Grassley plan for tougher H-1B enforcement revealed
The fight to raise the per-country cap is getting complicated as companies lobby Congress for easier access to foreign workers
June 27, 2012 04:04 PM ET
Computerworld - TechNet, an industry lobbying group, Wednesday released a letter signed by nearly 350 companies that calls on Congress to eliminate the per-country cap on green cards just as details of the latest U.S. Senate proposal came to light.
The TechNet letter was sent to six key lawmakers, including Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Grassley may be the most important person on the list.
By a 389-to-15 vote, the House of Representatives late last year passed a bill that would eliminate the current per-country caps on green card holders.
each H1B worker requires the company to pay $20k per year. This money will be used to provide training in the fields the companies claim they cannot find American workers. Also it would automatically make an American worker with a $50k salary more attractive than an H1B worker for $30k a year.