[UPDATE: HOUSE BILL PASSES] – Trump’s DHS comes out AGAINST House and Senate immigration bills, but they still might PASS with plenty of Republican support

UPDATE: House bill just passed with 365 votes. That’s a ton of Republican support…

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The House is hoping to pass a bill called “Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019”, which is said to be a giveaway of American jobs. The Senate has a nearly identical bill it is working on.

Neil Munro writes

The bill would create a fast-track to green cards for 300,000 Indian contract-workers who have backlogged the green-card waiting lines. The bill would also aid their 300,000 family members in the United States.

The promise of extra green cards — and subsequent citizenship — for Indians will also encourage many other Indian graduates to take jobs from American graduates via the uncapped low-wage H-1B visa and the uncapped Optional Practical training program.

The Democrats’ giveaway bill is being opposed by NumbersUSA, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, American for Legal Immigration PAC, Progressives for Immigration reform and a new wave of groups created by Americans who say their incomes have been slashed by companies’ use of the green card system to attract and pay cheap white-collar labor from India.



And now DHS has come out against the House bill as well as the Senate bill which it says is nearly identical, saying it does nothing to promote merit-based immigration:


So if these Republican groups are against it and the Trump administration is against it, you might be wondering why this matters?

Because according to Congress.gov, over 100 Republican House members are sponsoring this bill. And according to Munro

The bill is expected to get a fast-track vote on the House floor on Wednesday. The fast-track process, however, requires 290 votes for passage of a bill, so the bill will fail unless it is also backed by roughly 60 GOP legislators.

With over 100 Republican co-sponsors, the bill is sure to pass the House. And I’m guessing if it can pass the House, it may be able to pass the Senate.

Mike Lee is the sponsor of the nearly identical bill in the Senate and it currently has 19 Republicans and 15 Democratic co-sponsors.

Here’s what FAIR says about the bill:

Employment-based immigrant visas are limited and currently subject to per-country caps. There is presently an enormous backlog for Indian and Chinese employment-based visas. In FY 2018, the State Department found that Chinese and Indian applicants accounted for 68 percent of the employment-based visa waiting list.

Because of the sheer number of total immigrant visa applicants (including chain migration visas) from both countries, nationals from both countries must wait many years before receiving an employment visa because of the 7 percent per-country cap. Indians applying for an EB-3 visa could face waiting periods of 20 years.

Under H.R. 1044, Indians and Chinese nationals applying for employment visas would not face caps. Before, nationals from other countries could receive employment visas because no country could fill more than 7 percent of any employment visa category. H.R. 1044 would erase that boundary, thereby allowing the hundreds of thousands of applicants from India and China to dominate the employment categories, shouldering out applicants from other countries.

This bill would profoundly change legal immigration to the United States for generations to come; and few, if any, individuals from countries other than India or China would be able to immigrate to the United States on an employment-based visa. Our immigration system is not designed to benefit only one or two countries.

Lastly, and perhaps most alarming, this bill rewards tech and foreign outsourcing companies that replaced American workers with hundreds of thousands of low cost, less skilled H-1B guest workers. That is a slap in the face to victims of flawed guest worker programs like H-1B — American mothers, fathers, and breadwinners who lost their livelihoods to cheaper foreign replacements and outsourcing.

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62 thoughts on “[UPDATE: HOUSE BILL PASSES] – Trump’s DHS comes out AGAINST House and Senate immigration bills, but they still might PASS with plenty of Republican support

  1. What gets me is Mike Lee backing this bill. Sometimes the ones you think are most dependable turn out not to be.

  2. I hear Cruz and Graham presented a bill where sanctuary cities can be sued if the relatives of a loved one was killed by an illegal immigrant. If true that’s great.

  3. This vindicates the Gender Studies major offered by most US universities. Universities around the world offer only STEM stuff — no self-actualizing degrees. Our UBER and LYFT drivers will be able to analyze our gender dysphoria as they drive us from place to place.

  4. Sounds like they are telling our colleges for the Tuition and fees charged they are not graduating qualified workers,and I agree with that.

  5. I just don’t see how any member of either the House or Senate could pass this. It just doesn’t make sense. What happened to Americans first? This sucks.

  6. Chinese immigrants do not like this bill. They will wait much longer than before. This bill only benefits Indian!

  7. I hear Cruz and Graham presented a bill where sanctuary cities can be sued if the relatives of a loved one was killed by an illegal immigrant. If true that’s great.

  8. This vindicates the Gender Studies major offered by most US universities. Universities around the world offer only STEM stuff — no self-actualizing degrees. Our UBER and LYFT drivers will be able to analyze our gender dysphoria as they drive us from place to place.

