1044/S. 386 would exacerbate, not mitigate, this inequality by giving additional visas to nations that already receive tens of thousands of visas annually at the expense of smaller nations and the diversity of the U.S. immigration process…

Since 1965, every immigration act passed under the guise of “reform” and “fairness” has disproportionately and adversely impacted Irish immigrants to the benefit of other nationals; H.R. 1044/S. 386 would be yet another chapter in this sad legacy.

Throughout a proud history, Irish immigrants have asked nothing of America but an opportunity, which in gratitude they have repaid by contributing to every field of American endeavor.

H.R. 1044/S. 386 creates a monopoly of opportunity benefitting only certain nationals; it copper-fastens the “No Irish Need Apply” sign which has shamefully hung on the Golden Door of American immigration for over five decades

We ask you, Senator Durbin, to reject H.R. 1044/S. 386 and challenge your colleagues to deliver fairness to all, not just to some, in the U.S. Immigration process.”

The letter was signed by AOH National President Judge James F. McKay III, National Immigration Chair Dan Dennehy, and National Political Education Chair Neil Cosgrove.

The letter to US Senator Durbin is now part of the public record-public domain. Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a full copy of the letter. The article, below, quotes extensively from the letter and may or may not include the entire letter. We have put […] where they placed introductory words. We don’t know if there were additional words in the letter, or not. See: “Hibernians sound alarm over immigration bill” October 4, 2019 By Ray O’Hanlon https://archive.li/EJaPD

US Senator Durbin sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with S386 pushers Kamala Harris and Mike Lee. Note that Asian-Indians are migrating through other countries, as well. These may include Ireland, as well as the UK, Canada and elsewhere.

Ireland needs to restore right of return to all Irish Americans. This was in existence for several decades from the 1950s to mid 1980s, but we weren’t all made aware of it. Furthermore, we had no idea that the USA was going to give away our jobs through H1B and other visa schemes.

Irish Americans need to start petitioning Ireland for right of return. They are allowing other migrants but shut the door to many of their own.