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The Senate has scheduled a stealth “unanimous consent” vote today for the S.386 bill, which would offer valuable green cards to many Indian graduates if they take jobs from American college graduates.
The stealth vote bypasses “the committee process,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the Center for Immigration Studies, adding, “So there have never been any hearings on this idea. There’s no opportunity for amendments to this bill. There’s no public debate. They want to do this without even a roll call of who voted for it and against it. They want it to be, you know, so-called unanimous consent. And that that should be a warning sign.”
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Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) will ask the Senate to pass the bill by unanimous consent, but he will be blocked if even one of the 99 other GOP and Democrat senators objects to the proposal.
The bill would allow at least 100,000 Indian visa workers and family members each year to get paid with green cards, up from the current “country caps” limit of 20,000 green cards for Indians. This expansion would allow their employers and Silicon Valley’s investors to hire more cheap Indians with the promise of more green cards, to sideline more American graduates, and to maximize their Wall Street stock value.
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Most Indian workers are hired via the H-1B program.
The program has a cap of 85,000 visas per year — but that cap only applies to for-profit companies, not non-profit hospitals and research centers. Also, the H-1B workers are allowed to stay long past their visa expiration once they are nominated for green cards, so the resident population of H-1B workers is roughly 800,000.
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Also, there is no cap on the “mini-H-1B” program, dubbed the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Any foreign student and graduate can get multiple one-year or three-year work permits...
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