  9. What gets me is Mike Lee backing this bill. Sometimes the ones you think are most dependable turn out not to be.

  10. As one potentially positive aspect of this I would say that Asians more than any other group are far more likely to be conservatives. A not insubstantial handful of conservative leaders in our country are Indian after all.

  11. If there is a cap per country has anyone ever considered that countries with a glut of migrants to the US are simply SOL? What the heck does it matter that they’ll have to wait a long time? How about they simply don’t get in at all? Period. It’s not out of malice that they don’t get in it’s simply the way things shake out. Get over it! No one is entitled to come here!

  12. Looks like we’re about to become vassals of China and India. Nice to see that Americans apparently only graduate with Political Science degrees and are useless.
    I hope everyone in Congress is happy with themselves for selling out for cheap labor.

      1. @ryan-o
        No doubt a poop load of donations will be made from a poop load of corporations to a bunch of poop head politicians that just sold out a generation of college kids already saddled with huge college debt and low paying entry level poop jobs.

  13. Sounds like they are telling our colleges for the Tuition and fees charged they are not graduating qualified workers,and I agree with that.

  14. Greg Pence, Crenshaw….The rest are predictable. Which means The senate will pass this..or at least theirs which is basically the same…We now have a one party government full of Progressives, Marxists, Commies, Socialists…and a Couple of Conservatives. Someone please tell me why they All call themselves conservatives? It’s doesnt matter anymore who is in power….

    1. The Chamber of Commerce is a powerful entity. And if there is a publicly traded corporation, you can bet they’ll do anything under the sun for the bottom line. America, it’s citizens, be damned.

      1. That why nothing changes until we get rid of the owner donors. Go back to no more than a $500 and no more corporations. No one has yet to explain why they need millions to run . No more gravy trains, we probably would get some good folks up there….

  15. Establishment strikes again .. takes long time to sort things out took long time to screw it up, keep the lights on.

  16. Don’t call that number,I would rather have workers and contributors and not those that come here illegally for every damn freebie they can get

    1. @bigsir74
      To cut wages?

      What did you do for a living?
      How would you like to have been replaced at 50% of what YOU were making

      1. You know TJK I won’t offer you sympathy,because that is not what you want and I cannot talk about empathy because I have never walked in your shoes.You asked me what I did for a living.I had nothing as a child.My HS summer months were spent in the Berry and Bean fields in the Outskirts of Tacoma Wash.Then the military after discharge,got married to the HS sweetheart.Bought a home on the GI Bill,completed all my education on the GI Bill and never had to compete to protect my Salary.I could not have accomplished any of this without my sweetheart from high School and its a very lonley life without her.Good luck to you ,your family and their future.Thanks for the question.

    2. It’s not an “either, or” situation. Illegal immigration will still be happening, plus this. Both. And this also means their families are coming here also, who’re mostly poor, which means they’ll instantly be on the government tit too.

      1. Come on Ryan,legal immigrants who will contribute.How many of those coming across our southern Border are contributing.None. 300,000 illegals are crossing our borders every two months and contributing nothing but under the table wages.

        1. You said you’d rather have these folks than the illegals. I’m saying you’re gonna still get the illegals, and these. And every one of their family members who are mostly poor. Which means they’ll have the government tit popped in their mouths with a quickness. And the cherry on top, they’ll replace American citizens. Some companies are actually having americans train their foreign replacements.

          I’m not getting how this a good thing for taxpayers.

  17. If Jeff Sessions was still in the Senate, he’d stop this. Who is the immigration hawk there now?

    1. Jeff Sessions was a moron who had the luxury of representing Alabama. Once he had to step in the ring, and actually fight, he cowered in the corner like a little girl. It wouldn’t surprise me if Roy Moore made a pass at him after he recused himself…

      Just kidding about the last part.

  18. Nearly all are super Citizens from the time they get here legally until they are waving that little flag when Sworn in.Guess what the ones I know waited the mandatory 5 years with there green Cards and in another 3 months the wife and Daughter will get their little flags.Nice job Folks

  19. This is such B.S. And Mike Lee? That Koch money must be like crack. Congress makes me sick. I bet my squishy sucky rep supports it. I’ll have to look. There is a chance I have one Senator who does not, and I’m certain the other does. Likely both support it though.

  20. Allowing unlimited numbers of Chinese poses a national security risk. Their 2017 National Intelligence Law obligates Chinese expats to spy for their government when called upon to do so.

    1. They literally just convicted a professor at UCLA that’s Chinese for stealing semiconductor tech, that our military uses, and at least attempting to send those to the Chinese government. He is looking at 219 years in prison!!!

