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Political Allies

There are politicians that do the right thing on H-1B. This page is to honor them.

 

Reform Party

Pat Buchanan

Buchanan dares to take a stand against H-1B. In his H-1B letter Pat says the following:  "Are you aware that so far in 1998, a quarter of a million American high-tech workers have been laid off from their jobs? Or that, at the same time as these Americans are losing their jobs, 35% of the computer programmers in "Silicon Valley" are foreign-born?  Yet when the 105th Congress looked at this unjust situation, they voted to double the annual quota of high-tech proficient immigrants ("H1-Bs," as they're known by the Immigration and Naturalization Service) allowed into this country, meaning that upwards of 115,000 high-tech and high-paying jobs here in the U.S. will go to foreigners in the future! This slap in the face of American workers cannot be allowed to stand!"

 

Green Party

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is totally opposed to NAFTA and H-1B. He is very clear that American jobs come first.

 

Republicans

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Sen. Bob Barr (GA)

Barr commented that Congress never seems to satisfy the business and immigration communities. He remarked that as Congress increases the number of H-1B visas, the hi-tech industry only wants more.
 

Sen. Tim Hutchinson (AR)

He was the only Republican that voted against the increased the cap on H-1B guest workers from 65,000 per year to 115,000
 

Rep. Bob Stump (AZ)

I am opposed to raising the H-1B cap for several reasons. The government has identified fraud in the program and there is no compelling evidence of a labor shortage. High-tech firms laid off more than 140,000 Americans last year while simultaneously lobbying Congress to increase the H-IB cap. I am also troubled by reports of age discrimination against middle-aged American computer programers. I believe the high demand reflects a preference for foreign workers and the cheaper foreign labor H-1B visa holders represent.

 

Democrats

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Sen. Tom Harkin (IA)

In 1998, by using a collegial rule, Harkin put a hold on consideration of the Republican Leadership's H-1B bill in the Senate. Harkin said he will strenuously object to adding to the omnibus spending bill a measure (HR 3736) to boost the annual allocation of H-1B visas for skilled foreign computer programmers and other high-tech workers. Harkin threatened to "have the whole bill read" on the floor. "We'll be here for days. There is no need for that bill, and I do not want it in the omnibus" Harkin said. Harkin blocked action on the visa bill in the Senate temporarily. Unfortunately the H-1B advocates attached it to the omnibus budget measure. President Clinton agreed to sign the new bill.
 

Rep. Ron Klink (PA)

"What kind of jobs are we supposed to give those displaced Americans who have lost their jobs? What jobs are we supposed to give to those kids who are coming out of college, out of high school, out of career training right now if we are importing workers to take the jobs that are being created in this Nation?"
 

Senator Carl Levin / Michigan

"In the 105th Congress, I voted against a proposal to increase the cap of the H-1B visas because it did not provide enough protections for American workers. Specifically, there was no requirement for employers to seek to recruit Americans before sponsoring foreign workers, and no requirement that they pledge to not lay off American workers only to replace them with H-1B workers."
 

Rep. John Bryant (D-TX)

"Basically, what this bill is saying to them is, "goodbye, there is not going to be training for you [Americans]. We are not going to pay any attention to your situtation. We care going to address the problems of this country by inviting an extra 140,000 permanent workers into this country, along with their families, to take the places that we might have trained you to take, had we been willing to follow that path."

Note: The politicians listed on this page are not necessarily still in office.

  09/13/00