  21. Tons of Republican support, eh? Sounds like the Chamber of Commerce at work to me. No way American workers should be replaced by cheap foreign labor. Corporations will abuse this system.

  22. As one potentially positive aspect of this I would say that Asians more than any other group are far more likely to be conservatives. A not insubstantial handful of conservative leaders in our country are Indian after all.

  23. If there is a cap per country has anyone ever considered that countries with a glut of migrants to the US are simply SOL? What the heck does it matter that they’ll have to wait a long time? How about they simply don’t get in at all? Period. It’s not out of malice that they don’t get in it’s simply the way things shake out. Get over it! No one is entitled to come here!

  24. Looks like we’re about to become vassals of China and India. Nice to see that Americans apparently only graduate with Political Science degrees and are useless.
    I hope everyone in Congress is happy with themselves for selling out for cheap labor.

      1. @ryan-o
        No doubt a poop load of donations will be made from a poop load of corporations to a bunch of poop head politicians that just sold out a generation of college kids already saddled with huge college debt and low paying entry level poop jobs.

  25. Greg Pence, Crenshaw….The rest are predictable. Which means The senate will pass this..or at least theirs which is basically the same…We now have a one party government full of Progressives, Marxists, Commies, Socialists…and a Couple of Conservatives. Someone please tell me why they All call themselves conservatives? It’s doesnt matter anymore who is in power….

    1. The Chamber of Commerce is a powerful entity. And if there is a publicly traded corporation, you can bet they’ll do anything under the sun for the bottom line. America, it’s citizens, be damned.

      1. That why nothing changes until we get rid of the owner donors. Go back to no more than a $500 and no more corporations. No one has yet to explain why they need millions to run . No more gravy trains, we probably would get some good folks up there….

  26. Establishment strikes again .. takes long time to sort things out took long time to screw it up, keep the lights on.

  27. Don’t call that number,I would rather have workers and contributors and not those that come here illegally for every damn freebie they can get

    1. @bigsir74
      To cut wages?

      What did you do for a living?
      How would you like to have been replaced at 50% of what YOU were making

      1. You know TJK I won’t offer you sympathy,because that is not what you want and I cannot talk about empathy because I have never walked in your shoes.You asked me what I did for a living.I had nothing as a child.My HS summer months were spent in the Berry and Bean fields in the Outskirts of Tacoma Wash.Then the military after discharge,got married to the HS sweetheart.Bought a home on the GI Bill,completed all my education on the GI Bill and never had to compete to protect my Salary.I could not have accomplished any of this without my sweetheart from high School and its a very lonley life without her.Good luck to you ,your family and their future.Thanks for the question.

    2. It’s not an “either, or” situation. Illegal immigration will still be happening, plus this. Both. And this also means their families are coming here also, who’re mostly poor, which means they’ll instantly be on the government tit too.

      1. Come on Ryan,legal immigrants who will contribute.How many of those coming across our southern Border are contributing.None. 300,000 illegals are crossing our borders every two months and contributing nothing but under the table wages.

        1. You said you’d rather have these folks than the illegals. I’m saying you’re gonna still get the illegals, and these. And every one of their family members who are mostly poor. Which means they’ll have the government tit popped in their mouths with a quickness. And the cherry on top, they’ll replace American citizens. Some companies are actually having americans train their foreign replacements.

          I’m not getting how this a good thing for taxpayers.

  28. If Jeff Sessions was still in the Senate, he’d stop this. Who is the immigration hawk there now?

    1. Jeff Sessions was a moron who had the luxury of representing Alabama. Once he had to step in the ring, and actually fight, he cowered in the corner like a little girl. It wouldn’t surprise me if Roy Moore made a pass at him after he recused himself…

      Just kidding about the last part.

  29. Nearly all are super Citizens from the time they get here legally until they are waving that little flag when Sworn in.Guess what the ones I know waited the mandatory 5 years with there green Cards and in another 3 months the wife and Daughter will get their little flags.Nice job Folks

  30. This is such B.S. And Mike Lee? That Koch money must be like crack. Congress makes me sick. I bet my squishy sucky rep supports it. I’ll have to look. There is a chance I have one Senator who does not, and I’m certain the other does. Likely both support it though.

  31. Allowing unlimited numbers of Chinese poses a national security risk. Their 2017 National Intelligence Law obligates Chinese expats to spy for their government when called upon to do so.

    1. They literally just convicted a professor at UCLA that’s Chinese for stealing semiconductor tech, that our military uses, and at least attempting to send those to the Chinese government. He is looking at 219 years in prison!!!

  32. Tons of Republican support, eh? Sounds like the Chamber of Commerce at work to me. No way American workers should be replaced by cheap foreign labor. Corporations will abuse this system.

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